Born in Canada, Laïla currently lives in Bristol. She first came to prominence as a performer with Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance where she danced from 1998 to 2005. Since then she has focused on developing and presenting her own choreographic work, also frequently being called to work as movement director for theatre and opera productions. She was awarded a Rayne Fellowship for Choreographers in 2006 and was an Associate Artist at ROH2 at the Royal Opera House between 2009 and 2012.
Creations include the solos Imprint, The Wayside and At-any-moment-something-else for Theo Clinkard; Between the Shingle the Dune, Sense of Self – a piece co-authored with Montreal-based choreographer and performer Mélanie Demers, on the feeling of being together for map dance, and Come rain or come shine for Verve, the postgraduate company at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Laïlas latest work, Hold Everything Dear, draws inspiration from themes of migration and displacement. For this creation she is joined by composer Jules Maxwell, with a specially commissioned live score, and another seven performers complete the cast.
In 2012 Laila was part of Siobhan Davies Dance residency Side by Side.