Transitions Dance Company - the UK's original graduate dance company - is pleased to announce its members and choreographers for 2011. Twelve dynamic young dancers from Japan, Ghana, Belgium, France, America and across the UK will work with acclaimed choreographers Lucy Guerin, Martin Nachbar and Melanie Teall.
Each year Transitions teams the best young dance performers of their generation with some of the most engaging choreographers on the international contemporary dance scene. This year's talented company comprises: Joseph Darby, Mark Farrant, Adam Gain, Jesse Kovarsky, Katie-Joan Lawson, Yukiko Masui, Clement Mensah, Laura Mergny, Eleanor Perry, Claire Piquemal, Rosanna Wallis and Emma Webster. Every spring the company tours new work to national and international venues.
Lucy Guerin (Australia) received this year's Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund International Award, which provides a commission for a choreographer to work with the company. Lucy danced with Tere O'Connor Dance, the Bebe Miller Company and Sara Rudner before setting up her own award-winning company, Lucy Guerin Inc., in Melbourne. She has also created commissioned work for Chunky Move (Australia), Ricochet (UK), Dance Works Rotterdam and Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project (USA).
Martin Nachbar (Berlin) works as dancer, performer and choreographer. From 1996 to 1998 he worked with Les Ballets C de la B in Ghent, and in 1999 he co-founded Gruppe B.D.C. along with Thomas Plischke and Alice Chauchat. He has collaborated with artists including choreographer Martine Pisani, composer Benjamin Schweitzer, dramaturge Jeroen Peters and visual artist Paul Hendrikse. In 2006, Martin received the Ludwigshafen Choreography Award.
Melanie Teall is best known for performing, teaching and choreographing for Rambert Dance Company (2003-7). She has also danced with Union Dance and Phoenix Dance Company and her awards include the Cosmopolitan C&A Dance Award and the Paul Clarke Award. Melanie teaches at various institutions and she is currently involved in choreography for English National Ballet's Swanning Around project at the Royal Albert Hall.
As rehearsals develop, each week the Transitions dancers will be blogging about their experience working with Lucy, Martin and Melanie. For a unique insight into the choreographic process, follow their rehearsal diary on www.trinitylaban.ac.uk/transitions
Founded by Bonnie Bird in 1982, Transitions Dance Company aims to bridge the gap between training and a professional performance career for graduate dancers. The company is supported artistically and administratively by Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and company members have the opportunity to complete the MA Dance Performance programme as part of their year's training. The company is also generously supported by the Leverhulme Trust. Led by Artistic Director David Waring, Transitions is based at the stunning RIBA Stirling prize-winning Laban building in Deptford, South East London.
Distinguished Transitions alumni include Brooke Smiley, Michael Clark Company (graduated 2007), Leila McMillan (graduated 2005), Tom Dale (graduated 1999), Luca Silvestrini (graduated 1997) and Matthew Bourne (graduated 1986).
Watch out for details of the Transitions tour which starts this spring!