Noemí Luz is a dance artist who's work spans traditional, contemporary and experimental flamenco. Her choreographic practice is a unique investigation into the art form, embracing flamenco as an expressive language capable of embodying the present moment, illustrating the times we live in and addressing the issues we face. Noemí is interested in the challenge of finding ways of giving a physical form to elements, concepts and emotions that don't necessarily already have one and bringing a human perspective to complex issues in order to understand them better, centering around the environment and feminism as core themes.
Daughter to a ballet conductor and granddaughter to a ballet dancer, Noemí’s passion for dance blossomed at an early age. She trained classically at Elmhurst Ballet School and Central School of Ballet (UK) and was apprentice to her mentor Yolanda Heredia for 6 years, specializing in traditional flamenco and bata de cola (Seville). She has performed at many traditional flamenco venues in Spain including Tablao Arenal, La Casa de la Guitarra, Peña la Perla de Cadiz, Peña Niño del Alfalfa and Café Zyriab as well as performing on CanalSur TV.
Noemí is co-director of contemporary flamenco company Dotdotdot Dance together with Magdalena Mannion. Their productions include No Frills (Buxton Fringe Dance Award 2014 & 2015), In Body a triple bill originally commissioned and produced by Sadler's Wells and Los Nacimientos, a collaboration with Tom Randle. Most recently they performed in Window Shopping curated by Breakin' Convention for Dancing Nation, a Sadler's Wells Festival for BBCiPlayer. They have performed in Sadler's Wells Sampled festival, Sadler's Wells Takeover of the National Theatre River Stage and curated a Wild Card Evening for the Lilian Baylis Studio.
Image by Emma Alcalá
Noemí collaborates closely with sound designer José Tomé, and together they have created choreographic works such as The Ugly Truth, Into Being, Re Red (work in progress) in collaboration with Magdalena Mannion for Dotdotdot Dance, Life, Melvin, is a fish in collaboration with dramaturge Iris Victoria Dekker and RAW. Most recently she choreographed for the project La Tercera Mirada , an installation and dance film by Emma Alcalá as well as creating a "Dance Capsule" for Buzón de Baile: Spanish National TV RTVE & Radio 3 Extra's Gestural Dictionary.
She has performed at theatres and festivals such as Sadler's Wells (Londres), Flamenco y Mestizos (Madrid), Coetani Festival for Experimental Flamenco (Athens), Dancenet Sweden, Festival Flamenco y Mestizos (Madrid), Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (Seville), Flamenco Fredag (Sweden), Buxton International Arts Festival (UK), Dartington Arts (UK), in a/her/my/our/their/no flamenco curated by Rosanna Terracciano (Londres), PAUL Studios Collective as part of The Wall Series (Berlin), Antara Arts (UK) and Contemporary Dance Series Corto y Bailo (Seville).
She has taught extensive workshops in choreography and composition at institutions such as the Conservatorio de Danza Profesional (Seville), Trinity College of Music, The Drama Centre and The Royal College of Music (London) as well as traditional flamenco workshops with Flamenco Manchester, Lilian Baylis Arts Club, Battersea Spanish, Cambridge Spanish Dance School and at The Place (London) as well as giving private coaching to individual students. She currently runs Dotdotdot's Online Live Sessions together with Magdalena Mannion.