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Transitions 17/18 choreographers announced

Thu 23 February 2017

The choreographers for the 2017/18 Transitions Dance Company will be Jarkko PartanenHagit Yakira and Richard Chappell.

Jarkko Partanen is a Helsinki-based choreographer and performer. In 2012 he graduated from the MA Choreography programme at the Theatre Academy of Helsinki. Prior to this he studied here at Trinity Laban and at the Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin. Partanen’s works have been shown at numerous festivals internationally and his collaboration DIG MY JOCKEY was selected for the Aerowaves top 20 list in 2014. Partanen is a founding member of W A U H A U S collective and his work intertwines tightly-involved group work, eroticising playfulness and strong audiovisual concepts.

Hagit Yakira is an award-winning Israeli choreographer whose company has toured the UK, Europe, Scandinavia and Israel. She is well-known for her warm, poetic, highly physical and compassionate approach to choreography and teaching, which has led to a continuously increasing, passionate, dedicated and diverse following. She has created eight works for her company amongst many other commissioned works for other companies and students. Hagit is constantly in demand to deliver workshops for professional dancers and the community around the UK, Europe, Scandinavia and Israel.

Richard Chappell‘s research into choreography started whilst training at Tring Park School for Performing Arts and Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. In 2014, he formed Richard Chappell Dance, which has undertaken three UK Tours and created three independent films. Richard has created works for Stuttgart Ballet, English National Ballet, BalletWorks, Chichester University and the National Youth Ballet and he is a Discovery Artist at Pavilion Dance South West. By combining his focus on the individual with his full-bodied and evolving movement, Richard strives to take audiences and performers on a journey of unique environments and physical challenge.

Transitions Dance Company comprises advanced postgraduate students studying for an MA Dance Performance. Applications for the 2017/18 intake are now open, and auditions have been scheduled for the following dates:

  • Wednesday 15 March
  • Thursday 16 March
  • Monday 24 April (primarily for overseas candidates)
  • Tuesday 25 April – Final audition

For more information on applying for this programme please visit our MA Dance Performance page.

For 35 years Transitions Dance Company has entertained and delighted audiences around the world with a programme of short dance pieces – and 2017 promises to be no exception. Visit the Transitions page on our website to see the upcoming shows.

Image: JK Photography