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★★★★★ reviews for Luke Bradshaw in 5 SOLDIERS at Edinburgh Fringe - now on tour again!

5 soldierslogoLuke Bradshaw has just finished a run of acclaimed performances in 5 SOLDIERS at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe! Luke first joined the award-winning Rosie Kay Dance Company in to perform in the critically acclaimed contemporary dance piecefor its 2016/17 tour of Scotland and is now joining them for a new exciting tour, kicking off with a LIVE broadcast of the show this Friday evening!

Luke graduated from London Studio Centre in 2013 after touring with LSC’s contemporary dance company, INTOTO Dance. He went on to perform with The Burklyn Ballet Theatre and Kim Robards Dance Company in America before returning to London to work with James Wilton Dance and Jorge Crecis |SQx.  Soon after, he joined Citrus Arts, a contemporary circus and theatre company based in Wales where he beganhis training in Corde Lisse. He later toured in Terry Gilliam and English National Opera’s Benvenuto Cellini and worked with the Dam Van Huynh Dance Company before joining Rosie Kay.

5 SOLDIERS was first devised by Rosie Kay in 2010 after she spent time with the 4th Battalion The Rifles (4 RIFLES) and visited the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre for our Armed Forces to learn about the effects of conflict. The resulting piece is a moving, dramatic and unique exploration of how the human body remains essential to war,even in the 21st century.

Luke articleLuke (left) and the cast of 5 SOLDIERS

As well as the more typical theatres and arts centres, Luke and the company performed in various Scottish military venues including Glencorse Barracks in Penicuik, Gordon Barracks in Aberdeen and Fort George in Inverness. For 2017, Rosie Kay is taking it one step further with Luke and the company taking 5 SOLDIERS on a national tour of exclusively military venues including Yeomanry House Bloomsbury in London, Londesborough Street Barracks in Hull and Golden Hillock Road Army Reserve Centre in Birmingham. This unique tour, which is presented in association with The Army, is designed to “develop a relationship between the military bases and the local arts community”. As well as the main performances, the company will engage in two months of community outreach in each location leading to a weekend of events, community performances, outdoor performances and post show talks.

Luke article2Luke (middle) and the cast of 5 SOLDIERS (top) with two members of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (SOTS DG) (bottom)

To prepare for this new tour, Luke and his four fellow cast members joined The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (SOTS DG) on a 3-day combat exercise designed to prepare the soldiers for their deployment on a United Nation’s peacekeeping mission.

Rosie Kay explained, “It was hugely valuable for the cast to go on exercise with the Army so they can really understand the people, relationships and situations they portray on stage. The point of 5 SOLDIERS is to give an honest and compelling vision of what it is like for soldiers to go to war.”

During the exercise Luke and the cast discovered what it was like to be out on patrol in enemy territory, be part of an ambush, deal with a roadside bomb blast and undergo an artillery bombardment. They also witnessed a live fire exercise involving heavy machine guns and grenades.

Luke said, “5 SOLDIERS is all about what it’s like for people as they go through incredibly dangerous and stressful situations. What we’ve seen here is the human side of what it’s like to be a soldier and also how they work together like a well-oiled machine. What’s so valuable for us is to learn about the subtleties, the mannerisms and the way they really interact. Things like that add so much to your performance.”

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Following a sell-out run at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the company kicked off their tour at Yeomanry House, Bloomsbury (presented by Sadler’s Wells) on Friday 8th September and celebrating with a special broadcast of the performance (commissioned by The Space) followed by a post-show talk. The performance and talk are now available to view on demand via their the 5 Soldiers website, their Facebook page, theirYouTube channel and on the BBC Arts website. This is a great opportunity to see the show that has been wowing critics!

