Jori Snell (DK)

About Jori

Jori Snell is a physical performing-and visual artist from Holland/Denmark (1972).


She works as a freelance performer, improviser, director and teacher, transforming her training in physical theatre, contact improvisation (CI), authentic movement, butoh/martial arts and visual arts into a personal language.


Companies she has worked with are: Odin Teatret (DK), Teatret OM (DK), Corona la Balance/ZeBU(DK) and Panthéâtre (Roy Hart Theatre, FR), Su-En Butoh company (SE).


Between 2008-2016, based in Cape Town, South Africa, she created works for/with companies such as FTH:K & Ubom! (Physical/Visual Theatres) and Remix Dance Company (Mixed Ability Dance).


She initiated and sustained the CI scene in Cape Town. Her passion for CI and Improvisation has grown and developed through her meetings with Kirstie Simson, Katie Duck, Lucia Walker, Ray Chung, Nancy Stark Smith, Kitt Johnson and many others. 




 Since 2016 she has collaborated intensively with Andrew de Lotbinière Harwood, teaching and performing in Canada, Denmark, South Africa and Costa Rica.


In her work and teaching she aims to bring alive an authentic expression in body, mind and space. She loves to work with and craft ways to bring CI into a state of heightened (compositional) awareness: an improvised space full of potential for both solo, duet and ensemble work, which moves between seeing and being seen, the intangible and tangible, the random and organized, the individual and  group.


Intensive with Jori: TRIOS

self, other and earth

self, space and time

self, other and more…


I often feel such aliveness and excitement when I find myself dancing in a trio, it is complex, dynamic, creative and allows for many different actions and choices at play - such as: 

- soloing, duetting, “ensemble-ing” as a trio; 

- playing with composition, design, space and timing; 

- listening to what is needed to make the dance connective, a soft or bold, loud or soft, dialogue (triologue) between all parties, and so on…


Space speaks a clear language too in a trio, as always, but more dynamically so than in a duet.

We will play with the fluidity, complexity and creativity of trio-dancing.


I’d like us to “study” the dynamics of what a “satisfying trio-dance” could be made up of, if something like this exists. Looking for pointers to enhance our listening skills, spacial awareness skills, fluidity and immediate support.


Not only physically, but as an attitude; a way of dancing with life.

As we dance, we become aware of support structures, fluidity, air and mass and naturally lifts, momentum and landings will occur.


A playful investigation in the dance of three; 1, 2, 3!