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Summer School 2023

***Deadline for applications 1st February 2023***


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17 - 22 July 2023

Applications for Summer School 2023 are open. Auditions will take place in London on Sunday 26 February.
We are delighted that all places awarded in 2023 will be subsidised thanks to funding from the Leverhulme Trust Arts Scholarship programme.

What?

The Mark Bruce Summer School is an intensive week’s residency held in Frome, Somerset where the company has been based for the last 19 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.

Cost?

The funding awarded by the Leverhulme Trust will provide 18 Leverhulme Scholarships annually for the next 3 years. These subsidies will be awarded on merit and enable us to offer places to successful auditionees for just £255 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.

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Applications for Summer School 2023 are open. Deadline 1st February.

Masterclasses

2022-23

Applications for our Sunday Masterclasses series in our Frome studio for pre-vocational students are open.

Masterclasses Application Form

Mark Bruce Company are delighted to launch their new initiative of Contemporary Masterclasses taught by professional freelance dancers over the course of the academic year 2022/23. These sessions are aimed at pre-vocational dance students aged between 15-18 who are passionate about, and aspire to pursue a career in professional dance. (We will consider students aged 14 if recommended by a dance school). Students must have a base in classical or contemporary technique, and demonstrate an eagerness to enhance their dancing with this additional, complementary training. There will be a series of two Masterclasses a term, taught by different teachers.

This is an opportunity to learn from industry experts, improve skills, build self-confidence, meet other like-minded pupils and above all have fun.

Each session will start with a 90-minute contemporary technique class followed by a 2-hour creative session.

Sunday dates:
2022 Autumn term 2 Oct, 13 Nov
2023 Spring term 29 Jan, 5 Mar
2023 Summer term 7 May, 25 Jun

Times:
Students can arrive from 12:30pm, class will start at 1pm. There will be a 15 minute break at 2:30pm and the day will finish at 4:45pm.

Location:
All Masterclasses will be held at BlackBirdRedRose Studios, Unit G, Vallis Mills Trading Estate, Frome, Somerset, BA11 3DT. There is free parking on site and a green room.

Sessions cost £40 for one class, £75 per term (two Masterclass days) or £200 for the year billed in advance.

Mark Bruce Company reserves the right to select students based on their ability to ensure they can benefit from the class safely.

Meet the teacher - Session 3 - 29 January 2023

Antonia Grove
Antonia is an independent Dance artist working in contemporary dance, dance theatre and cross artform collaborations with a career spanning 25 years. She moves between the roles of choreographer, lecturer, performer, dramaturg, mentor and artistic facilitator. In 2004 she founded the Dance theatre company Probe, for which she has produced and performed 6 full length touring works. Moving forwards as a maker under her own name, she continues to be interested in live solo performance, presenting work that she writes, directs, performs and realises in collaboration with other creatives. Antonia trained at the Rambert School and then joined Rambert Dance Company 1998-2003. As performer she danced for companies Walker Dance Park Music, The National Theatre, Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance, Bonachela Dance Company, The Cholmondeleys, Charles Linehan Company, New Art Club, Fabulous Beast, Matthias Sperling, Clod Ensemble, Headspace Dance and Vincent Dance Theatre. She has three times been nominated for a Critics Circle National Dance Award and Timeout Live Award. Antonia recently obtained a Masters (Creative Practice) by distinction from Trinity Laban, researching relationships between female hormones and creativity. She has 3 children and is an activist for mothers working in the Arts.

Meet the teacher - Session 2

Carina Howard
Carina trained at Rambert School 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 has been a dancer with Mark Bruce Company since 2017, touring in their productions of Macbeth, Return to Heaven and Phantoms. She has also been a company dancer with Rosie Kay Dance Company, touring in their productions of MK Ultra and Rosie Kay’s Fantasia. Other choreographers she has worked with include Mark Baldwin, Gemma Payne and Arielle Smith as well as performing her own works for the BBC Young Dancer Award. Carina enjoys collaborating creatively with choreographers and was commissioned to create her own work for The Dancers’ Project. As well as theatre, Carina loves dancing for Film and TV with credits including Aquaman 2, The Witcher and a short film for the Met Police. Carina teaches students from the ages of 4, vocational students, company class and also works as a Creative Movement Therapist for people with Parkinson’s disease. .

Meet the teacher - Session 1

Hannah McGlashon
Hannah trained professionally at Rambert School where she graduated with a first class degree in Ballet and Contemporary dance. During her final year she toured with Rambert Company for their autumn season, performing Itzik Galili’s ‘A Linha Curva’ as well as Mark Baldwin’s rendition of Haydn’s ‘Creation’. She has worked with choreographers including Mark Bruce, Jenna Lee and Darren Ellis. As a freelance dancer she has worked with Shobana Jeyasingh, Lynne Page, Kamavera Dance Theatre, as well as with Christopher Thomas Dance for the Sadlers Wells Young Associate programme. She has also collaborated with various musicians for R&D, music videos and live performances. Choreographically she has collaborated with Christopher Thomas and they have taken their duets to both national and international platforms.

Applications for our Sunday Masterclasses series for pre-vocational students are now open.

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

Please note that this production includes stylized depictions and images of violence that some viewers may find disturbing.

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

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.

Silver Swans ballet classes

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


Our weekly Silver Swans ballet class runs on Tuesday mornings 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.

Classes cost £9 per session in person or £5 over Zoom online.

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.

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.

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


We are very grateful for the wonderful response we have had this year. Our scheme is now temporarily closed for donations whilst we concentrate on re-distribution. Due to current cost of living challenges, we will be shortly be opening our scheme for UK dance schools who have children in need of dancewear.


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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