We, here in TheLab™ have spent several months speaking with Natalie Trewinnard - Dancer with Ballet Lorent, Hannah Rotchell - Dancer with JV2, Chris Pavia - Dancer with Stopgap Dance Company, Nikki O'Hara - Teacher, Performer and Choreographer, Rosie Kay - AD of Rosie Kay Dance Company and Alanna and Connor from the Newcastle Centre for Advanced Training so we can tell their personal story about how they deal with the wide world of dance.
Video published on September 4th, 2015
Latest Audition: Kelly-Abbott Dance Theatre (UK) on 24 November 2015
La La La Human Steps, Down and Out
La La La Human steps a company, founded by Édouard Lock that has been working and touring since 1980 has shut down due to financial difficulties following an announcement from the company's base in Quebec, Canada.
News published on September 4th, 2015
The Act of Guarding
Jenni Wren continues her series on dance injury, treatment, prevention and recovery by taking a look at "guarding", when dancers recovering from a recent injury try to prevent further injury and damage to the body by moving and working in a specific way or is it just the thought of causing more injury and damage to the body that makes dancer's do this?
Jenni Wren's Blog' published on August 14th, 2015
Jasmin Vardimon Company 'Park'
It is not too often that we revisit a contemporary dance work for re-featuring but there is a trend, sort of, with contemporary dance companies bringing older works back for a second round of touring in the wider world of dance. 'Park' from Jasmin Vardimon is one such work having previously bowed in 2005 the work has returned with new dancers and some new staging for 2015 and beyond.
Video published on July 14th, 2015
Choreographer A vs Choreographer B
We're not sure when it started, maybe it's always been like this and we just didn't notice, but everything in the world, including the arts and especially dance, is subject to being graded on a curve. it's time to put a stop to the madness and embrace the differences in the wide world of dance and also, get over it!
The EvilImp™ published on June 18th, 2015
Rutherford dance Company 'Never Going Home Again'
New dance company on the block time with Rutherford Dance Company and their new piece 'Never Going Home Again' created by the titular artistic director Adam Rutherford a long time professional dancer and rehearsal director with 2Faced Dance Company among others. We talk to Mr Rutherford and bring you some of the work.
video published on June 12th, 2015
Susan Cunningham looks at the wide world of contact improvisation in dance and how it can help not just dancers but practitioners from all art forms to encourage creative development looking specifically at the work taking place @TheGlasgowJam formed in 2012 by Tom Pritchard and Penny Chivas in Glasgow.
feature published on June 1st, 2015
Rosie Kay Dance Company '5 Soldiers'
We first featured '5 Soldiers' from Rosie Kay Dance Company almost five years ago during its inaugural tour in 2010. Unusually for a contemporary dance work it's still touring, with an all new cast, and making people think about all the wars we keep fighting.
video published on May 19th, 2015
It's EDge time again as the post graduate company from the London Contemporary Dance School take to the road with four new works from dance makers Siobhan Davies, Eleesha Drennan, Robert Clark and Itamar Serussi. We also interview two of the company's dancers Michaela Ellingson and Joshua Boyle.
video published on May 13th, 2015
One Of Those Times
The election has brought a new government to our door that is more destructive than a cartoon villain. It's time for the wide world of dance to dig deep, to remember why you became a part of this profession to begin with and if you can't remember then look toward the students and the recent graduates because they do remember and they are undaunted.
Editorial published on May 10th, 2015
2Faced Dance Company 'Dreaming in Code'
2Faced Dance Company are once again touring in the wide world of dance with a new double bill featuring work from the company AD Tamsin Fitzgerald 'Lucid Grounds' and 'Milk Night' created by Frantic Assembly's Eddie Kay. The works tour under the banner 'Dreaming in Code'.
Video published on May 5th, 2015
Numbers cited recently by Lloyd Newson, Akram Khan and Hofesh Shechter to show that UK dance schools are failing their students are as wobbly as all their other arguments. We take a look at the statistics they provided, where they came from and how they were derived, it doesn't take long for things to start coming apart at the seams for the dynamic trio.
