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21st February 2018

Central School of Ballet | LCDS | NSCD | Dance | Alumni | Awards

Liam Riddick, Akram Khan and Michael Keegan-Dolan winners at National Dance Awards

Congratulations to dance alumni Liam Riddick, Akram Khan and Michael Keegan-Dolan, who were among the winners at this year’s Critics Circle National Dance Awards. Conservatoire school graduates make regular appearances on National Dance Awards nominations lists and this year received eleven nominations in total. London Contemporary Dance School alumnus and Richard Alston Dance Company dancer […]

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Congratulations to dance alumni Liam Riddick, Akram Khan and Michael Keegan-Dolan, who were among the winners at this year’s Critics Circle National Dance Awards. Conservatoire school graduates make regular appearances on National Dance Awards nominations lists and this year received eleven nominations in total.

London Contemporary Dance School alumnus and Richard Alston Dance Company dancer Liam Riddick won the Dancing Times Best Male Dancer Award. Liam has been nominated for seven Critics Circle National Dance Awards in six consecutive years.

Northern School of Contemporary Dance alumnus Akram Khan won the Best Classical Choreography Award for Giselle for English National Ballet, making him the most awarded choreographer in NDA history.

Central School of Ballet alumnus Michael Keegan-Dolan won the Best Modern Choreography Award for Swan Lake/Loch na hEala for Teac Damsa.

The winners were announced at a lunchtime ceremony held at The Barbican Centre on Monday 19 February 2018. The National Dance Awards have been organised by the Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle in each year of this Millennium to celebrate the vigour and variety of Britain’s thriving dance culture. They are presented by the Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle, which brings together around 60 dance writers and critics. They are the only awards given by the body of professional dance critics in the UK.

You can see the full list of winners here.

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13th February 2018

LCDS | Dance | Staff

Dr Claudia Kappenberg announced as guest lecturer for new MA in Screendance at London Contemporary Dance School

London Contemporary Dance School are proud to announce that Dr Claudia Kappenberg will be a guest lecturer on the new MA in Screendance alongside Lucy Cash and Gitta Wigro. This is what she had to say about the course: “The MA in Screendance is launching at a time of increasing, international academic interest in screendance […]

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London Contemporary Dance School are proud to announce that Dr Claudia Kappenberg will be a guest lecturer on the new MA in Screendance alongside Lucy Cash and Gitta Wigro. This is what she had to say about the course:

“The MA in Screendance is launching at a time of increasing, international academic interest in screendance practices and numerous new, multilingual publications. As an international hub for contemporary choreographic practices The Place will be an exciting environment and ideal host for this programme. Located in the heart of London the MA will constitute a unique opportunity to contribute to the developments in screendance and to promote the art form as an astute contemporary discourse.”

The new Master of Arts programme will focus on the practice, programming and scholarship of Screendance (sometimes referred to as video dance, dance on screen, dance film, moving image dance, videodança, danse video, videodanza, and others).

This trailblazing programme subjects dance filmmaking to critical investigation while exploring the intersections between choreography and moving image. It will test and challenge your individual practice, bringing it into a contemporary critical context, encourage you to foster your professional connections in the industry and develop your understanding of programming and curation.

To find out more about the new MA, visit the London Contemporary Dance School website.

[Image from Claudia Kappenberg’s Bread Tools as Mittens]

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8th February 2018

Central School of Ballet | Dance | Students

Central School of Ballet announces new MA Choreography students

Central School of Ballet has announced that esteemed professional choreographers Jenna Lee and Sophie Laplane have joined the organisation’s MA Choreography programme. The MA takes 18 months on average to complete, providing the opportunity for professional choreographers to hone their skills, engage in research and develop their practice at the highest level. Sophie Laplane was […]

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Central School of Ballet has announced that esteemed professional choreographers Jenna Lee and Sophie Laplane have joined the organisation’s MA Choreography programme.

The MA takes 18 months on average to complete, providing the opportunity for professional choreographers to hone their skills, engage in research and develop their practice at the highest level.

