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16th August 2018

BOVTS | Drama | Alumni | Awards

BOVTS graduates nominated for The Stage Debut Awards

Congratulations to Bristol Old Vic Theatre School graduates Grainne O’Mahony, Alex Wilson and Alexandra Moxon who have received nominations for The Stage Debut Awards for 2018. Now in their second year, The Stage Debut Awards are the only UK awards that specifically recognise breakthrough theatre talent, celebrating emerging actors and creatives from around the country. […]

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Congratulations to Bristol Old Vic Theatre School graduates Grainne O’Mahony, Alex Wilson and Alexandra Moxon who have received nominations for The Stage Debut Awards for 2018.

Now in their second year, The Stage Debut Awards are the only UK awards that specifically recognise breakthrough theatre talent, celebrating emerging actors and creatives from around the country.

2018 Professional Acting graduates Grainne O’Mahoney and Alex Wilson are nominated for Best actress in a play and Best actor in a play for their performances in The Elephant Man, a Bristol Old Vic Theatre School co-production with Bristol Old Vic Theatre and Diverse City.

Alexandra Moxon, a graduate of the MA in Drama Directing, is nominated for Best director for Wreck at Nottingham Playhouse.

The winners will be announced at the ceremony on September 23, 2018.

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9th August 2018

NSCD | Dance | Alumni

NSCD announces CATAPULT artist for 2018/19

Northern School of Contemporary Dance has announced Akeim Toussaint Buck as the next CATAPULT artist for 2018/19. CATAPULT is a 12 month-long artist development programme run in partnership with Spin Arts Management. It is awarded to an emerging dance maker based in Yorkshire, at a critical stage in their career. As the latest recipient of […]

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Northern School of Contemporary Dance has announced Akeim Toussaint Buck as the next CATAPULT artist for 2018/19.

CATAPULT is a 12 month-long artist development programme run in partnership with Spin Arts Management. It is awarded to an emerging dance maker based in Yorkshire, at a critical stage in their career. As the latest recipient of the programme, Akeim will benefit from access to rehearsal space, bespoke mentoring, tailored business advice, a £3000 development fund and the opportunity to stage new work at Riley Theatre.

Akeim, working under the name ‘Toussaint to Move’, is the fourth artist of the programme to date. His cross-disciplinary practice combines dance, writing, film, poetry, beat-box, singing and acting to create performances bringing diverse audiences together.

On hearing the news Akeim had this to say:

“I’m both surprised and enthused to be the next CATAPULT recipient. Surprised as I know there were many amazing artists who applied for this opportunity, so to be chosen out of this pool is an achievement. I look forward to being more enriched in the workings of the dance industry, developing my career and my vision. It is with an open mind and open heart, I take these next steps.”

Akeim was selected from among applicants to the programme by Janet Smith MBE, NSCD Principal, and Sarah Shead, Director & Creative Producer of Spin Arts Management.

Speaking of the selection process Janet Smith said:

‘Both Sarah Shead and I were inspired by the artists we met and their ideas, passion and commitment to their practices, which made choosing just one artist to support extremely difficult. The quality of applications we received is testament to the vision and artistry of recent graduates currently working as independents in the sector today’.

Previous CATAPULT artists include Carlos Pons Guerra (National Dance Award nominee 2015), Gracefool Collective (recipients of the Underbelly Untapped Award for innovative new writing) and Crystal Zillwood.

To find out more about Akeim and his work, visit: toussainttomove.com

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8th August 2018

Rambert School | Dance | Students

First cohort of Rambert2 begin their studies in collaborative new MA

The first ever cohort of Rambert2, Rambert School’s new MA Professional Dance Performance delivered in collaboration with Rambert (dance company), have now started their studies. The thirteen young dancers who hail from as far afield as the USA, Taiwan and India, beat off over 800 other hopefuls to secure a place on the course. The […]

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The first ever cohort of Rambert2, Rambert School’s new MA Professional Dance Performance delivered in collaboration with Rambert (dance company), have now started their studies. The thirteen young dancers who hail from as far afield as the USA, Taiwan and India, beat off over 800 other hopefuls to secure a place on the course. The junior ensemble, which includes Rambert School graduates Imogen Alvares (2017), Max Day (2018) and Salome Pressac (2018), will perform new works and repertoire by Rafael Bonachela, Sharon Eyal, Ohad Naharin and Benoit Swan Pouffer at the following venues later this year:

Theatr Clwyd, Mold Thu 25 – Sat 27 October – 7.30pm

Lighthouse, Poole Tue 30 & Wed 31 October – 7.30pm

Sadler’s Wells, London Tue 6 – Sat 10 November – 7.30pm / Thu 8 November – 1.30pm / Sat 10 November – 2.30pm (programme also includes Ghost Dances)

Theatre Royal, Bath Thu 15 – Sat 17 November – 7.30pm / Fri 16 & Sat 17 November – 2.30pm (programme also includes Ghost Dances)

2019 dates are to be confirmed.

