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20th June 2018

BOVTS | Drama | Alumni | Film & Television

BOVTS graduate Antonia Thomas in BBC Four Moments From 100 Years Of Women’s Lives

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School graduate Antonia Thomas will appear in Snatches: Moments From 100 Years Of Women’s Lives, a short film series of eight monologues written and performed by women, broadcast on BBC Four this week. Curated by Royal Court Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone, the monologues are inspired by women who have spoken out, […]

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Bristol Old Vic Theatre School graduate Antonia Thomas will appear in Snatches: Moments From 100 Years Of Women’s Lives, a short film series of eight monologues written and performed by women, broadcast on BBC Four this week.

Curated by Royal Court Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone, the monologues are inspired by women who have spoken out, challenged the status quo or made a stand – often at great personal cost.

The writers are EV Crowe, Rachel De-Lahay, Tanika Gupta, Zinnie Harris, Theresa Ikoko, Charlene James, Vicky Jones and Abi Morgan.

Antonia Thomas (Lovesick, The Good Doctor) stars in “Tipping Point“, where a pregnant woman in the future is being pursued on social media.

The series premieres this week on BBC Four at 10pm every evening until Thursday, with the entire series available to watch on iPlayer shortly after broadcast.

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20th June 2018

Central School of Ballet | Dance | Performances and Exhibitions | Students

Central students perform at the Classical Brit Awards

Central School of Ballet students performed at this year’s Classical Brit Awards, held at the Royal Albert Hall. Along with other dancers, they performed a work choreographed by Jenna Lee. Jenna’s choreography for the piece was inspired by the music, Bluebird Suite composed by Alexis Ffrench. The suite features four sections, ‘Bluebird’, ‘Shosholoza’, ‘Una Voce […]

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Central School of Ballet students performed at this year’s Classical Brit Awards, held at the Royal Albert Hall.

Along with other dancers, they performed a work choreographed by Jenna Lee. Jenna’s choreography for the piece was inspired by the music, Bluebird Suite composed by Alexis Ffrench.

The suite features four sections, ‘Bluebird’, ‘Shosholoza’, ‘Una Voce Poco Fa’ and ‘Coda/ Shosholoza’. The piece centres on the story of a lost spirit and her interplay with light which is seen as a transforming/ life-giving force. She is compelled to breathe hope and love into everyone whom she meets.

The choreography was a mix of classical and contemporary ballet. A strong emphasis was placed on the lighting of the piece with the use of both screens and lanterns.

You can watch the performance on ITV catch up here (1 hour, 6 minutes in).

[Photo by Jam Deluxe]

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1st June 2018

BOVTS | Central School of Ballet | LAMDA | LCDS | National Centre for Circus Arts | NSCD | RADA | Rambert School | Circus Arts | Dance | Drama | Stage Management & Technical Theatre | Alumni | Performances and Exhibitions

Alumni round-up – June 2018

Antonia Grove (Rambert School) presents one-woman show Now You See It at The Place on Saturday 2 June. Choreographer Roberta Jean (NSCD) presents Brocade at the Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells, from 31 May – 1 June. Akram Khan (NSCD) makes his final performances as a solo dancer in a new full-length piece, XENOS, at […]

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Antonia Grove (Rambert School) presents one-woman show Now You See It at The Place on Saturday 2 June.

Choreographer Roberta Jean (NSCD) presents Brocade at the Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells, from 31 May – 1 June.

Akram Khan (NSCD) makes his final performances as a solo dancer in a new full-length piece, XENOS, at Sadler’s Wells 29 May – 9 June.

Luke Hallgarten (National Centre for Circus Arts) features in NoFitState’s Lexicon, at Cardiff Bay from 26 May – 9 June.

Choreographer and Artistic Director Rosie Kay (LCDS) is touring Modern Warrior around the UK from 27 May – 17 June.

Rosie Kay is also choreographer for Woyzeck at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre from 15 – 23 June.

Birmingham Royal Ballet present Romeo & Juliet at Sadler’s Wells on 12 – 13 June. The company features dancer Max Maslan (Central School of Ballet).

Dancer and choreographer Seke Chimutengwende (LCDS) presents Black Holes at The Place on 21 June.