Sophie Laplane was appointed as Artist in Residence at Scottish Ballet last June and will continue in this role as she embarks on the MA programme at Central. Sophie joined Scottish Ballet in 2004 and was promoted to First Artist in July 2011. She has choreographed a number of works for the company that have been presented at the Edinburgh International Festival and at large scale theatres across Scotland.

Jenna Lee trained in classical ballet before dancing professionally as a soloist with English National Ballet for a period of 12 years. Jenna founded JLee Productions, a company providing invigorating bespoke entertainment specialising in neo-classical collaborations and innovative choreographic pieces. Jenna has an existing relationship with Central having produced successful works for Ballet Central, this year providing a unique piece for the company based on Black Swan, a dark twist on the iconic classic.

Louise Ainley, who has led the postgraduate programme for the past seven years, commented:

“Being able to attract professional choreographers of this calibre, who are valued and influential within the profession, demonstrates the founding vision of the MA in Choreography. Our aim continues to provide a context where the art form of dance can be explored, extended and reimagined with vibrancy and future-focused endeavour.”

[Image: Ballet Central will perform Jenna Lee’s Black Swan as part of the 2018 tour]

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7th February 2018

NSCD | Dance | Alumni | Performances and Exhibitions

NSCD graduate Carlos Pons Guerra choreographs for dance theatre production Penguins

Northern School of Contemporary Dance graduate Carlos Pons Guerra has created the choreography for a new dance and theatre production, Penguins, for young audiences. The co-production between Cahoots NI, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Prime Theatre is based on the true story of Roy and Silo, two male chinstrap penguins who lived at New York’s Central Zoo; […]

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Northern School of Contemporary Dance graduate Carlos Pons Guerra has created the choreography for a new dance and theatre production, Penguins, for young audiences.

The co-production between Cahoots NI, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Prime Theatre is based on the true story of Roy and Silo, two male chinstrap penguins who lived at New York’s Central Zoo; together they hatched an abandoned egg and raised a chick.

Carlos talked to BBC News about how the story inspired the production:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/entertainment-arts-42840340/how-two-gay-penguins-inspired-a-children-s-play

Penguins is currently playing at Birmingham Repertory Theatre and touring the UK until May 2018, with a cast of three dancers includes Rambert School graduate Jack Webb. To find out more about the show, take a look at the website here.

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5th February 2018

LCDS | NSCD | Rambert School | Dance | Alumni | Students

Dance school students and graduates join inaugural Sadler’s Wells Young Associates Scheme

We’re delighted to share the news that students and graduates from London Contemporary Dance School, Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Rambert School have been named as Young Associate Artists for Sadler’s Wells. Anthony Matsena is a current third year student at London Contemporary Dance School, Ruby Portus is a 2017 graduate of London Contemporary […]

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We’re delighted to share the news that students and graduates from London Contemporary Dance School, Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Rambert School have been named as Young Associate Artists for Sadler’s Wells.

Anthony Matsena is a current third year student at London Contemporary Dance School, Ruby Portus is a 2017 graduate of London Contemporary Dance School and a current postgraduate student at Northern School of Contemporary Dance with performance company VERVE, and Christopher Thomas is a 2017 graduate of Rambert School.

Following an initial summer school in 2017, Sadler’s Wells selected seven artists to continue to the next round. The young artists then worked towards a choreographic sharing in December in order to select the final four artists that would make up the inaugural Young Associate Artists.

Young Associates is a two year early-career choreographic development programme and will provide them with the following support:

  • Bursary of £4,000 per year.
  • A commission for a performance in the Lilian Baylis Studio in October 2018
  • 1-2-1 mentorship with an established artist
  • Professional development opportunities through workshops and masterclasses given by Associate Artists and Visiting Companies.
  • Commission for a joint large-scale project in 2019
  • Continued support and mentorship from Sadler’s Wells

More about the Young Associates

Anthony Matsena
Anthony is 23 years old. He performed at Sadler’s Wells in 2015 as part of Apex Rising with National Youth Dance Wales, and is currently in his third year at London Contemporary Dance School. His dance background is in hip hop.

