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Images Ballet Company Tour 2017

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Touring the UK. Book tickets now!

Date Theatre Box Office
Sat 13th May Merlin Theatre, Frome (7.30pm) 0137 346 5949
Thurs 18th May Farnham Maltings (7.30pm) 01252 745 444
Tue 23rd May Stamford Arts Centre (7.30pm) 01780 763 203
Wed 24thMay Hereward College, Coventry (Time TBC) 020 7520 2821
Tues 6th June artsdepot, North Finchley, London (7.30pm) 020 8369 5454
Thurs 8th June Burton and South Derbyshire College (3.00pm) 020 7520 2821
Tues 13th June
& Wed 14th
June
Lilian Baylis Studio, London (7.45pm) 020 7863 8000

Information correct as of 5th May 2017. Subject to alteration.


IMAGES BALLET COMPANY

Artistic Director: Jennifer Jackson

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IMAGES BALLET COMPANY presents four richly contrasting works by a company of talented dancers and musicians. With new music, beautiful costumes and full of vitality, this is classic ballet with a contemporary aesthetic.

Making her very first work for a ballet company, irreverent choreographer Liz Aggiss delves into ballet tales to find death and disaster. Ballet Ireland’s Morgann Runacre-Temple presents imaginatively surreal articulations of the dancer’s body. Extracts from the Prologue of Sleeping Beauty come alive with a new score for flute and viola by Tom Armstrong, after Tchaikovsky, which is played live. Matthew Hart explores love and loss deftly woven into Malcolm Arnold’s vibrant Concerto for Two Pianos (Three Hands). Together it is an evening of high quality entertainment and thought-provoking artistry.

IMAGES BALLET COMPANY (formerly Images of Dance) was created in 1991 under the Artistic Directorship of Margaret Barbieri and the guidance of Dame Alicia Markova. The company was founded to provide classical ballet dancers with invaluable performing experience and to bring all aspects of classical ballet to new and younger audiences. The Company was re-launched under its new title, Images Ballet Company, in September 2015 and is under the Artistic Direction of Jennifer Jackson. At the heart of the work is the explorations of ballet as a creative and collaborative artistic practice, including with live music. The company presents diverse programmes of new, innovative works, as well as revivals of the classical and romantic narrative ballets.

The tour enables the dancers to develop and sustain their roles in a professional ballet programme, culminating in a final London performance; which is attended by artistic directors, choreographers and industry professionals. The tour is also an opportunity for aspiring dancers and dance fans alike to witness some of the UK’s finest and rising choreographers’ work performed by talented young dancers. 

FORMER IMAGES BALLET COMPANY MEMBERS

Previous company members have gone on to have successful careers as dancers and choreographers, working with companies that include; The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Rambert Dance Company, New Adventures, Royal Swedish Ballet, Ballet Ireland, K-Ballet Company (Japan), Norwegian National Ballet, Australian Ballet, The Israel Ballet, and Sarasota Ballet. Others have forged successful careers in the independent sector; teaching and commercial and project work.

For further information please visit www.imagesballetco.uk 

For all tour enquiries please contact Kyla Booth-Lucking, Tour & Company Manager on 07958 002207 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Photos by Benedict Johnson

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INTOTO Dance Tour 2017

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Touring the UK. Book tickets now!

Date Theatre Box Office
Wed 17th May The Capitol, Horsham (7.30pm) 01403 750220
Thurs 18th May John Fulton Hall, Eastborne (6.00pm) 020 7520 2821
Mon 22nd May Hereward College, Coventry (2.30pm) 020 7520 2821
Tue 23rd May Stratford-upon-Avon College, Warwickshire (3.00pm) 020 7520 2821
Thurs 25th May artsdepot, North Finchley, London (7.30pm) 020 8369 5454
Fri 9th June LeSoCo, London (2.00pm) 020 7520 2821
Tues 13th June
& Wed 14th
June
The Place, London (8.00pm) 020 7121 1100

Information correct as of 28th April 2017. Subject to alteration.


INTOTO DANCE

Artistic Director: Sue Booker

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INTOTO DANCE is proud to present a programme of stimulating and entertaining dance and dance theatre, reflecting the eclecticism of contemporary dance today.

“The company had a captivating performance quality and great presence. The varied repertoire showed off the diverse technical ability. A very enjoyable evening of dance!” – Jane Woolley, dance practitioner for Rambert

In its 25-year history, INTOTO DANCE has been committed to supporting emerging choreographers, as well as commissioning work from established figures in the world of contemporary dance and dance theatre. INTOTO presents excitingly diverse programmes, performed by talented undergraduate dancers from London Studio Centre, one of the country’s most prestigious performing arts colleges.

