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INTOTO Dance Tour 2017

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Touring the UK. Book tickets now!

Date Theatre Box Office
Wed 17th May The Capitol, Horsham (7.30pm) 01403 750220
Thurs 18th May John Fulton Hall, Eastborne (6.00pm) 020 7520 2821
Mon 22nd May Hereward College, Coventry (2.30pm) 020 7520 2821
Tue 23rd May Stratford-upon-Avon College, Warwickshire (3.00pm) 020 7520 2821
Thurs 25th May artsdepot, North Finchley, London (7.30pm) 020 8369 5454
Fri 9th June LeSoCo, London (2.00pm) 020 7520 2821
Tues 13th June
& Wed 14th
June
The Place, London (8.00pm) 020 7121 1100

Information correct as of 28th April 2017. Subject to alteration.


INTOTO DANCE

Artistic Director: Sue Booker

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INTOTO DANCE is proud to present a programme of stimulating and entertaining dance and dance theatre, reflecting the eclecticism of contemporary dance today.

“The company had a captivating performance quality and great presence. The varied repertoire showed off the diverse technical ability. A very enjoyable evening of dance!” – Jane Woolley, dance practitioner for Rambert

In its 25-year history, INTOTO DANCE has been committed to supporting emerging choreographers, as well as commissioning work from established figures in the world of contemporary dance and dance theatre. INTOTO presents excitingly diverse programmes, performed by talented undergraduate dancers from London Studio Centre, one of the country’s most prestigious performing arts colleges.

For 2017, expect dance theatre from the rising talent of Wayne Parsons, enjoy the unique physicality of Joseph Toonga and savour the creation of GSCE syllabus choreographer James Cousins.

An evening of fresh, dynamic and theatrical dance – not to be missed!

FORMER INTOTO DANCE COMPANY MEMBERS

INTOTO DANCE celebrates a breadth of careers upon graduation and beyond. The experience of working with the company facilitates and inspires graduates to go on to successful careers as artists, practitioners and dance leaders in the UK and overseas. Some go on to perform with national companies including Rambert Dance Company, Richard Alston Dance Company, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Mark Bruce Company, Michael Clark Company, Rosie Kay Dance Company, Punchdrunk and Yorke Dance Project. Many found their own companies, such as Olivier and Critics Circle Award nominee Clemmie Sveaas (New Movement Collective), Anna-Lise Marie Hearn (Anna-Lise Marie Dance), Lucy Ridley and Lauren Bridle (The People Pile), Heidi Rustgaard (H2 Dance) and Luke Brown (Luke Brown Dance). Many former company members are performing in the West End, in high profile productions for English National Opera and The Royal Opera and appearing in films by the BBC and Channel 4. For some, their horizons are widened to successful careers as independent performers and choreographers or going on to work in arts management, teaching, working as producers, as associate choreographers in the West End or lecturing in Higher Education. The wide range of career paths demonstrates the high levels of technical excellence, creativity, passion and versatility that students develop as part of INTOTO DANCE. 

For further information please visit www.intotodanceco.uk

For all tour enquiries please contact Kyla Booth-Lucking, Tour & Company Manager on 07958 002207 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Photos by Nicole Guarino

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Images Ballet Company Tour 2017

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Touring the UK. Book tickets now!

Date Theatre Box Office
Sat 13th May Merlin Theatre, Frome (7.30pm) 0137 346 5949
Thurs 18th May Farnham Maltings (7.30pm) 01252 745 444
Tue 23rd May Stamford Arts Centre (7.30pm) 01780 763 203
Wed 24thMay Hereward College, Coventry (Time TBC) 020 7520 2821
Tues 6th June artsdepot, North Finchley, London (7.30pm) 020 8369 5454
Thurs 8th June Burton and South Derbyshire College (3.00pm) 020 7520 2821
Tues 13th June
& Wed 14th
June
Lilian Baylis Studio, London (7.45pm) 020 7863 8000

Information correct as of 5th May 2017. Subject to alteration.


IMAGES BALLET COMPANY

Artistic Director: Jennifer Jackson

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IMAGES BALLET COMPANY presents four richly contrasting works by a company of talented dancers and musicians. With new music, beautiful costumes and full of vitality, this is classic ballet with a contemporary aesthetic.

