London Contemporary Dance School

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Alula Cyr - Photo by Mark Dawson Photography

Alumni round-up – April 2018

Alumni on Stage

This month marks CircusFest 2018, which means a host of opportunities to see graduates of National Centre for Circus Arts on stage:

Collectif and Then… founder and hair hanging artist Francesca Hyde presents a new piece Fram and Dunt at the Roundhouse from 3 – 5 April.

Remy Archer presents Zoetrope, a 360 degree film installation, at the Roundhouse from 3 – 22 April.

NoFit State premier new production Lexicon in Newcastle-under-Lyme from 28 March – 21 April, with a cast including juggler Luke Hallgarten.

Cyr wheel trio Alula – Fiona Thornhill, Jessica Ladley, Lil Rice – perform Hyena at The Albany, 12 – 13 April, and at the Malvern Theatre on 24 April.

Simple Cypher – Chris Thomas and Kieran Warner – will be directing Throwdown, a Roundhouse Street Circus Collective with 20 young circus artists and hip hop dancers, on 12 – 14 April.

Hand to hand duo Nikki and JD perform Knot at The Place, 17 – 18 April, and at the Corn Exchange on 20 April.

Ellie Dubois presents No Show at the Roundhouse on 18 – 22 April, with fellow graduate performers Francesca Hyde, Kate McWilliam, Michelle Ross and Alice Gilmartin.

Handbalance artist Natalie Reckert presents Natalie Inside Out at Jackson’s Lane on 22 April.

In dance, choreographer and dancer Carlos Pons Guerra (NSCD) is now on tour with new production Toro: Beauty and the Bull, including performances at Sadler’s Wells on 25 – 26 April. The cast features dancers Marivi Da Silva (NSCD), and Jason Tucker (Rambert).

Eliot Smith Company are on tour with triple bill Portraits of Courage / Moonlight / Pitman from 14 April – 19 May. The company features dancers Gemma Paganelli, Giacomo Pini (LCDS), Duncan Anderson and Paloma Galiana Moscardo (Central School of Ballet).

Tavaziva are on tour with new production Izindava until 30 April. The cast features dancers Kieran Page, Luke Crook, Yaa Appiah-Badu (LCDS) and Tom Shale-Coates (Rambert).

English National Ballet present Voices of America at Sadler’s Wells on 12 – 21 April. The company features dancer Sarah Kundi (Central School of Ballet).

BOVTS alumna Erica Whyman directs Romeo and Juliet at the RSC Royal Shakespeare Theatre from 21 April. The cast features recent BOVTS graduates Afolabi Alli and Josh Finan.

At the National Theatre from 18 April, Absolute Hell features graduates Esh Alladi, Simon Hepworth (LAMDA), Jenny Galloway (BOVTS), Sinead Matthews and Jonathan Slinger (RADA).

Alex Beckett (RADA) and Nathan Welsh (LAMDA) feature in The Way of the World at the Donmar Warehouse, 29 March – 26 May.

John Leonard (BOVTS) provides Sound Design for Mood Music at the Old Vic, 21 April – 30 June. Pip Carter (RADA) features in the cast.

Bob Crowley (BOVTS) is Designer for The Moderate Soprano, a Hampstead Theatre production at Duke of York’s Theatre, 5 April – 30 June.

James Garnon, Jack Laskey and Michelle Terry (RADA) feature in Hamlet from 25 April – 26 August in Michelle Terry’s first season as Artistic Director at The Globe.

Anisha Fields (BOVTS) is Designer for A View from the Bridge at Tobacco Factory from 18 April – 12 May 2018. Simon Armstrong and Laura Waldren (BOVTS) feature in the cast.

Jane Horrocks (RADA) features in Instructions for Correct Assembly at the Royal Court from 7 April – 19 May.

Kirsty Bushell (LAMDA), Verity Blyth and Rosy McEwen (BOVTS) feature in The Cherry Orchard at the Royal Exchange, Manchester from 19 April – 19 May.

Alumni on Screen

Retrospect Dance Theatre – Christopher Thomas and Hannah McGlashon (Rambert) – premier a full length film of In Light of Those You Love at Whirled Cinema, London on 12 April.

Josh O’Connor (BOVTS) and Callum Woodhouse (LAMDA) return to ITV with Series 3 of The Durrells, now airing Sundays at 8pm.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw (RADA) features in Disney blockbuster A Wrinkle In Time, in cinemas from 23 March.


[Image: Hyena by Alula Cyr – Photo by Mark Dawson Photography]