Jerwood Award winner Yael Flexer is co-artistic director of Flexer & Sandiland. Originally formed by Yael as Choreographer in Residence at The Place Theatre, London, to date Yael has created 13 full-length productions for the company, touring throughout the UK and internationally. The company has been commissioned to create live and/or interactive works for among others: Brighton Dance Festival and Digital Festival, Sadler’s Wells, Woking Dance Festival, The South Bank Centre, Barbican Centre, London & Cinedans (Amsterdam, The Netherlands). Currently the company is in rehearsal for Curiousera new co-production for family audiences co=produced with Norwegian company Dybwik Dans. Flexer & Sandiland’s recent digital work The Hum (2017) commissioned by Brighton International Festival premiered in May 2017 and is currently touring across the UK including being selected by the Without Walls Festival network. The company’s 2016 touring production Disappearing Actsperformed across the UK and internationally alongside the digital installation Weighting(2015-ongoing). Past touring productions include Weightless (2012-14) celebrating the company’s 20thAnniversary and The Living Room(2010-2011). Alongside the company has toured the installations Trip Hazard(2013-ongoing) and Gravity Shift(2010- on going).
Commissions as an independent artist include among others: E-Werk Tanz Festival (Freiburg, Germany), Edge, Scottish Dance Theatre, Mapdance, YDance Scotland, Wessex Academy, Gravity & Levity, Freefall, 3 Score and Cascade Dance Companies. 2016-2018 commissions include works for Encore East, National Youth Dance Company Scotland, Trinity-Laban, Motus Dance Festival, Maslool, Tel-Aviv, Israel and Stavanger University, Norway. Yael has created numerous works for the Centres of Advanced Training programmes across the UK alongside other youth company commissions. Yael regularly leads choreographic Labs, workshops and professional training in the UK and internationally including: Independent Dance, The Place, The Point, Motus Dance Festival, Swindon Dance, Bewegungs Arts, Germany, Proda & UiS, Norway, Maslool and Bikurei-Itim Dance Centre, Israel.
Yael has been awarded a bursary from The University of Chichester towards a PhD practice-based research which she completed in March 2013. Yael also co-directs mapdance, the University of Chichester’s postgraduate repertoire touring company.