Making her very first work for a ballet company, irreverent choreographer Liz Aggiss delves into ballet tales to find death and disaster. Ballet Ireland’s Morgann Runacre-Temple presents imaginatively surreal articulations of the dancer’s body. Extracts from the Prologue of Sleeping Beauty come alive with a new score for flute and viola by Tom Armstrong, after Tchaikovsky, which is played live. Matthew Hart explores love and loss deftly woven into Malcolm Arnold’s vibrant Concerto for Two Pianos (Three Hands). Together it is an evening of high quality entertainment and thought-provoking artistry.

IMAGES BALLET COMPANY (formerly Images of Dance) was created in 1991 under the Artistic Directorship of Margaret Barbieri and the guidance of Dame Alicia Markova. The company was founded to provide classical ballet dancers with invaluable performing experience and to bring all aspects of classical ballet to new and younger audiences. The Company was re-launched under its new title, Images Ballet Company, in September 2015 and is under the Artistic Direction of Jennifer Jackson. At the heart of the work is the explorations of ballet as a creative and collaborative artistic practice, including with live music. The company presents diverse programmes of new, innovative works, as well as revivals of the classical and romantic narrative ballets.

The tour enables the dancers to develop and sustain their roles in a professional ballet programme, culminating in a final London performance; which is attended by artistic directors, choreographers and industry professionals. The tour is also an opportunity for aspiring dancers and dance fans alike to witness some of the UK’s finest and rising choreographers’ work performed by talented young dancers. 

FORMER IMAGES BALLET COMPANY MEMBERS

Previous company members have gone on to have successful careers as dancers and choreographers, working with companies that include; The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Rambert Dance Company, New Adventures, Royal Swedish Ballet, Ballet Ireland, K-Ballet Company (Japan), Norwegian National Ballet, Australian Ballet, The Israel Ballet, and Sarasota Ballet. Others have forged successful careers in the independent sector; teaching and commercial and project work.

For further information please visit www.imagesballetco.uk 

For all tour enquiries please contact Kyla Booth-Lucking, Tour & Company Manager on 07958 002207 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Photos by Benedict Johnson

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LSC alumni star in Rambert's 'Ghost Dances' tour

Having already performed at Festival Theatre in Edinburgh last year, LSC alumni Juan Gil and Liam Francis are now starring in Rambert’s 2017 tour of Ghost Dances, Christopher Bruce’s revival of his 1981 classic.

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Above: Daniel Davidson, Liam Francis and Juan Gil as The Ghost Dancers - Photo © Chris Nash

Widely considered as one of the greatest contemporary dance pieces of its generation, Ghost Dances is an evocative tribute to the victims of political oppression in South America. The original 1981 performance came about when Bruce was contacted by Joan Jara whose husband Victor had been tortured and murdered during the 1973 Chilean coup d’etat. After hearing the harrowing accounts of individuals been taken away from their families, imprisoned, tortured and killed, Bruce choreographed Ghost Dances to highlight the plight of the innocent people of South America. However, despite the terrible circumstances which inspired the piece, Ghost Dances is as much a celebration of love, compassion and life as it is as a lament on death.

Thirty-six years on, due to much public demand, Christopher Bruce and Rambert have brought this poignant work back to the stage, with LSC graduates Juan Gil and Liam Francis cast alongside Daniel Davidson as the iconic trio of “Ghost Dancers”. Taking design inspiration from the Day of the Dead festival, the “Ghost Dancers” are mysterious skeletal figures with skull masks and long matted hair who perform indigenous dance moves driven by the bewitching rhythms of traditional Latin American songs.

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Above: Liam Francis, Daniel Davidson and Juan Gil as The Ghost Dancers

Graduating in 2011 and 2014 respectively, Juan and Liam took slightly different paths that led them each to Rambert. Juan toured with LSC's Images of Dance (recently re-launched as Images Ballet Company), where he was awarded the Bridget Espinosa Award for the most potential to succeed in Classical Ballet. After Graduation he moved to America to join Sarasota Ballet. Performing for five years in repertoire such as Frederick Ashton’s Monotones II and George Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes, Juan rose to the rank of Junior Principal before returning to the UK in 2016 to join Rambert. Liam, on the other hand, had a more diverse background, performing with Hip Hop Dance Theatre Company ZooNation since 2009. In 2013 he became Resident Director and one of the choreographers for ZooNation Youth Company’s 2013 show Groove On Down The Road at the Southbank. However, his love for contemporary dance blossomed at LSC where he toured with the third-year contemporary dance company, INTOTO Dance, performing works by Ana Lujan Sanchez, Wayne Parsons and Dam Van Huynh. In 2014, after gaining a first class honours in his degree and the LSC award for most outstanding performance in INTOTO Dance, Liam began his journey with Rambert as an apprentice dancer.

