Previous Performers & Collaborators : 2 : Dancers : 15

Previous Performers & Collaborators

Alan Vincent

Alan was born in Buckingham and trained at Lewisham College and London Studio Centre. He then joined AMP/New Adventures in 1997 – stage credits include The Swan/Stranger in Swan Lake, creation of the role Luca in The Carman, creation of the role of Speight in Play Without Words, the Nutcracker in Nutcracker and roles in Cinderella and Spitfire.

Alan has worked for various opera companies in works such as Terry Gilliam’s The Damnation of Faust, Midsummer Marriage, Turnabout, Carmen, The Fairy Queen and Trojans. He was also in Dirty Dancing in the West End playing various roles, and was a part of the creative team for the opening of the Olympic Ceremony 2012 which he also performed in.

He worked with Jazzxchange and performed in various music videos and TV adverts. He also teaches workshops all over the country for Re:Bourne where he has taken Lord of The Flies on a UK Australian tour as Resident Director. Alan joined the Mark Bruce Company for Sea Of Bones and appeared in Dracula and The Odyssey.

Chris Tandy

I am from Wales, and I graduated from Laban in 2004 with a BA (honours) in Dance Theatre, in which my thesis was titled "The discipline of Authentic Movement (Janet Adler) related to theoretical phenomenology." In my early career I danced for NDCWales under the artistic direction of Ann Sholem, and for Dansgroep Amsterdam under the artistic direction of Itzik Galili and Krisztina De Chatel.

I now work as a freelance dancer with choreographers including Mark Bruce, Ivan Perez, Anouk Van Dijk and Mor Shani. I am currently engaged in a process of research towards developing a methodology of movement and education in collaboration with Ivan Perez and Hannah Shakti Buhler. My research includes an exploration of 'the practice of being and experiencing; with awareness, dissolving thought'. I am interested in sending the knowledge gained from this physical practice beyond the context of dance.

Hannah Kidd

Hannah began her training at Elmhurst Ballet School and from there went on to London Contemporary Dance School where she completed her MA in Dance. In 2007 Hannah joined Richard Alston Dance Company, with whom she performed both nationally and internationally for six years.

Her most recent performances include 'Collapse' by New Movement Collective for the Barbican, 'Orpheus and Eurydice' for Scottish Opera by Ashley Page, Cunningham's event 'Dancing around Duchamp' at the Barbican, London, Darren Ellis' 'Revolver' for The Place Prize for Dance, NMC's 'Casting Traces' UK Tour and Mark Bruce's 'Dracula' which won the South Bank Sky Arts Award 2014. Hannah was nominated for the National Dance Award's Outstanding Female Performer in late 2012.

Alongside performing Hannah has taught in many of the UK's leading dance conservatoires, she has taught on both the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at LCDS, at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, Central School of Ballet and at Trinity Laban, as well as for dance companies Richard Alston Dance Company, Matthew Bourne's New Adventures and Mark Bruce Company.

Nicole Guarino

Nicole is a freelance dancer, teacher and photographer based in London. She trained at the Cisne Negro Dance Studio in Brazil and after being a finalist of the Adeline Gennee Competition she received a scholarship to study at The Rambert School, where she graduated with a first class honours degree.

She has worked for Cisne Negro Dance Company, Introdans, and Scottish Dance Theatre, performing works by Ben Duke, Mark Baldwin, Itzik Galili, Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek, William Forsythe, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Hofesh Shechter and Liv Lorent amongst others.

She toured with the Mark Bruce Company in 2006 and 2007 for Sea of Bones and was part of the original cast for Dracula, winner of the Sky Arts Awards in 2014. Nicole has recently performed with Darren Ellis Dance and Caroline Bowditch, and during autumn 2015 worked full time as Production and Rehearsal Director at Rambert School.

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Wayne Parsons

Wayne has danced for some of the worlds leading contemporary dance companies including Sydney Dance Company, Richard Alston Dance Company, National Dance Company Of Wales (NDCWales), Oguike Dance and Motionhouse Dance. He has performed major roles in works by choreographers including Rafael Bonachela, Wendy Houston, Stephen Petronio, Henri Oguike, Itzik Galili, Jacopo Godani, Stijn Celis, Martin Lawrence and Stephen Shropshire.

