Submitted by Alice on Thu, 2018-05-24 11:37

Meet The Dancer: Hayley Gash

We spoke to EDGE dancer Hayley Gash.

Born in Northern California, Haley Gash began her training in modern and contemporary dance at Oakland School for the arts before moving to London to attend the undergraduate programme here at London Contemporary Dance School. 

You are touring the UK and internationally with 19 dates in 6 countries, what are you most looking forward to about this?

I’m most looking forward to performing to different audiences. As I've trained in the UK for the past three years, as a performer I've become accustomed to British audiences and I am looking forward to performing for different audiences with varied backgrounds.

How do the different cultures in the company (Costa Rica, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Spain, Taiwan, USA and the UK) come together? In which ways do you inspire each other?

Working with people from so many different cultures has been a beautiful experience, everyone has something so different to offer and I think this really elevates the work and material we created together.

You are working with four contrasting choreographers, what are the different ways of working and how do you adapt to each?

One thing all the choreographers had in common was the respect and recognition of each company member as individual humans. I think the most valuable lesson we learned was how to work as a team. Knowing that we had a strong bond enabled us to adjust and enjoy the journey together.

What can audiences expect from the mixed bill?

Each creation process was so different. I feel the pieces reflect this and the audience will be in for a varied show.

What do you hope to learn and achieve throughout the tour?

I hope to be able to focus and condition my body despite travel and fatigue.

What has the process taught you about yourself so far?

This process has taught me that it's good to not pigeon-hole yourself into any category.

You will finish your tour with a residency in Portugal, teaching and developing new works with 150 young people aged 3 - 25 years, from the region. In which ways do you hope do develop from this collaborative experience?

I hope to develop my teaching skills.

One of your performances in Portugal is dedicated to works created by yourselves, how does this add to your experience?

It's a great opportunity to be able to apply what we've been through with the choreographers into our own process.

How do you feel being a member of Edge has helped to prepare you for professional life?

Having a year filled with so many different choreographers has helped me see what kind of work I am interested in investigating further.

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