SeeLuke Bradshaw performing in 5 SOLDIERS on these dates:

London
Yeomanry House, Bloomsbury – Presented by Sadler’s Wells – Thu 7th – Sat 9th Sep

Hull
Londesborough Street Barracks – Supported by Hull military Covenant Forum – Thu 14
th – Fri 15th Sep

Aldershot
Canada House Boxing Centre – Presented by The West End Centre – Fri 22
nd – Sat 23rd Sep

Swindon
Royal Wessex Yeomanry Army Reserve Centre – Presented by Swindon Dance – Fri 29
th – Sat 30th Sep

Colchester
Corporal Budd VC Gymnasium – Presented by Mercury Theatre – Fri 6
th – Sat 7th Oct

Birmingham
Golden Hillock Road Army Reserve Centre – Presented by Birmingham REP – Fri 13
th – Sat 14th Oct

For more details visit www.5soldiers.co.uk and www.rosiekay.co.uk

★★★★★ “War from a female perspective packs a punch…taut, visceral, compassionate” – The Observer
★★★★★ “Unstinting, visceral.” – The Scotsman
★★★★★ “in-depth background researches have grounded her moves and their delivery in the physicality, camaraderie and mental challenges of army life.” – The Herald
★★★★★ – Broadway Baby
★★★★★ – Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
★★★★★ – Edinburgh Guide
★★★★ "Lust, shock and awe… a disturbing, illuminating and necessary glimpse into a world we mostly prefer to ignore." – The Guardian

Graduation and Dance Overture 2017

Friday 14th – Sunday 16th July was an extremely busy weekend in the LSC calendar!

Middlesex University Graduation 2017

Friday was the day our third year students on the BA Hons Theatre Dance programme donned their caps and gowns to attend their graduation ceremony at Middlesex University (London Studio Centre’s validating university). After a fanfare and procession, our new graduates each received their scrolls on stage before following the procession out into the Rickett Quadrangle to meet their families and pose for some photos!

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London Studio Centre's Class of 2017 celebrating with Dr. Lise Uytterhoeven, Head of Learning & Teaching.

 

Professor Tim Blackman, Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University, said that the day was “not only an opportunity to celebrate the wonderful achievements of our graduands but also to look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead.”

London Studio Centre’s Graduation Celebrations 2017

The following day, London Studio Centre held its own annual graduation celebrations at New Wimbledon Theatre. Leading the festivities was director of the college, Nic Espinosa along with Guest of Honour Jason Pennycook who presented the graduates with their certificates.

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Jazz Dance Company Class of 2017 celebrating onstage at New Wimbledon Theatre.

 

Jason trained at London Studio Centre after receiving a scholarship and graduated in 1993. For his first professional job, he joined the UK tour of CATS playing Coricopat and Mistofolees. Since then Jason has appeared in a number of hit West End shows including Starlight ExpressSoul TrainFive Guys Named MoeRentLa Cage aux Folles (for which he was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance Supporting Role in a Musical), Memphis The Musical (for which he was nominated for the Laurence Olivier award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role) and Guys and Dolls. Jason is also known for his choreography and has worked on a variety of shows including Shrek The Musical (Karlstad, Sweden), Into The Woods (Manchester Royal Exchange) and Soul Sister (Savoy Theatre) which received a Lawrence Olivier Award nomination for Best New Musical. Most recently, Jason been cast in the dual roles of Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson in the West End production of Hamilton, which begins previews in November 2017.

Graduation5Guest of Honour Jason Pennycooke presented students with their certificates and awards.

 

As well as presenting each student with their certificates, Jason also presented the annual student awards and wished all graduates the best of luck for the future.

Graduation Awards 2017

  Award   Recipient
  Most Outstanding Performance in INTOTO Dance   Lucy White
  Peter Brinson Award for Achievement in Contemporary Dance    Georgia Fletcher
  Lia Williams Cup for Most Outstanding Performance in Seedtime   Bethanie Houghton
  Sheila O’Neill Award for Achievement in Music Theatre and Dance   Aisha Stalker
  Most Outstanding Performance in Images Ballet Company    Eleonora Falovo
  Founders Cup for Achievement in Classical Ballet    Courtney Reading
  Most Outstanding Performance in Jazz Dance Company   Lewis Palfrey
  Gillian Lynne Award for Achievement in Jazz Dance    Kirsty Maguire
  Vic Ray Shield for Achievement in Tap Dance    Charlotte Lloyd

  Espinosa Award for the Most Accomplished Student of the Year

  Rebecca Bennett

  Hilda Coleman Trophy for the Most Progress Achieved Over Their
  Time at LSC

  Gabrielle Parker

 

Dance Overture 2017

And if that wasn’t enough, our first and second years were also at New Wimbledon Theatre performing in Dance Overture, London Studio Centre’s annual showcase featuring a large number of works choreographed by graduates. Directed by Barry McGrath, the show was hugely successful and the Sunday performance even acted as a renunion for large number of alumni who got together to enjoy the show.

