Janis Claxton – shining a light on female choreography

Based in Edinburgh and touring internationally, Janis Claxton Dance is a multi-award winning company with a reputation for bringing high quality works to new and diverse audiences including large-scale performances in Scotland’s National Museums and Galleries, Edinburgh Zoo and Edinburgh International Science Festival. The company’s latest and highly acclaimed work POP-UP Duets (fragments of love), was presented at National Museum of Scotland as part of the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe and Made in Scotland Showcase. It will soon visit Jacob’s Pillow.

Known for her diverse and unique works and her abilities to craft exquisite material with world-class dancers, Janis has worked as a choreographer, teacher and movement director internationally including for; Scottish Opera, Dantzaz, National Theatre of Scotland, Kaohsiung Spring Arts Festival, Beijing Dance/LDTX, National Dance Company of Wales, Beijing Dance Festival, Edinburgh International Science Festival, National Museum of Scotland, Beijing Dance Academy, UK NOW Festival China, World Expo Shanghai, Back to Back & Lung Ha Theater Companies, Sichuan Peoples Art Theatre, and many more.

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Dance Umbrella’s Four by Four

Dance Umbrella, London’s flagship festival of international dance, will celebrate its 40th anniversary this autumn. To mark this milestone Dance Umbrella has launched Four by Four– a programme inspired by the festival’s four decades of artistic growth, a way of moving forwards by looking back. This initiative aims to support the choreographers of the future.

In Four by Four all three of Dance Umbrella’s Artistic Directors, Val Bourne CBE, Betsy Gregory and Emma Gladstone, have invited an established artist from their time at the helm to nominate a ‘choreographer of the future’ to make work for future festivals. Dance Umbrella 2018 will take place from 26 September – 21 October in venues across London Continue reading Dance Umbrella’s Four by Four

Aaron S. Watkin – Semperoper Ballett’s Artistic Director

Aaron Sean Watkin graduated from the National Ballet School of Canada and enjoyed a full career in dancing with The National Ballet of Canada, English National Ballet and Dutch National Ballet. He was then invited by world-renowned choreographer William Forsythe to become a principal dancer with Ballett Frankfurt, and later joined the National Dance Company of Spain under the directorship of Nacho Duato. Continue reading Aaron S. Watkin – Semperoper Ballett’s Artistic Director

National Youth Dance Company news

National Youth Dance Company (NYDC), the country’s flagship organisation for young dancers which is run by Sadler’s Wells, will work with choreographer Botis Seva as the next Guest Artistic Director of the company. NYDC begins its search for the next intake of 30 young dancers to join the company for 2018-19 and work with Seva to create a new dance production, with Experience Workshops taking place across England from May. Continue reading National Youth Dance Company news

Evangelia Kolyra – collaboration: a challenging but vital process

Evangelia Kolyra is a Greek born, London-based artist and performer. Working within the choreographic realm, her work takes place within theatre spaces, site-specific, film and installation contexts and spans dance, theatre and performance art to explore the performative state. Through her physically demanding choreography, Evangelia’s work bridges contemporary dance and the contemporary visual arts, incorporating the unexpected, humorous and sometimes dark sides to the psychology of human experience.

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Ballet Now – nurturing talent

Birmingham Royal Ballet, in association with Sadler’s Wells, is set to launch a world class ballet development programme in 2017, in order to nurture talent currently on stage. The two organisations are joining forces for a major new concept for classical choreographers, in the form of a five-year programme of professional development, with two commissions made each year. Ballet Now will support a total of six artists per year, with one choreographer, composer and designer per commission.

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