Watch the video to see Juan, Liam and their co-star Daniel getting in to character.

With Ghost Dances being such an iconic piece with many contemporary dance role-models having previously performed in it, Liam says that “it’s such an honour […] to be given the opportunity and to be trusted to perform this work”.

The tour has already visited Hall for Cornwall and Theatre Royal, Nottingham, but will be visiting the following theatres soon:

Sadler’s Wells    -    London     -    Tue 16 – Sat 20 May 2017
The Lowry    -    Salford    -    Tue 28 – Sat 30 Sep 2017
Mayflower Theatre    -    Southampton    -    Tue 10 – Wed 11 Oct 2017
Theatre Royal    -    Norwich    -    Thu 19 – Fri 20 Oct 2017

Follow the link below for more information and to book tickets.

http://www.rambert.org.uk/performances/ghost-dances/

“Moving and spectacular” – Edinburgh Guide

“I don’t see how anybody can fail to be moved by Bruce’s poetic visions.” – The Independent

LSC girls touring with Broadway's classic 'Funny Girl'

Funny Girl was originally made memorable by Barbara Streisand in her break through lead role, Fanny Brice. Barbara notably released the single 'People' prior to opening, leaving audiences clambering to get tickets to see the show! The original production was nominated for eight Tony Awards and the cast recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004. Streisand went on to reprise her role in the 1966 West End production, as well as in the film adaptation of the musical which was released in 1968, and for which Barbara won high acclaim recieving the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best actress that year. 

Above: Sheridan Smith in Funny Girl at The Savoy Theatre last year

Following a sold-out revival at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2015, Funny Girl returned to the West End in 2016, this time with actress Sheridan Smith in the starring role. More recently, due to high demand, the production is setting off on a national tour; taking in 22 cities across the UK. The tour has kick-started this week in Manchester with the cast and creatives featuring LSC alumni Rebecca Howell (Associate Choreographer), Abigail Honeywill (Swing) and Samantha Wingfield (Ensemble). 

Above: Rebecca Howell (left), Abigail Honeywill (middle) and Samantha Wingfield (right) 

Rebecca Howell has built up an array of choreographer and associate choreographer credits, working alongside choreographers such as Lynne Page. She has worked commercially for the likes of the Pet Shop Boys and Ellie Goulding as well as vastly in the theatre world on productions such as; An American Psycho, Oh! What a Lovely War, Viva Forever! and Billy Elliot to name a few. Abigail Honeywill has recently finished a run as ensemble in the revival of Grease at the Leicester Curve Theatre and toured last year with Guys and Dolls across the UK and internationally. Samantha Wingfield has just returned from Disneyland Paris after originating the role of Elsa in the Mickey and the Magician show at the Walt Disney Studios Park. Before that Samantha has worked internationally with Jean Ann Ryan productions as a lead singer. 

Above: Samantha in Mickey and the Magician at Walt Disney Studios Park 

We caught up with Samantha while the cast were rehearsing in London to see how excited she was to be part of the production:

LSC: What are you most looking forward to?

Samantha: This is actually my first job as a 'dancer'. I have been a singer in all of my other professional jobs so far so I am actually looking forward to dancing everyday! This is also my first UK tour so I can't wait to get on the road and perform to different types of audiences every week.

LSC: What skills did you have from your training at LSC that has helped you while auditioning for the role?

Samantha: I definately learnt a lot from Seedtime Music Theatre Company in 3rd year, especially on the singing element of the audition process. I actually sang one of the songs for the audition that I did in third year with Matthew Shaw (Artistic Director). This show has jazz, tap and pointe work in it and I think at LSC we were especially lucky to have tap classes every week throughout the three years as tap seems to be becoming more and more popular in current music theatre shows. 

