Creatives of The Happiness Project
Mathieu Geffré trained at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. Mathieu began in 2006 a freelance career in France and danced in various projects with several choreographers such as Dominique Guilhaudin, Emilio Calcagno and Frédéric Lescure. In January 2009, he moved to Amsterdam, Holland, to join Dansgroep Amsterdam under the artistic direction of Itzik Galili and Krizstina De Chatel. Beyond working closely with those two choreographers he also took part in creations with guest choreographers : Mark Baldwin, Liat Waysbort, White Horse Collective etc... In July 2011, he started dancing for Noord Nederlandse Dans with Stephen Shropshire and in August 2012 he joined National Dance Company Wales. During his four years with this company he performed works from Eleesha Drennan, Angelin Preljocaj, Christopher Bruce, Alexander Ekman, Johan Inger and Caroline Finn among others. Since May 2016 Mathieu is a London based dancer, teacher and maker.
Born in Essex, UK, Eryck trained at The Royal Ballet School. Eryck’s dance career has seen him work for numerous companies including Rambert Dance Company, Michael Clark Dance Company, Humanoove, Protein Dance, Company Chameleon, Alexander Whitley Dance, New Movement Collective, Musemotion and Hong Kong Ballet. He has performed works by Christopher Bruce, Itzik Galili, Richard Alston, Merce Cunningham, Siobhan Davies, Garry Stewart, Mark Baldwin, Andre Gingras, Darshan Singh Buller, Karole Armitage, Paul Taylor, Doug Varone, and many others. Eryck has also worked on movement development for numerous West End musicals including Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Groundhog Day and Frozen. In addition to dancing Eryck teaches yoga and Vedic thought and trained under renowned teacher Claire Missingham. He teaches at numerous studios across London.
Born in Barcelona Estela is an independent dance artist based in London. She collaborates with a wide variety of international artists, dance companies and institutions as a performer, choreographer, teacher and rehearsal director. She trained at Escola de Dansa Madó and Central School of Ballet. Before joining Rambert, she danced for companies Cannes Jeune Ballet and IT Dansa, performing works by acclaimed choreographers. Since 2014 she collaborates with Didy Veldman, Shobana Jeyasingh, Marcos Morau - La Veronal, Patricia Okenwa, Avatara Ayuso. Her own choreographic work has been presented in Spain and the UK and is Swindon Dance Associate Artist since 2017. Estela’s practice is inspired by the health benefits of somatic movement and internal martial arts and she is currently studying to become a Feldenkrais Practitioner. www.estelamerlos.com
Madeleine trained in contemporary at a pre-professional program at Schillerska gymnasium in Gothenburg Sweden before she started a bachelor at London Contemporary Dance School where she graduated 2016. Alongside her training, she has been working in collaboration with international visual artists and choreographers, touring works to Finland, as well as several galleries across London such as the V&A museum, White rainbow gallery and the RA. Since graduating Madeleine has worked with Dane Hurst, Lea Anderson, Juri Nishi, Heidi Vierthaler and began her collaboration with Didy Veldman 2017.
Creatives of The Knot
Photographer Chris Nash.
Born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He joined the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary in 2003 supported by the Linbury and Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Funds and joined Rambert Dance Company as the first recipient of the Sally Gilmour memorial trust bursary in 2004. Dane was nominated for ‘Best Emerging Dancer’ of the year in 2006 and in 2007 received the ‘Spotlight Dancer’ of the Year Award by the Critic's Circle National Dance Awards, U.K. He has travelled nationally and internationally having made guest appearances with Rambert Dance Company, Phoenix Dance Theatre, National Dance Company of Wales, Mad Dogs Dance Theatre and The Curve Foundation. He was voted 3rd in Dance Europe Magazine's Top 100 Dancers of the Year 2012, as voted for by an international jury of dance writers and critics. In 2013 he was nominated for Outstanding Modern Performance and in 2014 received the Best Male Dancer of the Year award by the Critic's Circle National Dance Awards, U.K. Dane most recently appeared as Guest Artist with Company Wayne McGregor in their ‘Atomos’ tour to San Francisco, U.S.A, 2016.
A native of Quebec City, Sara Harton is a graduate of École supérieure de ballet du Québec. She has won numerous awards, including that of the Lieutenant Governor of Quebec. Harton has danced in the works of many choreographers including Shawn Hounsell, Hélène Blackburn, Mario Radacovsky, Victor Quijada, Christophe Garcia, Thierry Malandain, Kristen Cere and Iréni Stamou. She also danced with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal from 2003 to 2006 for the production of Nutcracker. After her studies, she joined BJM Danse in 2006, appearing in works by Azure Barton, Rodrigo Pederneiras, Crystal Pite and Mauro Bigonzetti. Since the summer of 2009, she has been a member of ezdanza, the company led by Edgar Zendejas. Harton has also danced for Danse K par K, and since 2011 has been dancing for PPS Danse, Cirque du Soleil and Les 7 doigts de la main.
MAI LISA GUINOO
Mai Lisa Guinoo was born in Bergen/Norway. She studied classical ballet at the Royal Swedish Ballet School & Oslo National Academy of the Arts. After graduating in 2009 Mai Lisa joined Carte Blanche as an apprentice and one year later joined IT Dansa in Barcelona where she performed in works by Ohad Naharin, Jiri Kylian, Alexander Ekman, Rafael Bonachella, among others. In 2013 Mai Lisa joined Rambert Dance Company under the artistic direction of Mark Baldwin and in 2014 joined GoteborgsOperans Danskompani in Sweden where she has been dancing for the past 5 years. In Gothenburg Mai Lisa has been in creations with choreographers such as Sharon Eyal, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Saburo Teshigawara, Damien Jalet, Michael Keegan Dolan, Stijn Celis, Roy Assaf, Anton Lachky, Constanza Macras, among others. Mai Lisa is currently freelancing and is based in London.
Originally from Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. Oliver began his training at the Laban Conservatoire on the Centre for Advanced Training scheme, from there he began his professional studies with Bodywork Company in Cambridge. Upon graduation Oliver danced with Chrysalis London and ICON DANCE. In June 2016 he joined National Dance Company Wales as an apprentice, performing works by Caroline Finn, Alexander Ekman and Roy Assaf. Before joining NDCWales as a company member in 2018, Oliver performed in new works by Henri Oguike Dance, ZooNation - The Kate Prince Company, and Eleesha Drennan. Oliver has also worked for artists Miel de Botton and Take That.
ANGELA VENTURINI & SAM COSTELLO apprentices from London Contemporary Dance School
Photographer headshot Sam Costello, Jack W.H. Walker