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Phantoms - a triple bill

Phantoms

Multi-award-winning Mark Bruce Company returns to theatres with a stunning Triple Bill of cinematic dance theatre.

Green Apples
Bruce's highly popular commanding work choreographed to music by The White Stripes. A visceral and immediate live experience as two dancers perform within the confines of a rope circle, creating a space of powerful physical intensity and magnetic energy.

Folk Tales
Characters from the myths of our past dance to the evocative music of Martin Simpson, including renditions of Beaulampkins, Soldier’s Joy and Betsy the Serving Maid among others. A collection of life affirming pieces; at once mysterious, fiery, and celebrational.

Phantoms
A tale of love and vengeance.
A stunning dance theatre tale of love, tragedy and revenge in a land where our phantoms roam free. Mark Bruce Company presents its trademark cinematic vision; a carousel of dream-like characters in a beautifully savage world falling into chaos, culminating in a surreal, classic showdown on the road. Phantoms features the creative team that brought you Dracula, Macbeth and Return to Heaven, and an originally composed score.

Watch the trailer here Tour dates
Multi-award-winning Mark Bruce Company returns to theatres with a stunning Triple Bill of cinematic dance theatre.

Phantoms trailer

Phantoms


Written, choreographed and directed by Mark Bruce

Dancers: Eleanor Duval, Jonathan Goddard, Carina Howard, Sharol Mackenzie, Christopher Thomas

Camera and Editing: Mark Bruce
Music: ‘The World of Love and Wonders’ written by Mark Bruce, Published by Mute Song
Vocals: Eva Trodd
Guitar: Mark Bruce
Sound recording: John Kilroy
Footage captured at BlackBirdRedRose Studios
Cameras: BMPCC 6K, EOS R
Edited in FCPX

© Mark Bruce Company

About Phantoms Tour dates
Phantoms triple bill trailer - touring early 2022

Phantoms tour dates

Phantoms

Thu 3 Feb – Sat 5 Feb 2022
The Merlin Theatre, Frome
www.merlintheatre.co.uk
01373 465 949

Tue 15 Feb 2022
Theatre Royal Winchester
www.theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk
01962 840 440

Thu 24 Feb - Sat 5 Mar 2022
Wilton’s Music Hall, London
www.wiltons.org.uk
020 7702 2789

Fri 18 Mar - Sat 19 Mar 2022
DanceEast, Ipswich
www.danceeast.co.uk
01473 295 230

Thu 24 Mar - Sat 26 Mar 2020
Salisbury Playhouse
www.wiltshirecreative.co.uk
01722 320 333

About Phantoms Watch the trailer here
Announcing the dates for our 2022 tour.

Summer School 2022

18 - 23 July 2022

Auditions will be held in West London on Sunday 20 February 2022

Applications are now open for Mark Bruce Company’s vocational Summer School 2022. We are delighted that all places awarded in 2022 will be subsidised thanks to funding from the Leverhulme Trust Arts Scholarship programme.

The Mark Bruce Summer School is an intensive week’s residency held in Frome, Somerset where the company has been based for the last 18 years. It is open to a small group of selected students from vocational schools and recent graduates who are interested in the company and its work. The Summer School provides an opportunity to work in a creative environment with company dancers, learn a wide range of repertoire including pas de deux work and participate in contemporary and ballet technique classes every day. The week culminates with an informal showing for an invited audience. It is a technically challenging week, pushing students out of their comfort zones and providing an extension to their studies in the vocational schools.

The week takes place in the company's studio where our productions are created and rehearsed. There are limited places, participants will be selected by audition (invite only).

Students will arrive in Frome on the Sunday evening before the week starts and will be accommodated with local families. One healthy evening meal will be provided every day by local restaurants and caterers supporting the company. The students will have access to kitchen facilities with their host families for other meals.

The funding awarded by the Leverhulme Trust will provide 18 Leverhulme Scholarships annually for the next 4 years. These subsidies will be awarded on merit and enable us to offer places to successful auditionees for just £225 including travel and accommodation.

In addition, we are able to award two means tested bursaries per year to provide fully funded places. These will be assessed based on the financial need of the dancer. Please tick the box to request an additional bursary application form when applying. The bursary assessment process is conducted separately to the audition and the audition panel will have no information about bursary applications prior to the auditions.

Please click this button to submit your application. Application Form

Application Deadline - Friday 28 January 2022
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Summer School gallery







Applications for subsidised places at Summer School 2022 are open.

