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12th July 2019

LCDS | Circus Arts | Dance | Performances and Exhibitions

Resolution Applications are OPEN!

Resolution is The Place’s annual festival of new choreography and performance works by emerging artists. Resolution exists to support and celebrate work by UK emerging artists. Every year The Place, home to London Contemporary Dance School, welcomes over 70 UK based artists to create original work for one of the most exciting and established London […]

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Resolution is The Place’s annual festival of new choreography and performance works by emerging artists. Resolution exists to support and celebrate work by UK emerging artists. Every year The Place, home to London Contemporary Dance School, welcomes over 70 UK based artists to create original work for one of the most exciting and established London performance festivals.

Artists learn from industry professionals through supportive and practical workshops and present their work at The Place theatre to an audience of up to 288, including industry critics. The Place invites choreographers and companies to propose exciting ideas for new work that they really believe in.

Resolution 2020 festival will take place from Thursday 9 January – Saturday 22 February 2020. Applications will be open until 5 September.

For more information, visit The Place website and take a look at the video below:

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8th July 2019

CDD | Students

Conservatoire students report high satisfaction levels in 2019 National Student Survey

The results of the National Student Survey (NSS) have been announced 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 (84%) and its institutional benchmark (80%). In several areas it performed significantly above benchmark, including 92% satisfaction in learning […]

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The results of the National Student Survey (NSS) have been announced 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 (84%) and its institutional benchmark (80%). In several areas it performed significantly above benchmark, including 92% satisfaction in learning community (benchmark: 78%, sector: 76%). In the Times Higher Education analysis of larger higher education providers, the Conservatoire is ranked third in overall satisfaction.

The quality of teaching is highly rated by Conservatoire students, with 91% satisfied in this year’s survey – exceeding the sector average by 7%. The Conservatoire holds a Gold Award in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), awarded in 2017.

David Ruebain, Chief Executive Officer of the Conservatoire, said: “We are delighted with the Conservatoire’s performance in this year’s NSS results. The high levels of satisfaction are an endorsement of the passion and dedication of our staff to delivering a world-leading student experience. We wish every success to our 2019 graduates at the start of their professional journeys.”

Dulcie Fraser, BA Graduating student, London Contemporary Dance School, said:  “The undergraduate years at LCDS have been the best of my life. With an openness I hadn’t experienced before, LCDS welcomes a diverse range of people and supports them to become well rounded artists.”

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 production arts.

*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 later in the year. 

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4th July 2019

BOVTS | Drama | Performances and Exhibitions | Students

BOVTS Graduating Actors take their own shows to London

We’re delighted that eight Bristol Old Vic Theatre School graduating acting students have had a piece commissioned for the graduates season at The Actors Centre. This exciting season will run from July to September 2019 and is made up of 15 productions over 40 performance dates. The John Thaw Initiative offers a platform for artists […]

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We’re delighted that eight Bristol Old Vic Theatre School graduating acting students have had a piece commissioned for the graduates season at The Actors Centre.

This exciting season will run from July to September 2019 and is made up of 15 productions over 40 performance dates.

The John Thaw Initiative offers a platform for artists to take creative risks and achieve vital feedback with work still in development without any financial pressure. Previous seasons have included the Mental Health Season, where each show explored an area of mental health, and was followed by a discussion and Q&A with invited guests;  the Blacktress UK season, offering opportunities exclusively for women of the African diasopra, and curated in association with the fabulous Blacktress UK; and the Queer season, curated by Otherland, exclusively for artists who identify as LGBTQIA+.

The Graduate Season offers performance opportunities for actors graduating from drama school who are creating their own work. In many cases, this will offer them their first professional credit. All participants were entrants in the Alan Bates Award, and the Alan Bates Award winner, Moronkẹ Akinola, is amongst the artists presenting work this season.

Huge congratulations to Moronkẹ Akinola, Finnbar Hayman, Emer Heatley, Sam Henderson, Eva O’Hara, Charlie Layburn, Jonathan Oldfield and Freddy Sawyer.

Find out more about the shows and get your tickets (which range from £5-7) on the Actors Centre website.

