White & Givan

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As experienced, mature artists who have spent over a quarter of a century together, we create performances of the highest quality and our work demands that we are at peak capacity that in turn allows our artistry to flourish. We endeavour to make work that engages audiences on a physical and emotional level. We like to allow the subtleties and the performativity within our work to take our audience on a journey without the necessity of a more traditional and conventional 'theatre' narrative. Errol White and Davina Givan

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White & Givan Professional Residency!

on May 17, 2017 08:42

White & Givan Summer Residency! Final few places left, don't miss out! sign up today!

If you are interested, please contact us @ whiteandgivan@gmail.com

Errol & Davina

White & Givan 'Aveiro Dance Festival'

on May 17, 2017 08:41

White & Givan have been Invited to the Aveiro International Dance Festival, Portugal to judge the competition and also deliver various technique and choreographic workshops!

W&G HighFest 2017 Fundraising!

on May 17, 2017 08:39

Hello Everyone!

White & Givan have been invited to perform at HighFest 17 in Armenia in October this year. We are therefore looking at fund raising to enable us to attend the festival. If you have any advice that may help us begin the process of raising funds Davina and I would really appreciate any help at this stage.

We are looking to raise a small amount money to cover flights and technical costs for us to attend the festival.

Thanks for listening,

Warm wishes

Errol & Davina x

White & Givan Professional Residency June 2017

on April 28, 2017 15:06

White & Givan Professional Residency

Join acclaimed Edinburgh based White & Givan for a professional residency at Morningside Dance Academy on the 26th June 2017.

We are delighted to offer this exciting opportunity for professional dancers, BA graduates and students to work with White & Givan on a wide range of repertoire across a week. Each day will include: creative work, and choreography (including repertoire from White & Givan). The sessions will build upon participants' existing dance skills and experience, and offer opportunities to explore a range of ideas through creative, contemporary dance.

Everyday throughout the residency week will begin with company class; this will focus on skeletal alignment; articulate placement and core stability. Leading the dancers to move fluidly with precision, power and strength facilitating a neutral and controlled understanding of the body's physicality in performance.

The primary focus of this residency will be choreographic process and staging by working with repertory-based solos, duets & group work participants will gain an in-depth understanding of the company's work.

About Us

White & Givan seeks to be an articulate and committed ensemble, producing unique dance works of high quality, with emphasis on authentic movement vocabulary and how the vocabulary of the body can be used as an abstract language. As a company we aim to provide a progressive and forward thinking educational and professional training environment. Our creative team is an experienced and communicative teaching faculty who are passionate and adept in training professional dance artists.

The Residency will be delivered by Errol White and Davina Givan. The cost of the residency is £250 for the week.

NB – Places are limited, advance booking is essential. The residency is £250 for the week with a £100 non-refundable deposit to secure your place once accepted. Plus a full non-refundable payment of the outstanding amount on first day will be applicable.

If you are interested in taking part in the residency with the company in June, please contact us ASAP to book your place.

Kind regards Errol & Davina

What: W&G Professional Residency

When: 26th - 30th of June 17

Where: MDA, 9B Grange Rd, Edinburgh, EH9 1UQ Time: 9.30am - 3.00pm

Other: To book your place, please contact whiteandgivan@gmail.com

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Davina Givan | Biography

Davina Givan is an accomplished and highly articulate artist, training at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds. Edinburgh born, Davina has worked and performed with Richard Alston Dance Company, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Scottish Dance Theatre and also as the Creative Director of National Youth Dance Wales (2009-13). She is currently the Creative Co-Director of the Scottish contemporary dance duo White & Givan (previously Errol White Company).

Throughout her career Davina has worked with internationally renowned choreographers, dancing original roles for Richard Alston, Darshan Singh Buller, Janet Smith, Henri Oguike, Ashley Page and Jan De Shenkle. Receiving several awards including the Critics Award by Dance Europe Magazine (Best Female Performer 2001/2002)The Mitchell Dance Award (1993), and a nomination for the highly-prized Outstanding Young Artist category in the Critics Circle Dance Awards (2002).

An professional teaching artist and facilitator, Davina generously shares her practitioner experience. Working across a variety of age groups and in a vast array of educational and professional settings in Scotland and internationally. In 2014 and in collaboration with Errol White, she launched Scotland's first paid pilot apprenticeship programme, Evolve.

