Laila Diallo is a dance maker based in Bristol working and presenting work across the UK and internationally. Recent works have explored notions of impermanence, of our experience of time passing, and of cooperation and togetherness. Alongside independently and collaboratively devising work for live performance, Laila often works as movement director in theatre and opera. She also frequently works as an educator within the university and vocational sectors, with children, youth and community groups as well as with emerging artists and peers, through commissioned work and the delivery of workshops, classes, public talks and mentoring. A recipient of a Rayne Fellowship for Choreographers in 2006, Laila also was an Associate Artist at ROH2, Royal Opera House, between 2009 and 2012. She is the recipient of a 2018 Leverhulme Art Scholarship through Bristol Old Vic Ferment.
Image: Max McClure (Edge and Shore by Helen Carnac and Laila Diallo)
Laila came to dance by accident. She followed a friend. That was in 1988. There are traces in her class of many of the dances she has danced since. Laila’s class uses both improvisation and set material. It offers space for exploring our relationship to gravity, for finding connections through the body and from the body through space. It invites an approach to movement both playful and rigorous, in search for ease, articulacy and discovery in our dancing.