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1st July 2019

BOVTS | Drama | Stage Management & Technical Theatre | Performances and Exhibitions | Students

5* reviews for BOVTS production of The Life and Times of Nicholas Nickleby

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School has received 5* reviews for the School’s two part production of The Life and Times of Nicholas Nickleby, which was presented at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre from 14 – 22 June. Charles Dickens’ comically genius masterpiece, adapted by David Edgar, teems with a multitude of vivid characters, brought joyously […]

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Bristol Old Vic Theatre School has received 5* reviews for the School’s two part production of The Life and Times of Nicholas Nickleby, which was presented at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre from 14 – 22 June.

Charles Dickens’ comically genius masterpiece, adapted by David Edgar, teems with a multitude of vivid characters, brought joyously to life by BOVTS students. This is an intensely human story, filled with wry humour, adventure and daring set against a glorious tapestry of life. The School presented five performances of part one and four of part two of this rarely performed colossus which had a total running time of seven and a half hours. Directed by Jenny Stephens and Geoff Brumlik, with a full cast of all final year undergraduate actors and creative production teams, this was a rare opportunity to enjoy this piece of theatre which has an outstanding pedigree from the original RSC production in the 1980s.

UK Theatre News said, “If this young cast and creatives are an example of the current crop of talent then theatre is in mighty safe hands for the future”.

Kristopher Hallett described the show as, “a phenomenal achievement, a total theatrical triumph”.

StageTalk magazine said, “These shows vividly bring to life Dicken’s extraordinary world of cruel tyrants, wide-eyed innocents, comic grotesques and noble heroes. Each separate production is an impressive stand-alone achievement; taken together, they surely represent a new high-water mark for the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School… a bravely ambitious enterprise, and an extraordinarily successful one.”

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14th June 2019

Central School of Ballet | Dance | Alumni

Central partners with Phoenix Dance Theatre to celebrate #WindrushDay

In celebration of #WindrushDay next Saturday 22 June, at 12 noon Central School of Ballet is pleased to be partnering with Phoenix Dance Theatre to stream Sharon Watson’s film ‘Windrush: Movement of the People’ on Central’s Facebook page. The production which premiered at Leeds Playhouse in February 2018 is the first contemporary dance work to […]

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In celebration of #WindrushDay next Saturday 22 June, at 12 noon Central School of Ballet is pleased to be partnering with Phoenix Dance Theatre to stream Sharon Watson’s film ‘Windrush: Movement of the People’ on Central’s Facebook page.

The production which premiered at Leeds Playhouse in February 2018 is the first contemporary dance work to explore the narrative of the arrival of the SS Empire Windrush that brought the first Carribean migrants to the UK.

“Windrush highlights both the struggles and the good times the Jamaican community experiences during those early years”– Sharon Watson

Having completed a sell-out UK tour and international performances to critical acclaim, the production was captured on film in December 2018 after being commissioned by The Space and Leeds 2023.

Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director Sharon Watson, creator of the film is also an Artistic Adviser to Central, and Central alumnus Carmen Vazquez Marfil performs in the film.

Watch the trailer here.

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8th June 2019

CDD | Staff

Birkbeck welcomes Conservatoire CEO David Ruebain as Visiting Professor

The Conservatoire’s CEO David Ruebain has been welcomed to Birkbeck, University of London, as a Visiting Professor in the School of Law. Starting as a local authority lawyer for Southwark and the ILEA, David went on to set up a ground-breaking disability, education and human rights law department in private practice. In 2007 he was […]

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The Conservatoire’s CEO David Ruebain has been welcomed to Birkbeck, University of London, as a Visiting Professor in the School of Law.

Starting as a local authority lawyer for Southwark and the ILEA, David went on to set up a ground-breaking disability, education and human rights law department in private practice. In 2007 he was appointed the first Director of Legal Policy at the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission where he led the work that resulted in the Equality Act 2010. He was later made the Chief Executive of the Equality Challenge Unit, where he served from 2010-18.

