Vangelis Legakis is a choreographer, dance artist, producer and therapist. He is specialising in integrating the philosophies of yoga and qigong within dance, performance and choreography. His focal point in his practice is “how can dance contribute in our self-development, relationship build up 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 that in 2018 was renamed as VANGELIS DANCE COMPANY.
He has toured his productions in different parts of 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 language, coordination and choreography that he is implementing now in his work. More importantly what makes special his work is the integration of the philosophies of yoga and qigong, Buddhism and Taoism.
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.
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 about 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 dance festivals, projects, residencies and educational programs across the world.