Dozens of alumni lined up for British Dance Edition


British Dance Edition, Wales’s prestigious dance event, has just announced a 2016 programme showcasing the extraordinary talent of Trinity Laban alumni.

The event, which spans across four days in March, takes places at some of the country’s most esteemed performance venues including the Wales Millennium Centre, Dance House and Chapter in Cardiff, and The Riverfront in Newport. Its eclectic programme boasts many of the household names of contemporary dance, as well as some of the most exciting up-and-coming artists, and many of the companies involved feature Trinity Laban alumni.

Inclusive dance company Candoco (pictured), artistically co-directed by alumni Stine Nilsen and Pedro Machado, also features a number of Trinity Laban graduates on-stage: Megan Armishaw, Adam Gain, and Andrew Graham. The company, managed by alumnus Joanne Lyons, showcases a new commission by critically acclaimed Alexander Whitley, entitled Beheld.

The national nature of British Dance Edition demonstrates the far-reaching scope of Trinity Laban’s talented students. Alumnus Audrey Rogero dances with Scottish Dance Theatre, while graduates Josef Pirou and Camille Giraudeau perform with National Dance Company Wales.

Other performance companies include Protein (Artistic Director: alumnus Luca Silvestrini), starring alumnus Matt Winston and recent graduate Saara Hurme, Darren Ellis Dance (choreographed and directed by alumnus Darren Ellis), Robbie Synge (alumnus performing, choreographing and directing a solo work) and Motionhouse, with executive director Louise Richards and dancer Luka Owen joining the list of alumni. Trinity Laban graduate Rosemary Lee also presents the critically acclaimed video projection Without.

As well as featuring a vast array of performances, the programme also includes pitches for new work, trade and networking opportunities. Those pitching choreography include Dad Dancing choreographers Alexandrina Hemsley, Rosie Heafford and Helena Webb, all of which studied at Trinity Laban. In addition, Tom Dale pitches "dancing digital wonderland" Digitopia, featuring fellow alumnus Joshua Smith, and alumnus Natasha Gilmore’s Barrowland Ballet pitches Whiteout, an exploration of bi-racial relationships with graduate Vince Virr performing.

British Dance Edition 2016 is led by Coreo Cymru, of whom Project Director and Creative Producer is alumnus Carole Blade.

To book tickets visit the British Dance Edition website.