Ensemble Biographies

James has recently graduated with an HND in Acting and Performance at Dundee College. He has been working with Stephanie for 5 years, starting at her youth company where he first encountered the work and he has performed with Third Thread on many occasions. 

James believes in a studio focussed practice which, an approach that has been cultivated through working with Third Thread and he hopes to continue to perform and come into the studio for many years to come.

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Eleanor enjoys exploring creative outlets based in movement and bonding with other artistic people. She has always been passionate about dance from a young age, and over time has become particularly interested in the sense of community and teamwork that comes along with creating great art together, whether it is dance or otherwise. Since joining the ensemble she has used more minimalistic, pedestrian and abstract movement and text to enhance her more traditional contemporary dance practice at college, but her heart is really with the ensemble where she practices and performs most truthfully.

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Aga is a dancer and improviser, graduated from the Academy of Physical Education in Poznań (Poland) in 2018. Currently she is a student at The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance where she develops her technical skills and explores movement through regular research. Aga is interested in everything related to improvisation, contact improvisation, ensemble practice and incorporating dance with theatre. Previously  she was a part of production ‘SIKSIKA.Real people’ choreographed by Anna Maria Krysiak and she is currently working with Irish choreographer Niamh O’loughlin to create a performance ‘A Fathach Mór. The big giant’ exploring Irish legends about giants, addressed to young audiences. She is also volunteers for the program Dance for Parkinson’s Scotland. 

 

Ava is a 21 year old Dundonian performer and theatre-maker.  She has trained with the DUENDE school of ensemble physical theatre in India and in Greece 2018/19. She also trained with Rose Bruford College on their acting foundation course in 2016. She is a member of the National Youth Theatre and Scotish Youth Theatre’s National Ensemble for 2020. 

Francesca Till was born in Cremona, Italy in 1996 where she took dance classes with Il Laboratorio, an experimental and inclusive dance school, where she now teaches and participates in projects. Francesca trained at The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance in Dundee, where she graduated in 2019.  For the past 4 years Francesca has taken part in dance intensives/workshops across Europe, where she had the opportunity to experience a wide variety of dance and physical theatre approaches. She is interested in genuine performance and cross collaborations with different art forms. She joined Third Thread Ensemble in 2019

Michel is a 24 year old dance artist in training, from Ireland. Currently, he is studying at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance in Dundee. Having only started dance at the age of 19 –training mostly in Release technique and classical ballet – he has a particular interest in studyingand analysing dance and improvised movement from a conceptual and philosophical perspective – having previously obtained a BA in History and Politics. Prior to his studies at SSCD, he was a senior dancer with Dublin Youth Dance Company; where he had performed in Dublin, Glasgow, Belfast, Bristol and Italy, as well as collaborating/working with Liz Roche Dance Company and Irish Modern Dance Theatre. He wishes to pursue postgraduate studies in fields such as contemporary cultural studies, movement research, cultural policy and arts criticism.

Christina Panagiotou is 19 years old from Cyprus. Her passion in dance started from her younger years when she mainly trained in ballet and jazz. She started contemporary at the age of 15 and so she decided to move to Scotland and start her training at The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance. She’s currently in her second year of training and she is hoping to do a postgraduate degree and then perform around the world when she graduates. She joined Third Thread in September 2019 in order to explore in a new environment with different artists than the ones she usually dances with. She considers the ensemble her Scottish little family.

Myrthe is 21 years old, from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She’s currently in her second year of training at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, and is a certified PBT and Level 3 IDTA teacher. She also trains with the Ballet West Dundee Associates and is part of ShaperCaper’s Youth Advisory Council. Myrthe started dance when she was studying at uni, looking for a hobby. Inspired by the movie ‘Black Swan’ she started ballet, which then dramatically evolved into full time dance training. After graduation in a few years, she hopes to gain professional dance experience, to continue exploring all the different sides of dance, and to one day own her own dance studio, sharing her knowledge and passion with others. Myrthe joined Third Thread in September 2019.