“Love Yourself” Performing Arts Showcase

“Love Yourself” Performing Arts Showcase

LCP Dance Theatre presents “Love Yourself” Performing Arts event about body’s and self awareness.

15th June 8pm £15 (perf)/£30 (perf+bbq) in London@ The Lodge Space

“Love Yourself” Performing Arts Showcase is a platform for artists who can craft their own art in any form, create a visual performance and share it with an audience.
It is an evening of dance, any form of art and performance aimed at raising awareness of our own body image.

This entertainment about self awareness is a fusion of different forms of dance such as aerial, slings, painting dance, contemporary, physical and musical theatre presented by various companies/artists such as:

LCP Dance Theatre (Victoria Howden, Rudolph Niasme, Luisa Harris, Ruth Bruce, Zuza Tehanu, Diana Mukalere, Yvonne Griesel, Deana Indraccolo, Joanna Puchala), Maria Ghoumrassi, Katie Price, Zuza Tehanu, Phyllis Sham, Daniela Costanza, Gennaro Lasco, Sofia Caley, Saili Katebe, Matthew Rawcliffe, 

Organised by LCP Dance Theatre founder, Joanna Puchala, and The Lodge Space, in collaboration with the Social Arts Festival and Flow Move

VIDEO TRAILER from previous event

To book tickets click here, places are limited 

Join us to experience different interpretations of self image expressed through performing arts and give us a feedback on how it felt.

We are presenting a showcase of various performing arts companies, all about “love yoursel”:

Maria Ghoumrassi

8min solo

Contemporary Dance – Painting 

A CONVERSATION BETWEEN ME AND THE MOON: A woman, A white wall, A Paintbrush, Breath, Light, Sound, Breath becomes sound, movement becomes mark.

Artists and poets have long thought about the Moon’s influence on living creatures, and in particular, on women’s cycles. 

A Conversation Between Me and The Moon is a work in progress, an extract from Maria da Luz’ solo A Tree Without Leaves, a dance piece examining the meaning of womanhood in contemporary society. The concept behind the work is born as a response to a Chad proverb: ‘A tree without leaves is like a woman without children’.

Choreography and dance:  Maria da Luz Ghoumrassi

Photographer: Foteini Christofilopoulou

Maria da Luz Ghoumrassi is a dancer, choreographer and educator working through multidisciplinary techniques to develop Intercultural Awareness Performance. She is the artistic director of DaLuzDance and has presented numerous works in venues across the UK. She has performed in the original cast of The Lion King, Kokuma Dance Theatre, Jacky Lansley, The London College of Fashion, Tate Modern, among others. She continues to find joy and inspiration through professional development and exploring ways to integrate different disciplines into her creative and performance practice. 

Katie Price

7min solo



A Jewish diabetic, dyslexic; Katie’s no stranger to finding herself in an uncomprimising situation. Whether it’s accidentally ripping off an insulin pump in a moment of passion, letting herself into a strangers house in the Occupied Territories or pausing mid foreplay to nosh a Cadburys Fruit and Nut medly, Katie’s journey to self acceptance is a voyage of discovery, definace and diam bars.

Katie Price is comedian and actress based in London. Originally from North London (to the surprise of absolutely no one) when not re-enacting fiddler on the roof, Katie is a comedian, writer and actress who’s work focuses on socialism, the female orgasm, feminism and stepdads!

Zuza Tehanu

25min solo

Spiritual Dance 

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Spiritual dance theatre performance is based on a deep internal search for feminine power and archaic intuitive wisdom.  Through following the impulses and feelings coming from the performer’s body sensations and it’s image, the artist tried to identify the struggles that women experienced through the ages on the path of becoming more powerful and connected to their inner knowledge. The female body then became the main subject of the study, as the artist believes that those struggles are imprinted into the bodies (muscles, joints, organs) and the perception of the body of all women collectively. Therefore the performance became a diary of a very personal journey to overcome the restrictions of the body on the way to discover the feminine true self.

This one-dancer performance is an interdisciplinary creation combining very organic, contemporary dance, theatre and singing with some originally composed music and poetry.

