Vangelis Legakis having an in depth personal experience and long term studies in many disciplines and modalities of art, healing and spirituality, initiated the organisation Unity Space.
He wishes to facilitate and provide a space of integration, a space of unity of all disciplines and modalities for a main purpose:
and together evolve as human kind.
Vangelis Legakis is a producer, choreographer, dance artist and therapist. He is specialising in integrating the philosophies of yoga and chi gong within dance for self-development, relationship equilibrium 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 with which he has been creating numerous productions across 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 coordination and choreography that he is teaching integrating nowadays the philosophies of yoga and chi gong.
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. He is amalgamating his experience and knowledge from diverse dance artists including energy work (Chi Gong and Yoga) so as to provide a holistic approach into dance pedagogue and performance.
A pivotal point in his career was the Masters in Buddhist Studies at The University of Hong Kong where he graduated from in 2015. Alongside with his research on philosophy and neuroscience, Buddhist Studies integrated his research even more; and more specifically on the use of the mind and its interconnectedness with perception, consciousness, emotions, the body and reality. This is when he established his teaching philosophy entitled Embodied Unity; an integration of Dance, Yoga and Chi Gong. At the same year in Hong Kong, he brought into being the organisation Unity Space focusing on the support, implementation and sustainability of arts and healing projects and events across the world.
Because of what Hong Kong has offered to him in terms of growth, in 2016, he initiated the festival HKICF and residency HKICAROS to support the local dance communities by collaborating with artists from abroad.
Head of Wellness & Education
Kiana is a passionate personality caring about the well being and education of younger generations as well as people of all ages and professions. For many years she has been a successful yoga and Thai Massage teacher sharing her love for these practices across the world. Recently, she became an accredited facilitator of Contact Beyond Contact levels 1 & 2, an integrative Dance and Healing practice created by Mr. Legakis. She is passionate about dance as a profound medium to create the right space for healing, transformation and true connection. Her teaching is further inspired by Qigong, a practice focused on cultivating and harmonizing Qi (life energy). She believes in developing self love and integrity for developing harmony within the self and others in a community. Self Love and Integrity are two of the main foundational pillars on which community and authentic relationships can grow. Currently studying anatomy, physiology and pathology, she is uncovering greater layers of freedom on her path to share to the world her love and care.
There have been steady partners throughout the years for Unity Space to be able to offer more to local and international communities. Without their support, we would not be able to be where we are, and we would not be able to offer substantial support to artists and non-artists across the globe.
Critical Path | The Drill
Unity Space has started a partnership with the Residency Critical Path in Sydney for presenting performances of resident artists as part of the Unity Space AiR Melbourne.
This will be taking place one to two times a year and will be arranged according to the availability and intention of the resident artists. Currently Unity Space Air has three resident artists: Jaala Jensen (Tasmania), Romain Hassanin (Melbourne), Sophie Gargan (New Zealand). Performances will be on the 1st of December 2018 at Critical Path.
The Space | Dance and Arts Space
Unity Space has started a three-year long partnership with The Space | Dance and Arts Space in Melbourne located at the vibrant neighborhood of Prahran. The Unity Space AiR Melbourne will be taking place at their studios for the next three years. Performances will be on the 30th of November 2018 at Gas Works, a theatre where The Space DAS is having their final year performances. Vangelis Legakis, artistic director of Unity Space, is also teaching and choreographing for the students of The Space DAS
Unity Space has been closely collaborating with Abbotsford Convent since 2017. Unity Space is creating twice a year the Dance and Being Art project in their premises as well as numerous open workshops in Chi Gong and healing modalities.
Gertrude Street Yoga
Unity Space has been collaborating with GSY since 2017 where we initially hosted the Unity Space AiR Melbourne. Vangelis Legakis is continuing strong and fruitful relationships with the GSY studio where he is teaching Chi Gong, Yoga and offering treatments and therapies. Legakis is also using the space for research and development to enhance his own practice, as he is continuously keeping a research-based practice.
City Contemporary Dance Company | Dance Centre
Unity Space has been collaborating with CCDC Dance Centre since 2015 when we firstly initiated the idea for the Hong Kong International Choreography Festival (HKICF) & Hong Kong International Collective Artists in Residency for Opportunities and Sustainability (HKICAROS). CCDC has been the main partner and sponsor of this event, as well as have been supportive of open classes and workshops Unity Space is offering to the local dance community of HK.
Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre | KLPAC
KLPAC has been a major partner for the East Point West | Interdisciplinary Festival of Embodiment that takes place once a year during July. Unity Space created this festival for first time in July 2018 attracting 100 artists from across the world. With great feedback and reassurance by local and international community we are putting forward a greater festival for 2019.
The Yoga Tree
Unity Space are starting a new Unity Space AiR in Chiang Mai, a vibrant and rich city in Thailand. We will be offering 2-4 week long artists in residency in which artists will be able to research and develop for new productions, movement language, interdisciplinarity, choreography and other subjects under approval by the mentors. It is open to all art forms and we will be offering mentorship, studio space, accommodation, and classes at The Yoga Tree studios.
TENERIFE | SPAIN
Unity Space collaborates with Teatro Victoria for the Dance and Nature project where artists present solo production at the end of their research and development. Teatro Victoria and Roberto Torres have been supportive since 2015 when we first started the DaN project. Their support is invaluable for Unity Space but also for the artists involved each year as part of the project.
Manantial de Tara
Unity Space hosts the Dance and Nature project once each year during August at the Eco-Village resort Manantial De Tara. It is a serene and unique place where artists can relax and enjoy an excellent quality of life and specifically focus on new creations. Many artists have started short productions at this space and thereafter developed them at full productions between 20 and 60 mins long. Together Unity Space and Manantial de Tara offer the right space and environment for creation and creativity to grow.