Vangelis Legakis is a producer, choreographer, dance artist and therapist. He is specialising in integrating the philosophies of yoga and chi gong within dance for self-development, relationship equilibrium and community harmony. He is dedicating his career to offer his knowledge and experience to assist in the growth and education of young artists, professionals and the public.
Legakis graduated in 2006 from Laban Center (London, UK) with BA in Dance Theatre and in 2007 with an MA in Choreography. In 2008 he established The Van-L Dance Company in London, UK with which he has been creating numerous productions across the world. In 2010 he was awarded the Marion North Mentoring Scheme in which he researched on dance improvisation and interdisciplinary studies under the mentorship of Gill Clarke. At the same year he was a semi-finalist at the Place Prize in London, UK, as well as he received a diploma to teach, spread and develop Flying Low and Passing Through from the 50 days workshop in Costa Rica given by David Zambrano. Since 2004, he has been visiting the Forsythe Company with who he performed ‘Human Rights’ in 2006. By researching alongside the Forsythe Company he gained a profound experience in composition, movement coordination and choreography that he is teaching integrating nowadays the philosophies of yoga and chi gong.
His work is influenced by well established dance artists and choreographers; William Forsythe, Julyen Hamilton, David Zambrano, Gill Clarke, Rosemary Butcher, Rosalind Crisp amongst others. He is amalgamating his experience and knowledge from diverse dance artists including energy work (Chi Gong and Yoga) so as to provide a holistic approach into dance pedagogue and performance.
A pivotal point in his career was the Masters in Buddhist Studies at The University of Hong Kong where he graduated from in 2015. After this, he researched on the use of the mind and its interconnectedness with reality, perception, consciousness, emotions and the body. At the same year, he established Unity Space in Hong Kong, an organisation focusing on the support, implementation and sustainability of arts and healing projects and events across the world.
PROJECTS & FESTIVALS
For over a decade, he has been researching in interdisciplinary studies creating projects and festivals across the world including:
He organises the Hong Kong International Collective Artists in Residency for Opportunities and Sustainability - HKICAROS and Hong Kong International Choreography Festival - HKICF (Link)
Unity Space AIR - Artists in Residency Melbourne (Link)
International Interdisciplinary NO BORDERS project during December in a different country and city (Link)
Dance and Martial Arts project in China (Link)
Dance and Being Art Project in Melbourne – Australia (Link)
Dance and Nature project in Tenerife – Spain (Link)
IntegrO Dance Beyond project in Chiang Mai - Thailand (Link).
He is internationally teaching in many countries in Europe, as well as in Turkey, Argentina, Chile, India, Thailand, China - Mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Australia, Philippines and Malaysia. His expertise is on 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 Performing Arts, Hong Kong University (DMT), 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, Chunky Move Studios, and many other art spaces and companies.
HEALING | THERAPY
Legakis is a therapist internationally teaching and offering therapies across the globe. 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 and Chi Gong for many years with great masters including Mantak Chia, Tew Bunnag, Swami Vivekananda, Mahasattva Ananda Sarita, Marika Bolsfeldt and many others.
YOGA | CHI GONG
He has been studying, practicing and teaching Chi Gong and Kundalini Yoga for many years which has enhanced and broaden his knowledge and experience on energy work and how to efficiently use it. He is now an instructor of Chi Gong credited by Grand Master Mantak Chia at Tao Garden. He has studied Kundalini Yoga with Karta Singh from who he gained deep knowledge of the energies of kundalini; how to awaken, channel and flow this blissful energy into the body and harmonise body and mind. Vangelis also holds a teachers training certification on Hatha Yoga by Arhanta Yoga in India where he deepen his knowledge on Hatha yoga and the lineage of Swami Sivananda.
Vangelis Legakis is warmly inviting you to study, work or collaborate in the future projects, productions and festivals. We are always open to receive your suggestions and create a fruitful cooperation, partnership or exchange.