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The cast of Dance Overture 2017 on stage at New Wimbledon Theatre

All in all, it was a very special weekend and a great chance to celebrate the talents of our students and alumni. We hope our students are enjoying the Summer break and look forward to welcoming them back along with our new intake in September. We also wish the best of luck to our new graduates and hope to see them very soon! 

 

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New graduate Aisha Numah celebrating by re-enacting her leap from the Dance Overture poster.

DANCE OVERTURE 2017 - Fri 14th - Sun 16th July

Dance Overture 2017

London Studio Centre returns to New Wimbledon Theatre with DANCE OVERTURE, our annual end-of-year production, showcasing the varied and exciting talents of our first and second year students.

'One of the ‘must-see’ shows... the West End’s future stars' - Dance Expression

Overflowing with energy, this exuberant display of jazz, ballet, contemporary dance and musical theatre combines the work of leading and emerging choreographers with the stars of tomorrow, displaying the diverse range of techniques they have studied throughout the year. This exciting production was conceived and developed in just four weeks following a year of technical training, rigorous assessment and rewarding academic exploration.

London Studio Centre is proud to support alumni throughout their career development. Many of the pieces in this production are created by graduates of the college, who have established themselves in the field of choreography.

An inspirational night out for all aspiring young dancers.

Friday 14th July - 7:30pm
Saturday 15th July - 1:30pm, 7:30pm
Sunday 16th July - 2:30pm

Book tickets now: 
www.atgtickets.com/shows/dance-overture-17/new-wimbledon-theatre

LSC alumna nominated for Tony and Olivier Awards

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The cast of Groundhog Day celebrating 7 Tony Award nominations

London Studio Centre’s very own alumna Ellen Kane is currently working in the states as Co-Choreographer on the Olivier-and-Tony-Award-nominated Groundhog Day The Musical! Having opened at the Old Vic, London in 2016 where it received 8 Olivier Award nominations, the show moved to Broadway earlier this year where it has since received 7 Tony Award nominations. Among these are both the Olivier and Tony Award nominations for Best Choreography (which Ellen was nominated for alongside her colleague Peter Darling).

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The cast in rehearsal at 3 Mills Studios

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The cast in rehearsal at 3 Mills Studios

After graduating from London Studio Centre where she took the contemporary dance pathway and toured with INTOTO Dance, Ellen Kane has gone on to have a hugely successful career. In 1999 she became a founder member of the Henri Oguike Dance Company and later joined and toured with the esteemed Richard Alston Company. She then went on to work on various West End, Broadway and international musicals. Her choreography credits include stage hits such as The Lord of the Rings (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Sister Act (London Palladium), Billy Elliot (West End/Australia/Chicago/Holland), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane),Matilda (Stratford/West End/Broadway/US tour/Australia) and most recently, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Playbill Theatre).

Based on the hit 1993 film starring Bill Murray, Groundhog Day reunites much of the same team that worked on the smash-hit Matilda The Musical including director Matthew Warchus, Tim Minchin providing music and lyrics, set designer Rob Howell, and choreographers Peter Darling and Ellen Kane. Written by Danny Rubin (who co-wrote the original screenplay), Groundhog Day follows jaded weatherman Phil Connors and his visit to a small Philadelphia town to report on the annual Groundhog Day festivities. However, Connors soon finds himself trapped in a literal time-loop, forced to live the same day over and over again. As a result, the show is an exploration of philosophical themes such as self-improvement, fate, death and love as well as being an entertaining and light-hearted musical. 

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Andy Karl (playing leading role Phil Connors) and the cast of Groundhog Day

 Groundhog Day is at the August Wilson Theatre, New York until 7th January 2018.

★★★★★ “a finely-tuned balance of Broadway-scale polish and an English-infused ironic pathos” – The Stage

★★★★★ “a magnificent work that sends everyone out into the night cheering - and just a little wiser.” – What’s On Stage

★★★★★ “fearless, fleet-footed and impressively cohesive… destined to be a smash hit” – Broadway World

★★★★ “a clever, eye-catching show” – The Guardian

“Much of the credit goes to… the whirling-dervish choreography of Peter Darling with Ellen Kane” – Entertainment Weekly

“The creators of “Matilda” have worked their magic all over again. And again.” – NBC New York

Photos by Manuel Harlan and Joan Marcus

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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