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7th November 2018

National Centre for Circus Arts | Circus Arts | Drama | Alumni | Collaboration | Performances and Exhibitions | Staff

Curve and Rose Theatre Kingston announce The Cat in the Hat in association with National Centre for Circus Arts

Curve Theatre and Rose Theatre Kingston have announced a brand new co-production of Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat, created in association with National Centre for Circus Arts. After premiering at Curve in Leicester over Christmas 2018, the production will tour across the UK, visiting theatres in Aylesbury, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Oxford, Birmingham, Tunbridge Wells, […]

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Curve Theatre and Rose Theatre Kingston have announced a brand new co-production of Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat, created in association with National Centre for Circus Arts.

After premiering at Curve in Leicester over Christmas 2018, the production will tour across the UK, visiting theatres in Aylesbury, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Oxford, Birmingham, Tunbridge Wells, Southampton and Newcastle, before ending the tour at Rose Theatre Kingston 10 – 21 April 2019.

The production will be directed by Suba Das with set and costumes designed by Isla Shaw. Joining the production as Associate Director is circus choreographer Jack Horner, a National Centre for Circus Arts graduate and teacher, who previously performed in Curve and Rose Theatre Kingston’s 2016 production of Roald Dahl’s The Twits and recently worked as Circus Captain on Chess at The London Colisuem.

About the production

When the Cat in the Hat steps onto the mat, Sally and her brother are in for a rollercoaster ride of havoc and mayhem! The Cat can rescue them from a dull rainy day, but what mischief do they get up to along the way?

Based on the much-loved book by Dr. Seuss that has captivated generations of readers, The Cat in the Hat features feline frivolity aplenty. With acrobatic accomplices Thing 1 and Thing 2, riotous rhymes, infectious humour and spectacular circus, this family production is set to delight young and old alike.

Speaking about the production, Kate White, CEO of National Centre for Circus Arts said:

“We are delighted to be supporting the development of what promises to be a wonderfully vibrant and fun-filled production. With Curve and Rose Theatre Kingston’s accomplished creative team ably supported by Associate Director Jack Horner, a National Centre graduate and teacher, we await the Cat’s visit this Christmas with great excitement.”

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6th November 2018

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

Jenna Lee’s Puss in Boots opens at Northern Ballet

Central School of Ballet MA Choreography student Jenna Lee has created a new work, Puss in Boots, with Northern Ballet. Jenna has been working on this original ballet for several months as part of the MA Choreography at Central. The show opened in Leeds at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre on Saturday 27 October […]

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Central School of Ballet MA Choreography student Jenna Lee has created a new work, Puss in Boots, with Northern Ballet. Jenna has been working on this original ballet for several months as part of the MA Choreography at Central.

The show opened in Leeds at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre on Saturday 27 October and will be touring nationwide from April – June 2019. Several of the company members are Central alumni and include 2018 graduates Ayça Anil and Harris Beattie, 2017 graduate Matthew Morrell and 2015 graduate Julie Nunes.

About the production

Puss in Boots is no ordinary cat. Clever and charming, he takes life in his stride and befriends everyone he meets. The only thing is, he always seems to bring his master, Jack, bad luck. Join Puss and Jack on their adventure as they meet a flurry of lovable characters, and even come face to face with royalty!

Bringing this much-loved children’s story to life, Puss in Boots is the perfect opportunity for your little ones to enjoy live ballet, music and theatre.

To find out more about the show and to book tickets, visit the Northern Ballet website.

[Image: Harris Beattie and Ayça Anil in rehearsals for Puss in Boots. Photograph by Drew Forsyth]

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1st November 2018

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

Alumni round-up – November 2018

See graduates of the Conservatoire Member schools on stage this November. Barely Methodical Troupe (National Centre for Circus Arts) present SHIFT at Canterbury Festival, 1 – 2 November. Birmingham Royal Ballet present La Fille mal gardée at Sadler’s Wells on 1 – 3 November. The company features dancer Max Maslen (Central School of Ballet). Rambert2 […]

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See graduates of the Conservatoire Member schools on stage this November.

Barely Methodical Troupe (National Centre for Circus Arts) present SHIFT at Canterbury Festival, 1 – 2 November.

Birmingham Royal Ballet present La Fille mal gardée at Sadler’s Wells on 1 – 3 November. The company features dancer Max Maslen (Central School of Ballet).

Rambert2 perform alongside Rambert dance company in Two at Sadler’s Wells, 6 – 10 November. The 2018-19 Rambert2 company features dancers Salome Pressac, Max Day, Imogen Alvares (Rambert School), Joshua Attwood and Conor Kerrigan (LCDS).

Choreographer and director Arthur Pita (LCDS) presents the world premiere of new dance play The Tenant at The Joyce Theater, off Broadway, from 6 – 11 November.

Niall Wright (BOVTS) features in The Ferryman, transferred to the Bernard B Jacobs Theatre, Broadway, until 17 February.

Herb Cuanalo (BOVTS) features in Hound of the Baskervilles at the Barn Theatre, 24 October – 24 November.

Gracefool Collective (NSCD) present This Is Not A Wedding at the Riley Theatre, Leeds, on 1 November.

Adrian Scarborough and Jessica Temple (BOVTS) feature in The Madness of King George III at the Nottingham Playhouse, 2 – 24 November.

Simon Victor (BOVTS) features in War Horse, returning to the National Theatre, 8 November – 5 January.