Christopher Thomas
Christopher is 21 years old. He started his career as an actor before training as a dancer, graduating from Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in 2017. He is currently working with Mark Bruce Company on its new production of Macbeth. His Awards include the Charlotte Kirkpatrick Award 2016 and Young Choreographer 2017, and he is co-founder of Retrospect Dance Theatre.

Ruby Portus
Ruby is 21 years old and an NYDC alumni. She graduated from London Contemporary Dance School in 2017, and performed in Home Turf and Elixir Festival 2017 at Sadler’s Wells. She is currently in Verve, the postgraduate performance company of Northern School of Contemporary Dance.

Wilhelmina Ojanen
Wilhelmina is 22 years old. She graduated from Laban in 2017 and is currently a member of Transitions (post-grad Company of Laban). She started her dance training in hip hop, before moving on to jazz, ballet and contemporary dance.

 

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1st February 2018

BOVTS | 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 – February 2018

Alumni on stage Resolution 2018, the annual dance festival for emerging artists at The Place, continues until 23 February. This month’s programme features new work from dance school graduates: Anders Duckworth (LCDS) presents Well Lit with Duckworth & Persson on Saturday 3 February. Arielle Smith (Rambert) presents Lots of Varied Expectations on Wednesday 14 February. […]

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Alumni on stage

Resolution 2018, the annual dance festival for emerging artists at The Place, continues until 23 February. This month’s programme features new work from dance school graduates:

  • Anders Duckworth (LCDS) presents Well Lit with Duckworth & Persson on Saturday 3 February.
  • Arielle Smith (Rambert) presents Lots of Varied Expectations on Wednesday 14 February.
  • Living Room Circus (National Centre for Circus Arts) present The Penguin and I on Saturday 17 February.
  • Retrospect Dance Theatre – Christopher Thomas and Hannah McGlashon – (Rambert) present In Light of Those You Love, also on Saturday 17 February.
  • Sara Augieras (LCDS) presents Paris Texas on Tuesday 20 February.
  • Joss Carter (NSCD) presents Anatomy of the Heart, also on Tuesday 20 February.

Lost Dog Dance premieres Juliet and Romeo’s guide to a long and happy marriage at Battersea Arts Centre from 14 – 24 February. Choreographer and dancer Ben Duke (LCDS) performs the duet with fellow graduate Solène Weinachter. Juliet and Romeo transfers to The Place from 27 February – 3 March.

Rambert School alumnus Mark Bruce presents his latest dance theatre production Macbeth, this month touring to DanceXchange, Birmingham Hippodrome, 8 – 9 February, and coming to Wilton’s Music Hall on 23 February. The company is entirely composed of Rambert School graduates: Eleanor Duval, Jonathan Goddard, Jordi Calpe Serrats, Stephen Berkeley-White, Carina Howard, Hannah McGlashon, Dominic Rocca, Christopher Thomas, and Daisy West.

Motionhouse are on tour with dance-circus production Charge, performing this month in the UK (Chester, Swansea), and in Europe (Germany and Denmark). The company features dancers Junior Cunningham, Chris Knight, Daniel Massarella, Rebecca Williams, Aaron Watkinson (NSCD), Martina Knight, Alasdair Stewart, and Naomi Tadevossian (LCDS).

National Dance Company Wales are on tour with Terra Firma, performing this month in Cardiff, Huddersfield, Taunton, and Brecon. The company features dancers Camille Giraudeau (LCDS), Robert Bridger, Ed Myhill and Mathew Prichard (Rambert).

Jeremy Irons (BOVTS) stars in Long Day’s Journey Into Night at Wyndham’s Theatre until 7 April.

Naeem Hayat and Sarah Quist (RADA) feature in The Captive Queen at the Sam Wanamaker Theatre from 2 February – 4 March.

