Julie Havelund-Willett is a Scandinavian, London-based Dance Artist and aspiring aerialist. Since graduating with a First Class BA (Hons) in Dance and Culture in 2012, she has been working in numerous projects with companies and artists including Carlos Cortes, Continental Drifts, London Symphony Orchestra, Tempered Body Dance Theatre and Théatre Libre. Julie often collaborates with artists from other art forms including photography (Icy Lazare and Suzanne Nolan), video art (Belinda Ackermann), film-making (Lucie Sheppard) and music (Jacob Thompson-Bell and Paul Beckett). She is a Lecturer at Morley College where she teaches in Dance and Community Learning and Engagement. Julie has just completed the aerial circus arts course, InFlight and is completing her Masters in Nordic Dance in 2016.
Agnese Lanza is a Dance Artist and Trinity Laban graduate. She has been involved in works directed by Lizzi Le Quesne, Rosemary Lee, Janine Harrington, Tino Senghal, Maciej Kuzminski, Tony Thatcher, Gary Clarke, Frank Micheletti, Robert Clark, Antonietta Mirto and Sioned Huws, touring works between UK, Italy, Slovenia and Japan. She is working as a freelance dance teacher for different age groups and has been working with youth companies such as the performance company of Dance United, Step into Dance Contemporary Company and Laban Youth Dance Company.
Playful, intriguing... Lovely relationship between dancers... I really like the calm and gentle way of two performers staging this relation of power. Openness and softness
You were both a really good example of intelligent, committed artists who are finding ways to make really interesting work. Seeing you both working together so well and with such positive spirit was an inspiration.
A lovely piece of performance; very engaging and well delivered. Great attention to detail and the involvement with the audience was very well done. They were able to make the audience complicit in the act and feel very much a part of the performance. A very interesting piece of work, with great potential!
We were greeted by Julie Havelund and Agnese Lanza whose interaction with the space and audience existed in their observation. Describing simple characteristics and physicality of the audience gave a connection and later in the ‘Acts of Attending’ was used for a final motif. It is clear that these two dancers are in perfect harmony with each other and the space, the music merely adding to the serenity of their movements.
I first saw Inter Pares Project perform at Acts of Attending at The Place and immediately rushed to programme them as part of Hourglass Festival at The BAC. Their performance flirts with the 'boundaries' of various performance types, asking the audience to connect each moment and discover their own journey within it. The performers are fantastic in making the audience aware of their own active influence during a performance, we watch our own habits re-created and transformed in front of us. The work is extremely engaging and personal, whether performing in a small venue to 50 people or on a large dance studio, the audience cannot help but be drawn in. Inter Pares Project create work that is nuanced, exceptionally beautiful and at the same time challenging, it lingers long after the lights go down.
Inter Pares Project is an intriguing work, though its subtleness and constant repetitive layering of voice, movement and memory. I found a connection with the bodies of other audience members and my own body. This is live art in action, giving me a feeling of being involved in the creation. The beauty of this work for me lies in its live and unpredictable element.
Inter Pares Project is exploring different ways of engaging the body in physical activities, which generate choreographic material. At the core of our research are concepts of the gaze, efficiency, engagement, simplicity, detail, and reality. Through acts of describing, listening and remembering we arrive at a particular focus and attentiveness. We are interested in the challenge of engaging the dancing body in authentic and original ways. We have therefore developed, and keep building on, a vocabulary of specific physical tasks, which act as generators of choreography. Without adding any narratives on top, we take inspiration from the architectural features of the space we are in and the spectators’ poses, movements – stillness and actions. This information becomes raw material, which we elaborate through movement, thus creating a sense of ‘inter pares’ – an equality between us as performers and what surrounds us in the context, giving each element of the space the same importance.
Since the launch of Inter Pares Project in 2013 we have undertaken several international residencies in Tuscany, and performed in over 20 contexts in UK and Italy. We have taught several workshops, both in educational settings (Trinity Laban Conservatoire, Coventry University and University of Surrey) as well as part of festivals and conferences (Fabbrica Europa Festival; Firenze Open Art Project; ELIA, Italy), working with people of different ages, backgrounds and abilities.