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Ballet Black

Ballet Black is a neo-classical ballet company with nine critically acclaimed sell-out seasons to its credit. Inspirational and innovative, it strives to honour the traditions of classical ballet while breaking new ground with cutting edge choreography.

Recently nominated for two Critics' Circle National Dance Awards (for Outstanding Company and Best Classical Female for dancer Sarah Kundi) Ballet Black is an essential part of the classical ballet landscape, the perfect showcase for dancers of black and Asian descent, as well as a wonderful platform for choreographers, established and new.

Not surprisingly, Ballet Black attracts dancers, choreographers and designers from around the world. In recent years, the company has worked with Richard Alston, Liam Scarlett and Will Tuckett; for their forthcoming 2010 season, hip hop choreographer Robert Hylton makes a brand new pas de deux, the award winning classical choreographer Christopher Hampson creates a piece for the full company to the music of Hindemith and modern dance maker, Henri Oguike creates his first classical ballet.

"Ballet Black is a company absolutely everyone must see." Mike Dixon, Dance Europe, 2009
 

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Petra Söör

 

Petra studied at London Contemporary Dance School before joining the postgraduate company EDge (2006) where she danced pieces by e.g. Siobhan Davies and Trisha Brown. Her UK dance credits include AlettaCollins's Les Noces and Dido and Aeneas (Opera North 2007) and Red Balloon (ROH2 2009), Anna Williams's Clearing (commissioned by The Place Prize 2008) and I Am Falling directed by Carrie Cracknell (Gate Theatre,London). She has performed her own works in e.g. The International Solo-Tanz-Theatre Festival in Stuttgart and was in 2007 commissioned by the Leche Trust to choreograph for EDge06. Petra is also a member of IPL (International Performers Lab) under direction of Khosro Adibi (BE/NL) and is a founding member of WerkstArt. At the moment Petra is currently working with Fevered Sleep for the production of The Forest.

 

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Sezdrenah Dance Theatre

SEZDRENAH is a new emerging company formed in 2007, based in London, whose founders are 2003 graduates of DeMontfort University (Bedfordshire University). Their aim is to entertain, educate,promote performance as an expressive art form and to create opportunities for performers to showcase themselves and there work. SEZDRENAH is focused on producing performances that touch your senses.

 

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Hyanglae Jin

Hyanglae Jin was born in Korea. Focussing on contemporary dance, she received her BA Hons in Korea. After moving to London, she trained at London Contemporary Dance School and gained a postgraduate diploma through working with EDge 08. She is currently working as a freelance performer while continuing her ongoing research as a dance maker. She was part of The Place Prize as a performer and worked with one of Russell Maliphant's dancers.

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Flexa Dance Theatre

Flexa Dance Theatre is proud of being formed of a multicultural cast from various backgrounds. The initiative of this group arises from the need for an environment where they are able to express, explore and exchange creative ideas and challenges and collaborate with various artists. The company aims to create and perform alive and inquisitive work with alternating artists in constant exchange of new ideas.

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Leaf Dance

Leyla Rees is a London based contemporary dancer and aerialist. She is the fouder of Leaf dance. She has a BPA honours from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and is currently working on independent projects. She is especially interested in creating work that encourage collaboration acros the various art forms.

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Slanjayvah Danza

Slanjayvah Danza is a Dance Theatre Company, formed in 2004 producing professional, youth and community dance/mixed art form works, as well as providing educational dance workshops for all age groups and learning abilities. With a growing reputation for closing the gap between performers and the audience. The choreographies of Jenni Wren and Slanjayvah Danza are layered into complex reflections of the human psyche. The work is peppered with diverse alternative artistic practices, complementary to dance, that help to convey narratives that any audience can relate to. The Company believes that diversity and eclecticism are key to produing unique and innovative work, for example; the fusion of a variety of dance styles such as Contemporary, Contact, Flamenco and Tango, employs tools and skills beyond those of an average Dancer.

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Sophia Hurdley Presents...

Sophia was born in Yorkshire and trained with Louise Browne as a York Scholar, Dawn Staples and Northern Ballet School. Her Stage credits include Mary in The Pyjama Game; Meg & Ballet Girl in Phantom of the Opera-West End Apache dancer in Joseph-West-End; Blue Fairy and Fox in Pinocchio at ROH2-Will Tuckett; Princess in The Red Balloon at ROH2-Aletta Collins.

Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures credits include- Marshmallow and Cupid in Nutcracker!, Moth Maiden,French Princess and Girlfriend in his 10th Anniversary Swan Lake and creating the role of Bunny Munroe in the original cast of Edward Scissorhands; Opera credits for ENO include Kismet, Mikado and Merry Widow. Film credits include Phantom of the Opera and Young Victoria.

Sophia has loved revisiting Callas again since 2008 and is proud to have such a wonderful and supportive cast working with her..

 

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Lîla Dance

Lîla Dance finds its inspiration for creativity in exploring the synergies between highly physical exertions with sensitivity of thought. The company members regard themselves as “movement inventors” who treat every new work as an exciting opportunity to discover original movement which finds expression through articulate physicality. During each creative process Lîla Dance immerse themselves in images and ideas which are explored with intuition and spontaneity in order to find “physical sensations” expressive of a gut response from the flesh and nerve.

 

Lîla Dance is a Creative Associate of The Point, Eastleigh, UK.

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Nexus Dance

Nexus Dance is a collaboration between music, dance and visual art, formed in 2009 and based in London. Their process has a strong emphasis on how it is experienced by the dancers, aiming to create a space in which individual expression and development is a natural part of the whole. Conceptually, their work is focused around the connections between different people's communications of internal experience within a common framework.

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Dam Van Huynh

Van Huynh Company was founded in 2008 to further the exploration of the human body and its relationship through time and space. Inspired by everyday life and people, Dam’s choreographies are grounded in reality and dig further to access a deeper layer of conscience. The Company selects movements and attitudes to process this information by expanding and exaggerating the observed gestures. The result is a physical dance creating a sense of surrealism, where the capacities of the human body are explored to its extremes and infinite details become prominent.

Dam Van Huynh won the audience prize on each of the ten nights of The Place Prize in 2008.

 

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Diciembre Dance Group

Diciembre Dance Group was born in August 2008 as an attempt to join choreographers and dancers to make work related with social issues. Alba, the first project of the company, was marked with a "merit" in the MA Choreography at Middlesex University. Main Square was performed as part of Resolution! and had very good feedback from the audience members.

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Sol Dans

Sol Dans is a contemporary jazz dance company founded by American choreographer Melody Squire. Influenced by the music and athletic dance styles of her native Chicago, Melody brings a breath of fresh air to the British dance community. Sol Dans premiered in Resolution! 2008 at the Robin Howard Dance Theatre and continues to entertain audiences with emotionally colourful performances.

 

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Hagit Yakira

Hagit Yakira is a dancer, choreographer and dance teacher currently working in London. She graduated from the Music and Dance Academy in Israel and the Laban Centre. She is also a qualified Dance Movement Therapist.

In recent years, after years of performing and teaching dance internationally, she has been developing her own choreographic work; creating unique dance theatre performances, working on solo works, on group works as well as collaborating with other dancers, musicians, designers, film makers and actors; performing around London the UK (Including Derby Dance, The Point, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and more), Europe (winning the second place at Burgos New York Dance competition, Spain for New Dance Category 2007, the first prize at the Kajaani dance competitiion in Finland 2009 and more) and Israel.

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Pair Dance

Since having a successful career as a professional contemporary dancer working in Europe with both Richard Alston Dance Company and Rambert Dance Company Harriet has moved on to establishing Pair Dance with Sound Design Artist Richard Leonard.
Motivated by the opportunity for mutual exchange Harriet Macauley has performed in nationally and internationally to include UK, Spain, Canada, New York, Denmark and Turkey. She continues her commitment to performance and community engagement through community project Body Basic supported by Arts Council England, UnLtd Award and Hertsmere Borough Council.

Along side her output of performance works, Harriet (Pair Dance) has engaged in professional performances and community projects at The John Ryan Theatre (USA), Sadler’s Wells, The Lillian Baylis, The Place, Robin Howard Theatre, The Hat Factory, The Brew House Theatre, and a further number of regional, national and international venues.

 

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