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14th November 2017

NSCD | Dance | Students

NSCD announces tanzmainz apprenticeship

NSCD is pleased to announce a new Postgraduate Apprenticeship partnership with internationally-renowned company tanzmainz in Germany. The partnership will allow one successful applicant to be supported and mentored in preparing for the profession whilst undertaking a substantial year-long apprenticeship with the company from August 2018 – June 2019. The placement leads to the award of […]

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NSCD is pleased to announce a new Postgraduate Apprenticeship partnership with internationally-renowned company tanzmainz in Germany. The partnership will allow one successful applicant to be supported and mentored in preparing for the profession whilst undertaking a substantial year-long apprenticeship with the company from August 2018 – June 2019. The placement leads to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma or MA qualification.

Deadline for applications: Thursday 23rd November (noon)

Audition: Saturday 25th November | 9.30am- 5.30pm | NSCD, Leeds

Part of Staatstheater Mainz, tanzmainz is an award-winning contemporary dance company with a rich and varied repertoire. tanzmainz (Director: Honne Dohrmann) works exclusively with international guest choreographers such as Guy Weizman & Roni Haver, Sharon Eyal, Koen Augustijnen, Guy Nader and Maria Campos among others. The company comprises 20 dancers, that have to be versatile, able to perform many choreographic styles and possess improvisation skills.

This is a short notice opportunity open to final year full-time dance students or very recent graduates who consider themselves to be versatile performers with strong ballet and contemporary technique. Applications close at noon on 23rd November 2017 and the UK shortlisting audition takes place on November 25th at NSCD in Leeds between 9.30am and 5.30pm.

To apply, please email admissions@nscd.ac.uk to express your interest, and submit an online application form by the closing date of 23rd November. To learn more about this and other postgraduate opportunities at NSCD click here.

Please note: to fit with tanzmainz scheduling, this company audition is taking place ahead of the first round of VERVE & PAS auditions (which take place week commencing Monday 15th January). In your online application please select one of these first round auditions as you will still need to attend one of these to be considered for VERVE and the other PAS companies as standard.

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10th November 2017

National Centre for Circus Arts | Circus Arts | Alumni | Performances and Exhibitions

National Centre graduates selected for Spotlight UK Circus

National Centre for Circus Arts graduates have been selected for Spotlight UK Circus, a new initiative led by NoFit State Circus and Crying Out Loud and funded by the Arts Council England International Showcasing fund. Spotlight UK Circus showcase aims to raise the profile of UK contemporary circus on the international scene, increase the capacity […]

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National Centre for Circus Arts graduates have been selected for Spotlight UK Circus, a new initiative led by NoFit State Circus and Crying Out Loud and funded by the Arts Council England International Showcasing fund.

Spotlight UK Circus showcase aims to raise the profile of UK contemporary circus on the international scene, increase the capacity and ability of UK companies to promote themselves and tour internationally, and develop and support a new network of touring contemporary circus companies.

UK based circus artists have been offered the opportunity to present their work at three key international festivals: CIRCa festival du cirque actuel 20 – 29 October 2017; Subcase Subtopia Circus Fair 14 – 17 November 2017 and Festival OFF d’Avignon July 2018. The selected shows include the following National Centre graduates:

CIRCa (October 2017)

Ockham’s Razor presented acclaimed production Tipping Point, featuring graduate Telma Pinto. With five metal poles, five performers create a compelling series of poetic phrases set against a backdrop of atmospheric shadows and hypnotic music. Tipping Point will also be presented at Avignon next year.

Upswing presented work-in-progress The Ramshackle House, an enchanting, physical comedy about a family literally trying to hold their home together, featuring graduates Renato Dias and Matthew Smith.

Graduates José Triguero and Gemma Palomar presented Cul de Sac, an innovative and surreal circus duet that explores the relationship between one man and one woman.

Graduate Max Calaf Sevé presented work-in-progress Nalukatak. Inspired by traditional Inuit life, using circus, humour, absurdity, trampoline and masks, Max creates a poetic landscape in which to tell a story that has a universal resonance.

Work-in-progress The Exploded Circus was presented by Mimbre, whose Artistic Directors include graduate Silvia Fratelli.

