pictures by 137 Productions
Back2Basix is run by twin sisters Leah & Marta Valverde, and born to tell stories through dance, movement and words in a simple, unusual and moving way.
Forget what is...
Our aim is to continuously seek possibilities and to explore ideas in multiple ways with the intention to break out of our static vision of things, people and situations.
We go back to basics to see every piece at their essence, before they have been altered or put in a box, when anything and everything can be. To re-find the unaltered, unseen paths and to build new ones. We invite you to dive into our art and trust it will ignite your creativity, boldness, kindness and playfulness for life.
We bring our vision to life through different movement vocabularies, as well as text, and on to dance videos, performance, choreography and movement direction, and take the audience on a twisted, unexpected journey that inspires thought, curiosity and play.
Initially drawn to work together during the production of the visual EP ‘Love, Lust, Misery’ by music artist Jimmy Brixton, what came to be our first full choreography and movement direction work and led us to establish Back2basix.
Our piece ‘Dreamers’ Games’ was presented in February 2020 with excellent response from viewers. Since then, and through lockdown, Back2basix have been featured in and created work across various platforms and communities including Invisible Dances LDN, Greenwich Dance, Cleopatras Worldwide and 64 Million Artists. Since March 2021, Back2basix are part of Imperial College’s pool of artists for the development of creative projects with their academics to bring together science and arts, specifically around the topic of duality.
Actively engaged in education, we impart regular classes and workshops for students of all levels and backgrounds, from young movers to dance professionals, as well as movement enthusiasts with different levels of experience. We have delivered sessions, amongst others, at MÓTUS Dance, Morley College, Danceworks London and Myatts Field North Community Centre.
"a flow of twists and choices,
a dive into a playful, bold game"
pictures by Jenais Artiste
Is a dancer and choreographer. She also likes creating thru other types of art which feature in B2B6 alongside of dance.
Her love for dance started with street dance, learning from as many teachers as she had the chance to, being lucky enough to learn from masters like Junior Almeida and BRODAS. She then expanded her vocabulary into contemporary and modern dance and continues developing her skills in London and LA.
Following her interest in different styles and disciplines, as well as her love for different cultures, her career has taken her to develop pieces and workshops with dancers and musicians across Spain, Amsterdam, Lisbon and London as well as working in film, TV and music videos. More recently she has choreographed and directed movement for artist Marco Mestichella. She is currently a member of A FREE WXRLD and Instigate Unknown.
Other credits include:
Open Art Surgery, Building In Isolation, No Limit Amsterdam, Netflix, UEL, Trip Project.
# because? The hashtag reminds me of my love for music. Since I was a kid, the sharp sound always felt somehow distinct, it stood out. With social media being everywhere now, the hashtag (which looks almost the same) means something iconic and a connection, something people can identify and also feel connected by and I love the idea of creating something that stands out and brings people together.
Was studying music when she decided to join her sister in a dance class. After some time combining both trainings plus studies in translation and interpreting, she decided to fully concentrate in dance.
Training first in hip hop styles to later discover contemporary dance and ballet, she learnt, amongst others, from Nito Solsona, BRODAS, Junior Almeida, Eva Bertomeu and Gustavo Ramirez. Since moving to London she continues to develop her practice, which has included learning tango and capoeira, discovering Tanztheater and visiting LA regularly. She has recently been certified as a Rambert Grades teacher, for grades 1-8.
She works as a freelance dance artist, teacher and has been member of several companies and interdisciplinary collectives among which Alias LDN, I=We/Untold, the Rebirth Network and Instigate Unknown (current).
One of the passions in her career has been to use dance to raise personal and social awareness and change. She has co-developed several creative pieces and workshops with this focus. Her style is defined by fluid floor work and surprising dynamics which she likes to incorporate in her creations.
Other credits include:
Open Art Surgery, Outrageous Behaviour, GDIF, Move It main stage, Paul Oakenfeld, 7 Days 7 Causes, Blackberry.
& why? & links, connects, brings pieces together. And, I still remember when I learnt my first '&' count!