Previous Performers & Collaborators : 2 : Dancers : 15

Previous Performers & Collaborators

Caroline Hotchkiss

Caroline trained at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance and the London Contemporary Dance School at The Place. She then went on to work with Richard Alston Dance Company in 2001. Later Caroline worked with Jan De Schynkel’s Bark Dance Productions and Silesian Dance Theatre before joining the Mark Bruce Company in 2007. Other choreographers worked with are Lea Anderson, Jeremy James, Fleur Darkin and Yolande Yorke-Edgell for the Yorke Dance Project.

Chris Keerie

Chris trained at the Karen Brook School of Dance before attending the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds. He has danced for the Mark Bruce Company, Diversions Dance Company and in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake‘,’ performing various roles on international, national, and worldwide tours, including the London Sadler’s Wells season.

He has also danced in Tippets Midsummer Marriage and Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades‘’ at the Royal Opera House; Puccini’s La Boheme‘’ with Raymond Gubbay Productions at the Royal Albert Hall, ‘La Boheme with English National Opera and ‘Blue Beard’ in Bregenz, Austria with William Tuckett.

Cree Barnett Williams

Born in Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands, Cree moved to London to train at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, graduating with First Class Honours in her BA. Whilst studying at Rambert School, she worked with Mark Baldwin and Hubert Essakow and, in her final year, performed a self-choreographed solo at Sadler’s Wells’ Lilian Baylis Studio.

After graduating, Cree worked as a freelance dance artist in the UK with choreographers such as; Renaud Wiser, Darshan Singh Bhuller, Aletta Collins and Ben Wright. With Mark Bruce Company, she toured Made In Heaven (2012) and Dracula (2013) and also taught classes and workshops for both non-professional adults and young people on behalf of the company. She was a regular guest teacher at Rambert School throughout 2014, whilst recovering from a knee injury, teaching contemporary technique and repertory workshops. In addition to this, Cree became a guest artist with London-based New Movement Collective, having appeared in their architectural dance work, Casting Traces, in 2014.

At the beginning of 2015, she worked with Hubert Essakow on ‘Adieu’ for 1898: Contemporary Dance Festival at The Print Room, Notting Hill, London. In March 2015, Cree joined Staatstheater Kassel in Germany as a guest and continues to dance there under the directorship of Johannes Wieland.

Darren Ellis

Darren has performed with many dance companies including Janet Smith & Dancers, Small Bones, Jeremy James, Matthew Bourne (Swan Lake original cast, Cinderella, Nutcracker! Play Without Words), and Richard Alston. He has also performed in ‘Unbroken’ at the Gate Theatre, Notting Hill. Darren formed Darren Ellis Dance in 07 and made Romeo Error and Good to Go (for Evolution at The Place) and Tempt My Better Angel and No More Ghosts( for Richard Alston Dance Company). Darren is currently touring his solo ‘Sticks and Bones’ and is newly appointed associate artist at Dance East.

Elizabeth Mischler

Elizabeth performed with companies including Ballet Theatre Munich, the Mark Bruce Company, Clod Ensemble, National Dance Company Wales, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Manchester Royal Exchange, Royal Opera House and the ENO. Elizabeth was Assistant to the Director/Company Manager for DV8 Physical Theatre on their production Can We Talk About This? and has worked as rehearsal director for Clod Ensemble and National Dance Company Wales.

She continues to teach professional company classes and has worked with a variety of artists as a creative advisor on artistic and organisational development. Elizabeth is currently Producer of the Artist Development Programme at South East Dance in Brighton. She is a graduate of the Juilliard School and Interlochen Arts Academy and grew up in Wisconsin, USA. Elizabeth now serves on the board of trustees of the Mark Bruce Company.

Greig Cooke

Greig graduated from London Contemporary Dance School in 1995 with a Post Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Dance and subsequently performed internationally for sixteen years developing longstanding collaborations with Charles Linehan, Lea Anderson and Mark Bruce. Greig has also worked with and originated roles for AMP (Swan Lake), Aletta Collins, Charlotte Vincent, Random Dance, Arthur Pita, Tom Sapsford, Fleur Darkin and the reworking of Peter Schaffeur’s west end production of Equus in 2007. He has toured the world extensively and was nominated for most outstanding performer whilst on tour in Toronto in 2004. In 2005 he took the role of rehearsal Director for The Featherstonehaughs on their reworking of Flesh and Blood and was recently in Comma 39, directed by art film maker Stuart Croft and choreographed by Ben Wright. As a teacher, Greig enjoys working with different age groups and abilities and teaches extensively in the UK delivering workshops and regular classes to schools, boys groups, professionals, over 50′s and vocational dance schools.