Connor Williams (BOVTS) features in Break of Noon at the Finborough Theatre, 27 May – 5 June.

Matthew Cavendish (LAMDA) features in The Biograph Girl at the Finborough Theatre, 22 May – 9 June.

Patrick Bailey (LAMDA) and Oliver Le Sueur (BOVTS) feature in Finishing the Picture at the Finborough Theatre, 12 June – 7 July.

Whitney Kehinde and Byron Mondahl (BOVTS) feature in the RSC’s King Lear at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, from 23 May – 9 June.

Erica Whyman (BOVTS) directs Miss Littlewood for the RSC at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, from 22 June – 4 August. The cast features Daisy Badger, Solomon Israel (LAMDA) and Emily Johnstone (RADA).

Faye Bradley (BOVTS) is Designer for San Domino at the Tristan Bates Theatre, 5 – 30 June.

Jonathan Livingstone (RADA) and Alan Morrissey (BOVTS) feature in Machinal at the Almeida Theatre, 4 June – 21 July. Arthur Pita (LCDS) is choreographer for the production.

Christopher Schutt (BOVTS) provides sound for Julie at the National Theatre from 31 May. The cast features Thomasin Gulgec, Ashley Morgan-Davies (Rambert), Temitope Ajose-Cutting, Dak Mashava, Petra Söör (LCDS), and Francesca Knight (LAMDA).

Celeste Dodwell (LAMDA), Alistair Toovey and Kevin Trainor (RADA) feature in An Octoroon at the National, 7 June – 18 July.

Harry Egan, Clive Haywood (BOVTS) and Jack Tarlton (LAMDA) feature in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest at the Crucible, Sheffield, 8 – 23 June.

Kirsty Besterman and Arthur Darvill (RADA) feature in Genesis at the Hampstead Theatre, 22 June – 28 July.

Luke Grant and Corey Montague-Sholay (BOVTS) feature in Henry V at Bath Theatre Royal, 21 June – 21 July.

 

[Image: Antonia Grove, Now You See It]

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9th May 2018

Central School of Ballet | Dance | Staff | Students

Central’s story captured on film

Central School of Ballet has announced the launch of two new films. ‘The Central Dancer’ gives the student perspective of the diverse range of training offered on Central’s degree programme. ‘Central Moves to South Bank’ tells Central’s story, achievements so far and the school’s forthcoming and much anticipated move to Paris Gardens. To learn more […]

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Central School of Ballet has announced the launch of two new films. ‘The Central Dancer’ gives the student perspective of the diverse range of training offered on Central’s degree programme.

‘Central Moves to South Bank’ tells Central’s story, achievements so far and the school’s forthcoming and much anticipated move to Paris Gardens.

To learn more about Central’s move to new premises in the South Bank, visit Move Central on the Central School of Ballet website.

Take a look at the new films here:

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2nd May 2018

CDD | Circus Arts | Dance | Drama | Stage Management & Technical Theatre | Staff

Independent Governor vacancy – join our Board of Governors

The Conservatoire is currently recruiting for an Independent Governor. About the Conservatoire The Conservatoire, through its member schools, delivers world leading higher education and vocational training in the performing arts (dance, drama, circus arts and technical theatre).  As members of the Conservatoire, the schools work together to uphold the highest standards in education and training, […]

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The Conservatoire is currently recruiting for an Independent Governor.

About the Conservatoire

The Conservatoire, through its member schools, delivers world leading higher education and vocational training in the performing arts (dance, drama, circus arts and technical theatre).  As members of the Conservatoire, the schools work together to uphold the highest standards in education and training, to collaborate artistically and to share resources, whilst retaining their distinctive identities, traditions and expertise.

The Conservatoire is a higher education institution, a company limited by guarantee, and a registered charity. The Conservatoire’s Board of Governors holds full responsibility for the Conservatoire’s policy, strategy, and performance.  They are the trustees of the charity and directors of the company.  The Board delegates responsibility for the management of the Conservatoire to the Chief Executive Officer.  The Board also agrees the Conservatoire’s strategic plan and approves the annual accounts.

