Dancers

Dancers

Eleanor Duval

Eleanor grew up in France and trained at the Hamburg Opera in Germany and The Rambert school in London. She has danced with The Mark Bruce Company since 2006 performing in productions Sea of Bones, Love and War, Made in Heaven, Dracula, The Odyssey, Macbeth and most recently Return to Heaven. She has also danced with Dansconnect performing works by Scott Ambler, Jonathan Lunn, Nikki Smedley, Yael Flexer, Kenneth Tharpe, Mark Bruce and Richard Banks as well as various productions at Glyndebourne Opera and The Royal Albert Hall.

Eleanor received a nomination for the National Dance Award's Outstanding Female Modern Performer 2018 for her role as Lady Macbeth.

Eleanor has taught extensively in the South West including Tri Art, Swindon CAT scheme and Bath Dance College. She heads up the education programme at the Mark Bruce Company, developing the residential Summer School for vocational students. Eleanor combines her dancing career with taking care of her three children.

Jonathan Goddard

Jonathan is a professional dance artist, movement director and choreographer who has worked for many major British dance companies including Rambert. He is a founder member of New Movement Collective, Goddard Nixon and has been a tutor at the Architectural Association in London. Jonathan has been nominated for the South Bank Show / Times Newspaper Breakthrough Award in 2007, Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance in 2008, Critics Circle National Dance Award for Best Male Dancer 2011, 2012. He has won the Critics Circle Award for Best Male Dancer twice in 2008 and 2014 and Outstanding Male Performance (modern) in 2014.

As Choreographer credits include Company Chameleon’s Pictures We Make (Linbury Studio Theatre). As a Movement Director: Strange Interlude, Man and Superman, Beaux Stratagem, As You Like It, Sunset at the Villa Thalia (National Theatre), The Cherry Orchard (Roundabout Theatre Broadway), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Royal Shakespeare Company), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Dance Associate, West End). www.jonathangoddard.com

Bryony Harrison

Bryony was born and raised in Kingston Upon Hull and began dancing at the LWHS school of dance. At 16 she moved to London to train at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary dance where they had some fantastic performance opportunities with Rambert Company; in Itzik Galili’s A Linha Curva and a duet choreographed by Mark Baldwin performed for The British Red Cross Charity event Dance Power.

Upon graduation she joined Ballet National de Marseille under the direction of Emio Greco & Pieter C. Sholten (2016/17) before returning to the UK as a freelance artist and has since worked with Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, Watkins Dance Company, Lynne Page, Charlotte Edmonds, Arielle Smith, Jamiel Laurence & George Williamson.

In 2018, Bryony joined New Adventures making their debut in Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake 2018/19 tour. She played Dorcas and Juliet in the UK 2019 tour of Romeo and Juliet, the role of Svetlana in the 2019/20 revival of Matthew Bourne's production of The Red Shoes and most recently the role of Ella in his brand new 2021 work The Midnight Bell.

Carina Howard

Carina trained at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance where she graduated with a first class (hons) degree. Following this, she completed a masters at Northern School of Contemporary Dance with Distinction and the award for most outstanding achievement.

Carina joined Mark Bruce Company in 2017, touring in their production of Macbeth and performing in videos for Mark Bruce's album, Girl in a Graveyard. Carina is also a company dancer with Rosie Kay Dance Company, having toured in their production of MK Ultra in 2018 and Rosie Kay's Fantasia in 2019. Carina also worked with Payne Productions in 2019 on their research and development for Bluebeard: The Chamber's Scent. Other performances include Mark Baldwin's The Creation, at Sadler's Wells Theatre alongside Rambert Company, Arielle Smith's Cradle, at the Barbican, BBC Young Dancer 2017 Contemporary Category Semi Finals at Dance East and Rambert School's Graduate Tour in works by Mark Bruce, Didi Veldman and Jenna Lee. In her spare time Carina enjoys working at Ascot Rehab as a Creative Movement Therapist for patients with Parkinson's disease.

Christopher Thomas

Christopher started acting in London's West End under directorship of Cameron Mackintosh, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Bill Kenwright. He then joined The Royal Ballet School, then Rambert School graduating with a First Class BA Hons in 2017.

At Rambert he performed with Rambert Dance Company performing works by Mark Baldwin, Itzik Galili and worked with Didy Veldman and Mark Bruce in his final year. Since graduating Christopher has worked in multiple film projects with Nowness, VENI VIDI, Antonia Grove, Charlotte Edmonds and performed with Arielle Smith, Travis Knight, Polly Wright, Gemma Payne, Carolyn Bolton, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and Mark Bruce Company.

Christopher is co-director of Retrospect Dance Theatre where he directed, performed and edited their first full-length work In Light of Those You Love (2017). Choreographic achievements include the Charlotte Kirkpatrick Award 2016, Young Choreographer 2017 and joining the Cohan Collective as a creative collaborator. Christopher joined Sadler’s Wells as a Young Associate Artist, where he has created works for both stages in the theatre.

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