Third year undergraduate students on the BA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance programme have been working with leading choreographers Gary Clarke, Lizzi Kew Ross, Tom Roden, Marina Collard and Adam Rutherford during an intensive period of creative exploration and rehearsal. The first performances will take place at the Bonnie Bird Theatre in the Laban building on Thursday 22 and Friday 23 October and then will be toured around the UK.
More details about the tour will be available soon.
For information about the Choreographers, please see below:
Marina Collard graduated from Trinity Laban and returned to gain an MA in Dance Studies (Aesthetics, Choreography and Visual Design) 2001. In 2010 she qualified as a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist training from CTET after also completing the Living Anatomy course in 2009.
Marina has danced for Kim Brandstrup and theatre director Deborah Warner, Dog Kennel Hill Project, Siobhan Davies Dance Company, Carol Brown Dances, CandoCo Dance Company, Florence Peake, Sarah Warsop and Tony Thatcher among others. She is continuing to work as a dancer and rehearsal director for Joe Moran and is currently dancing for Gary Lambert.
As a dance maker, Marina is interested in collaborating with artists from other disciplines and has a long-term creative partnership with filmmaker Tom Paine, creating a number of live and video works shown in the UK and Europe. She recently collaborated with dance artist Kate Johnson to createBody in and as Space for TripSpace Projects in collaboration with the Hayward Gallery, London. Marina has collaborated with ceramicist Claire Twomey in Piece by Piece at P3 Gallery London, visual artist Antonia Bruce and composer Paul Whitty among others. Current collaborations includeThe Stillness Project with photographer Rachel Cherry (Catalyst Digital Artist Award) and writer Gemma Seltzer and a new research project with Kate Johnson
Tom Roden has been creating, performing and choreographing for over 20 years. He directed Air Dance Company from 1994-2000 before forming New Art Club with Pete Shenton in 2001. He has worked as a movement director at the world’s leading Opera Houses including Glyndebourne, The Royal Opera House and Opera North. He has choreographed work with dance and theatre companies includes Scottish Dance Theatre, The Royal Exchange, Ricochet, Bolton Octagon, Reckless Sleepers and Probe.
New Art Club are pioneering artists, comedy theatre makers and choreographers. Their work has been translated into French and Mandarin and has been performed in a variety of venues and settings including The Royal Opera House and Wembley Stadium. They were Place Prize finalists in 2004 and won The Edinburgh Spotlight Best Comedy Award in 2010. They regularly perform at Soho Theatre and at comedy and dance festivals around the world with successful runs at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. They have worked as guest presenters on The Culture Show, The Review Show and have been featured on Channel 4’s Random Acts series. In 2012 the duo scripted and presented Come Dance with Me - an internet TV project for Space with BBC and Arts Council England.
Winner of the 1998 Brian Glover Memorial Award, Gary Clarke is currently regarded as one of the UK’s leading contemporary dance artists who has received great appreciation for his work as a Choreographer, Director, Performer, Mentor, Teacher and Facilitator. He has developed a growing reputation for creating extraordinary dance work of various sizes and scales which has received praise from critics, audiences, producers, national dance agencies and venues in the UK and abroad.
Lizzi Kew Ross
Lizzi Kew Ross is a choreographer, performer and teacher. She trained at Roehampton University and London Contemporary Dance School graduating with a B Ed and MA in choreography. She has been involved in performing, teaching and choreographing in many different contexts: working in theatre companies as a movement director, choreographing musicals with commissions for Arts Theatre Cambridge, performances for Yorkshire Arts with mime artist Geoffrey Stevenson, performance work in Uganda and cabarets for Hilton Hotels. Her latest works include: Loss of breath at Selfridges. as part of Project Ocean, and Speak but one word to me, a commission for Dance United and The Bulldog Trust in response to the William Morris exhibition at 2 Temple Place and performed at 2 Temple Place. Lizzi Kew Ross & Co also presented Please Visit The Churchyard at St. Vedast churchyard in June 2012, as part of Celebrate the City weekend, and Without Warning, a movement, sound and light piece. Without Warning, inspired by images in Brian Keenan’s memoir, An Evil Cradling, premiered at Laban Theatre in 2010 and had a 2 week run at The Old Vic Tunnels, London in February 2012.
Adam Rutherford BA (Hons) GDP Adam is a freelance creative practitioner. On completion of his BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre Adam successfully gained a place in Transitions Dance Company, touring nationally and internationally the work of Henri Oguike, Ben Wright, Luca Silvistrini, Bettina Strickler and Richard Siegal. Since graduating Laban he has worked with, and performed works created by, many high profile choreographers including Matthew Bourne, Tamsin Fitzgerald, Hofesh Schecter, Enrique Cabrera, Wayne Sables and Helen Parlor.
Alongside his performance career, he has been commissioned to choreograph works for many different projects for children and young people by DanceXchange, 2faced Dance Company, Offshoot, Wireboyz, West Midlands Boys Dancing Alliance. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, Solihull Physical Theatre Group and North East Wales Dance (NEW Dance). Most recently Adam choreographed for South East Dance and their DANCE2G Big Dance 2012 project and directed the rehearsals for Zoo Nation’s ‘Some Like It Hip Hop’ youth curtain raiser project. Adam has extensive experience as a Rehearsal Director for both cruise liners and internationally renowned contemporary companies, directing the rehearsals of pieces choreographed by Tamsin Fitzgerald, Tom Dale, Freddie Opoku-Addaie and Rosie Kay. In 2012/13 Adam was the Rehearsal Director for 2Faced Dance Company’s ‘Out Of His Skin’ and Rosie Kay Dance Company’s ‘There Is Hope’.