Wayne choreographed three works during his time at NDCWales that were toured by the company during their Alternative Routes Seasons. His new company, Wayne Parsons Dance, premiered a new work titled Meeting at The Place in February 2013. Meeting was invited to compete in the 6th Copenhagen International Choreography Competition in March 2013. His student work States of Separation was premiered in July 2013 at the New Wimbledon Theatre. Wayne developed a new professional work supported by The Place through their Choreodrome platform in August 2013. In 2014 Wayne created three new works; a new work for Intoto Dance Company, Like This? for London Contemporary Dance School’s 2014 graduation showcase and Enter After Dark for Art Active's Dans Haf season. www.wayneparsonsdance.com

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.

Christopher Akrill

Chris trained at Northern Ballet School and went on to dance in Scottish Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre, Malmö Ballet, Hannover Ballet and Deutsche Oper Am Rhein Dusseldorf, and Cullberg Ballet.

Worked with Choreographers: Mats Ek, Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, Alexander Ekman, Stijn Cellis, Johan Inger, Javier De Frutos, Luca Silvestrini, Didy Veldman, Nils Christie, Rui Horta and Jens Östberg, Massimo Moricone, Gillian Lynne, Hans Van Manen, Nils Christie, Youri Vamos, Christopher Gable, Dennis Wayne, Nanette Glushak and Oleg Vinagradov.

Dance Credits: Prince Siegfried, Swan Lake (Mats Ek) Mercutio, Ebenezer Scrooge, (NBT) Carabos (Hannover) Pinocchio, Captain Alving in Ghosts (ROH2) Dr Dee, The Most Incredible Thing, Sadlers Wells (Sadlers Wells) Three And Four Quarters (ROH2) Badger in The Wind In The Willows (Duchess Theatre) If Play Is Play (ROH2)

Worked with Theatre Directors: Rufus Norris, Matthew Dunster,Timothy Sheader, Richard Jones, William Oldroyd Acting Credits: Lucky in Waiting For Godot (Be Me Theatre) Boo Radley in To Kill A Mockingbird (Regents Park, The Barbican) The Hairy Ape (The Old Vic) Emcee, Cabaret (Lyric Theatre) Awards: Christer Holgersons award from the Carina Ari Memorial Foundation, and the Riksteatern Award for artistic contributions and excellence in dance. Film and TV credits: Anna Karenina (Joe Wright) Muppets Most Wanted (James Bobin) Mr Selfridge Series 2. Movement Direction: Mametz (National Theatre Wales) Chris is Founder and Co-Director of HeadSpaceDance. www.headspacedance.com

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! www.jofong.com

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 http://www.dancespinner.com into UK Schools and on his own theatre design and marketing business http://www.joewalkling.com

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.

www.davyandkristinmcguire.com

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.

www.lailadiallo.com

Lia Ujčič

Lia Ujčič is originally from Izola, Slovenia. She trained in contemporary dance at the Dance Studio LAI from the age of five and soon after joined the Slovenian School for Music and Classical Ballet, where she gained her first ballet education.

In 2012 she moved to the UK to start a contemporary dance degree course at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds, where she graduated with a first class honours degree in 2015. During this time, she had the pleasure to work with dance artists as Lilijana Ujčič, Shirley Jacobs, Odette Hughes, Dam Van Huynh and Douglas Thorpe.

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Natalie Dodd

Natalie began dancing at the age of five at Susan Robinson’s School of Ballet in Surrey, England and progressed onto vocational training at the age of sixteen at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. During her three years there, she was given opportunities to perform works by choreographers such as Kerry Nicholls, Mark Baldwin and Kenneth MacMillan. She also performed with The Royal Shakespeare Company in her second year of training.

Since graduating with a First Class BA Honours Degree, Natalie has worked with the English National Opera, Alexandra Green Dance and Douglas Thorpe, amongst others. She has continued to explore her choreographic side; most recently performing a solo at Footprint Dance Festival. In addition, she has gained freelance teaching experience with both adults and children and wishes to pursue this further in the future.

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.

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. www.theoclinkard.com

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