Choreography and Performance by: Zuza Tehanu

Music: Zuza Tehanu and Tomasz Brajter

Short review

Zuza Tehanu is an actress, dancer and choreographer, circus artist , performance director, singer and musician. Founder of Dark Soul Dance Theatre, since 2010 is performing regularly her works at London venues (Rich Mix, The Space Theatre, Etcetera Theatre, Hoxton Hall) and around UK. Her interdisciplinary works integrate performance art, contemporary dance, theatre, visual art, singing and original music. Collaborated with PAiL London showing “In”on Festival of Female Performers’ at Rich Mix and “HEReins” in London Metropolitan Archives. Choreographed “Project Anna” for One Billion Rising Festival and performed with Dread Falls Theatre in their immersive show in Wycobe Museum. Last year she created feminine solos (“Yarners”, “Mire”) showing on Black Box festival in Etcetera Theatre in London and recently performed her dance and circus show in Ms. Paolini Phantasmagoria Cabaret in Hoxton Hall.

Phyllis Sham

5min solo

Aerial/slings dance


“I know all the girls want to looks better. I taught 20 classes a week when I was a yoga teacher and everyone ask me about how to look great. I said – you should love your body – no matter what size, height or colour you are. Your inner self reflect your outlook all the time so it’s not about botox or luxury skin care. Keep your mind pure and real, you can glow anywhere and anytime. Believe yourself – no matter what decision you made. Accept your flaws – I had few tattoos on my body and there were some employers who rejected me because of this. But I don’t care because I know that is what I am and what I should look like. All the flaws make what you are now. Everyone are unique and special, no one can replace what/ how the way you live your life”.

Dance with no limits. No matter what you look/ how you look, you still can dance/ move beautifully.

Daniela Costanza & Gennaro Lasco

10min duet

Aerial Slings Dance – Acrobalance 


This performance is a mix of acrobalance and aerial dance showing the pressure that every person feels about  the balance  between what the society imposes on us and what we would like to be, the freedom that everyone needs and seeks to be themselves.  

Daniela Costanza born in Italy is an aerial/dancer and Pilates instructor based in London. She loves to create and compose choreography both in the air and on the floor.

Gennaro Lasco @gennaro_lasco Originally from Italy, Gennaro started dancing when he was 14. He toured Italy performing in both ballet and contemporary pieces, including “Swan Lake” and “Giselle” with Teatro Massimo of Palermo, “Rigoletto” with Teatro Argentina of Rome, “Don Quixotte”, “Carmen”, “Bolero”, ”Carmina Burana” with Compagnia Naionale del Balletto. He trained as an aerial performer in 2010 and began performing in “The Dreamer” and “Nocturne” with Claudio&Paolo Ladisa Dance Company. In 2012 Gennaro was one of the seven main aerial- performer at the Opening Ceremony of Alpine World Ski Championship in Italy. Gennaro moved to the UK in 2014 performing in London with PointBarre Dance Company, with South Down Opera as main dancer in ”Aida”, with W. Mulley in “Reach Out and Touch”, in Edinburgh at the Fringe Festival with LCD Dance Company, in Carlisle at The Sands Centre in the pantomime “Peter Pan”.

Sofia Caley

15min duet

Physical Theatre 

In a world that stands to benefit from our insecurities, self-love becomes an incomplete puzzle. Here we find two individuals working against the clock to discover the missing jigsaw peices of their uncertainty. What has led them to this place? Why is the pressure on? Will they find the answers in time? Or will they lose themselves in the process of self-discovery? 

Direction and Performance by Sofia Caley and Saili Katebe

Sofía Caley originally from the UK is a creative who spends her time devising theatre, acting, directing and writing. Sofia performed Lemon Sherbet at the Social Arts Festival 2018, a play about the blame women place on themselves in rape culture. She returns this year with Saili Katebe, performing at The Love Yourself Event a piece combining movement and text.

Saili Katebe is a Zambian born writer, actor and performance poet currently based out of the South West. His work work seeks to find the marriage between mediums, investigate the lived experience through language and physicality.