Read more and see the trailer here.

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6th August 2018

CDD | Staff

Farewell and thank you to CEO Jason Clarke

After four years with the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama, Chief Executive Officer Jason Clarke is leaving to take on a new role as Bursar at Magdalen College School in Oxford. Jason joined the Conservatoire in 2014, and has been instrumental in its recent successes. During his tenure, the Conservatoire was judged world-leading by an […]

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After four years with the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama, Chief Executive Officer Jason Clarke is leaving to take on a new role as Bursar at Magdalen College School in Oxford.

Jason joined the Conservatoire in 2014, and has been instrumental in its recent successes. During his tenure, the Conservatoire was judged world-leading by an independent peer review panel commissioned by HEFCE in 2016, and in 2017 was awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework. Recently Jason has overseen the design and implementation of a new Membership Agreement, which represents an exciting step forward in the evolution of the Conservatoire as it looks to the future.

Jason said, “It has been a privilege and a pleasure to work with colleagues in the schools, student representatives, and members of the Board, as well as the fantastic team within the Shared Services. I would like to thank all colleagues for their support and comradeship over the last four years, and I wish everyone the very best for the future.”

James Smith, Chair of the Board of Governors, said: “Jason has done a wonderful job for the Conservatoire, steering us through a period of great change. We will miss him and we wish him success.”

The Conservatoire’s Academic Registrar, Dr Nick Holland, is taking on the role of Interim Chief Executive Officer until a successor is appointed.

[Image: Jason Clarke with the Conservatoire Board of Governors, July 2018]

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1st August 2018

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

Alumni round-up – August 2018

Nathan Johnstone (LCDS) and Stefano di Renzo (National Centre for Circus Arts) are touring Belly of the Whale with Ockham’s Razor, performing this month at Stockton International Riverside Festival, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, The Albany, Millfield Theatre Edmonton, and Lift Off! Rambert dance company perform special commission Rambert x Gaika for the Wilderness Festival, Oxfordshire on […]

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Nathan Johnstone (LCDS) and Stefano di Renzo (National Centre for Circus Arts) are touring Belly of the Whale with Ockham’s Razor, performing this month at Stockton International Riverside Festival, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, The Albany, Millfield Theatre Edmonton, and Lift Off!

Rambert dance company perform special commission Rambert x Gaika for the Wilderness Festival, Oxfordshire on 4 August. 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 School of Ballet).

Choreographer Rosie Kay (LCDS) presents Modern Warrior at Just So Festival, 18 & 19 August, and Lift Off!, 26 & 27 August. The company features dancer Jake Nwogu (Central School of Ballet).

Afolabi Alli, Josh Finan and Luke Newberry (BOVTS) feature in the RSC’s The Merry Wives of Windsor at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 4 August – 22 September.

Rosy McEwen (BOVTS) features in the RSC’s Tamburlaine at the Swan Theatre, 16 August – 1 December.

Christopher Schutt (BOVTS) is Sound Designer for Aristocrats at the Donmar Theatre, 2 August – 22 September.

Edinburgh Fringe

Following this year’s West Country tour, BOVTS second year student company Take Thou That! take children’s show Beowulf to Edinburgh Fringe, performing at Underbelly, Bristo Square 3 – 17 August.

Maanuv Thiara (BOVTS) features in Lung Theatre’s Trojan Horse, at Summerhall from 1 – 26 August.

Robert Turton (BOVTS) is Lighting Technician for the Assembly Rooms.

Joseph Lee Wai-Nang (LCDS) presents Folding Echoes at Dance Base, on 14 – 19, 21 – 26 August.

2Faced Dance presents What The Moon Saw at the ZOO Southside, 12 – 26 August, with Kai Tomioka (CSB, NSCD), Louis Parker-Evans, Jason Boyle (NSCD) and Jack Humphrey (LCDS).

Hanna Moisala (National Centre for Circus Arts) presents WireDo at C Venues, 2 – 13 and 15 – 27 August.

Vendetta Vain (National Centre for Circus Arts) facilitates Damn Everything But The Circus: Discussions, at the Fringe Central, 7, 14 and 25 August.

Barely Methodical Troupe (National Centre for Circus Arts) present Shift at Underbelly’s Circus Hub, 4 – 25 August.