Byron Mondahl and Whitney Kehinde (BOVTS) feature in the RSC’s Hamlet, on tour until 31 March.

Joseph Chance (LAMDA), Oliver Bennett and Esther Coles (RADA) feature in Booby’s Bay at the Finborough Theatre, until 24 February.

Will Kelly (BOVTS) features in Cyril’s Success at the Finborough Theatre from 4 – 20 February.

Rochenda Sandall (RADA) features in Gundog at the Royal Court, playing until 10 March.

Julie Hesmondhalgh (LAMDA) stars in The Almighty Sometimes at the Royal Exchange, Manchester from 9 – 24 February. Norah Lopez Holden (RADA) joins the cast.

Erin Doherty (BOVTS), Thusitha Jayasundera and Letty Thomas (RADA) feature in The Divide at the Old Vic from 1 February.

Joseph Balderrama, Tom Riley (LAMDA) and Aiden McArdle (RADA) feature in Dry Powder at Hampstead Theatre until 3 March.

Anisha Fields (BOVTS) is Designer for Macbeth at the Tobacco Factory from 22 February – 7 April. Simon Armstrong and Laura Waldren (BOVTS) feature in the cast.

Sophie Stone (RADA) and Rose Wardlaw (LAMDA) feature in Jubilee at the Lyric Hammersmith from 15 February – 10 March.

Harry Kershaw, Nicholas Lumley (BOVTS), Geoffrey Lumb (RADA), and Orlando Wells (LAMDA) feature in This House, West Yorkshire Playhouse and touring from 23 February.

Rory Kinnear (LAMDA) stars in Macbeth at the National Theatre from 26 February. Joining the cast are Nadia Albina (LAMDA), Michael Balogun, Parth Thakerar (RADA) and Hauk Pattison (National Centre for Circus Arts).

Jonathan Hyde and Daniel Rigby (RADA) star in Frost/Nixon at Sheffield Theatres from 21 February – 17 March.

Alumni on screen

Michelle Fox (BOVTS) joins the cast of BBC One’s Casualty as a new doctor from Saturday 3 February. See Michelle talking about her new role on Facebook here:

https://www.facebook.com/BBCCasualty/videos/1518175281613846/

Sam Claflin (LAMDA) stars in First World War drama Journey’s End, in cinemas from 2 February.

Daniel Day-Lewis (BOVTS) stars in drama Phantom Thread, set in London’s couture world of the 1950s, in cinemas from 2 February.

Sally Hawkins (RADA) stars in fantasy drama The Shape of Water, in cinemas from 14 February.

 

[Image top: Macbeth by Mark Bruce Company]

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24th January 2018

BOVTS | RADA | Drama | Alumni | Awards

Oscar nominations for Sally Hawkins and Daniel Day-Lewis

The nominations for the 90th Academy Awards have been announced, with alumni Sally Hawkins and Daniel Day-Lewis among the nominees. RADA alumna Sally Hawkins is nominated for Best Actress for her role in The Shape of Water. This is Hawkins’s second Oscar nomination, following a nod for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Blue […]

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The nominations for the 90th Academy Awards have been announced, with alumni Sally Hawkins and Daniel Day-Lewis among the nominees.

RADA alumna Sally Hawkins is nominated for Best Actress for her role in The Shape of Water. This is Hawkins’s second Oscar nomination, following a nod for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Blue Jasmine (2013).

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School alumnus Daniel Day-Lewis is nominated for Best Actor for his role in Phantom Thread. This marks Day-Lewis’s sixth nomination in the Best Actor category with three previous wins, for Lincoln (2012), There Will Be Blood (2007), and My Left Foot (1990).

Both actors have also received recognition for their performances in this year’s Golden Globes and BAFTA Film nominations.

