Mehmet Sander Masterclass

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NHS staff, nurses and mental health support workers are invited to work with Mehmet Sander in a unique performance workshop.

In a 2014 workshop at the Tate Modern 3 nurses from the NHS joined choreographer and action-architect Mehmet Sander, inspiring him to honour the NHS and it's hardworking staff in this new workshop and new piece to be shown at the TF18 festival this July.

"I really want to work with NHS nurses and staff because for me they are the most disciplined, resilient, hard-working people. These are the qualities one must have to execute my work."

- Mehmet Sander

Mehmet Sander’s work challenges people's habitual ideas of what a dance should be like. Associating his pieces more closely to the fields of architecture and physics rather than performance and music, Sander’s dance is about movement, space and time, explored through collaboration with physical forces such as gravity, inertia and velocity. Sander’s work aims to provoke thought and push boundaries, reflecting reality rather than offering an escape from it.

We invite all NHS staff and anyone working in the mental health sector, who has an interest in dance and performance, or just a desire to experience something new, to work with Mehmet this summer. This workshop is FREE to attend.

About the workshop

In this workshop you will learn from Mehmet as he leads you through a series of exercises to create new choreographies and challenges. As your confidence and skill develops, you will work with Mehmet on the collaborative creation of a new piece, titled EMERGENCY which will be performed by the workshop attendees at the TF18 festival in Croydon this July.

Workshop dates: 7-8th July. 10am-6pm
Workshop venue: Middlesex University, London, NW4 4BT

Performance date: Monday 9th July, evening.
Performance venue: in Croydon, CR0 1YL

No dance experience is needed to take part, just a willingness to experiment. However, physical participation is required.

Get involved

This workshop is only open to those working within the NHS or the mental health sector.

To take part please email and tell us a bit about your role and why this workshop appeals to you.

About Mehmet Sander

Mehmet Sander started dancing with Geyvan Mcmillen in Istanbul in 1984. He continued his dance education at the London Contemporary Dance School, California State University (Long Beach), Harvard University and American Dance Festival. He founded the Mehmet Sander Dance Company in 1990, performing throughout the United States and participating in numerous events and festivals such as the Holland Dance Festival, New Moves (Scotland), ICA’s National Look at Live Arts (UK), Klapstuk Festival (Belgium) and Munich Dance Festival (Germany). Sander′s recent UK work includes the commission and presentation of original works Uncomfort Zone at Queen Mary, University of London (2011) and Impact at Fierce Festival (2012). He premiered his new work Trust Fall at Bristol’s In Between Time Festival (2013) and performed his new solo BANG at the legendary Royal Vauxhall Tavern (2013).Tate Modern presented Mehmet Sander's  sold out workshop in 2014

Mehmet Sander workshop by Mehmet Sander at the Tate Modern Gallery, 2014