 

[Image: BOVTS company Take Thou That perform Beowulf]

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30th July 2018

BOVTS | Drama | Alumni

BOVTS graduates Josh O’Connor and Erin Doherty join cast of The Crown

Netflix has announced further casting for series 3 of The Crown, with Bristol Old Vic Theatre School graduates Josh O’Connor and Erin Doherty taking leading roles. Josh O’Connor (The Durrells, God’s Own Country) will play the role of Prince Charles in seasons three and four, and Erin Doherty (Call The Midwife) will play Princess Anne. […]

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Netflix has announced further casting for series 3 of The Crown, with Bristol Old Vic Theatre School graduates Josh O’Connor and Erin Doherty taking leading roles.

Josh O’Connor (The Durrells, God’s Own Country) will play the role of Prince Charles in seasons three and four, and Erin Doherty (Call The Midwife) will play Princess Anne.

Netflix recently released a first look at fellow BOVTS alumna Olivia Colman in the leading role of Queen Elizabeth. Colman takes over the role from Claire Foy for seasons three and four.

The Crown Season three will launch on Netflix in 2019.

[Image: Erin Doherty in Call The Midwife]

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30th July 2018

Central School of Ballet | Dance | Staff

Central Director Heidi Hall announced as finalist in Third Sector Awards

Congratulations to Central School of Ballet Director, Heidi Hall, who has been announced as one of three finalists in the Rising Chief Executive category in the Third Sector Awards. Heidi is recognized for her strong leadership of Central over the past two years at this exciting time in the organisation’s history. The Awards presentation will […]

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Congratulations to Central School of Ballet Director, Heidi Hall, who has been announced as one of three finalists in the Rising Chief Executive category in the Third Sector Awards. Heidi is recognized for her strong leadership of Central over the past two years at this exciting time in the organisation’s history.

The Awards presentation will take place on Thursday 20 September 2018 at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square.

You can read more about the shortlisted candidates here.

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27th July 2018

BOVTS | CDD | Central School of Ballet | LAMDA | LCDS | National Centre for Circus Arts | NSCD | RADA | Rambert School | Students

Conservatoire students report high satisfaction levels in 2018 National Student Survey

The results of the National Student Survey (NSS) have been announced today by the Office for Students. The Conservatoire continues to perform strongly in the survey, this year achieving 91% in overall satisfaction, well above the sector average (83%) and its institutional benchmark (80%). The quality of teaching is highly rated by Conservatoire students, with […]

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The results of the National Student Survey (NSS) have been announced today by the Office for Students. The Conservatoire continues to perform strongly in the survey, this year achieving 91% in overall satisfaction, well above the sector average (83%) and its institutional benchmark (80%).

The quality of teaching is highly rated by Conservatoire students, with 92% satisfied in this year’s survey – exceeding the sector average by 8%. The Conservatoire* – comprising member schools Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Central School of Ballet, London Contemporary Dance School, National Centre for Circus Arts, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, and affiliate schools LAMDA and RADA – was awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) in 2017.

Jason Clarke, Chief Executive Officer of the Conservatoire, said: “We are delighted that the Conservatoire is ranked among the leading performing arts institutions in the UK. The NSS results are a further endorsement of the fantastic work in learning and teaching across the schools, and the passion and commitment of our staff in preparing these young artists to enter their professions. We wish our 2018 graduates every success as they embark upon the next phase of their careers.”

Giorgia Pirozzi, BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance Graduate 2018, London Contemporary Dance School: “You will be surrounded by amazing people that will feed you and take care of you. Trust yourself and people around you; you have no idea what is going to happen, and this journey will be life-changing, so be available as much as you can.”

The NSS offers an annual opportunity to review the student experience in conjunction with other feedback and student engagement activities. The Conservatoire will use the survey to identify areas for further improvement and enhancement, and is committed to maintaining its world-leading standards of teaching in dance, drama, circus arts and technical theatre.

*Note: The Conservatoire publishes its National Student Survey results at institutional level. It does not publish the results of the individual schools, as these are considered additional data which cannot be released by the institution. Course-level NSS results will be publicly available on Unistats from 30 August 2018.

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19th July 2018

NSCD | Dance | Awards

NSCD awards Honorary Fellowships for 2018

Northern School of Contemporary Dance is pleased to announce its Honorary Fellows for 2018: Sharon Watson and Miranda Tufnell. Each year NSCD acknowledges individuals for their exceptional contribution to the School, Contemporary Dance and the cultural ecology at large with the highest award the School can currently bestow. Last year’s inaugural Honorary Fellowships were awarded […]

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Northern School of Contemporary Dance is pleased to announce its Honorary Fellows for 2018: Sharon Watson and Miranda Tufnell.