Green Apples

New production
A commanding ten-minute duet performed in the round.

Choreographed by Mark Bruce to the music of the White Stripes, Green Apples is a commanding duet performed in the round. Separated from the performers by a rope, the audience is drawn into a visceral and immediate experience as the dancers circle themselves and each other in a space of physical intensity and magnetic energy.

Green Apples is available as an educational workshop for schools and colleges. Originally commissioned by the Summer Collection for ROH2 at the Clore Studio of the Royal Opera House, it can be presented in a wide-range of spaces and locations.

Please contact the company for further information.

On Choreography & Making Dance Theatre

Mark's book "On Choreography & Making Dance Theatre" is available from Bloomsbury Books.

On Choreography and Making Dance Theatre is an invaluable insight into Bruce's approach, both artistic and practical, as he documents his process from the beginnings of ideas to the realisation of a full-length production. Bruce provides an explanation of the range of skills he believes are required, and all that needs to be considered in the creation of dance theatre.


Cover image by Nicole Guarino

ISBN: 9781783197774

www.bloomsbury.com

Mark's book "On Choreography & Making Dance Theatre" is available from Bloomsbury Books.

Girl in a Graveyard

Mark has released several videos choreographed to songs from his album, Girl in a Graveyard.

Mark has released several videos choreographed to songs from his album Girl in a Graveyard.

The videos are raw footage captured in rehearsal at BlackBird RedRose Studios.


The album Girl in a Graveyard is available as a digital release.

Silver Swans ballet classes

Weekly Silver Swans ballet class in Frome
Tailored for the over 55’s


*** Classes are being delivered live online via Zoom on Tuesday mornings 9:00am - 9:55am. ***


Our weekly Silver Swans ballet class runs on Tuesday mornings live from BlackBirdRedRose Studios. The class is delivered by qualified dance teacher Sue McGovern (ARAD), who safely adapts ballet techniques for older adults. Sue delivers a high quality ballet class and is trained by the Royal Academy of Dance to respond to the different needs of participants of a broad age range.  No previous experience needed. For further details please call 01373 462168.

The online Zoom class is £5.00 on a pay as you go basis. After the class you will be sent a recording of the teaching which will be available on YouTube for a week until the next class.
Please ensure that you have a suitable space in which to do the class. You will find it useful to have something available to use as a barre, the back of a sturdy chair, a kitchen counter or landing bannister may be suitable.
If you've not used Zoom before there are some guidelines available on our booking website and we are happy to offer telephone support for new users.
You can find out more and book your place on our sister website www.blackbirdredrose.com.



Photograph © Mark Bruce Company

Silver Swans Application Form (PDF)

Weekly Silver Swans ballet classes running online on Tuesday mornings.

National Dance Awards

We are incredibly proud that Eleanor Duval and Jonathan Goddard have both received National Dance Awards nominations for their roles in Macbeth.

Eleanor has been nominated in the Outstanding Female Modern Performance category for her role as Lady Macbeth and Jonathan has been nominated in the Outstanding Male Modern Performance for his role as Macbeth.



The National Dance Awards have been organised by the Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle in each year of this Millennium to celebrate the vigour and variety of Britain’s thriving dance culture. They are presented by the Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle, which brings together over 60 dance writers and critics. They are the only awards given by the body of professional dance critics in the UK.

Macbeth photography: Nicole Guarino
Eleanor Duval and Jonathan Goddard receive National Dance Awards nominations.

BlackBird RedRose Studios

Mark Bruce Company is based in our own studios in Frome, Somerset.


The company is based in a fantastic large and versatile space in our home town of Frome, Somerset. Here we create and rehearse our theatrical and digital work, make and store set and costumes, expand our education programme and run the company. Our light and airy studio has a large sprung Harlequin floor and supporting facilities including offices and green room.

If you would like to visit or hire our space please get in touch.

Dance Wear Donations

Dance Wear Donations scheme


The Mark Bruce Company runs a scheme called Dance Wear Donations. We feel strongly that there are many dance clothes that children grow out of that could have a fantastic second life with children in less fortunate circumstances.

Our aim is to link with vocational dance schools in the UK in the hope that students and their families will donate good quality grown out of dancewear and shoes.

If you or your school would like to get involved and start donating please get in touch on 01373 476449.


We are sending dancewear and shoes to dance schools in South Africa.
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