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summer | main event

running from the 1st to the 28th of july 2024

© marina sekacheva


© showing assistant Leila Carroll

b12 summer main event


location: eden***** studios


Tom Afiyan english

ferus animi // terra nova


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introduction to ferus animi // terra nova

over 6 days we will look to explore the principles of movement and performance that underlie our ferus animi // terra nova research methodology. it will involve a daily form of mobilisations to expose ourselves to movement nourishment for health, athleticism, and longevity. it will involve solo and group improvisation, to explore creativity, imagination and visualisation. it will also involve both collaborative and competitive partnering games, to shine a light on our movement blindspots. it will involve scientific theory around performance psychology, evolutionary physiology, behavioural neuroscience, and functional biomechanics. it will be physically challenging and mentally stimulating, and is designed to expose participants to a daily dose of functional failure. it will involve cultivating an open learning environment and motivational climate, in which participants can learn from themselves, each other, and the exercises, in an optimal developmental manner, guided by both the research and our instincts.

please be aware of our early bird special offer for this workshop! you can apply for this offer up until the 24th of march 2024. after the 24th the regular workshop fee applies. applications are accepted up until one day before the workshops starts.

Tom is a lecturer, academic and dance scientist with expertise in neuroscience, evolutionary physiology, performance psychology, and functional biomechanics, and is the founder of movement research collective ferus animi // terra nova. He studied at rambert, london contemporary dance school (ba(hons)) and trinity laban (msc) and, Artistically, has worked with wim vandekeybus/ultima vez, joe wright/sidi larbi cherkaoui, AΦE, English national ballet, the national theatre london, alexandra reynolds, and as an associate director with punchdrunk and niantic. Tom is the course leader of the ma Dance performance program at london contemporary dance school/university of the arts london.


ferus animi // terra nova

Ferus Animi // Terra Nova is a movement and art research collective based in Europe. its aim is to share the most up-to-date research from a host of scientific and artistic disciplines, including neuroscience, evolutionary physiology, biomechanics, and philosophy, in a relevant and accessible way, to enrich the practices of our students and collaborators. Contact us: info@ferus-animi-terra-nova.org


Leila carroll

Leila Carroll is an interdisciplinary dance artist from the United States with South Asian and Irish roots. Leila embraces duality and complexities and leans into spaces where kindness and rigor are priorities of equal value. She is pursuing an M.A. in Dance Performance at London Contemporary Dance School and completed her B.F.A in Dance from Adelphi University. Curiosities about the mind/body connection led her to minor in Psychology. During her time in New York, Leila’s choreography and screendance works were recognized at conferences and seminars including the American College and Dance Association’s Northeast Conference.


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