In addition to his role as CEO of the Conservatoire, David holds a plethora of advisory roles in his fields of expertise. He is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Advisory Board of the Wellcome Trust, a member of the Rights & Justice Committee of the Joseph Rowntree Chartiable Trust and the Equalities Adviser to the FA Premier League.

David said: “I am delighted to be appointed a Visiting Professor at Birkbeck College.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to continue my interests in the intersection of law and policy, particularly relating to equality and human rights, in an institution dedicated to high quality teaching and research alongside widening access.”

Daniel Monk, Professor of Law at Birkbeck, said: “David Ruebain is a pioneering legal activist, practitioner and thinker and we are delighted that he has accepted the position of Visiting Professor in the School of Law. We look forward to working with him and to developing conversations with both staff and students across a wide range of issues.”

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1st June 2019

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

Alumni round-up – June 2019

Barely Methodical Troupe (National Centre for Circus Arts) present Shift at The Old Market, Brighton, 28 May – 2 June. Beau Holland (BOVTS) features in the Globe Theatre’s Twelfth Night, The Comedy of Errors, and Pericles, now playing at the Globe and touring until 24 August. George Readshaw, Alex Wilson and James Keningale (BOVTS) feature […]

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Barely Methodical Troupe (National Centre for Circus Arts) present Shift at The Old Market, Brighton, 28 May – 2 June.

Beau Holland (BOVTS) features in the Globe Theatre’s Twelfth Night, The Comedy of Errors, and Pericles, now playing at the Globe and touring until 24 August.

George Readshaw, Alex Wilson and James Keningale (BOVTS) feature in The Lord Chamberlain’s Men production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, now touring until 1 September.

Choreographer Rosie Kay (LCDS) brings 10 Soldiers to Norwich Theatre Royal on 4 June.

2Faced Dance present What The Moon Saw by choreographer and artistic director Tamsin Fitzgerald (NSCD) at The Courtyard, Hereford, 6 – 7 June. The production features dancers Jason Boyle, Louis Parker-Evans, and Sam Buswell (NSCD).

Choreographer and artistic director Gary Clarke (NSCD) presents new production Wasteland, touring this month to The Civic, Barnsley, 6 – 8 June, and Tramway, Glasgow, 14 – 15 June. The production features dancers Tom Dunn, Jake Evans, Rob Anderson (NSCD), Alistair Goldsmith and Emily Thompson-Smith (LCDS).

Ioanna Kimbook (BOVTS) features in Bitter Wheat at the Garrick Theatre, from 7 June – 14 September.

Ockham’s Razor present Belly of the Whale at the Pavilion Theatre, Worthing on 8 June, with performers Nathan Johnston (LCDS) and Stefano di Renzo (National Centre for Circus Arts).

Ballet Black present a Triple Bill at Kings Theatre, Edinburgh on 8 June, with choreography by Mthuthuzeli November (Central), Martin Lawrance (LCDS), and Sophie Laplane (Central). The company features dancer Sayaka Ichikawa (Rambert).

Kate Stafford and Jonathan Le Billon (BOVTS) feature in After Dark at the Finborough Theatre, playing 13 June – 6 July.

Sophie Thompson (BOVTS) features in Present Laughter at the Old Vic, playing from 17 June.

Choreographer Ben Duke (LCDS) and Solène Weinachter (LCDS) present Juliet and Romeo at The Place on 18 – 22 June.

Choreographer Arthur Pita (LCDS) presents The Mother with Bird & Carrot at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 20 – 22 June.

Billy Howle and Faye Marsay (BOVTS) feature in Europe at the Donmar Warehouse, playing from 20 June – 10 August. Imogen Knight (LCDS & NSCD) is Movement Director.

Northern Ballet live stream Victoria in cinemas nationwide on 25 June. The company features Central School of Ballet graduates Rachael Gillespie, Ashley Dixon, Hannah Bateman, Harriet Marden, Harris Beattie, Ayca Anil, Matthew Morrell (Apprentice), and Julie Nunes (Apprentice).

Birmingham Royal Ballet present [Un]leashed on 25 – 26 June and Hobson’s Choice on 28 – 29 June at Sadlers Wells. The company features dancer Max Maslen (Central).

Phoenix Dance Theatre perform at Sadler’s Wells on 27 – 28 June. 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).

Lydia Leonard (BOVTS) features in new Sally Wainwright drama Gentleman Jack, now airing Sundays at 9pm on BBC One.

 

[Image: Wasteland by Gary Clarke Company, photo by Joe Armitage]

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30th May 2019

CDD

EU student funding continued for 2020/21

The Universities Minister has announced that EU students starting courses in 2020/21 will have guaranteed home fee status. EU students starting a university programme in England in the 2020/21 academic year will have guaranteed home fee status and financial support for the duration of their course. The Universities Minister, Chris Skidmore, announced that EU nationals […]

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The Universities Minister has announced that EU students starting courses in 2020/21 will have guaranteed home fee status.

EU students starting a university programme in England in the 2020/21 academic year will have guaranteed home fee status and financial support for the duration of their course.

The Universities Minister, Chris Skidmore, announced that EU nationals who start a higher education course in England in the 2020/21 academic year will remain eligible for undergraduate and postgraduate financial support, Advanced Learner loans as well as FE and apprenticeships support, whether a deal for leaving the EU is in place or not.

The announcement followed the Government’s existing commitment on student finance for EU nationals starting courses in England in the 2019/20 academic year or before.

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23rd May 2019

Central School of Ballet | LCDS | NSCD | Rambert School | Dance | Awards | Students

NSCD student Max Revell wins BBC Young Dancer 2019

We are delighted to announce that Northern School of Contemporary Dance student Max Revell has won BBC Young Dancer 2019. He is currently in his second year on the BA (Hons) Dance (Contemporary) course. The prestigious competition searches for the UK’s most talented dancers aged 16-21 in four categories: Ballet, Contemporary, South Asian and Street […]

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We are delighted to announce that Northern School of Contemporary Dance student Max Revell has won BBC Young Dancer 2019. He is currently in his second year on the BA (Hons) Dance (Contemporary) course.

The prestigious competition searches for the UK’s most talented dancers aged 16-21 in four categories: Ballet, Contemporary, South Asian and Street Dance. The Grand Final took place on Saturday 18 May at Birmingham Hippodrome, and was broadcast live on BBC Two.

On winning the competition, Max Revell, aged 20, said:

“I’m completely over the moon. I just really didn’t expect it. It’s been such a humbling experience and everyone involved in the competition was just amazing.”

Emma Gladstone, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Dance Umbrella and Grand Final Judge, said:

“This competition is all about performance, and I feel as though Max went on the greatest journey. For me, his final solo was the most exceptional piece of dance, and it was for that reason that he was the winner for us today.”

Max Revell winner of BBC Young Dancer 2019 photo by Jeff SpicerMax advanced through two tough preliminary rounds before competing in the Street Dance Category Final. Though he didn’t win this category, the judges selected him as a ‘Wildcard’ entry from across all categories, putting him through to perform in the Grand Final alongside another CDD school student, Matthew Rawcliffe, 19 (Contemporary), who is currently in his second year at Rambert School, and finalists Thomas Carsley, 22 (Street Dance), Chloe Keneally, 18 (Ballet), and Shree Savani, 20 (South Asian Dance).

The finalists were each judged on technical skill, creative expression and overall performance.

Max presented three diverse works to the judges: a self-choreographed solo titled Subject Number 6, a duet choreographed and performed by Max and Tom Hughes Lloyd named Stranger, and Unstrung, a solo commissioned by the BBC and choreographed by world-renowned Hip-Hop dancer Dickson Mbi, a graduate of London Contemporary Dance School.

The judging panel comprised some of the industry’s leading artists including Wayne McGregor, founder of Studio Wayne McGregor and Resident Choreographer at the Royal Ballet; Shobana Jeyasingh, Artistic Director of Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, Emma Gladstone, Artistic Director of Dance Umbrella; Christopher Hampson, Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet; Junior Bosila Banya, member of Wanted Posse, and Chitra Sundaram, Dance and Theatre choreographer. Throughout the process, Max was mentored by Artistic Director of CRXSS PLATFXRM, Ivan Blackstock, and House of Absolute founder Julia Cheng.

