Shapeshifting

Linda Hayford - Inside Out CompanyShapeshifting

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In her first solo Linda Hayford breaks free from genres and conventions, mixing hip hop and popping to craft her own language. Full of grace and intensity, Shapeshifting follows the metamorphosis of a dancer from shadow to light.

Choreographer and Performer : Linda Hayford
Original music: Abraham Diallo
Lights : Ydir Acef
Dramaturgical advice: Salomon Baneck-Asaro and Anne Nguyen
Costume : Mélinda Mouslim
Compagnie Inside Out
Production : Garde Robe
Coproductions: IADU (Initiatives d’artistes en danses urbaines) La Villette-Paris, Le Triangle, Cité de la danse – Rennes, Le Pont des Arts - Centre culturel de Cesson-Sévigné. With the support of the DRAC Bretagne.

Pictures: Patrick Lombaert

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Biography

Based in Rennes, Linda Hayford was born in 1989 in a family in which music was an important component of the environment and love of dance became a legacy. She started learning Funk style dances through Poppin technique in 2000 from her brother Mike Hayford. From then on, she learnt many different styles now included in the Hip Hop aesthetics such as New style and House Dance. 

Driven by a desire for versatility and thanks to self-made practices she takes part in national and international battles. Since 2016 as well as continuing to perform with Cie Par Terre/Anne Nguyen and Paradox-sal/Ousmane Sy, she has presented her works as InsideOut Company, a name which endures the idea of going from intimate and organic sensations to raw, external expressions of it. In 2016 she premiered her first solo Shapeshifting, which was selected for the Aerowaves Twenty17

Taking a crossover of styles as her starting point, Linda Hayford finds a common thread between multiple emotional and physical states and focuses her aesthetic research on metamorphosis, as well as developing her own gestures called Shifting Pop. The Rennes-based dancer and choreographer adopts an open and plural approach to dancing.

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