Central School Of Ballet

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Central announces new MA Choreography students - February 2018

Central has just announced that esteemed professional choreographers Jenna Lee and Sophie Laplane have joined the organisation’s MA Choreography programme.

The MA takes 18 months on average to complete, providing the opportunity for professional choreographers to hone their skills, engage in research and develop their practice at the highest level.

Sophie Laplane was appointed as Artist in Residence at Scottish Ballet last June and will continue in this role as she embarks on the MA programme at Central. Sophie joined Scottish Ballet in 2004 and was promoted to First Artist in July 2011. She has choreographed a number of works for the company that have been presented at the Edinburgh International Festival and at large scale theatres across Scotland.

Jenna Lee trained in classical ballet before dancing professionally as a soloist with English National Ballet for a period of 12 years. Jenna founded JLee Productions, a company providing invigorating bespoke entertainment specialising in neo-classical collaborations and innovative choreographic pieces. Jenna has an existing relationship with Central having produced successful works for Ballet Central, this year providing a unique piece for the company based on Black Swan, a dark twist on the iconic classic.

Louise Ainley, who has led the postgraduate programme for the past seven years, commented: “Being able to attract professional choreographers of this calibre, who are valued and influential within the profession, demonstrates the founding vision of the MA in Choreography. Our aim continues to provide a context where the art form of dance can be explored, extended and re imagined with vibrancy and future-focused endeavour.”

MA Choreography student Malcolm Sutherland premieres new work at the Resolution Festival - January 2018

Malcolm Sutherland, a student on Central’s MA programme in Choreography, will premiere a new piece titled Lost for Words at the renowned Resolution Festival on 26th January. Resolution is the UK’s biggest festival of new dance and performance works by emerging artists and is being staged at The Place in central London from 12th January to 23rd February.

Malcolm’s piece is described as a physical manifestation of the feeling of being lost for words, unable to produce speech or to find words to express a current state of emotion. He explains the idea: “The duet will follow the story of a woman who has been waiting for a very long time, repeating the same routine day after day, waiting for something. One day it will finally meet her, but she will not be able to recognise it for what she has wanted all her life, too consumed by the waiting by which her life is now defined.”

Producing this piece is part of the MA programme, allowing Malcolm to experiment with new ideas whilst remaining in the context of performance. He comments: “Working and collaborating with composer Davidson Jaconello on this new short work has been an insightful experience as music plays a vital role for me in creating ideas and shaping final choreography.”

Malcolm trained at Central School of Ballet and is a former dancer with Nürnberg Ballet. He returned to Central to complete an MA, one of only two students accepted each year on this programme.

Louise Ainley, Central’s Director of Higher Education Programmes said: “It is fitting to see the work of Central’s MA choreographers premiered at the Resolution Festival, providing evidence of the calibre of the work and the on-going vision of the MA. Our aim is to foster and inspire the career development of some of the dance profession’s most talented choreographers".

To book tickets to the performance at 8pm on 26th January visit The Place Website or : the Facebook event

Central MA Choreography graduates present new works - September 2017

Central MA Choreography Graduates Holly Noble (2017) and Richard Bermange (2015) last week produced an evening of live dance, music and film at the Hospital Club in London's Covent Garden.

Under the production name Assembled Artists, Richard and Holly focused on the contemporary classical artist and curated an evening around this theme.

They presented works including new and revised pieces that had evolved from ideas germinated in their MA Choreography Course at Central. They invited choreographer Susie Crow to contribute as well as film maker Sonya Hakim Karlsson,(with whom Richard co-produced a new dance film, which premiered on the night) and contemporary strings duo, Balladeste as well as classical musicians Preetha Narayanan and Tara Franks.

After the event, Richard said "The evening went really well and was the first of its kind at the Hospital Club. We hope to continue to collaborate with the club and to produce events similar to this in the future."

Both have exciting futures in the dance industry; Richard is about to return to Beijing where he has been working as the choreographer of a children's musical about the Silk Road, and the history of this ancient trading route. Holly will soon be undertaking the Clore Leadership Programme and has also gained a place to further her studies on an MFA at Trinity Laban.

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