The Conservatoire’s Board of Governors comprises a governor nominated by each of the member schools (six in total), three elected governors (one student and two members of staff), the Chief Executive Officer, and independent governors who shall at all times outnumber all other governors.  There are currently eleven independent governors on the Board.

The role

The Conservatoire is currently recruiting for the role of independent governor.  This is a tremendous opportunity for individuals with relevant experience, credentials and interests to contribute to the Conservatoire’s mission and vision.  It is actively seeking to increase the diversity of its Board, and to attract candidates with interest and leadership experience in one or more of the following:

  • Higher education and knowledge of current good practice in the sector;
  • Financial management, forecasting, planning and/or audit; and
  • Performing arts (or the arts/cultural sector generally)

Independent governors are appointed for an initial term of three years, renewable by mutual agreement up to a limit of nine years.  The Board meets at least four times per year and is supported by a system of committees.  Appointment to a committee is encouraged, but not required.  It is essential that members of the Board devote the necessary time and effort to the role.

The role is unremunerated, but reasonable travel and other expenses incurred while undertaking Board business will be reimbursed.

Process & Timetable

The selection process is being run in-house by the Conservatoire and applications will be viewed by them directly.  If you are interested in the role, please send a brief statement of interest highlighting your relevant experience, accompanied by your CV.  Application materials may be sent to the Clerk, Kathleen Formosa, at kathleen.formosa@cdd.ac.uk.  The deadline for receipt of materials is 5pm on Monday, 14 May 2018.  Successful candidates will be contacted shortly thereafter.

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1st May 2018

BOVTS | Central School of Ballet | LAMDA | LCDS | National Centre for Circus Arts | NSCD | RADA | Rambert School | Circus Arts | Dance | Drama | Stage Management & Technical Theatre | Alumni | Film & Television | Performances and Exhibitions

Alumni round-up – May 2018

Alumni on stage Company Chameleon – Kevin Edward Turner and Anthony Missen (NSCD) – celebrate a decade of dance with triple bill 10, at The Place on 1 May and Dance City Newcastle on 3 May, featuring dancers David Colley (LCDS), Theo Fapohunda and Kevin Edward Turner (NSCD). National Dance Company Wales present Terra Firma […]

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Alumni on stage

Company Chameleon – Kevin Edward Turner and Anthony Missen (NSCD) – celebrate a decade of dance with triple bill 10, at The Place on 1 May and Dance City Newcastle on 3 May, featuring dancers David Colley (LCDS), Theo Fapohunda and Kevin Edward Turner (NSCD).

National Dance Company Wales present Terra Firma at The Place on 3 – 4 May. The company features dancers Camille Giraudeau (LCDS), Robert Bridger, Ed Myhill and Mathew Prichard (Rambert School).

Jonzi D (LCDS) curates the annual Breakin’ Convention 18 at Sadler’s Wells from 5 – 7 May.

Stefano di Renzo (National Centre for Circus Arts) and Nathan Johnstone (LCDS) feature in new Ockham’s Razor production Belly of the Whale at Stratford Circus Arts Centre on 5 May, before heading to Norfolk & Norwich Festival 19 & 20 May, and Lincoln Drill Hall 26 & 27 May.

Battersea Circus Garden, a new circus festival in Wandsworth from 4 – 13 May, includes performances by National Centre for Circus Arts graduates including Gemma Palomar (6 May), Nikki & JD (8 May), Simple Cypher (10 May), Sadiq Sadiq and Vendetta Vain (11 May).

Julie Cunningham (Rambert School) presents new work Crave at the Barbican on 10 – 13 May, with dancers Hannah Burfield and Alexander Williams (Rambert School).

Northern Ballet return to Sadler’s Wells with Jane Eyre from 15 – 19 May. The company features dancers Rachael Gillespie, Ashley Dixon, Victoria Sibson, Hannah Bateman, Harriet Marden and Archie James (Central School of Ballet).

Choreographer Ben Duke (LCDS) and Orlando Gough present Stroke Odysseys at The Place on 19 May.

Alice Allart and Lynn Scott (National Centre for Circus Arts) join the cast of Mimbre’s The Exploded Circus, touring to Pavilion Theatre Worthing, 18 – 20 May and Curve Leicester 26 – 27 May.

