Anna Buonomo - founder and director
Italian-born Anna's work blends ballet, hip-hop and contemporary styles to achieve unconventional dynamics using emotions and human narrative.
Anna's works have been shown at The Place Robin Howard Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse and Stratford Circus. In May 2012, Anna created Story of a Night Pianist, a site-specific work with movement and live music by composer Maestro Lorenzo Turchi-Floris animating the unique space of Trinity Buoy Wharf in Docklands. The piece has since toured in London; Manchester; Hamburg, Germany and Aarau, Switzerland, and become the subject of a separate dance film project, Faraday's Cage.
Following the birth of her first child, Daniele, in early 2014 Anna took a short hiatus but returned with new solo I Am You And You Are Me in summer 2015. In 2016, Anna received funding from the Dance Enterprise Ideas Fund at East London Dance to pilot a new community dance project for older dancers, Water Under The Bridge.
By combining influences from a variety of forms and by working in unusual and outdoor spaces, Anna aims to bring new audiences to live performance and create inspiring, accessible, cross-disciplinary narrative performance works.
Irene Wernli - co-director
Irène is an experienced performer, collaborative performance deviser, creative producer and movement pedagogue.
Trained at the London Studio Centre, Irène won the ‘Concours International Rhône Isère’ 2002,and the ‘Concours de Lyon’ 2002.
From 2008-2012 Irène performed and devised work with international physical theatre ensemble Bottlefed; and she has danced with Bricolage Dance UK since 2011, leading the performance of Story of A Night Pianist (as Die Geschichte eines Nachtpianisten) in Aarau, Switzerland.
Irène is also part of the No Feedback collective (2015-present) for which she both produces and performs. She is currently working on a project with visual artist Anni Katrin Elmer.
A versatile performer and deviser, Irène's interest lies in a multidisciplinary approach to create and devise contemporary performance using her background in movement and theatre. Alongside her work as a performer, Irène teaches regularly at institutions including University of East London, Buckinghamshire New University and Central School of Ballet.
Irène became a co-director of Bricolage Dance UK in 2017.
Lise Smith - co-director
Since graduating from Trinity Laban, Lise has worked as a manager and producer for companies and artists across London and the South East.
Lise has also worked as a teacher and animateur for organisations including Greenwich Dance, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds and Barnet School Sports Partnership.
Lise began working with Anna as a producer in 2012, bringing the Big Dance commission of Story of a Night Pianist to Trinity Buoy Wharf and going on to take the show to three further venues in London, Manchester, Hamburg and remaking the project as dance film Faraday's Cage.
As well as producing and managing Bricolage projects, Lise assisted with the co-delivery of Water Under The Bridge in 2017 and is currently making choreographic work with the company. She became a co-director of the company in 2017.
Lise writes for a number of arts and technology publications including Pulse magazine, Londonist and alphr.com. Very occasionally she can be spotted performing, most recently in New Art Club's Hercules (London cast), Greenwich Word Cultural Festival 2017, and Notting Hill Carnival 2018.