pictures by 137 Productions
Back2Basix is run by twin sisters Leah & Marta, 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
Leah is a dance artist, creative and teacher. Born in Spain, she started her dance training in street dance and hip hop styles, and soon after expanded into contemporary and modern dance, training, among others, with masters like Junior Almeida, BRODAS BROS, Melanie Venino or Alex Sieff.
Throughout her career, both as a performer and in movement creation, she has worked in a wide variety of settings, from stage works and film, to music and dance videos, as well as in education, imparting workshops and interdisciplinary sessions with artists including musicians and capoeirists, across Spain, Amsterdam, Lisbon and the UK. Some of her credits include Jimmy Brixton, AMEX and Cain r&d.
She currently works with Instigate Unknown as a company dancer, with great involvement in choreography devising, working with the company’s vocabulary of hip hop and contemporary languages and great focus on prop work. She co-founded Back2basix in 2020 with the intention to create work and provide education in dance that inspires choice, excitement and independence while also nurturing the foundations.
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.
Marta is a freelance dance artist and teacher. Originally from Spain, she is lucky to have trained, amongst others, with BRODAS Bros, Junior Almeida and Eva Bertomeu (EBCD). She also holds a BA in Translation and Interpreting Studies and studied music for two years.
She has worked across different settings, from theatre and stage works to dance videos and film, as well as collaborating with artists from various disciplines, amongst whom musicians and visual artists. Her credits include Open Art Surgery, GDIF, Cain r&d, Jimmy Brixton and Alias LDN.
She is currently a dancer with Instigate Unknown, a company with an original movement language that is a combination of hip hop and contemporary dance styles and heavy prop work. Since 2020, she’s co-founder of Back2basix, whose works and training opportunities inspire audiences and students to be curious and explore beyond the obvious. Their style is defined by fluid floor work, strong dynamics and a combination of the styles that inform their practice.
Other credits include:
Outrageous Behaviour (Impact Dance), Netflix, Move It main stage, Paul Oakenfeld, 7 Days 7 Causes (Ginga Brasil Capoeira in partnership with I=WE) , Blackberry.
'&' why? '&' links, connects, brings pieces together. And, I still remember when I learnt my first '&' count!