Rambert dance company present a new full-length ballet by London Contemporary Dance School alumnus Kim Brandstrup. Life Is A Dream is at Sadler’s Wells from 22 – 26 May. The company features graduates Brenda Lee Grech, Jacob Wye (Central School of Ballet), Sharia Johnson, Adam Park, Stephan Quildan, Kym Sojourna (Rambert School), Nancy Nerantzi and Pierre Tappon (LCDS).

The Place presents an evening with Rambert School alumnus Namron on 29 May.

James Wilton Dance Company present Last Man Standing in Hall for Cornwall on 30 May, with dancers James Wilton, Sarah Jane Taylor, Michael Kelland and Harlan Rust (LCDS).

Christopher Schutt (BOVTS) is Sound Designer for Nightfall at the Bridge Theatre, 28 April – 3 June. Claire Skinner (LAMDA) and Ukweli Roach (RADA) feature in the cast.

Katherine Kingsley (BOVTS) features in Present Laughter at the Chichester Festival Theatre until 12 May.

Hannah Bristow (BOVTS) features in Kindertransport at the Opera House Manchester from 1 – 5 May.

Luke Brady (RADA) and Rhianna McGreevy (LAMDA) join The Globe company for Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew and The Merchant of Venice, at The Globe and touring from 7 May – 9 September.

Ciaran Hinds (RADA), Adam Collier and Michelle Fox (BOVTS) join the cast of Translations at the National Theatre from 22 May.

David Birrell (BOVTS), Wendy Kweh and Joel MacCormack (RADA) feature in Describe the Night at the Hampstead Theatre, 30 April – 9 June.

Alumni on screen

Billy Howle (BOVTS) stars in the big screen adaptation of Ian McEwan’s drama On Chesil Beach, in cinemas from 18 May. Anton Lesser, Tamara Lawrence and Oliver Johnstone (RADA) feature in the cast.

Raza Jaffrey (BOVTS) features in American science fiction series Lost in Space, now streaming on Netflix.

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26th April 2018

LCDS | NSCD | Dance | Alumni | Film & Television

Dickson Mbi and Carlos Pons Guerra feature in new BBC Four DanceWorks series

BBC Four is to air DanceWorks, four 30-minute artist-led films, as part of their forthcoming dance season this May. Co-produced with Islington-based production company ClearStory, each film in the DanceWorks series introduces the audience to a different artist: Zenaida Yanowsky, Shobana Jeyasingh, London Contemporary Dance School graduate Dickson Mbi, and Northern School of Contemporary Dance graduate […]

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BBC Four is to air DanceWorks, four 30-minute artist-led films, as part of their forthcoming dance season this May.

Co-produced with Islington-based production company ClearStory, each film in the DanceWorks series introduces the audience to a different artist: Zenaida Yanowsky, Shobana Jeyasingh, London Contemporary Dance School graduate Dickson Mbi, and Northern School of Contemporary Dance graduate Carlos Pons Guerra. Following them as they create new work and gaining behind-the-scenes access to the creative process, these films allow viewers a unique insight into the world of dance in Britain today.

Dancer and choreographer Dickson Mbi is followed as he transitions from his street dance roots to the contemporary dance limelight under the guidance of his mentor, Akram Khan’s producer, Farooq Chaudhry, in Street to Stage.

Prejudice and Passion follows Carlos Pons Guerra as he begins choreographing a new children’s production, the true story of two male penguins raising a baby penguin.

The films will be broadcast on BBC Four from Monday 7 – Thursday 10 May.

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25th April 2018

BOVTS | Drama | Awards | Students

BOVTS students finalists for 2018 Alan Bates Award

Congratulations to Bristol Old Vic Theatre School students Alexander Mushore, Charlotte Wyatt and Madeleine Schofield, who have been announced finalists for the 2018 Alan Bates Award. Now in it’s fourteenth year, the Alan Bates Award has established itself as the most prestigious awards for graduating actors. There are four rounds to the competition, each judged […]

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Congratulations to Bristol Old Vic Theatre School students Alexander Mushore, Charlotte Wyatt and Madeleine Schofield, who have been announced finalists for the 2018 Alan Bates Award.