BalletBoyz present Young Men at Wilton’s Music Hall, 13 – 17 November. The company features dancers Liam Riddick (LCDS), Bradley Waller, Edd Arnold and Benjamin Knapper (Rambert).

Ben Duke and Solène Weinachter (LCDS) present Lost Dog’s Juliet & Romeo at the Riley Theatre, Leeds, on 14 November.

Northern Ballet present The Nutcracker from 14 November – 16 December, touring to Hull, Norwich, Woking and Leeds. The company features Central School of Ballet graduates Rachael Gillespie, Ashley Dixon, Hannah Bateman, Harriet Marden, Harris Beattie, and Ayca Anil, and Apprentices Matthew Morrell and Julie Nunes.

Phoenix Dance Theatre present a Mixed Programme from 1 – 22 November, touring to York, Barnsley and Huddersfield. The company features dancers Vanessa Vince-Pang (Rambert), Carmen Vazquez Marfil (CSB, NSCD), Natalie Alleston (Rambert, NSCD), and Apprentices Jasmine Gordon, Frances Shepherdson, and Elliott Augustine (NSCD).

James Wilton (LCDS) presents new work The Storm, touring this month to Liverpool (13 November), Newcastle (16 November) and London (23 – 24 November). The company features dancers Sarah Jane Taylor, Michael Kelland, and Ihsaan de Banya (LCDS).

Eliot Smith Company present a Triple Bill at The Sage Gateshead, Newcastle, on 27 November. The company features dancers Gemma Paganelli and Giacomo Pini (LCDS), Duncan Anderson and Paloma Galiana Moscardo (Central).

 

[Image: Lost Dog, Juliet and Romeo, photograph by Zoe Manders]

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24th October 2018

CDD | Staff

Conservatoire for Dance and Drama appoints David Ruebain as new Chief Executive

The Conservatoire for Dance and Drama is delighted to announce the appointment of David Ruebain as its new Chief Executive Officer. David takes up the post of Chief Executive in October 2018. Until April 2018 he was Chief Executive of Equality Challenge Unit, a policy and research agency funded to advance equality & diversity in […]

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The Conservatoire for Dance and Drama is delighted to announce the appointment of David Ruebain as its new Chief Executive Officer.

David takes up the post of Chief Executive in October 2018. Until April 2018 he was Chief Executive of Equality Challenge Unit, a policy and research agency funded to advance equality & diversity in universities in the UK and colleges in Scotland (until it merged with LHFE and HEA to form Advance HE).  David practiced as a solicitor for 21 years; latterly as Director of Legal Policy at the Equality and Human Rights Commission of Great Britain and before that as a Partner at and founder of the department of Education, Equality and Disability Law at Levenes Solicitors.  David has been the Equality Adviser to the English FA Premier League, a Trustee of ADD (Action on Disability and Development), a member of the Rights & Justice Committee of the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Advisory Board of the Wellcome Trust and a Fellow of the British American Project.

The Conservatoire’s Chair James Smith said of the appointment: “I’m delighted David is joining us. This is a time of great opportunity and change in higher education in the performing arts. David’s experience and ideas together with his approach to leadership will be of great benefit to us.

I’d like to thank Dr Nick Holland and the Shared Services team together with senior leadership in the Schools for the outstanding job they have done in the interim in providing leadership continuity.”

David Ruebain said: “The Conservatoire Schools are renowned for their specialist excellence in performing arts education and training. I’m delighted to be joining the Conservatoire at an exciting time in its development and look forward to working with colleagues across the organisation and sector.”

 

 

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24th October 2018

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

Dance school alumni shortlisted for One Dance UK Awards 2018

One Dance UK, the sector support organisation for dance, has announced the shortlist for the One Dance UK Awards, with a number of Conservatoire school staff and alumni among the nominations. The annual event is an opportunity for people in the industry to unite, celebrate, acknowledge and recognise the people who have made an impact […]

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One Dance UK, the sector support organisation for dance, has announced the shortlist for the One Dance UK Awards, with a number of Conservatoire school staff and alumni among the nominations.

The annual event is an opportunity for people in the industry to unite, celebrate, acknowledge and recognise the people who have made an impact on the vibrant UK dance landscape. A panel of expert judges drawn from the dance sector reviewed over 800 nominations to arrive at a shortlist of 3 nominees for each category.

Kim Hutt, Lecturer in Physical Support at London Contemporary Dance School and a graduate of Central School of Ballet, is shortlisted for the Dance Healthcare Practitioner Award.

London Contemporary Dance School are shortlisted for the Dance Healthcare Team Award.

Rosie Kay (LCDS), Artistic Director of Rosie Kay Dance Company based in Birmingham, and Eliot Smith (LCDS), Artistic Director of Eliot Smith Dance based in Newcastle, are both shortlisted for Dance Personality of the Year Award.

Dancer and choreographer Namron OBE (Rambert School) is shortlisted for Dance of the African Diaspora Lifetime Achievement Award.

Kathy Williams (NSCD), Director and founder member of RJC Dance, is shortlisted for the Lifetime Achievement in Dance Education and Learning Award.

Tess Chaytor (NSCD), co-founder of TIN Arts, is shortlisted for the Inspirational Community Dance Practitioner Award.

Adesola Akinleye (Rambert School), Artistic Director of Dancing Strong and Senior Lecturer in Dance Professional Practice at Middlesex University, is shortlisted for the Dance Writing Award.

The final winners will be announced at an award ceremony, dinner and celebration on 24 November in Leeds. Congratulations to all the nominees!

 

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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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