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17th October 2018

Central School of Ballet | Dance | Students

Central School of Ballet announces Ballet Central 2018/19 season

Central School of Ballet has announced the Ballet Central 2018/19 season. For the upcoming season Ballet Central is working with a range of of esteemed choreographers, providing a unique opportunity for the third year students to gain professional experience both in the studio rehearsing and on stage performing new commissions and celebrated masterpieces. Following the […]

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Central School of Ballet has announced the Ballet Central 2018/19 season.

For the upcoming season Ballet Central is working with a range of of esteemed choreographers, providing a unique opportunity for the third year students to gain professional experience both in the studio rehearsing and on stage performing new commissions and celebrated masterpieces.

Following the success of Kenneth MacMillan’s piece in the 2018 tour, Ballet Central is honoured to present another excerpt from MacMillan’s works, House of Birds, based on the Grimm Brothers’ macabre fairy tale, Jorinda and Joringel. The Company is also delighted to present an extract from Frederick Ashton’s acclaimed Valses Nobles et Sentimentales performed to Maurice Ravel’s suite of waltzes. Ballet Central also presents Jasmin Vardimon’s (in between), a physical contemporary work first created with the National Youth Dance Company in 2013. And for the first time, Ballet Central is collaborating with Thiago Soares, principal dancer with the Royal Ballet, who has created a new work with Ballet Central’s young dancers. Calvin Richardson has created a unique version of The Dying Swan Solo after Mikhail Fokine. And to conclude, Christopher Marney, Artistic Director of Ballet Central will revive his Carousel Dances, inspired by the 1945 musical Carousel by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein.

Take a look at the Ballet Central 2018/19 trailer (tour dates to be announced in the coming weeks).

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15th October 2018

LCDS | Dance | Alumni | Staff

Progress 1000 names The Place CEO Clare Connor one of most influential people in dance in London

Clare Connor, CEO of The Place and Interim Principal of London Contemporary Dance School, has been named one of the most influential people in dance in London in the Evening Standard’s Progress 1000. The Progress 1000, in partnership with the global bank Citi, is the Evening Standard’s annual celebration of the people who make a […]

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Clare Connor, CEO of The Place and Interim Principal of London Contemporary Dance School, has been named one of the most influential people in dance in London in the Evening Standard’s Progress 1000. The Progress 1000, in partnership with the global bank Citi, is the Evening Standard’s annual celebration of the people who make a difference to London life.

With a longstanding background in dance and performance, Clare trained at London Contemporary Dance School before embarking on a successful performing career with Phoenix Dance. She then worked as a teacher-artist in both further and higher education and collaboratively produced performing arts programmes for the University of East London, as well as supporting the validation of new arts programmes in several universities. In 2014, Clare joined the team at Southbank Centre as Director of Business Development and took the lead on innovative large-scale capital fundraising programmes. Clare joined The Place as Chief Executive in August 2017.

Clare delivered a keynote speech at the 2018 Spektrix Conference in Leeds about Leading Change. You can read the full transcript on the The Place blog here.

 

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11th October 2018

Central School of Ballet | Rambert School | Dance | Alumni | Performances and Exhibitions

Graduates cast in lead roles in world premiere of Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet

New Adventures has announced the world premiere of Sir Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet, a passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic love story. The iconic roles of Romeo and Juliet will be shared by eight talented young dancers including three Conservatoire school graduates. Andrew Monaghan (Central School of Ballet) is currently starring in the […]

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New Adventures has announced the world premiere of Sir Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet, a passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic love story.

The iconic roles of Romeo and Juliet will be shared by eight talented young dancers including three Conservatoire school graduates. Andrew Monaghan (Central School of Ballet) is currently starring in the international tour of Cinderella, 2016 graduate Bryony Harrison (Rambert School) is currently performing in Swan Lake, and 2016 graduate Seren Williams (Central School of Ballet) is currently performing in Cinderella.

The new production is also nurturing young talent behind the scenes, and the creative team for Romeo and Juliet includes Young Associate Choreographer and Rambert School graduate Arielle Smith.

Romeo and Juliet will premiere at the Curve Theatre, Leicester, in May 2019. To find out more about the production and for full tour dates, visit the New Adventures website.


