International Collaboration

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Filipe Sousa

Filipe Sousa is a Portuguese pianist, composer and professional workshop leader based in the UK and Europe. He works with various artists and communities in the UK and across the world. Filipe is the founder of Quest Ensemble, a contemporary piano trio that writes original music with Preetha Narayanan – Musician/Composer and Tara Franks – Musician/Composer. Filipe Sousa has been commissioned to create sound installations and to write for music ensembles, theatre, film and dance.

With a background in Architecture, years practicing capoeira and more recently contact improv, his work as a composer and performer is often concerned with space and movement, driven by a strong sense of rhythm and flow. Filipe has always had the piano at the centre of his practice, but his interest in the details and minutiae of sound has taken him into the realms of sound art, sound design and composition. He is interested in performance as experience and in generating immersive environments.

Filipe trained in classical piano and singing at the Lisbon Gregorian Institute, continuing through the Hot Club Portugal, where he studied jazz piano and composition, he then relocated to London in 2008 to dedicate himself exclusively to sound and music. In 2010 he completed MMus in Leadership from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama followed by a fellowship focused on collaborative and participative work. He is an Associate Artist at Spare Tyre theatre company and a regular leader at Create Arts. Filipe has worked with various orchestras and institutions in the UK and across the world including the Barbican Centre, CCB Lisbon, Projeto Guri, Sinfonia Viva, London Contemporary Orchestra and the EU Youth Orchestra. He founded Quest Ensemble, a contemporary classical piano trio, and teaches at Trinity Laban Conservatoire and occasionally at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Filipe is a Lecturer at Trinity Laban and GSMD and an Associate Artist at Spare Tyre Theatre Company Member of MU and PRS. 

Since 2000 HM has undertaken several medium to large scale performance, research, technology and educational projects in the UK, USA, Canada and in Europe.  

HM is concerned with philosophical ideas on the construction of complex collaborative entities, formed and consisting of various identities and transferable skills, and is driven by the provocation for the construction and realisation of a newly defined system for multimedia dance collaboration in professional practice and education.

2020
CoVid19 Summer
CoVid19 Summer 2020, Dance Editor Harriet Macauley, InDance Barcelona 2020. Amor por la gente de España, covid19 2020. Dancers: Carlitos Way and Lhatsun Lahmo Tara. Videographer: Aldana Juarez. Created in the city of BCN, Spain.
2020
2020
Quarantine
“Quarantine” 2020 Dance Editor Harriet Macauley, InDance Barcelona 2020. Amor por la gente de España, coronaria19 2020. Dancers: Carlitos Way and Lhatsun Lahmo Tara. Videographer: Aldana Juarez. Created in the city of BCN, Spain.
2020
2018
e-HM-phasis
“e-HM-phasis” 2018 To summarise and accurately define the essence of the work, the word e-HM-phasis has the added value of including the letters "H" and "M" that can be used with double meaning of highlighting (and "emphasising") the initials HM (Harriet Macauley). Essentially the theme of this digital dance film is a mode to highlight and present the unseen, hidden love and broken relationships/friendships masked behind a character of deception. “Something I was not capable of perceiving” Harriet Macauley and team captured and presented through film a trajectory of personal yet fluid experiences of broken promises. Created in Barcelona, Spain in collaboration with La Sala Mi - Barcelona and Waldemar Ramos, Brazil.
2018
2018
InDance Barcelona
“InDance Barcelona” video marketing material. Created by Harriet Macauley in 2018 as part of InDance Barcelona. Performers are international students of the Institute of the Arts Barcelona, Sitges.
2018
2018
Dancing Behind Close Doors
“Dancing Behind Close Doors”, 2018. A solo dance film created as part of InDance Barcelona in Bogatell, Barcelona, Spain. Dancers are from the Institute of the Arts Barcelona, Sitges.
2018
2018
Liner Velocity
“Liner Velocity”, 2018, A contemporary Skate Dance work in collaboration with Roller Skaters, Spain. Performed as part of InDance Barcelona 2018.
2018
2016
Diva
“Diva” (2016-2017) and numerous choreographic creations as part of my role of choreographer at The Institute of the Arts, Barcelona.
2016
2015
Ligeti Lines
“Ligeti Lines” (2015) in collaboration with The Royal Academy of Music, London
2015
2014
In-between the silence
“In-between the silence”2014 a multimedia collaboration with composer and performer Filipe Sousa of Guildhall School of Music and Drama. A collaborative investigation created with the support of The University of Roehampton, UK as part of a Masters in Fine Arts (MFA) 2013
2014
2012
Duality
Funded by Arts Council England, DUALITY 2012 is a full length dance and technology work, created with the support of Dance East and premiered at The Yorkshire Dance House Leeds, Northern Ballet and featured at ZOO Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland.  Project Duality is an abstract representation on how technology shapes how we communicate, think, move, play and act. It creates a fast-paced world of technological illusion realised through cutting edge digital media - Green Screen, Live Feed, 2D and 3D animation and Digital interactive triggers. Duality allowed for an early investigation into the mechanisms of dance and technology. How do they co-exist and interact in atmospheric, enveloping worlds? Performers connect and recognise the ways in which technology shapes how we communicate, move, play and act.
2012
2010
A day in the life
“A day in the life” was created in August 2010 in London. The short documentary was created in preparation for twenty consecutive performances as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and includes Interviews with Choreographer Harriet Macauley and performers David Gerulla - France Vasiliki Stasiniaki - Greece and Ayano Honda - Japan, created as part of a short residency at The Bernie Grant Arts Centre, London. 
2010
2010
RUSH
Project RUSH 2010 was developed in collaboration with multimedia artists Sammi Fang and Jui Wei, Korea. Centred on commuter chaos in London, this work examines the notion of non verbal communication within a confined space. This work is created with the support of Arts Council England, Dance Base Edinburgh, The Cochrane Theatre London, Sadler's Well, Lilian Baylis, and the Joyce Soho New York.  In 2012 Harriet Macauley was honoured with a choreographic award from the15th Masdanza Canary Island international choreographic competition. As a result of winning the competition Harriet Macauley was nominated to perform in Valencia and in New York as part of Joyce Soho with RUSH and digital dance work DUALITY. www.masdanza.com
2010
2007
SILENT STEPS
Project SILENT STEPS 2007 an early stage dance work created whilst undertaking an apprenticeship with Rambert Dance Company. Silent Steps was performed in New York City, London, Turkey, Spain and Denmark. Created in collaboration with composer and former partner Richard Leonard with support from London Contemporary Dance School. The dance work was commissioned and restaged on Zimbabwe/Afro-contemporary dance company Tavaziva Dance. SILENT STEPS was created with the support of Arts Council England, Dance Base Edinburgh, METU Turkey, Sadler's Well, Lilian Baylis, and DUMBO New York.
2007
2007
eleven:35
An early stage choreographic work, “eleven: 35” 2007 was featured as part of Spring event, Touch Wood - The Place, LCDS. As a supported artists Macauley undertook the creation and development of two medium to large scale works as part of a national and international development under John Ashford and Eddie Nixon - The Place artists development scheme, London Contemporary Dance School.
2007
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