Subtopia (November 2017)

Graduate company Alula Cyr, the first all-female Cyr trio, will present Hyena at Subtopia in November. Hyena is an innovative, synchronised display of strength which marries awe-inspiring Cyr wheel skill, acrobatics, song and dance to reveal the fierce and complex friendships between three women.

Graduate Ellie Dubois will present Ringside, an up close and intimate aerial performance for an audience of one: you. Ringside was also presented at CIRCa in October.

Festival OFF d’Avignon (July 2018)

Recently announced are the companies presenting in July 2018, including graduate JD performing Knot, an acrobatic pas de deux about the search for a significant partner, with hand-to-hand acrobatics partner Nikki. Nikki and JD also presented at CIRCa in October.

To find out more about the artists selected, take a look at the Spotlight UK website here.

 

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10th November 2017

BOVTS | Stage Management & Technical Theatre | Awards | Performances and Exhibitions

BOVTS graduate Eleanor Bull winner in 2017 Linbury Prize

The winners of this year’s Linbury Prize have been announced, including Bristol Old Vic Theatre School graduate Eleanor Bull, designing Windrush: Movement of the People for Phoenix Dance Theatre. Congratulations, Eleanor! The biennial Linbury Prize for Stage Design brings together the best of emerging designers with professional theatre, dance and opera companies. The four winners of each […]

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The winners of this year’s Linbury Prize have been announced, including Bristol Old Vic Theatre School graduate Eleanor Bull, designing Windrush: Movement of the People for Phoenix Dance Theatre. Congratulations, Eleanor!

The biennial Linbury Prize for Stage Design brings together the best of emerging designers with professional theatre, dance and opera companies.

The four winners of each competition receive a cash prize together with a professional commission to design a production for a major company. Companies that have collaborated with the Prize in recent years include Birmingham Opera, Headlong, National Theatre of Scotland, Lyric Hammersmith and Scottish Dance Theatre.

Eleanor graduated this year from the Theatre Design MA at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She has been working as a freelance Theatre Designer throughout the UK since graduating from her BA in Costume with Performance Design at the Arts University Bournemouth in 2013. A selection of her work includes: Costume & Set Design for Crave (The Wardrobe, Bristol), The Witches (Theatre Royal Winchester),  Much Ado About Nothing(Arts University Bournemouth). Costume Design for Julius Caesar (Bristol Old Vic Theatre- Main Stage), Othello (Riverside Studios), The Drowsy Chaperone (The LOST Theatre), Love and Money (The Tabard Theatre). Set Design for The Two Gentlemen of Verona (The Redgrave Theatre, Bristol).

Windrush: Movement of the People, with Eleanor’s winning design, will premiere in February 2018 at West Yorkshire Playhouse. Artistic Director Sharon Watson is an alumna of London Contemporary Dance School, and the company currently includes dance graduates from Central School of Ballet, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, and Rambert School.

 

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7th November 2017

BOVTS | Drama | Alumni | Film & Television

BOVTS alumna Olivia Colman joins The Crown as Queen Elizabeth for Series 3

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School alumna Olivia Colman is to play Queen Elizabeth II in series three and four of Netflix’s smash hit drama The Crown. She will take over the role of Queen Elizabeth from Claire Foy, who portrays her in the early years of her reign. The Guardian described the news as ‘a […]

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Bristol Old Vic Theatre School alumna Olivia Colman is to play Queen Elizabeth II in series three and four of Netflix’s smash hit drama The Crown. She will take over the role of Queen Elizabeth from Claire Foy, who portrays her in the early years of her reign. The Guardian described the news as ‘a perfect feat of casting’.

Colman has received critical acclaim for her performances in dramas Broadchurch and The Night Manager, and earlier this year appeared on stage at the National Theatre in Lucy Kirkwood’s Mosquitoes. She won a Golden Globe for her performance in The Night Manager and was nominated for a BAFTA TV award for female performance in a comedy programme for her role in Fleabag.

Colman will reportedly begin filming episodes of The Crown this year, and is due to be seen in the role from 2019.

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6th November 2017

LCDS | Dance | Alumni | Performances and Exhibitions

LCDS alumnus Arthur Pita creates new work for The Royal Ballet

Choreographer and London Contemporary Dance School alumnus Arthur Pita has created a new work for The Royal Ballet titled The Wind. Based on Dorothy Scarborough’s classic novel and the silent film it inspired, the piece features a newly commissioned score by his regular collaborator Frank Moon. Arthur Pita has forged a distinctive career in British dance; […]

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Choreographer and London Contemporary Dance School alumnus Arthur Pita has created a new work for The Royal Ballet titled The Wind. Based on Dorothy Scarborough’s classic novel and the silent film it inspired, the piece features a newly commissioned score by his regular collaborator Frank Moon.