Mathew Rawcliffe

6min duet

Contemporary Dance 


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Thats why sh-she takes risks and she expresses herself through her look but it’s very monotone she’ll just be like – tell you how it is – and l- especially with dance it’s always nice when she comes to see me cos she’ll be like yeah it was alright or it’ll be like yeah that was good. If I get a good from Bella it’s a good show. 

The piece is about how we love – through play with the audience the dancers re-live their own stories of intimacy with people who inspired them.

Choreography by Matthew Rawcliffe Performance by Joey Barton and Jade Thomas

Matthew Rawcliffe is a contemporary dance artist originally from Manchester, recently he won the contemporary category final of BBC Young Dancer 2019. Matthew is currently involved in Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet and Young Associates / Hetain Patel’s Together, not the same at Saddler’s Wells.

LCP Dance Theatre


Aerial Slings Contemotary Dance 


working progress video trailer

“Shapes of water”

We are living in the society where the only body’s image seems to be accepted is the perfect one. Let’s break the boundaries of the common image of ourselves imposed by others. Let’s create our own identity defined by ourselves, our views and who we really are. Beauty is in everyone and everywhere.

The inspiration of the choreography comes from Victoria Howden who proposed to create the performance around the body’s shape/self image. 

It’s an artistic collaboration between Joanna Puchala – artistic director, choreographer, performer; acting director Victoria Howden and below listed performers and choreographers:


Artistic direction and Choreography by Joanna Puchala

Acting direction – Victoria Howden

Performance and choreography:

  • Rudolph Niasme

  • Zuza Tehanu

  • Diana Mukalere
  • Yvonne Griesel
  • Deana Indraccolo
  • Luisa Harris
  • ­Ruth Bruce is a dancer and fitness instructor. She trained at Trinity Laban and The Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Although usually to be found in the Pilates studio, Ruth has recently added Aerial skills to her  repertoire, for a little change in perspective…!
  • Victoria Howden is an actress, singer, improviser, storyteller and comedian with a dream of turning her life into a musical. If you have to say it she has to sing about it.  She believes that the way to connect, heal, inspire , empower and bring people together, especially in this day and age is through stories ,music and laughter.

  • Joanna Puchala – Polish dancer and choreographer based in London. Artistic director of LCP Dance Theatre since 2006 and founder of Social Arts Festival and Flow Move.

Special thanks to all the participants listed above and all below who made this “Love Yoursel” Performing Arts event happen. Without all the voluntaries’ and support in kind offered to us we wouldn’t be here.

The Lodge Space – Jane Wells, Julie Hobbs, Oliver Norfolk (Venue)

Thom Seaman (film), Sophie Blank (photography), Joann Koralewska (photography), Victoria Howden  (Presentation)

Organised by LCP Dance Theatre (founder Joanna Puchala) in collaboration with The Lodge Space, Social Arts Festival and Flow Move.

LCP’s quotes form previous work:

“Modern, moving, muscular & magnificent”*****Mumble Dance Fringe 2016 on “Escape” 

“…which is a masterwork of dance theatre – I’ve never seen anything with so much realism, so much quality, so much poetry, in Dance” *****Mumble Dance Fringe 2016 on “Escape” 

“A compelling dance performance dealing with highly relevant issues” UK Theatre Fringe Preview 2016 on”Escape”

“An interesting performance with a clear purpose” ***Everything Theatre Fringe Preview 2016 on “Escape”

“LCP Dance Theatre offered something extraordinary” ****Female Art Fringe Preview 2015 on “I Am”

“Their bodies seemed to inhale air and exhale this choreography, it came to them with such ease and you could feel the energy breathing from them” **** Broadway Baby Fringe 2014 on ” Am I

‘The impeccable execution and the power of the visual imagery is utterly paralysing. “Dance stops trafficking!” they advertise. For me, their dance stopped my heartbeat. “***** Threeweeks Fringe 2013 on ” Am I” 
“Visually arresting” Dancing Times (BBC Performing Arts Award) 2012 on “Rights(?)

LCP Dance Theatre was formed in 2006 and is led by Polish Artistic Director Joanna Puchala who is based in London. It is a multi-media and multi-ethnic aerial dance company that uses live performance and film to raise awareness of human rights violations. Joanna integrates the performing arts work of other artists in order to give them the platform to express their artistic skills and needs.


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