LSC: What are you most enjoying about the rehearsal process?

Samantha: I am enjoying watching the show come together and seeing the team work together to create somthing great. It is amazing to watch them work. Rebecca Howell, who taught me at LSC, is our assistant choreographer on the production and is incredible. I am learning so much from the rehearsal process just by watching. 

LSC: How would you describe and LSC performer?

Samantha: It is nice, because where ever you go, whether that be in work or at auditions, there will always be someone from LSC. Sometimes you may not have known them during training but you already have that connection with them and it makes you feel at ease to know that there is someone else there. So I would say LSC performers are always friendly and we have each other's backs. 

LSC: What was the best thing about training at London Studio Centre?

Samantha: The best thing about training at LSC was definitely our 3rd year specialist Company experience. To be able to have workshops with West End performers every week was just amazing, and I have done many of the routines I did in 3rd year in auditions since graduating! Many of the people who would come in to teach were also LSC graduates and it is always comforting to know that there are graduates woking, to meet them and take advice from them as I think it keeps you motivated. It was also great to have agents come in and audition us. We were so lucky to have private auditions as not many colleges do and it really does help you kick start your career. The experiecne of performing in Dance Overture at The New Wimbledon Theatre is great for us as many professional productions perform there and it gives you a glimpse of what working professionally could be like. 

LSC: What advice do you have for performing arts students who would like to follow in your footsteps?

Samantha: My only advice is to keep going. It is a very hard industry to be in and you have to be focused on what you want. I would advise to watch as many shows as you can and keep active, even when you are not working as this will keep you motivated. And most of all enjoy it, enjoy every audition that you go to. You have to be prepared to be told no, as you will get more no's than you will yes' but it is worth all the sweat and tears, I promise!...All the best! 

Tickets are nearly sold out across the tour, so buy quickly if you want to catch our LSC girls in action.  

LSC alumni have the maddest hip hop skills

ZooNation has once again wowed audiences in London over the Winter season with their irresistible and unique style of narrative hip hop dance theatre. This time the Company took to stage at The Royal Opera House and Round House with their revived production of The Mad Hatter's Tea Party, with LSC alumni once again in leading roles. 

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Teneisha Bonner (Queen of Hearts), Rowen Hawkins (Tweedle Dum) and Kyla Lomas-Kirton (Alice), all trained at London Studio Centre and have danced regularly with ZooNation, in previous productions such as Into the Hoods and Some Like It Hip Hop. Betweenn them they have amassed an array of commercial dance experince working with artists such as, Rhianna, Alesha Dixon, Black Eyed Peas, Kylie Minogue, Take That, Cheryl Cole and Girls Aloud. Collectively theu have performed on TV programmes such as The Brit Awards, MOBOs, MTV Awards, Britain's Got Talent and on films such as Harry Potter and StreetDance 3D, while also working with hip hop dance company's such as Blue Boy Entertainment, Blaze Dance Group and dancing on the West End in Thriller Live.

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Above: Kayla Lomas-Kirton as Alice

The Mad Hatter's Tea Party puts a new twist on Lewis Carroll's children's classic 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland', highlighting the weird and wonderful nature of Carroll's story, the show relocates the action to a psychiatric hospital. "True to form, Prince presents a narrative which (mostly) elevates hip hop beyond the realms of competitive battles and proving that this disciplined movement practice can embody genuine emotion in it's characters" (Rachel Nouchi, London Dance). The production is cleverly able to open discussions on mental health with wide audiences as the narrative creates depth to the dancer's characters giving them the opportunity to share real issues, the White Rabbit has OCD, Alice have body image troubles and Tweedle Dum and Dee have split personality disorder.

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In addition to alumni on stage, Managing Director and Producer of the ZooNation, Chantal Spiteri also trained at LSC, so it is great to read all the reviews, see the success of the show and the impact the company is made in the world of Hip Hop Dance Theatre and narrative dance theatre combined. We are already looking forward to the next ZooNation production. Stay tuned into ZooNation.co.uk for updates of performances in 2017. 

"This is a company that is exciting to watch. They know how to communicate with an audience and generate joy even when some of the things they are saying have a dark side. The dancing is stunning" (Howard Loxton, British Theatre Guide).