Arthur Pita has forged a distinctive career in British dance; his disquieting narrative works tell dark and strange stories through a vivid, visceral language of movement. His award-winning adaptation of Kafka’s Metamorphosis in 2011 for the Linbury Studio Theatre was a triumph. As well as creating works for his own company Pita has been commissioned by companies and figures from Dance East to Natalia Osipova – creating a body of work whose strangeness and imaginativeness have earned Pita the nickname ‘the David Lynch of dance’.

The Wind will be presented on the main stage of the Royal Opera House from 6 – 17 November as part of a triple bill.

Take a look at a rehearsal with the dancers which was live streamed for the New York Times on Facebook.

You can watch Pita talking about how silent film inspired his new ballet here:

 

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1st November 2017

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

Alumni round-up – November 2017

Igor and Moreno present new work Andante at The Place from 2 – 4 November. Choreographers Igor Urzelai and Moreno Solinasm (LCDS) perform with fellow LCDS graduate Eleanor Sikorski. Choreographer and London Contemporary Dance School alumnus Arthur Pita presents new work The Wind with dancers from the Royal Ballet, performed as part of a triple […]

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Igor and Moreno present new work Andante at The Place from 2 – 4 November. Choreographers Igor Urzelai and Moreno Solinasm (LCDS) perform with fellow LCDS graduate Eleanor Sikorski.

Choreographer and London Contemporary Dance School alumnus Arthur Pita presents new work The Wind with dancers from the Royal Ballet, performed as part of a triple bill at the Royal Opera House from 6 – 17 November.

Phoenix Dance Company are on tour until 17 November with company dancers Vanessa Vince-Pang (Rambert), Carmen Vazquez Marfil (Central School of Ballet & NSCD), and Natalie Alleston (Rambert & NSCD). The triple bill includes Maybe Yes Maybe, Maybe No Maybe by choreographer Aletta Collins (LCDS).

National Dance Company Wales are on tour with ROOTS from 11 November – 6 December, with company dancers Camille Giraudeau (LCDS), Robert Bridger, Ed Myhill and Mathew Prichard (Rambert School).

Eliot Smith Company present a triple bill at The Holy Biscuit, Newcastle, from 15 – 17 November, with dancers Gemma Paganelli (LCDS) and Nicholas Tredea (Rambert School).

Curated by Gianluca Vincentini, Wild Card presents work by three emerging choreographers: Carlos Pons Guerra, Crystal Zillwood, and Jamaal Burkmar (NSCD), at Sadlers Wells, 23 – 24 November.

Rambert present A Linha Curva and other works at Sadlers Wells from 21 – 25 November, with company dancers Sharia Johnson, Vanessa Kang, Adam Park, Stephen Quildan, Kym Sojourna (Rambert), Pierre Tappon, Nancy Nerantzi (LCDS), Brenda Lee Grech and Jacob Wye (Central School of Ballet).

Ockham’s Razor bring hit show Tipping Point to Stratford Circus Arts Centre from 23 – 25 November, with National Centre for Circus Arts graduate Telma Pinto.

Upswing present new family show The Ramshackle House at the Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury, 24 – 26 November. The trio of performers includes Renato Dias and Matthew Smith (National Centre).

Nikki and JD (National Centre) join the line-up for Fresh 2017 at The Place on 25 November.

Choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan (Central School of Ballet) returns to Sadlers Wells from 30 November – 2 December with his adaptation of Swan Lake, set in the Midlands of Ireland.

The National Theatre presents Network starring Bryan Cranston from 4 November. The cast features graduates Charles Babalola (LAMDA), Richard Cordery, Isabel Della-Porta (RADA), Ian Drysdale and Patrick Poletti (BOVTS).

Sophie Stone (RADA) and Rose Wardlaw (LAMDA) feature in Jubilee at the Manchester Royal Exchange from 2 – 18 November.

Nadia Albina, Stephanie Street (LAMDA) and Mark Meadows (BOVTS) feature in Quiz at Chichester Festival Theatre from 3 November – 9 December.