[Image: New Adventures Romeo and Juliet, photograph by Johan Persson]

 

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2nd October 2018

BOVTS | Central School of Ballet | LCDS | National Centre for Circus Arts | NSCD | Rambert School | Circus Arts | Dance | Drama | Alumni | Performances and Exhibitions

Alumni round-up – October 2018

See graduates of the Conservatoire Member schools on stage this October: Matthew Bourne’s revival of Swan Lake tours this month to Leicester, High Wycombe, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. The cast features dancers Dominic North, Nicole Kabera, Katrina Lyndon, Michaela Guibarra, Milwhynne Williams, Tom Broderick (Central), Harry Ondrak-Wright (LCDS), Stan West (NSCD), Liam Mower, Jonathan Luke Baker, […]

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See graduates of the Conservatoire Member schools on stage this October:

Matthew Bourne’s revival of Swan Lake tours this month to Leicester, High Wycombe, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. The cast features dancers Dominic North, Nicole Kabera, Katrina Lyndon, Michaela Guibarra, Milwhynne Williams, Tom Broderick (Central), Harry Ondrak-Wright (LCDS), Stan West (NSCD), Liam Mower, Jonathan Luke Baker, Megan Cameron, Bryony Harrison, and Nicholas Keegan (Rambert School).

Rambert are touring Life Is A Dream by Kim Brandstrup (LCDS), performing this month at Llandudno and Salford. The company features dancers Sharia Johnson, Adam Park, Stephan Quildan, Kym Sojourna (Rambert), Pierre Tappon, Nancy Nerantzi (LCDS), Brenda Lee Grech and Jacob Wye (Central).

Eleanor House (BOVTS) features in Rebus: Long Shadows at Birmingham Repertory Theatre until 6 October.

Jyuddah Jaymes (BOVTS) features in Twelfth Night at the Young Vic, 2 October – 17 November.

Alice Kerrigan (BOVTS) features in The Sweet Science of Bruising at Southwark Playhouse, 3 – 27 October.

Richard Alston Dance Company tour Mid Century Modern from 3 October, performing this month at Bromley, Brighton, Swansea, Northampton and Woking. The company features dancers Ellen Yilma (LCDS), Jennifer Hayes (NSCD), Monique Jonas, Nicholas Shikkis (Rambert) and new apprentices Melissa Braithwaite and Jason Tucker (Rambert).

Northern Ballet tour The Three Musketeers from 4 October, performing this month at Nottingham, Newcastle, Sheffield and Canterbury. The company features dancers Rachael Gillespie, Ashley Dixon, Hannah Bateman, Harriet Marden, Harris Beattie, Ayca Anil (Central), and new apprentices Matthew Morrell and Julie Nunes (Central).

Kirsten Foster (BOVTS) plays Desdemona in othellomacbeth at the Lyric Hammersmith, 5 October – 3 November.

Etta Murfitt (LCDS) is Choreographer for Wise Children at the Old Vic, 8 October – 10 November, and plays the role of Nora. Ankur Bahl (LCDS) features in the cast.

Igor and Moreno (LCDS) present Idiot-Syncrasy at The Place on 9 October.

Ballet Black present a Double Bill at Theatre Royal Stratford East, 10 – 13 October, with dancers Sayaka Ichikawa (Rambert) and Mthuthuzeli November (Central).

Julie Cunningham (Rambert) presents new work at Sadler’s Wells as part of Reckonings, 11 – 13 October.

Nikki and JD present Knot at Jacksons Lane on 11 – 12 October, with National Centre graduate Nikki.

Gregory Doran (BOVTS) directs the RSC’s Troila and Cressida, at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre 12 October – 17 November. Andy Apollo, Geoffrey Lumb and Leigh Quinn (BOVTS) join the cast.

Jacksons Lane presents Pink Bucket 3: Of Spirit on 13 October, with acts by National Centre graduates Vendetta Vain & Sadiq Sadiq, and Charlie Caplan Wilson.

Rosie Nicholls (BOVTS) presents a work-in-progress of her debut play, Solo, at Southwark Playhouse on 14 October. Fellow BOVTS graduate Georgia Frost joins the cast.

Phoenix Dance Theatre present Phoenix At Home at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, 18 – 20 October. The company features dancers Vanessa Vince-Pang (Rambert), Carmen Vazquez Marfil (Central, NSCD), and Natalie Alleston (Rambert, NSCD).

Akram Khan (NSCD) presents Chotto Desh at Sadler’s Wells on 18 – 20 October.