Ino Riga

Ino is originally from Greece and trained at the State School of Dance in Athens.

Since 2003, she has been living in London and working as a freelance performer. She has worked with various companies/choreographers through the years, including Richard Alston Dance Company, Wayne McGregor / Random Dance, Hofesh Shechter Company, Mark Bruce and the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester. Other collaborations have been with Joanne Fong, the Clod Ensemble, Lost Dog/Ben Duke and Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre.

Joanne Fong

Jo Fong is a director, choreographer and performer working in dance, film, theatre and the visual arts.

Jo’s highly distinguished performance career has included working with companies such as Rosas (Belgium), Rambert Dance Company and DV8 Physical Theatre. In 2002, Jo was awarded Best Female Dancer by the Critic’s Dance Circle. She collaborated with Mark Bruce for over twenty years contributing to performances such as Lovesick, Dance Hall at Louse Point and Helen. Recent dance and theatre collaborations include Wendy Houstoun’s Stupid Women, Deborah Light’s HIDE, Quarantine’s Wallflower, as Movement Director for National Theatre Wales’ Mother Courage, with Skye Reynolds on her solo performance Pitch and with visual artists Richard Bowers and Heloise Godfrey-Talbot.

Since moving to Cardiff in 2006, Jo has been developing her own choreographic work. She created two productions for National Dance Company Wales and recently toured her work internationally and presenting at British Dance Edition and the British Council Edinburgh Showcase. Works include Witness - Portraits of Women Who Dance, Dialogue - A Double Act and An Invitation… which is set to tour the UK in 2016. Jo is a generous and experienced workshop leader, rehearsal director and teacher working with a range of abilities from professionals, students, young people to mature amateur performers. In 2016, she will be collaborating with Wales National Opera as Movement Director for their youth opera production Kommilitonen!

Joe Walking

Joe trained at the London Contemporary Dance School, performing works by Jiri Kylian, Jeremy James and Kim Brandstrup. Upon graduating in 2005, Joe created and toured new works by Wayne McGregor, Frederic Flamand and Angelin Preljocaj as well as guest dancing with The Forsythe Company on the production of Human Writes by William Forsythe. He completed his MA in Dance at the Palucca Schule, Dresden before returning to London in 2007. He joined Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures in 2008 as an original cast member of Dorian Gray for the 2008 and 2009 tours, for the 2010/11 tour of Cinderella, the 2012 tour of Early Adventures and as an original cast member for the 2012/13 World tour of Sleeping Beauty.

He has appeared in Arthur Pita’s award winning The Metamorphosis at The Royal Opera House and The Death of Klinghoffer directed by Tom Morris for ENO. His own choreographic work has led him to become a guest artist with Cross Connection Ballet in Copenhagen, a tutor at the Architectural Association and a founding member of New Movement Collective. Joe continues to work on bringing his DanceSpinner project into UK Schools and on his own theatre design and marketing business

Kristin McGuire

Kristin trained as a rhythmic gymnast at the Olympic Training Centre Chemnitz/Dresden, she was Rhythmic Sports Gymnastics Champion of Germany and has since performed for a variety of international dance and theatre companies, including Cirque du Soleil.

As well as working with the Mark Bruce Company over the last few years she has been heading a multi award winning creative studio in Bristol, designing and directing art installations, theatrical projects and commissions for brands and cultural institutions. She and her partner are known for their idiosyncratic experiments in digital projection and storytelling and their work regularly tours and exhibits internationally.

Laila Diallo

After dancing with Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance for 8 years, Laila has come to prominence for her choreographic work and received a Rayne Fellowship for Choreographers in 2006. She was an Associate Artist at the Royal Opera House between 2009 and 2012. Credits for theatre and opera include choreography for A Doll’s House, Theatre Royal Bath, movement direction for Therese Raquin, National Theatre and for Days of Significance, Royal Shakespeare Company. As a performer she regularly collaborates with other artists. Creations include Hold Everything Dear, a piece for an ensemble of nine performers; the solos At-any-moment-something-else (for Theo Clinkard), Out of sight in the direction of my body, waiting fleeing, The Wayside and Imprint; the duet Between the Shingle and the Dune and Sense of Self – a full length piece co-authored with Mélanie Demers.

Nicholas Cass-Beggs

Nicholas grew up in Montreal, Canada. He trained as an actor at the Oxford School of Drama and is based in London.

