Northern School of Contemporary Dance
Image: Brian Slater
Tipped as the next big name to watch in the UK and Europe, Israeli choreographer Itamar Serussi premiered Mono at The Place in 2012 and was subsequently commissioned by London Contemporary Dance School for a four week residency with third year BA Contemporary Dance students, creating a new graduation piece for 2013. This relationship between school and choreographer led to a further commission for postgraduate company EDge in 2015.
Itamar Serussi has been artist in residence at Danshuis Station Zuid since 2010 and experiments with physical boundaries by using humour and improvisation to break through traditional dance. LCDS is celebrated for engaging with interesting, emerging and established choreographers and for introducing new choreographers from outside of the UK to the UK dance scene. Previous commissions have included new work from Swedish choreographers Helena Franzen and Martin Forsberg, and restaging of Sasha Waltz’s The Ligeti.
Through working with international choreographers such as Serussi, students learn to work with one another as a cohort to create original and exciting material, and to find the artistry and approach as an individual to a piece of original choreography. Simultaneously they are gaining skills such as professional conduct, networking and engagement, as well as increasing their employability at a professional level.
The work was shared via public performance, touring to venues, schools and colleges in London as well as Dance East in Ipswich, Dance City in Newcastle and Dance House in Wales. Graduation performances at The Place were part of LCDS’s innovative live streaming programme and are subsequently on The Place’s YouTube channel.
Projects such as these develop relationships of mobility with established professionals, establishing a possible employment destination for students in the future. Embodiment of repertoire is another facet of knowledge exchange, as students will take this technique with them into their performing careers with other artists and companies.
LCDS Graduation Performance 06.07.13: