Alumni perform as part of Matthew Bourne award showcase

NACA Rehearsal

Trinity Laban alumni are taking part in the New Adventures Choreographer Award (NACA) 2016 Showcase. The showcase - a triple bill of new works from winning choreographer Jamaal Burkmar – runs at Central Saint Martins in London from 21 to 24 September.

Performing as part of all-female group Jamaal Burkmar Dance, recent graduate Clementine Telesforte will appear in piece 16 BARS Since leaving Trinity Laban, Clementine has gone onto do a post-graduate course at Northern School of Contemporary Dance (VERVE Dance Company) as well as building her own collaborative company Micromacro.

Alumnus Gianluca Vincentini, who was previously the Artistic Director for VERVE Dance Company, also acted as an Artistic Advisor for this piece.

Also appearing in the showcase is alumnus Leon Poulton, who will be performing as part of BATCH Ensemble in THE CALM. BATCH is a new dance development and mentoring agency originally conceived by Lee Smikle, the new Principal and Artistic Director of The Legat School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. Lee was previously Lead Dance Teacher at Trinity Laban’s Centre for Advanced Training (CAT).

There will be a large representation of the Trinity Laban CAT programme, including CAT alumni Solomon Berrio-Allen and Kassi O-j who will also be performing as part of BATCH.

Performing in the third work STORM will be CAT alumni Joey Barton, Dylan Canton, Gaby Conn, Sebastien Kapps, Jacob Lang, John Sawney and current CAT student Jim Scott-Berry.

The NACA award was established in celebration of the 50th birthday of Sir Matthew Bourne, who graduated from Trinity Laban’s Transitions Dance Company in 1986. He has since become one of Britain’s best-loved choreographers, and his company, New Adventures, is the country’s biggest dance export internationally.

The biennial NACA award is run by the charitable arm of New Adventures, Re:Bourne, and has established itself as one of the sector’s most hotly sought after platforms for new choreographic talent. In 2015, alumnus Tara D’Arquian was shortlisted for the award.

For more information and details on how to book for the NACA showcase, please visit the New Adventures Website.

You can also view a trailer for the showcase on YouTube.

Image: Danilo Moroni