Theatre includes: Four Days in Hong Kong (Orange Tree Theatre), Velocity (Finborough Theatre), The Zero Hour and 6 Degrees for Imitating the Dog (West Yorkshire Playhouse & UK Tour), Carousel (Barbican, Théâtre du Châtelet Paris, Lowry), The Temprementals (Greenwich Theatre), The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (New Vic Theatre), Antigone (Manchester Royal Exchange), The Snowman in The Snowman (Peacock Theatre & Korean Tour), Park Avenue (Lilian Baylis Theatre), Pajama Game (Union Theatre), La Fille du Régiment, Tamerlano, The Rakes Progress and Orlando (Royal Opera House).

Prior to becoming an actor, Nicholas had a career as a contemporary dancer in Germany that spanned eight years. His dance credits include five years as a soloist with Philip Taylor’s Ballet Theatre Munich and three years with Ballett Nordhausen. He has performed works choreographed by Kim Brandstrup, Mark Bruce, Philip Taylor, Jiri Kylian, Rui Horta, Jonathon Lunn, Stefan Haufe and Henning Paar.

Pari Naderi

Pari graduated from Roehampton University in 1992 and from London Contemporary Dance School in 1996. She has danced with Charles Linehan, Javier de Frutos, Gary Lambert, Colin Poole, Mark Baldwin, Snag Project, Richard Alston, Mark Bruce and most recently Siobhan Davies Dance. Pari teaches extensively and is a professional freelance photographer.

Rick Bland

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, The Bible, The Complete Word of God and The Complete History of America, for the Reduced Shakespeare Company, (West End, UK, Irish, Dutch Tours, Dubai), Reduced Shakespeare Company, Generous (Finborough), Jerry Springer the Opera (BAC and Edinburgh), Strike (Finborough Theatre/BAC), Angel, (The Mark Bruce Company), Stone Diaries, Unless, The Complete Presidency of George W. Bush and Annabel (BBC Radio 4), Reduced Shakespeare in Love (BBC Radio 2), Star Wars Shortened (Sky TV, Criterion Theatre), Writer/Actor/Producer of Thick, Best Actor, 2005 FringeNYC and Winner Argus Angel – Outstanding Artistic Excellence (Nightingale Theatre, Brighton Fringe, 2010) Work with Darren Ellis Dance includes, Romeo Error (The Place), Sticks and Bones (UK tour) and writing and voicing the 2011 Place Prize Semi-Final piece, Frome the Waist Up. He also works as a producer at the Oscar winning Animation Studio, Tandem.

Shahla Tarrant

Originally a gymnast, Shahla trained at the London Contemporary Dance School gaining a First Class (Hons) Degree and an invitation to join the postgraduate performance group, eDge. She is a freelance dancer, teacher, choreographer and a qualified yoga and Pilates instructor. Recent projects include Assistant Choreographer to Jonathan Lunn, choreographing for youth dance companies featured within the UK tour of Reading Room; and Assistant Choreographer for Castor et Pollux at the Dutch National Opera.

Whilst at L.C.D.S Shahla was a member of the National Youth Dance Company. Since graduation she has worked with a number of choreographers and dance companies including: Mark Bruce, Ingrid Wantoch von Rekowski, Sarah Fahie, Carole Meier, Liz Lea, Duncan Macfarland, Rashpal Singh Bansal, Cie Yvann Alexandre. Opera work includes Dutch National Opera, Vlaamse Opera, Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Opera North.

Steven Berkeley-White

Stephen trained at the Rambert Ballet School and went on to perform with many dance companies, including the Mark Bruce Company, Random, Adventures in Motion Pictures, David Massingham Dance, Red Rain Dance, Diversions,V-tol and has worked with choreographers such as Richard Alston, Christopher Bruce, Darren Ellis, Matthew Hawkins and Lloyd Newson, among others. He has also appeared in major productions at The Royal Exchange Manchester and The National Theatre. Recently Stephen has taken on a parallel career as a photographer.

Theo Clinkard

Theo is a Brighton-based choreographer, performer, theatre designer and teacher.

For 20 years he worked as a performer with many of the UK’s most celebrated choreographers including Wayne McGregor, Matthew Bourne, Siobhan Davies, Leah Anderson and Rafael Bonachela.

In 2012, he formed his own 7-strong company to develop a portfolio of eloquent and visually arresting works that explore the communicative potential of the body and the empathetic nature of dance in performance. Since launching, his company have presented 2 full-length evenings of work with 60 performances across the UK, Switzerland and Chile.

He regularly creates commissioned works and was commissioned to create a work for Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch in September 2015. This was the very first evening of new work since her death in 2009. Theo also teaches internationally for professional companies and open studios and is a Resident Artist at Greenwich Dance and Associate Artist at Dance4.

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