AllouAqui Dance Theatre merges contemporary movement with theatrical elements and creates work that switches between a real and a surreal world. Unleashing their fantasy they reach the edges; the subtle and the extreme, the logical and the instinctual, the normal and the quirky.
Artistic Directors, Xavier De Santos and Delicia Sefiha met in the dance studios whilst studying contemporary dance. They shared the same mediterranean vibes and passion for blending movement and theatre. After collaborating on A Writer, a Typewriter and the Matter of Love and Final Test, they discovered that their explorations, experimentations and creations flared up a unique twist on the contemporary perspective of dance. And so AllouAqui was born - a dance theatre company that toys with the allou (there) and the aqui (here), testing the boundaries and combining different disciplines.
Milan’s Game is their first duet since the beginning of their collaborative work, and a performance that has been developed and refined through both their work with theatre director, Samuel De La Torre and by sharing the duet at various platforms and festivals across the U.K. Samuel De La Torre is now part of their team, sharing the role as Artistic Director/Theatre Director.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR | CHOREOGRAPHER
Delicia is a Bristol based dance artist. After training in ballet and contemporary dance at various dance schools in Greece, Delicia moved to the U.K. to pursue a career in performance and choreography.
She graduated with a first-class BA in Creative Arts, combining Contemporary Dance and English Literature. To continue her training she has attended various intensive dance programmes around the world.
Delicia has developed and performed in various choreographic projects, both solo and collaborative, and has worked with artists from different disciplines. Her work revolves around characters that balance in between the real and the surreal, and creates worlds that mix fantasy, physicality, storytelling and imagery. Delicia also works as a dance teacher for children and adults, an associate lecturer at Bath Spa University and a support artist for Move Dance Feel, while also getting involved in community projects.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR | CHOREOGRAPHER
XAVIER DE SANTOS
Xavier is a current Bristol based freelance dancer, choreographer, dance teacher as well as artistic director and co-founder of AllouAqui Dance Theatre.
His dance journey started as a little boy, watching his mother boogying around the house, leading him to Balleteatro in Porto, Portugal where he trained in physical theatre for three years. Xavier has a varying range of training from both Portugal and the UK including a first-class Dance BA (Hons) degree from Bath Spa University where he is now an associate lecturer. He also received the Bath Spa Alumni Award as one of the top five students at the university.
Xavier has plenty of experience in leading, making and collaborating within the dance world as well as directing movement and performing within theatre. He has worked with a variety of artists, which has allowed him to mould his practice, merging the two languages together.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR | THEATRE DIRECTOR
SAMUEL DE LA TORRE
Samuel is a freelance actor and director. He has worked with the company on Final Test and Milan’s Game. Samuel has a First-class BA (Hons) degree in Acting and has a number of years’ experience acting on both stage and screen, as well as directing and assisting for the stage. He has worked with a variety of companies, theatres, performers and directors, and has a strong passion for discovering new ways to manipulate scripted text as well as introduce text to compliment and contrast the movement.
Samuel’s theatre credits include working on The Young King with Slingsby Theatre Company, Hec with the Corn Exchange in Newbury, and Little Revolution with Taking Flight Theatre. He has also worked extensively as a walk-about act coordinator, bringing improvised characters to life with various companies and festivals.