Laugh Time with Flora

By Sarah Vermont

Many people are reinventing themselves under lockdown.  So, when an email popped into my inbox 10 days ago inviting me to 15 minutes of smiling, laughing and connecting to boost my immune system and lift my mood for the rest of day, I thought 'Yes...that's exactly what we ALL need' so I made a podcast about it.  Flora Wellesley Wesley is a dancer, choreographer, teacher and writer and sits on the council of Equity (choreographers' seat).  She is also a founder member of Nora, a contemporary dance ensemble who make highly original work constantly challenging boundaries.  In this podcast we hear pieces of Nora's work woven through Flora's laughter workshop and a sung portrait of her made for '52 portraits' at Sadler's Wells.“When you laugh, you change and when you change the whole world changes around you.” – Dr Madan Kataria, medical doctor and founder of Laughter Yoga.Daily classes are listed at www.florawellesleywesley.com.'52 Portraits' is a digital project by choreographer Jonathan Burrows, composer Matteo Fargion and video maker Hugo Glendinning.  Flora's song was performed by Francesca Fargion.'BLOODY NORA! 'Concept, writing, choreography and direction: Liz Aggiss  Music: Richard Strauss Also Sprach Zarathustra played by Portsmouth Sinfonia; Dead Belgian (by kind permission) Mazurka Limouson and Ne Me Quitte Pas; Johan Sebastian Bach Sheep May Safely Graze (Extract) and Prelude No. 5 in D; Alan Boorman/Wevie Hornpipe.'Digging' Choreography: Simon Tanguy. Text: Eleanor Sikorski, Simon Tanguy and Flora Wellesley Wesley. Dramaturgy: Marzena Krzemińska.Guest appearance at the end by Emily and Lucy Vermont (recorded for BBC Radio 5 in December 1991).

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