The RSC’s Twelfth Night opens in Stratford-upon-Avon on 2 November, running until 24 February 2018. Graduates Esh Alladi, Joseph Prowen (LAMDA), Tom Byrne (BOVTS), Beruce Khan, Verity Kirk, Sarah Twomey (RADA) feature in the cast.

Also at Stratford-upon-Avon, the RSC presents Imperium Part I: Conspirator (16 November – 10 February) and Part 2: Dictator (23 November – 10 February), based on Robert Harris’s bestselling Cicero trilogy. Richard McCabe (RADA) stars as Cicero, with Patrick Knowles (LAMDA), Joe Dixon, Michael Grady-Hall, Oliver Johnstone, and Joseph Kloska (RADA) joining the cast.

Ronke Adekuluejo (RADA) features in Bad Roads at the Royal Court from 15 November – 23 December.

Hit musical Hamilton makes its UK debut at the Victoria Palace Theatre from 21 November. Jamael Westman (RADA) plays the lead role of King George, with Jason Pennycooke (NSCD) featuring in the cast.

[Image: Upswing, The Ramshackle House]

 

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26th October 2017

BOVTS | Drama | Alumni | Awards

BOVTS alumnus Alex Jennings receives honorary doctorate

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School alumnus Alex Jennings has received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the West of England. The award was presented by Professor David Halton, Chair of Trustees for the School at the graduation ceremony at St Mary Redcliffe Church, Bristol. Alex Jennings has excelled in every area of a working […]

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Bristol Old Vic Theatre School alumnus Alex Jennings has received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the West of England. The award was presented by Professor David Halton, Chair of Trustees for the School at the graduation ceremony at St Mary Redcliffe Church, Bristol.

Alex Jennings has excelled in every area of a working actor’s world: from reading poetry at the Ryedale Festival’s truth’s disguise series to receiving 8 awards for audio book readings; for working in films playing as diverse a set of roles as Prince Charles and Alan Bennett; for starring in the West End as Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Amazing Chocolate Factory and for a huge number of roles in many television series and dramas, including King Leopold in Victoria and the Duke of Windsor in The Crown. He is the only person to have won three Best Actor Olivier Awards for Comedy (Too Clever by Half in 1988), Drama (Peer Gynt in 1996) and Musical (My Fair Lady in 2003).

Upcoming for 2018 is BBC drama A Very English Scandal, which will also feature recent BOVTS graduate Michelle Fox.

Nicholas Hytner, former Artistic Director of the National Theatre, was asked to provide supporting evidence for the honorary award. He wrote: “In shows we’ve worked on together, he’s played a chilling Gestapo chief, President George W. Bush, a shattering Leontes, Benjamin Britten, a mercurial Subtle in The Alchemist and Alan Bennett.  The only thing they had in common was their excellence.  Always authoritative, always witty, always stylish – certainly. Always wonderfully articulate and he can include a thousand people without raising his voice: technically, he couldn’t be a better example for his successors at Bristol. But always grounded in truth. You couldn’t be honouring a better actor or a better person.”

BOVTS graduation 2017

Professor David Halton at BOVTS graduation 2017 Alex Jennings receives honorary doctorateBOVTS students at graduation 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Images: Ede & Ravenscroft. Clockwise left to right: Graduation at St Mary Redcliffe Church; BOVTS Chair of Trustees Prof David Halton; Alex Jennings receives Honorary Doctorate; BOVTS students perform at Graduation.

 

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26th October 2017

Central School of Ballet | Dance | Awards | Staff

Central School of Ballet Director Heidi Hall shortlisted for prestigious business award

Heidi Hall, Director of Central School of Ballet, has been short-listed for the Design and Arts Award in the prestigious Variety Catherine Awards which celebrates inspirational women in business. The award ceremony, to be held next month at the Grosvenor House Hotel, recognises the myriad of contributions from women in business and philanthropy. The Awards […]

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Heidi Hall, Director of Central School of Ballet, has been short-listed for the Design and Arts Award in the prestigious Variety Catherine Awards which celebrates inspirational women in business.

The award ceremony, to be held next month at the Grosvenor House Hotel, recognises the myriad of contributions from women in business and philanthropy. The Awards showcase and celebrate inspiring women in the UK who have excelled in their respective industries.

