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As experienced, mature artists who have spent over a quarter of a century together, we create performances of the highest quality and our work demands that we are at peak capacity that in turn allows our artistry to flourish. We endeavour to make work that engages audiences on a physical and emotional level. We like to allow the subtleties and the performativity within our work to take our audience on a journey without the necessity of a more traditional and conventional ‘theatre’ narrative. Errol White and Davina Givan
Errol White (Creative Co-Director)
Trained at the Northern Contemporary Dance School, Errol White has performed with some of the UK’s best known contemporary dance companies including Phoenix Dance Company, Scottish Dance Theatre, Random Dance Company and National Dance Company of Wales. He has performed internationally working alongside a number of distinguished directors and choreographers including Rui Horta, Bill T Jones, Kenneth Kvarnstrom, Darshan Singh Buller, Fin Walker and Janet Smith and Ashley Page. Errol was the Artistic Director of National Youth Dance Wales from 2009 till 2013. Currently he is the Creative Co-Director of the Scottish contemporary dance duo White & Givan (previously Errol White Company)
A teaching artist and performer, Errol has over 20 years’ experience, including five years as Rehearsal Director with Scottish Dance Theatre. As guest lecturer in dance colleges and other educational settings throughout the UK Errol shares his legacy of practice teaching the next generation of contemporary dancers. He also leads residencies and classes for professional dance companies. In 2014 and in collaboration with Davina Givan, he launched Scotland’s first paid pilot apprenticeship programme, Evolve.
Errol is a recipient of the Dance Europe Magazine’s Critics Award for Best Male Performer (2003/2004), the Marion North Mentoring Award for Choreography (2002), the Lisa Ullman Travelling Scholarship Award (2009).
His most recent choreographic collaborations with Davina Givan include the successful and critically acclaimed works Three Works (2009) and IAM (2012).
In 2015, White & Givan were invited to work with Orla O’Loughlin, Artistic Director and Joint CEO of the Traverse Theatre in the capacity of Movement Directors and Choreographers for the new play Swallow by Stef Smith. Swallow won the Scotsman Fringe First Award and the Scottish Arts Club Theatre Award-‐First Place when premiered in the 2015 Fringe Festival at the Traverse.
Davina Givan (Creative Co-Director)
Davina Givan is an experienced and highly articulate artist who trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds. Edinburgh born, Davina has worked and performed with Richard Alston Dance Company, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Scottish Dance Theatre and also as the Creative Director of National Youth Dance Wales 2009-13. Currently, she is the Creative Co-Director of the Scottish contemporary dance duo White & Givan (previously Errol White Company).
Throughout her career Davina has worked with internationally renowned choreographers dancing original roles for Richard Alston, Darshan Singh Buller, Janet Smith, Henri Oguike, Ashley Page and Jan De Shenkle. She has
received several awards including the Critics Award by Dance Europe Magazine (Best Female Performer 2001/2002)The Mitchell Dance Award (1993), and a nomination for the highly-prized Outstanding Young Artist category in the Critics Circle Dance Awards (2002).
An experienced teaching artist and facilitator, Davina generously shares her practitioner experience working across age groups and in a variety of educational and professional settings in Scotland and internationally. In 2014 and in collaboration with Errol White, she launched Scotland’s first paid pilot apprenticeship programme, Evolve.
Her most recent choreographic collaborations with Errol White include the successful and critically acclaimed works Three Works (2009) and IAM (2012).
In 2015, White & Givan were invited to work with Orla O’Loughlin, Artistic Director and Joint CEO of the Traverse Theatre in the capacity of Movement Directors and Choreographers for the new play Swallow by Stef Smith. Swallow won the Scotsman Fringe First Award and the Scottish Arts Club Theatre Award‐First Place when premiered in the 2015 Fringe Festival at the Traverse.
Fabiana Piccioli (lighting designer)
London-based Italian lighting designer Fabiana Piccioli made her White & Givan debut with Breathe in the hope that this creative partnership will continue throughout the trilogy of intimate duets.
Fabiana studied philosophy in Rome and danced professionally for several years. She was then technical coordinator and production manager for the Romaeuropa Festival 2002–04, and joined Akram Khan Company in 2005 as technical manager. She has designed lighting for many of the company’s productions, including Gnosis and iTMOi. She has also been lighting designer for such companies Royal Opera House, English National Ballet, Royal Ballet and Philharmonie Luxembourg, among others. Piccioli’s awards include best lighting for dance in the 2013 Knight of Illumination awards for iTMOi.
Tiago Cerqueira (music composition and sound designer)
Portugal-based composer and musician Tiago Cerqueira first worked with Errol White in 2004 on Can You See Me at Phoenix Dance Theatre. This was followed by an invitation to Errol, Davina and Tiago as visiting artists to participate in Colina – a collaborative arts lab hosted at the O Espaco doTempo, Portugal hosted by its Founding Director choreographer Rui Horta. The creative relationship between Errol, Davina, Tiago and Rui began to flourish. Since 2009, Tiago has collaborated with White & Givan on Three Works (2009) and IAM (2012). Breathe in is the latest and the first of the trilogy of new intimate duets by White & Givan to have Tiago’s sound imprint.
Tiago has been writing, producing and performing music, centering his activity in sound design and composition for performing arts, video, cinema and installation since 1999 including Ballet Gulbenkian, Bare Bones Dance Company, Bomba Suicida, Cie Instável, Cie Último Momento, CiM, Colectivo 84, Companhia do Chapitô, Companhia de Dança de Almada, Companhia Nacional de Bailado, Dance X Change, Icelandic Dance Theatre, Magnólia Teatro, National Youth Dance Wales, Nova Companhia, Phoenix Dance Theatre, P.OR.K, Projecto Lá e Cá, Propositário Azul, Rui Horta Stage Works, SACD, Scottish Dance Theatre, Tanzhaus NRW, Tanztheater Nürnberg, The Göteborg Ballet and Vo’arte.
Karisma Costumes (costume designer)
Rotterdam-based designers Ben Voorhaar and Sabrina Zyla, aka Karisma Costumes made their White & Givan debut with Breathe in the hope that this creative partnership will continue throughout the trilogy of intimate duets.
Karisma Costumes was established by Ben Voorhaar and Sabrina Zyla in 1997 who have been running the company as Artistic Co-Directors since.
Ben Voorhaar studied at the Scapino Danceacademie, Rotterdam and at the Technical School for Fashion and Clothing, Amsterdam. Following a successful career as a dancer with Dutch companies at home and abroad, Ben worked as an independent costume designer for numerous theatres before establishing Karisma Costumes.
Sabrina Zyla studied Fashion Design at the Modeschule, Düsseldorf. She worked for several German companies as a fashion designer and patternmaker before co-establishing Karisma Costumes.
Together and as part of Karisma Costumes, Ben and Sabrina have designed and produced projects and events in fashion, media, dance and theatre. They also regularly appear as guest teachers at the Arnhem Acedamy of High Arts, The Rotterdam; Scapino Danceacademie, Rotterdam and The International Movieschool, Cologne.
Colin Baird (Executive Producer )
Colin returns to White & Givan after three years working as a fundraising professional in the third sector and at Rambert Dance Company. Taking up the post of Executive Producer (part-time) he will manage the company’s ongoing strategy for development.
Colin has a wealth of experience as a producer and bid writer, producing over 20 productions in dance, theatre, opera and outdoor events and raising nearly £1.5m in project funding in the last four years alone.