Her most recent choreographic collaborations with Errol White include the successful and critically acclaimed works Three Works (2009), IAM (2012) and Breathe (2014). In 2015, White & Givan were invited to work with Orla O'Loughlin, Artistic Director and Joint CEO of the Traverse Theatre in the capacity of Movement Directors and Choreographers for the new play Swallow by Stef Smith. Swallow won the Scotsman Fringe First Award and the Scottish Arts Club Theatre Award-First Place when premiered in the 2015 Fringe Festival at the Traverse. Following on from the success of the initial collaboration she worked with the Traverse Theatre on their subsequent production's including Tracks of the Winter Bear, Milk and most recently the Grain the Blood a co-production between Tron Theatre and the Traverse Theatre.

In 2016 White & Givan were invited to work with Francesca Joy, Artistic Director of Imagine if Theatre Company in Leeds as movement directors/choreographers for the new play You Forgot the Mince written by Francesca Joy. The play toured throughout theatres & prisons across the north of England during October through to November 2016 and received critical acclaim. Throughout spring 2016 White & Givan toured Breathe taking the work to ten venues across Scotland including the Perth Concert Hall, Tramway and Traverse Theatre, receiving critical acclaim from reviewers and audiences.

White & Givan: Errol White and Davina Givan | Co-Artistic Directors e: whiteandgivan@gmail.com | t: +44 (0)7771786598 | admin: +44 (0)131-467-4156

White & Givan (Errol White Company) is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) no. SC044081. Registered address: Errol White Company, Ground Floor 22 Magdala Crescent, Edinburgh, EH12 5BD.

Errol White | Biography

Trained at the Northern Contemporary Dance School, Errol White has performed with some of the UK's best known contemporary dance companies including Phoenix Dance Company, Scottish Dance Theatre, Random Dance Company and National Dance Company of Wales. Performing internationally alongside a number of distinguished directors and choreographers including Rui Horta, Bill T Jones, Kenneth Kvarnstrom, Darshan Singh Buller, Fin Walker and Janet Smith and Ashley Page. Errol was the Artistic Director of National Youth Dance Wales from 2009 until 2013. Currently he is the Creative Co-Director of the Scottish contemporary dance duo White & Givan (previously Errol White Company).

A teaching artist and performer, Errol has over 20 years' experience, including five years as Rehearsal Director with Scottish Dance Theatre. As guest lecturer in dance colleges and various educational settings throughout the UK. Errol shares his legacy of practice teaching the next generation of contemporary dancers. Leading residencies and classes for professional dance companies. In 2014 and in collaboration with Davina Givan, he launched Scotland's first paid pilot apprenticeship programme, Evolve.

Errol is a recipient of the Dance Europe Magazine's Critics Award for Best Male Performer (2003/2004), the Marion North Mentoring Award for Choreography (2002), the Lisa Ullman Travelling Scholarship Award (2009).

His most recent choreographic collaborations with Davina Givan include the successful and critically acclaimed works Three Works (2009), IAM (2012) and Breathe in 2014. In 2015, White & Givan were invited to work with Orla O'Loughlin, Artistic Director and Joint CEO of the Traverse Theatre in the capacity of Movement Directors and Choreographers for the new play Swallow by Stef Smith. Swallow won the Scotsman Fringe First Award and the Scottish Arts Club Theatre Award-First Place when premiered in the 2015 Fringe Festival at the Traverse.

Following on from the success of the initial collaboration he worked with the Traverse Theatre on their subsequent production's including Tracks of the Winter Bear, Milk and most recently the Grain the Blood, a co-production between Tron Theatre and the Traverse Theatre.

In 2016 White & Givan were invited to work with Francesca Joy, Artistic Director, Imagine if Theatre Company in Leeds as movement directors/choreographers for the new play You Forgot the Mince written by Francesca Joy. The play toured throughout theatres and prisons across the north of England during October until November 2016 and received critical acclaim.

Throughout spring 2016 White & Givan toured Breathe taking the work to ten venues across Scotland including the Perth Concert Hall, Tramway and Traverse Theatre, receiving critical acclaim from reviewers and audiences.