The shortlisted nominees for the Design and Arts Award are Emily Byron MBE, Alice Driver, Heidi Hall, Melinda Hughes and Elena Shchukina.

The award ceremony will be accompanied by a networking reception, a three-course meal, an auction and entertainment, featuring a performance by Ballet Central.

In addition to celebrating successful and inspirational women in business, the aim of the event is to raise much needed funds to support disabled and disadvantaged children and young people throughout the UK.

You can find further information regarding the Variety Catherine Awards here.

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25th October 2017

CDD

A new structure for the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama

As higher education is being transformed by a number of factors, the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama has been undertaking a review of its governance arrangements and looking ahead to its long-term future. A new structure has emerged from this process and represents an exciting step forward in the evolution of the Conservatoire. The dynamic […]

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As higher education is being transformed by a number of factors, the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama has been undertaking a review of its governance arrangements and looking ahead to its long-term future. A new structure has emerged from this process and represents an exciting step forward in the evolution of the Conservatoire. The dynamic and collegiate partnership will continue to celebrate the distinct identities and traditions of the schools, while working to grow even stronger collaborative links between members, including plans to obtain degree-awarding powers.

The eight schools have benefitted from sixteen years of collaboration and together have achieved considerable successes to date. In 2016, the Conservatoire was judged to be world-leading in its fields of dance, drama and circus arts in an independent review commissioned by HEFCE; in 2017 it was awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework. With many choices available to institutions in a fast-changing higher education landscape, each school has now considered what represents the best long-term interests for its own development.

Six schools – Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Central School of Ballet, London Contemporary Dance School, National Centre for Circus Arts, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, and Rambert School – will be moving forward as members of the Conservatoire. Two schools, LAMDA and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, have decided to pursue their own recognition as independent higher education institutions, and therefore will be leaving the Conservatoire at a future date to be decided.

The Conservatoire’s primary focus at all times is to ensure that it continues to develop the world-leading arts education and training for which the schools are renowned, and continues to serve the best interests of its schools, staff and students. All of the schools, supported by the Conservatoire’s shared services, will be working together to ensure a smooth transition to the new arrangements over the coming months and years.

 

For press enquiries please contact Jason Clarke, Chief Operating Officer & Acting Principal, Conservatoire for Dance and Drama (jason.clarke@cdd.ac.uk) or Emma Swift, Communications and Projects Coordinator, Conservatoire for Dance and Drama (emma.swift@cdd.ac.uk).

 

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23rd October 2017

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

New Adventures and Central School of Ballet announce 2017/18 Student Associates

New Adventures and Central School of Ballet have announced the Student Associates for 2017/18 are Hannah O’Brien and Louis Van Leer. Third year students Hannah and Louis were selected after a weekend of auditions at Central earlier this year. Both will be involved in the rehearsal period for Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella which begins on 8 […]

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New Adventures and Central School of Ballet have announced the Student Associates for 2017/18 are Hannah O’Brien and Louis Van Leer.

Third year students Hannah and Louis were selected after a weekend of auditions at Central earlier this year. Both will be involved in the rehearsal period for Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella which begins on 8 November at 3 Mills Studios. They will then support the Company by performing in various performances during the show’s Christmas season at Sadler’s Wells from 9 December 2017 – 27 January 2018, and further on in the Cinderella UK tour.

Last year saw the first two associates Stephen Murray (due to perform in Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella this year) and Brittanie Dillon who both took part in the creation of Matthew Bourne’s production of The Red Shoes and performed in the show at Sadler’s Wells (London) as well as other venues on the 2016/17 UK tour.

Christopher Marney, Artistic Director of Ballet Central said: “The opportunity to learn directly from Matthew Bourne and his team has been a unique and enriching experience for our graduating students Brittanie Dillon and Stephen Murray.  It is testament to the success of this special partnership between New Adventures and Central that the initiative will continue this year allowing two new students to gain from working directly with one of the most influential choreographers in dance. We are grateful for all the hard work and determination from all concerned.”

Matthew Bourne, Artistic Director of New Adventures said: “I’m delighted Hannah and Louis will be joining us as our 2017/2018 Central School of Ballet Student Associates. The initial pilot project was a huge success for both ourselves, the school and for the students. I’m particularly thrilled that following his experience working with us on The Red Shoes Stephen Murray will be joining the company for Cinderella.”

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