Professional Class: Freddie Opoku‑Addaie
Freddie Opoku-Addaie's class ‘Field of Play’ draws on Opoku-Addaie’s innate and extensive training of disparate movement languages, including Adowa (folk dance of Ashanti Tribe in Ghana), Street Dance styles, Capoeira Angola and Western dance formations with a qualified Yoga instructor sensibility.
‘Field Of Play’ sources hugely from these styles to move in a shared space - a space where taught movement material and its sequencing will challenge our intrinsic patterns, but will expand on tools and become the norm or redundant. This will also unearth a playful awareness of the body's articulation in the ‘now’ and its many shifts of presences in the dance of the movement material. The narrative in all is to promote individual ownership of the movement language/s and our observation in the many constellations of meaning.
Freddie Opoku-Addaie is a London-born international choreographer, performer and educator. He has extensive training in and out of vocational institutions, working and collaborating with celebrated international choreographers, teachers and companies including Saburo Teshigawara, Jonzi D, Company Wayne McGregor, Rashpal Singh Bansal, Elias Wolliaston, Candoco Dance Company, Siobhan Davies, Jorge Crecis, Clod Ensemble, Frauke Requardt, Athina Vahla and Hetain Patel.
Partly raised in Ghana and a subsequent return to London provides major influences for his work. He juxtaposes instinctive movement language, ritualistic practices with parameters of games. The results are viscerally affecting works that explore universal notions of the group, the individual and the outsider.
As former Associate Artist of the Royal Opera House London (ROH2), national and international presentations include twice Finalist Choreographer/Performer in The Place Prize sponsored by Bloomberg. Other commissions and platforms include Robin Howard Commission (UK), Aerowaves / Dance Across Europe, Dance3 Tour (UK), Dance Umbrella Festival (UK), Jardin d'Europe (Romania), B-Motion (Italy), Attakkalari Biennial Festival (India), Royal Opera House (UK), Horniman Museum and Gardens (UK), Musée de la civilization (Canada). Opoku-Addaie is Trailblazer Fellow (2008/09), Trailblazer Champion (2014/15) and co-curator of One Dance UK (Dance of the African Diaspora), showcase at The Place, London 2016.
Currently Opoku-Addaie is a Studio Wayne McGregor Dance Artist, Queen Mary University Visiting Artist Fellow and Guest Programmer at Dance Umbrella International Festival, curating ‘Out Of The System’ (OOTS). OOTS is a festival within a festival, presenting local and global experiences and profiling different identities and off the grid cultures.