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Girl in a Graveyard

Mark is releasing several videos choreographed to songs from his newly released album. The videos are raw footage captured in rehearsal at BlackBirdRedRose Studios.

Mark is releasing several videos choreographed to songs from his newly released album.

The videos are raw footage captured in rehearsal at BlackBirdRedRose Studios.

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



Silver Swans ballet class

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


Tuesdays, 9am – 10am at BlackBird/RedRose Studios

We are delighted to be able to announce our new weekly Silver Swans ballet class is now running on Tuesdays. 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.  Classes take place in our light and airy studio with it’s sprung Harlequin floor (and no mirrors!)  No previous experience needed. Tea and coffee available after the class. For further details please call 01373 462168.

Block of 6 lessons - £54
Taster lesson - £10 (remaining classes charged at £9 per class if booked all at once).
Payment in cash on the day or by BACS for the full course.
You can join in at any point in the 6-week block.

Silver Swans Application Form (PDF)


Photograph © Mark Bruce Company

We are delighted to be able to announce our new weekly Silver Swans ballet class is now running on Tuesdays.

Touring 2020

New work touring in 2020.

Mark is creating a new full-length work which will tour to theatres in England and Wales from February 2020.


New work touring in 2020.

13+ Evening class week intensive

Workshop

Mon 15th - Fri 19th July 2019
BlackBird/RedRose Studios, Frome


We are delighted to be able to offer a week of intensive contemporary class in our studio in Frome. The week-long course consists of 5 classes taught by professional company dancers between 6pm and 7:15pm each night.
There are no auditions; dancers should be 13+ and have done at least 4 years ballet or modern training. No contemporary experience is necessary. Please complete the form below to apply or contact the Mark Bruce office on 01373 462168 for further details.
There will be space for parents to wait during the class.

Application Form (PDF)


Photograph © Mark Bruce Company

We are delighted to be able to offer a week of intensive contemporary class in our studio in Frome.

Open Contemporary Dance Workshops

Workshop

Beginners Class - Sunday 14 July from 10am – 1pm £25
Intermediate Class – Sunday 14 July from 2pm – 5pm £30
BlackBirdRedRose Studios, Frome


We are delighted to be running two open Contemporary Dance Workshops for both beginners and intermediate level dancers as part of the Frome Festival.

The Beginners class is geared for participants with no - or very little - dance experience (aged 16+), the session will cover the basics of contemporary dance technique and give participants the chance to learn an excerpt from one of the Company’s works.

The Intermediate class is for participants (aged 16+) with intermediate experience of contemporary or ballet.

Both sessions will be taught by Company dancers, and all are welcome. Please come in exercise gear; no dance shoes are required as you will be dancing barefoot. Still unsure, or have more questions? Email us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Adult Contemporary Dance Workshops for beginners and intermediate level dancers.

Summer School 2019

16th to 21st July 2019


Applications for our residential Summer School are now closed.

The Mark Bruce Company Summer School is an intensive week’s residency held in our studio in Frome, Somerset.

Applications are invited from dance students from vocational schools and recent graduates aged 16+.

Download an application form (PDF)

16th to 21st July 2019.
Applications for our residential Summer School are now closed.

Dance Wear Donations

We are delighted to launch our new Dance Wear Donations scheme


The Mark Bruce Company is setting up a new 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. Through the help of a company member we are linking up with dance schools in South Africa. Our first suitcase of donations leaves in July 2019, more details of these schools to follow.

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 462168.


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

BlackBirdRedRose 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.

On Choreography & Making Dance Theatre

Oberon has recently published Mark's new book "On Choreography & Making Dance Theatre".

On Choreography and Making Dance Theatre will be 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.oberonbooks.com

Oberon has recently published Mark's new book "On Choreography & Making Dance Theatre".

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.

Macbeth 2018

Multi-award-winning Mark Bruce Company present a striking dance theatre adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, a tragic descent into the darkest sides of human nature.


★★★★ "...beautifully executed…" The Guardian

★★★★ "Dark, smart dance-theatre." The Stage

★★★★ "...everything in this production is perfectly judged…" The Evening Standard

★★★★★ "Disturbing and exhilarating in equal measure." Culture Whisper

★★★★★ "Not to be missed... I was completely transported." Stage Talk

★★★★★ "...stagecraft of the highest intelligence..." Broadway World

★★★★ "Goddard and Duval are spellbinding together..." Reviews Hub

★★★★ "Goddard’s portrayal of the title character is simply extraordinary..." London Theatre 1

★★★★ "Incisive and thrilling dance-theatre…" The Arts Desk

Goaded by the whispers of demons, the Macbeths (Jonathan Goddard, Eleanor Duval) unleash murder for their own gains and set in motion their path to madness and self-destruction, unravelling events in a nightmare they cannot control.

With a cast of nine and designed by the creative team that brought you Dracula and The Odyssey, this dance theatre production realises a beautifully harrowing vision of an internal wasteland formed from the pursuit of power through ruthless means.



Photographs © Nicole Guarino and Mark Bruce

A striking dance theatre adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth
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