Nadia Clifford (BOVTS) features in The Mysteries at the Royal Exchange, Manchester, 25 October – 11 November.

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2nd October 2018

Drama | Alumni | Performances and Exhibitions

BOVTS graduate Rosie Nicholls presents new play Solo at Southwark Playhouse

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School graduate Rosie Nicholls will present a work-in-progress performance of her first play, SOLO, at Southwark Playhouse on Sunday 14 October. Rosie will also perform in the play, whose cast includes another recent Bristol graduate, Georgia Frost. About SOLO: “Sometimes you have to be really brave, Emily. Like now.“ Any city. […]

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Rosie NichollsBristol Old Vic Theatre School graduate Rosie Nicholls will present a work-in-progress performance of her first play, SOLO, at Southwark Playhouse on Sunday 14 October.

Rosie will also perform in the play, whose cast includes another recent Bristol graduate, Georgia Frost.

About SOLO:

“Sometimes you have to be really brave, Emily. Like now.“

Any city. Any family.

Navigating two jobs, parenthood and a very involved mother, Abi tries to get her head around being an adult. But suddenly, without warning, everything changes.

Shining a light on mother-daughter relationships, this one-off performance is told with rapid dialogue, sharp wit and dreamlike movement sequences. SOLO is a poignant coming-of-age story about motherhood, independence – and singing lessons.

A work-in-progress performance, putting women front and centre.

Ticket are available via the Southwark Playhouse website.

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25th September 2018

Central School of Ballet | Dance | Staff

Heidi Hall wins Rising Chief Executive at Third Sector Awards

Heidi Hall, Director of Central School of Ballet, has won the Rising Chief Executive award at the Third Sector Awards in central London. The awards acknowledge achievements in the voluntary and not-for-profit sector, with categories recognising outstanding achievement in communications and marketing, fundraising, finance, management, governance and working with other sectors. During the ceremony, judges […]

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Heidi Hall, Director of Central School of Ballet, has won the Rising Chief Executive award at the Third Sector Awards in central London.

The awards acknowledge achievements in the voluntary and not-for-profit sector, with categories recognising outstanding achievement in communications and marketing, fundraising, finance, management, governance and working with other sectors.

During the ceremony, judges acknowledged the significant success Heidi has had in fundraising for Central’s new premises on the South Bank, which the organisation plans to move to in the academic year 2019-20.

Heidi Hall said: “Being acknowledged last night by industry professionals at the Third Sector Awards amongst such accomplished leaders is particularly rewarding. I am delighted to win, but also want to thank my team at Central for their enthusiasm and hard work over the past two years. We have achieved a great deal together and I look forward to more success in the year ahead.”

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11th September 2018

National Centre for Circus Arts | Circus Arts | Collaboration

National Centre partner with NoFit State in new professional development programme for Welsh circus sector

NoFit State has announced the launch of a new year long programme of professional development support for the Welsh circus sector. The Transitions project, funded by Arts Council of Wales, aims to support Welsh circus artists, teachers and emergent companies at critical points of professional transition through providing targeted training, support and mentoring. The project […]

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NoFit State has announced the launch of a new year long programme of professional development support for the Welsh circus sector. The Transitions project, funded by Arts Council of Wales, aims to support Welsh circus artists, teachers and emergent companies at critical points of professional transition through providing targeted training, support and mentoring.

The project will support three areas of practise: young artists, teachers, and professional development. The professional development strand, a year long programme of masterclasses open to artists from across the UK, will be delivered in partnership with National Centre for Circus Arts and Circomedia.

The first three masterclasses have been confirmed:

Fundraising for Circus: Wales
Circus and Risk
Who you make work for and how to sell it 

Masterclasses are open to all UK circus professionals and cost £15 to attend. Thanks to the support of the Arts Council of Wales, Welsh-based practitioners can attend the sessions free of charge. Spaces are limited and will be on a first come first served basis.
For more information about the project, visit the NoFit State website.
[Image: NoFit State by David Lennon]
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10th September 2018

NSCD | Dance | Alumni | Performances and Exhibitions

Gracefool Collective announce UK tour of This Really Is Too Much

Gracefool Collective, graduates of Northern School of Contemporary Dance, have announced a national tour of This really is too much. Raucous, provocative and laugh-out-loud funny, this genre-busting performance reveals the downright absurd realities of life as a 3-dimensional, high definition, water-drinking, salad-eating, WO-man in modern society. ‘Gleefully compelling’ (Exeunt), slickly choreographed and dripping with feminist […]

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Gracefool Collective, graduates of Northern School of Contemporary Dance, have announced a national tour of This really is too much.