For 2017, expect dance theatre from the rising talent of Wayne Parsons, enjoy the unique physicality of Joseph Toonga and savour the creation of GSCE syllabus choreographer James Cousins.

An evening of fresh, dynamic and theatrical dance – not to be missed!

FORMER INTOTO DANCE COMPANY MEMBERS

INTOTO DANCE celebrates a breadth of careers upon graduation and beyond. The experience of working with the company facilitates and inspires graduates to go on to successful careers as artists, practitioners and dance leaders in the UK and overseas. Some go on to perform with national companies including Rambert Dance Company, Richard Alston Dance Company, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Mark Bruce Company, Michael Clark Company, Rosie Kay Dance Company, Punchdrunk and Yorke Dance Project. Many found their own companies, such as Olivier and Critics Circle Award nominee Clemmie Sveaas (New Movement Collective), Anna-Lise Marie Hearn (Anna-Lise Marie Dance), Lucy Ridley and Lauren Bridle (The People Pile), Heidi Rustgaard (H2 Dance) and Luke Brown (Luke Brown Dance). Many former company members are performing in the West End, in high profile productions for English National Opera and The Royal Opera and appearing in films by the BBC and Channel 4. For some, their horizons are widened to successful careers as independent performers and choreographers or going on to work in arts management, teaching, working as producers, as associate choreographers in the West End or lecturing in Higher Education. The wide range of career paths demonstrates the high levels of technical excellence, creativity, passion and versatility that students develop as part of INTOTO DANCE. 

For further information please visit www.intotodanceco.uk

For all tour enquiries please contact Kyla Booth-Lucking, Tour & Company Manager on 07958 002207 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Photos by Nicole Guarino

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Jazz Dance Company presents 'Dynasties: The Sands of Time' Tour

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Touring the UK. Book tickets now!

Date Theatre Box Office
Wed 7th June
The Capitol, Horsham (7:30pm) 01403 750 220 
Fri 9th June artsdepot, North Finchley, London (7:30pm) 020 8369 5454 
Tue 13th June Octagon Theatre, Yeovil (7:30pm) 01935 422 884 
Wed 14th June Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury (7:30pm) 01743 281 281 
Wed 21st June The Brit School, Croydon (7pm) 0208 665 8617 
Tue 27th June Lighthouse Theatre, Poole (7:30pm) 01202 280 000 
Sat 1st July
Shaw Theatre, London (7:30) 0844 248 5075 

Information correct as of 5th June 2017. Subject to alteration.


JAZZ DANCE COMPANY presents 'DYNASTIES: THE SANDS OF TIME'

Artistic Director: Robbie O'Reilly

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Power, Greed, Corruption, Love, Deceit, Murder, Conflict and Passion.

Through the passage of time, powerful families and ancient civilisations have shaped history with their insatiable lust for power, wealth and complete control. Join the JAZZ DANCE COMPANY as they delve into the archives of the past to explore these great stories and iconic characters.

Pharaohs to Princes and Queens to Kings, Jazz Dance Company invite you to watch as they breathe new life into the past with their inspirational and talented dancers. These historical stories are told through many genres of theatre dance, including Commercial, Hip Hop, Jazz and Music Theatre, with choreography from leading choreographers of stage and screen. Come and enjoy a night of dance excellence for all the family. A fun, upbeat and exhilarating show!

JAZZ DANCE COMPANY’s ‘DYNASTIES: THE SANDS OF TIME’ tour features new choreography from today’s dance and theatre scene including, Kevan Allen (Jesus Christ Superstar, So You Think You Can Dance, Chess), Mandy Montanez (So You Think You Can Dance, Shoes), Paul Roberts (Strictly Come Dancing, Pixie Lott, Katy Perry, The X Factor) and Kenrick Sandy (Boy Blue Entertainment) crafted into a dance spectacular by the company’s director Robbie O’Reilly and musical director Chris Traves.

Formed in 1996 by one of Britain’s foremost colleges for the performing arts, London Studio Centre’s JAZZ DANCE COMPANY provides performing and touring experience for students and professional dancers undertaking the Jazz Theatre Dance Professional Option. Having trained in a wide variety of techniques, this final year of study is an exciting and challenging opportunity for the serious jazz dancer. Internationally-acclaimed director and choreographer Anthony van Laast acts as Course Consultant. 

FORMER JAZZ DANCE COMPANY MEMBERS

Previous company members have appeared in West End shows, dance companies, on television, in film and with recording artists including Aladdin, Carousel, CATS, The Book of Mormon, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, A Chorus Line, Dirty Dancing, Wicked, Fosse, The Lion King, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Stomp, ZooNation, The X Factor, Wonder Woman, Black Eyed Peas, Little Mix, Katy Perry, Kylie Minogue and Take That.