Each year NSCD acknowledges individuals for their exceptional contribution to the School, Contemporary Dance and the cultural ecology at large with the highest award the School can currently bestow. Last year’s inaugural Honorary Fellowships were awarded to Gary Clarke and Wayne McGregor.

Artistic Director of Leeds-based Phoenix Dance Theatre Sharon Watson, has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship for her ongoing contribution to the School and her contributions to the development of arts and culture in the North. The award was conferred as part of the School’s Graduation performances on Saturday 7th July.

Speaking of Sharon Watson’s award, Janet Smith MBE, Principal of NSCD said:

‘In her role as Artistic Director of Phoenix Dance Theatre, Sharon contributes to the development of arts and culture in the North through her leadership, programming and choreography. She has recently also shown inspiring leadership for the city as the Chair of the Leeds City of Culture 2023 Bid steering group, championing the cultural ambition of the city and ensuring dance is part of it.’

She continued: ‘Sharon, who has studied, taught and most recently choreographed at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, has taken initiative to provide opportunities through Phoenix Dance Theatre to enhance the development of students and we proudly recognise her commitment to supporting emerging talent in the School as a partner in the city.’

Accepting the award, Sharon Watson said:

‘I’m delighted to receive this accolade as my connection with the Northern School of Contemporary Dance stretches back over 30 years. The founding Principal Nadine Senior was my teacher at Harehills Middle School and like so many others, I would not be doing what I do today if it wasn’t for the inspiring leadership Nadine gave. Northern School is a wonderful resource right here in Leeds, offering the only conservatoire-level professional contemporary dance training in the North of England, and I am proud to have played a part in it.’

Miranda Tufnell, dance artist, writer and teacher, was also awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the School this year and will accept her award at a private ceremony at the School at the start of the Autumn term.

For the last thirty-five years Miranda Tufnell has been pursuing a profound interest in the body, environment and the language of movement. Her work has evolved through ongoing collaborations and research in performance and teaching alongside working as a body therapist/movement educator (both independently and within the NHS). She has followed a passion to listen more deeply to the body’s subtleties of movement, and to explore the human need to find a language that is beneath our words.

After studying English at University College, London with Frank Kermode, Tufnell began her dance training at London School of Contemporary Dance. She studied in New York, Cunningham Studio and with Nancy Topf and Simone Fortis. Other significant influences have been Alexander technique, Contact Improvisation, Release, and Tai’ Chi.

Her performance work has been shown in galleries and theatres across the UK and abroad since 1976. Collaborating with artist Chris Crickmay she created the film Dance Without Steps (1978) for the Open University and co-authored two handbooks on sourcing creative work entitled Body Space Image (1990) and A Widening Field (2004). She has taught in many colleges and universities and continues to teach independently, mentor and make performance.

Janet Smith MBE speaking of Miranda Tufnell:

‘NSCD values Miranda Tufnell’s outstanding and longstanding contribution to dance through her movement and improvisation research, collaborative performance work and her dance writing. Her celebrated handbooks, Body Space Image: notes towards improvisation and performance and A Widening Field: journeys in body and imagination, written in collaboration with Chris Crickmay are seminal works that continue to support and inspire students, dance artists, teachers and facilitators. When I Open My Eyes: dance, health and imagination takes dance and creativity into the field of health and health care, offering a doctors a different way of helping people through the provision therapeutic dance.’

[Photo: Sharon Watson and Janet Smith MBE, by Nick Singleton]

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5th July 2018

BOVTS | Drama | Alumni | Performances and Exhibitions

BOVTS alumna Katherine Kingsley stars as Dusty Springfield in new musical

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School alumna Katherine Kingsley takes the leading role in a new musical about the life of legendary singer Dusty Springfield. The musical draws on personal memories of those who knew the singer best and featuring many of her blazingly soulful pop hits, including I Only Want to Be with You, Son […]

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Bristol Old Vic Theatre School alumna Katherine Kingsley takes the leading role in a new musical about the life of legendary singer Dusty Springfield.

The musical draws on personal memories of those who knew the singer best and featuring many of her blazingly soulful pop hits, including I Only Want to Be with You, Son of a Preacher Man and You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me.

Olivier Award-winner Maria Friedman (Merrily We Roll Along, Stepping Out) directs Katherine Kingsley (Piaf, Singin’ in the Rain) in a career-defining performance that celebrates the music of a lifetime.

Dusty premiered at Theatre Royal Bath, 23 June – 7 July, and will tour to Sheffield Lyceum, Newcastle Theatre Royal and The Lowry, Salford. You can find tickets here.

Take a look at The Stage for an interview with Kingsley about the role and her career to date.

 

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