Raucous, provocative and laugh-out-loud funny, this genre-busting performance reveals the downright absurd realities of life as a 3-dimensional, high definition, water-drinking, salad-eating, WO-man in modern society. ‘Gleefully compelling’ (Exeunt), slickly choreographed and dripping with feminist charm and anarchic wit.

Gracefool combine dancing with dark comedy to delve into a world of farcical stereotypes and preposterous power struggles, wrestling with gender, identity and social convention. An outlandish and wildly entertaining medley of absurd political speeches, talent contests and box ticking.

This really is too much was initially supported through Northern Connections 2015 and awarded the Underbelly Untapped award for innovative new writing at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017.

Tour dates:

Northern Stage, Newcastle: 26 September
Laban Theatre, London: 9 October
Harlow Playhouse, Harlow: 11 October
Stage@Leeds, Leeds: 17 October
Cast, Doncaster: 23 October
ARC, Stockton: 24 October
Square Chapel, Halifax: 25 October
The Arts Centre, Ormskirk: 14 November
The Bay Theatre, Weymouth: 27 November
Dorchester Arts, Dorchester: 28 November

This really is too much has had continued support and investment from Activate Performing Arts, Barnsley Civic, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Spin Arts, Yorkshire Dance and Arts Council England.

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5th September 2018

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

The Shape of Sound: new ballet by Central alumnus Kenneth Tindall

Northern Ballet have released a trailer for a new one-act ballet, The Shape of Sound, choreographed by Central School of Ballet alumnus Kenneth Tindall. The Shape of Sound is an abstract work performed to Vivaldi’s iconic The Four Seasons, reimagined by Max Richter, which takes inspiration from the seasons and our human response to each […]

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Northern Ballet have released a trailer for a new one-act ballet, The Shape of Sound, choreographed by Central School of Ballet alumnus Kenneth Tindall.

The Shape of Sound is an abstract work performed to Vivaldi’s iconic The Four Seasons, reimagined by Max Richter, which takes inspiration from the seasons and our human response to each of them. It will be performed as part of Northern Ballet’s Mixed Programme for 2018.

The Shape of Sound will premiere at the Stanley and Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds on the 12 – 15 September followed by performances in Doncaster (21-22 September) and in Newcastle (16-18 April 2019). To book tickets, visit the Northern Ballet website.

 

 

[Image: Northern Ballet Mixed Programme 2018]

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5th September 2018

National Centre for Circus Arts | Circus Arts | Alumni

National Centre for Circus Arts announces winner for Business Plan Award 2018

The National Centre for Circus Arts has announced the winner for the 2018 Business Plan Award, a £10,000 grant awarded annually to one graduating company of the BA (Hons) Circus Arts programme. This year’s award goes to David Sanchez in support of the start-up of his two man company Circo Duo. David forms one part […]

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The National Centre for Circus Arts has announced the winner for the 2018 Business Plan Award, a £10,000 grant awarded annually to one graduating company of the BA (Hons) Circus Arts programme. This year’s award goes to David Sanchez in support of the start-up of his two man company Circo Duo.

David forms one part of the company, alongside Thorne Bailey, who graduated from the National Centre in 2017. David and Thorne met while studying at the National Centre and instantly found a comedic connection.

Together they will create a show called Get Ready: A two man comedic take on a morning’s activities. The one hour long show will look into the life of two meticulous friends getting ready in the morning. Through the use of theatre, comedy and circus, they will show how a simple and routine task can turn into an adventure. The show will explore the subtleties and nuances of the conflicts, frustrations and brotherly love of the early morning routines between two friends living together. Not only will they perform and entertain, they will also teach and inspire. They will offer workshops to both adults and children to raise awareness of modern circus whilst teaching non-circassian’s skills in juggling, theatre and cyr wheel.

Past winners of the Business Plan Award include Alula, Barely Methodical Troupe and Simple Cypher. Projects have seen circus performances being developed in abandoned spaces, explored the therapeutic nature of juggling and have toured internationally.

Follow the National Centre tumblr for further updates on the progress of David and Thorne.

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