For further information please visit www.jazzdanceco.uk  

For all tour enquiries please contact Madeleine Wilson, Project Manager on 07881 785943 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Photos by Peter Teigen 

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London Studio Centre Dance Films 2017

For 2017, London Studio Centre has produced four dance films to showcase the range of dance styles we teach at the college, the talents of our current students and alumni as well as the college's dance studios, theatres and award winning facilities in North Finchley.


LSC Hip Hop Film - 2017

Choreographed by LSC alumni Shaun Smith
Featuring students and alumni of London Studio Centre


LSC Contemporary Film - 2017

Choreographed by Kerry Nicholls
Featuring students and alumni of London Studio Centre


LSC Jazz Film - 2017

Choreographed by LSC alumni Rebecca Howell
Featuring students and alumni of London Studio Centre


LSC Ballet Film - 2017

Choreographed by Jonathan Watkins
Featuring students and alumni of London Studio Centre

LSC alumni star in Rambert's 'Ghost Dances' tour

Having already performed at Festival Theatre in Edinburgh last year, LSC alumni Juan Gil and Liam Francis are now starring in Rambert’s 2017 tour of Ghost Dances, Christopher Bruce’s revival of his 1981 classic.

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Above: Daniel Davidson, Liam Francis and Juan Gil as The Ghost Dancers - Photo © Chris Nash

Widely considered as one of the greatest contemporary dance pieces of its generation, Ghost Dances is an evocative tribute to the victims of political oppression in South America. The original 1981 performance came about when Bruce was contacted by Joan Jara whose husband Victor had been tortured and murdered during the 1973 Chilean coup d’etat. After hearing the harrowing accounts of individuals been taken away from their families, imprisoned, tortured and killed, Bruce choreographed Ghost Dances to highlight the plight of the innocent people of South America. However, despite the terrible circumstances which inspired the piece, Ghost Dances is as much a celebration of love, compassion and life as it is as a lament on death.

Thirty-six years on, due to much public demand, Christopher Bruce and Rambert have brought this poignant work back to the stage, with LSC graduates Juan Gil and Liam Francis cast alongside Daniel Davidson as the iconic trio of “Ghost Dancers”. Taking design inspiration from the Day of the Dead festival, the “Ghost Dancers” are mysterious skeletal figures with skull masks and long matted hair who perform indigenous dance moves driven by the bewitching rhythms of traditional Latin American songs.

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Above: Liam Francis, Daniel Davidson and Juan Gil as The Ghost Dancers

Graduating in 2011 and 2014 respectively, Juan and Liam took slightly different paths that led them each to Rambert. Juan toured with LSC's Images of Dance (recently re-launched as Images Ballet Company), where he was awarded the Bridget Espinosa Award for the most potential to succeed in Classical Ballet. After Graduation he moved to America to join Sarasota Ballet. Performing for five years in repertoire such as Frederick Ashton’s Monotones II and George Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes, Juan rose to the rank of Junior Principal before returning to the UK in 2016 to join Rambert. Liam, on the other hand, had a more diverse background, performing with Hip Hop Dance Theatre Company ZooNation since 2009. In 2013 he became Resident Director and one of the choreographers for ZooNation Youth Company’s 2013 show Groove On Down The Road at the Southbank. However, his love for contemporary dance blossomed at LSC where he toured with the third-year contemporary dance company, INTOTO Dance, performing works by Ana Lujan Sanchez, Wayne Parsons and Dam Van Huynh. In 2014, after gaining a first class honours in his degree and the LSC award for most outstanding performance in INTOTO Dance, Liam began his journey with Rambert as an apprentice dancer.

Watch the video to see Juan, Liam and their co-star Daniel getting in to character.

With Ghost Dances being such an iconic piece with many contemporary dance role-models having previously performed in it, Liam says that “it’s such an honour […] to be given the opportunity and to be trusted to perform this work”.

The tour has already visited Hall for Cornwall and Theatre Royal, Nottingham, but will be visiting the following theatres soon:

Sadler’s Wells    -    London     -    Tue 16 – Sat 20 May 2017
The Lowry    -    Salford    -    Tue 28 – Sat 30 Sep 2017
Mayflower Theatre    -    Southampton    -    Tue 10 – Wed 11 Oct 2017
Theatre Royal    -    Norwich    -    Thu 19 – Fri 20 Oct 2017

Follow the link below for more information and to book tickets.

http://www.rambert.org.uk/performances/ghost-dances/

“Moving and spectacular” – Edinburgh Guide

“I don’t see how anybody can fail to be moved by Bruce’s poetic visions.” – The Independent