Now in it’s fourteenth year, the Alan Bates Award has established itself as the most prestigious awards for graduating actors. There are four rounds to the competition, each judged by a panel of established industry professionals. Every year, one winner is the recipient of a prize package worth over £5000 comprising of everything they need to launch their career after drama school.

The award is named for Sir Alan Bates, patron of the Actors Centre from 1994 until his death in 2004. Sir Bates was passionate about acting and supporting young talent entering the profession. It is in his memory and in honor of his inspirational work that the Alan Bates Award is presented annual to an actor of exceptional talent.

Last year’s winner was Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s Georgia Frost.

Good luck to all the 2018 nominees!

 

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17th April 2018

LCDS | Dance | Alumni | Performances and Exhibitions

LCDS alumna Rosie Kay choreographs Commonwealth Games handover ceremony in Birmingham

Birmingham hosted a huge celebration event on 15 April as it welcomed taking on the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The handover took place at the 2018 Games closing ceremony on Australia’s Gold Coast, and included a mass participation dance choreographed by award-winning London Contemporary Dance School alumna Rosie Kay. 2,022 young people were recruited to perform […]

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Birmingham hosted a huge celebration event on 15 April as it welcomed taking on the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The handover took place at the 2018 Games closing ceremony on Australia’s Gold Coast, and included a mass participation dance choreographed by award-winning London Contemporary Dance School alumna Rosie Kay. 2,022 young people were recruited to perform live in the city centre for the handover. The resulting piece, filmed in a single shot, was put together by Kay in just ten days.

You can watch the full handover piece on the BBC here.

Rosie Kay Dance Company was awarded Best Independent Company at the National Dance Awards in 2016, and Kay was also nominated for Best Modern Choreography for 5 Soldiers. The company received a second nomination in 2018.

 

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16th April 2018

LCDS | Dance | Alumni

LCDS alumnus Fearghus Ó Conchúir announced as new Artistic Director of National Dance Company Wales

National Dance Company Wales (NDCWales) have announced the appointment of their new Artistic Director, Fearghus Ó Conchúir, an alumnus of London Contemporary Dance School. Fearghus will take up his new position in the autumn (2018) joining Chief Executive, Paul Kaynes at the helm of Wales’ leading dance organisation to continue developing dance in all kinds […]

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National Dance Company Wales (NDCWales) have announced the appointment of their new Artistic Director, Fearghus Ó Conchúir, an alumnus of London Contemporary Dance School.

Fearghus will take up his new position in the autumn (2018) joining Chief Executive, Paul Kaynes at the helm of Wales’ leading dance organisation to continue developing dance in all kinds of settings with all kinds of people, across all the Company’s work, locally, nationally and internationally.

With over 20 years experience as a choreographer, performer, teacher and mentor, Fearghus has most recently worked as Artistic Director of The Casement Project, one of Arts Council of Ireland’s largest projects for the centenary commemorations of the 1916 Easter Rising. It engaged 90,000 people in a varied programme of dance events and was also one of the 14-18 NOW co-commissions for the centenary of the First World War.

Born and raised in Ireland, Fearghus has presented his choreography in the UK, across Europe, the USA and China, collaborating with award-winning performers, directors, composers and designers. He has also worked as a dance teacher for companies such as Adventures in Motion Pictures, Arc Dance, Company and Ballet Preljocaj, as well as being a lecturer on professional training courses at London Contemporary Dance School, Middlesex University and London Studio Centre. He has gained a wealth of artistic experience and an international network of creative collaborators and partners in and beyond dance. He holds a strong focus on diversity and has developed dance projects within the LGBT and refugee communities, with dance enthusiasts over 50, and with Irish integrated dance company, Croí Glan.

In addition to being a Fellow of the Clore Leadership Programme, Fearghus has gained a wealth of experience as a facilitator, coach, and contributor to the Clore Leadership Programme, having been part of the delivery of its Fellowship, Intensive and Emerging Leaders’ Courses for over ten years.. He has also worked with Clore to deliver the Advanced Cultural Leadership Programme in Hong Kong.

Fearghus will take up the role of Artistic Director previously held by Caroline Finn, who remains with the Company and was appointed Resident Choreographer in December last year.

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