Janet Smith, Principal & Artistic Director of NSCD, said:

“We’re all delighted for Max here at NSCD. He is a hardworking, dedicated student who is always open to feedback; generous, conscientious and mature in his approach to the challenge of learning. His attention to physical and musical detail within the winning performance piece indicates the kind of focus and discipline it takes to become a dancer, as well as Max’s obvious appetite for play and spontaneity.

It’s clear he is not only an excellent performer but also a choreographer in the making, who is blending his street dance skills and artistry with everything he is drawing from his current contemporary dance studies here at NSCD, part of the national Conservatoire for Dance and Drama.

Our aim is to enable aspiring dance artists to discover and develop their unique creative voices so I’m particularly proud that Max’s performance exemplified his originality and authenticity as a young artist finding his voice.

The BBC Young Dancer programme offers a rare opportunity to give national focus to young dance artists preparing for the profession – and to celebrate the art of dance.”

Max Revell has been dancing since the age of nine, attending breakdance and popping classes at Street Factory in his hometown of Plymouth. As a teenager, he travelled around the country to compete in various battles, and worked with several theatre companies before auditioning for conservatoires. In 2017 he was offered a place at NSCD.

CDD school students have had success in BBC Young Dancer competitions past and present. This year congratulations also go to to Ballet Finalist Keiko Tsuchiya, second year student at Central School of Ballet, and Contemporary Category Finalists first year student Hana Kato at London Contemporary Dance School, second year student Adanna Lawrence at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, third year student Max Cookward at Rambert School, and second year student Matthew Rawcliffe at Rambert School.

The Grand Final of BBC Young Dancer 2019 is available to watch on BBC iPlayer until Monday 17 June.

 

Photos © Jeff Spicer/PA Wire

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8th May 2019

BOVTS | Drama | Awards | Students

BOVTS student success in Alan Bates Award

We are delighted to announce that Bristol Old Vic Theatre School student Moronke Akinola, currently in her final year of the BA in Professional Acting course, has won the 2019 Alan Bates Award run by The Actors Centre, London. Now in its fifteenth year, The Alan Bates Award has established itself as the most prestigious […]

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We are delighted to announce that Bristol Old Vic Theatre School student Moronke Akinola, currently in her final year of the BA in Professional Acting course, has won the 2019 Alan Bates Award run by The Actors Centre, London. Now in its fifteenth year, The Alan Bates Award has established itself as the most prestigious award for graduating drama school students. Every year, one winner is the lucky recipient of a prize package worth over £5000, comprising of everything they might need for a successful launch into the profession.

Through a series of audition rounds including a semi-final and a final, the successful students perform in front of an experienced industry panel that in the past has included Hannah Miller (Head of Casting at the RSC), Alex Jennings, Julia Crampsie (casting director) and Janet Suzman. The award is named after Sir Alan Bates, patron of the Actors Centre from 1994 until his death in 2004. Sir Alan was passionate about the craft of acting and was intent on supporting young talent entering the profession. It is in his memory and in honour of his inspirational work that the Alan Bates Award is presented annually to an actor of exceptional talent.

BOVTS alumna Georgia Frost won the same award in 2017 and the School is very proud of its record in the competition. This year, Eva O’Hara was also one of the final six, and last year three of the final six actors were representatives of BOVTS.

You can see all the School’s graduating BA and FdA Professional Acting students together in the upcoming Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nicklebyplaying at Bristol Old Vic between 14 – 22 June.

Well done Moronkẹ! We look forward to following your successful career in the coming years.

Images:

Moronke with Andrew Lloyd-Webber at Bristol Old Vic. Moronke was the recipient of an Andrew Lloyd-Webber Foundation scholarship to support her training at the School. Further information about the scholarship scheme is available on the ALWF website. Photo by Pam Rudge.

Headshot by Jon Holloway.

Main image: Moronke appearing as Flora Schreiber in the Dissociation of Shirley Mason at Bristol Old Vic. Photo by Craig Fuller.

Further information about the Alan Bates Award can be found on the webpages of the Actors Centre.

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