Vangelis Legakis graduated from Laban Center (London, UK) with BA in Dance theater and MA in Choreography and holds a Masters in Buddhist Studies from Hong Kong Univerisity. He is dedicating his career to offer his knowledge and experience to assist in the growth and education of young artists, the general public as well as professionals in dance and the arts.
He has been visiting the Forsythe Company regularly since 2004 with who he performed ‘Human Rights’ in 2006. He holds a diploma to teach, spread and develop Flying Low and Passing Through from the 50 days workshop in Costa Rica given by David Zambrano. His work is influenced by famous dance artists, William Forsythe, Julyen Hamilton, David Zambrano, Gill Clarke, Rosemary Butcher, Rosalind Crisp. He is amalgamating his experience and knowledge diverse from dance artists including energy work (Chi Gong and Yoga) so as to provide a holistic approach into dance pedagogue and performance.
Legakis is a therapist internationally teaching and offering therapies. He studied at Morley Collge (London, UK) Reiki I, II, & Master’s levels, Reflexology, Neuro-skeletal Re-Alignment, Deep Tissue and Holistic Massage and he furthered his studies in Structural Energy Awakening Therapy – Thai Massage (Mike Tan), Divine Healing Therapy (Dr, Ahlmeirah Ariel Hallaire), Integrative Biodynamic CranioSacral Therapy, Thanatology (Rosemary Wallace), Abdominal Massage (Felicity Joy) and Tsi Nei Tsang (Khun Ni). He has also studied Kundalini Yoga (Marika Bolsfeldt, Swami Vivekananda & Karta Singh) and Chi Gong (Mantak Chia & Tew Bunnag) he also holds a certificate of Yoga Teachers Training course from Arhanta Ashram in India.
He internationally teaches interdisciplinary edifying workshops, Flying Low & Passing Through, Forsythe Improvisation Technologies, Release, Contact Improvisation integrating the philosophies of Tai Chi, Chi Gong, Kundalini Yoga and healing modalities. He has been teaching at Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Academy of Peroming Arts, Hong Kong University, University of Santiago of Chile, Mimar Sinan Güzel Sanatlar Istanbul University, Taipei University of the Arts, Taipei University, Beijing Dance LDTX, City Contemporary Dance Company and many other art spaces and companies.
He is the organiser of the International Interdisciplinary NO BORDERS project that takes place each year during December in a different country and city and organises the Dance and Martial Arts Festival in Lijiang – China, Dance and Being Arts Project in Melbourne – Australia, Dance and Nature project in Tenerife – Spain, IntegrO Dance Beyond project Chiang Mai – Thailand and Hong Kong International Collective Artists in Residency for Opportunities and Sustainability alongside with Hong Kong International Choreography Festival. His workshops, festivals and projects reach beyond dance and choreography, they are workshops of human development by fusing dance, spirituality and healing practices.
Class with Vangelis – Flying Low
Flying Low is a physical and dynamic technique that was developed by David Zambrano. Flying Low creates diverse dynamic relationships between the dancers and their environment with special focus on floor work. By using one’s weight, gravity and the energy from the environment, there is a momentum created that allows the dancer to flow freely on the floor and in space. Through the basic principles of the technique that of gathering, sending and passing through, the dancers create concrete Inter-relationships between themeselves, the floor, the whole room, so as to ultimately dance freely and instinctively all together as one living entity.