This year’s Academy Award winners will be announced at a ceremony on Sunday 4 March at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

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24th January 2018

Central School of Ballet | Dance | Students

Central School of Ballet dancers to take part in Prix de Lausanne Choreographic Project

Two Senior School dancers at Central School of Ballet have been selected to attend the Prix de Lausanne later this month to take part in a brand new choreographic project. Nell Maude and Callum McGregor, both in the second year of Central’s three year BA degree programme, are among the 51 students from around the world chosen […]

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Two Senior School dancers at Central School of Ballet have been selected to attend the Prix de Lausanne later this month to take part in a brand new choreographic project.

Nell Maude and Callum McGregor, both in the second year of Central’s three year BA degree programme, are among the 51 students from around the world chosen to learn a new piece titled Pulse created by the renowned choreographer Goyo Montero for this special occasion. The young dancers have just eight days to learn this new work which will then be performed at the Prix as a world premiere. To learn more about the Choreography Project, visit to the website here.

Created in 1973, the Prix de Lausanne is an annual international competition for young dancers aged 14 to 19. Its goal is to discover, promote and support the world’s finest dance talents.

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23rd January 2018

NSCD | Dance | Alumni | Performances and Exhibitions

NSCD alumnus Carlos Pons Guerra creates new work for Ballet Hispanico, New York

Northern School of Contemporary Dance graduate Carlos Pons Guerra has been commissioned by Ballet Hispanico to create a new work for the company, premiering on 10 April 2018 at The Joyce Theatre on Broadway. The new work Waiting for Pepe, is an ironic comedy based on Federico Garcia Lorca’s play The House of Bernarda Alba and is inspired by the […]

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Northern School of Contemporary Dance graduate Carlos Pons Guerra has been commissioned by Ballet Hispanico to create a new work for the company, premiering on 10 April 2018 at The Joyce Theatre on Broadway.

The new work Waiting for Pepe, is an ironic comedy based on Federico Garcia Lorca’s play The House of Bernarda Alba and is inspired by the genre of Latin American soap operas, or telenovelas. The work is currently in production, and you can watch a video of the company with Carlos in action here.

As the premiere latino dance organisation in the United States, Ballet Hispanico explores and celebrates Hispanico and Latino culture through contemporary dance and aims to break through stereotypes. Waiting for Pepe will premiere in a triple bill featuring works by internationally acclaimed female choreographer, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, with a full run during the company’s season.

Last year Carlos’ dance company, DeNada Dance Theatre, was nominated for the UK Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards in the category of Best Independent Company.

DeNada’s latest work TORO, selected as ‘unmissable’ in 2018 by The Guardian Stage, is a post-colonial, queer reading of Beauty and the Beast. The dark comedy explores themes of colonisation and its effect on gender and sexuality. Funded by Arts Council England, with support from the Spanish Embassy in London, and commissioned by DanceXchange, TORO will premiere at DanceXchange, Birmingham, on 22 & 23 March and comes to Leeds’ Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre on 14 April.

Watch the full trailer here:

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11th January 2018

Rambert School | Dance | Alumni

Rambert graduate Charlotte Edmonds choreographs underwater film for Royal Ballet Principal Francesca Hayward

Rambert School graduate Charlotte Edmonds has choreographed a new underwater ballet, Sink or Swim, danced by Royal Ballet Principal Francesca Hayward. The film, directed by Louis-Jack Horton-Stephens, explores what it is like living with depression and aims to provoke conversations about mental illness, especially among young people and students. Excerpts of the film were shown […]

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Rambert School graduate Charlotte Edmonds has choreographed a new underwater ballet, Sink or Swim, danced by Royal Ballet Principal Francesca Hayward.

The film, directed by Louis-Jack Horton-Stephens, explores what it is like living with depression and aims to provoke conversations about mental illness, especially among young people and students.

Excerpts of the film were shown on BBC London News, which also featured interviews with Charlotte Edmonds and Francesca Hayward.

Charlotte graduated from the two-year foundation degree at Rambert School in 2015, and joined the Royal Ballet Young Choreographer Programme in the 2015/16 Season as its inaugural member.

You can watch the film on YouTube here:

 

[Image: Francesca Hayward in rehearsal for Sink or Swim © Charlotte Edmonds/Zac Macaulay]

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