Feature published on April 30th, 2015
NSCD Year One
Article19 spent the day with a group of first year students training at Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds. We followed them through their daily class and an all day rehearsal for their up and coming performance. We also spoke with Sean Willis a first year student with a story to tell.
Video published on April 16th, 2015
The Three Mouseketeers
Akram Khan, Hofesh Shechter and Lloyd Newson send out a press release decrying the standard of dance training in the UK picking on three contemporary schools in particular. Their actions are both irresponsible and cowardly and our very own in house wild animal takes to his reinforced keyboard to explain why.
The EvilImp™ published on April 10th, 2015
Will Work For Space
New dance buildings are often covertly hostile to professional dancers and dance makers. Random Dance [Company] and their AD Wayne McGregor have a different idea with their new £4.5Million building opening in London next year. They plan to offer free studio space in return for teaching and creative expertise.
The EvilImp™ published on March 31st, 2015
The 90 Year Old Choreographer
Charlotte Constable recounts some of the life and times of Robert Cohan, a contemporary dance pioneer, former employee of Martha Graham company and World War 2 veteran who is still making work in the wide world of dance as he passes his 90th birthday
Charlotte Constable's Blog published on March 30th
Only Dancers Need Apply
Serena Morgan argues that you do not necessarily be a high achiever in one aspect of the profession in order to do well in another part of the profession and how do you measure levels of achievement in any case?
Serena Morgan's Blog published on March 30th
The News March 23rd - March 27th
Arts Council England decides that it's a good idea to put £650K per year into a ridiculous super-agency, Hofesh Shechter starts a new dance company with a really stupid name and the demise of Dance Up in Hampshire is a another sign that the wide of dance has big problems that nobody appears to be willing to fix.
The News published on Friday, March 27th
Hagit Yakira Dance 'In The Middle With You'
Israeli dance maker Hagit Yakira has been creating work with her company since 2007. Based in the UK she has created multiple works for the company along with numerous commissions for other companies and youth groups. The current touring work is 'In The Middle With You' a piece for five dancers that eschews narrative and strict technical shape making in favour of more relaxed style of movement.
Video published on March 19th, 2015
It's a false assumption that the more you pay somebody the more they are worth. All you're really getting is a diminishing return on an increased investment and the arts needs to pay people using a smarter metric. So it goes for Simon Rattle, Knight of the Realm and demander of massively expensive arts building for the London Symphony Orchestra.
Feature published on March 9th, 2015
Here in TheLab™ we have been covering the exploits of Verve, the post graduate company from Northern School of Contemporary Dance, since 2007. They return to the stage for 2015 with a brand new set of dancers and lots of new work from Kerry Nicholls, Luca Silvestrini, Theo Clikard and Douglas Thorpe.
Video published on March 5th, 2015
In the wide world of dance it's all about the cuts all of the time unless you operate the National Youth Dance Company because they just got a £50,000 boost to their budget to enter the top 5 rankings for best funded contemporary dance companies in England and they don't even have to pay their dancers.
The EvilImp™ published on February 26th, 2015
The Week February 14th - February 20th
The English National Opera is a complete basket case, a revelation that is a surprise to no one so Arts Council England has sent them to the naughty step by stripping the company of its NPO Status and the board of National Dance Company Wales can't hire an AD because it's really hard or something.
The News published on Friday, February 20th
Stopgap Dance Company "In Rehearsal"
In a few weeks Article19 will publish the first in a series of extensive feature pieces about professional dancers and dance students in the UK. One of our features concerns Stopgap company dancer Chris Pavia. As we prepare these new feature pieces will we share some snippets prior to final publication so here are some photos from a recent rehearsal for Stopgap's current touring work 'Artificial Things'.
Feature published on February 17th, 2015
Renaud Wiser Dance Company 'Who Killed Bambi?'
Prolific dancer Renaud Wiser turns his hand to dance making for his second full length dance work 'Who Killed Bambi?' A work inspired by the actions of Edward Snowden who blew the whistle on illegal surveillance by the NSA and other security agencies and now lives in exile in Russia for his troubles.