Central School Of Ballet

Central School of Ballet announces new MA Choreography programme participants

Thursday 12th March 2020 Leona Hayhoe writes:

Central School of Ballet has announced that former Royal Ballet choreographer Charlotte Edmonds and Matthew Bourne/Ballet Central dancer Natasha Chu have both joined the organisation’s renowned ballet focused 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.

Charlotte trained at The Royal Ballet Lower School and Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. She was The Inaugural Young Choreographer at The Royal Ballet (2015 - 2018) and now works as a freelance dance-maker across Europe.

Natasha is a Central School of Ballet graduate gaining a BA (Hons) in Professional Dance and Performance in 2018. For the Ballet Central tour, she performed works by Matthew Bourne, Wayne McGregor and Christopher Gable, and choreographed a piece for the Central’s End of Year Show and later for Ballet Central. After graduating, she joined Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures for the world premiere of Romeo & Juliet, which toured the UK in 2019. She worked with Payne Productions on the research and development for Bluebeard: A Chamber’s Scent and later joined Arielle Smith’s Project Dot.

Louise Ainley, Central’s Director Higher Education Programmes said: “Central’s MA in Choreography continues to provide opportunities to make new work in a context where the art form of dance can be explored, interrogated and extended. The outstanding successes of our MA alumni is assurance that our postgraduate programme continues to support the career development of talent choreographers who in turn are making a significant impact on the dance profession.”

Central MA Choreographer Working Internationally

Monday 28th October 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

Since joining Central’s MA Choreography degree programme in January 2019, Anjali Mehra has choreographed a number of new works. In September her work God Only Knows was performed at the Tate Modern. Inspired by the last performance of renowned ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky, the work aimed to engage visitors to reflect on mental health and artistic practice, the movement between public and private life, and the temporary nature of performance. You can find out more about this unique performance here.

Recently, Anjali has also been an Associate Choreographer on Leonardo Da Vinci: Masterpieces of Motion at Windsor Castle, which marks the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance master’s death. Working alongside choreographer Edwin Ray and fellow Associate Choreographer Tom Jackson Greaves, the team have created a contemporary dance piece inspired by Leonardo’s extraordinary anatomical insights and depictions of movement. Speaking about the process Anjali says “We started working on the concept in May, developing Edwin’s scene ideas. Creating choreography for each section, we made the piece on a cast of 5 dancers over 2 weeks. This involved rehearsals in studios as well as at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.” The performances are taking place this week, 25 October -3 November. Find out more here.

Anjali is currently working on a new work entitled Judgement Day, a Park Avenue Armory Production in New York, and in 2020 will choreograph The Gondoliers for Scottish Opera.

Speaking about the MA’s impact on her work, Anjali says “The MA Choreography degree has facilitated the opportunity for me to continuously work on and think about dance and choreography. I have already created five dance pieces since beginning the MA, which is enhancing my practice and informing my professional work. The tutorials covering topics including research, writing, self-representation and communication skills have helped me to develop confidence and creative knowledge to succeed in this profession.”

Louise Ainley, Central's Director of Higher Education Programmes, who leads on the MA programme at Central says “The MA continues to exceed expectations in its aim to enhance the career development of emerging and professional choreographers.”

Applications are currently open for Central’s MA Choreography Degree programme for entry in January 2020. Aimed at emerging and professional choreographers the degree focuses on creative reflection and research. Applications are open until 11 November. Find out more here.

Applications for MA Choreography degree open

Tuesday 30th July 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

Applications are now open for January 2020 entry onto Central's MA Choreography degree programme accredited by University of Kent.

The course is for professional and emerging choreographers, with the focus on making new work and developing skills in critical reflection and research.

Click here for further information and to apply.

Pictured is a performance image of Hidden choreographed by Central MA Choreography Sandrine Monin, and performed at Central's annual Summer Performance at the Bloomsbury Theatre earlier this month.

Photo by Patrick Baldwin

Scottish Ballet dancers to perform at MA Choreography Showcase

Monday 17th June 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

This Wednesday dancers from Scottish Ballet including Central alumnus Thomas Edwards will perform in Sophie Laplane's Sibilo as part of the MA Choreography Showcase at Jacksons Lane.

Sophie originally created Sibilo in 2016 and revisited and developed this work during her MA. The piece has been performed at the Ballet West Choreographic Festival at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in Salt Lake City, USA.

This work is a celebration of the power and versatility of dancers’ bodies and of movement in all its forms. Sophie collaborated with Scottish electronic DJ and music producer and DJ Alex Menzies (aka Alex Smoke) to create an original musical composition for Sibilo.

Final few tickets available on the theatre's website.

MA Choreographer Sophie Laplane rehearses work with Ballet Central for showcase

Wednesday 12th June 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

This week MA Choreographer Sophie Laplane has been in the studio with Ballet Central dancers rehearsing her work 'Dextera' ahead of the showcase at Jacksons Lane on 19 June.

This piece was created this year as part of 'Spring!' a double bill alongside Elite Syncopation for Scottish Ballet's 50th Anniversary.

Sophie’s trademark quirky style promises a tour de force of creative ideas, set to the music of Mozart.

Tickets for the MA Choreography Showcase are £15 and are available directly from the theatre.

Photo by ASH photography.

Central MA Choreography student Jenna Lee's ballet 'Puss in Boots' to air on BBC this weekend

Thursday 18th April 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

This Easter weekend, Central MA Choreography student Jenna Lee's ballet, Puss in Boots will air on Cbeebies and BBC 2.

Jenna was originally commissioned by Northern Ballet last year to reimagine the much loved fairytale Puss in Boots to create a ballet for their UK tour across 30 venues. The ballet is aimed at children and young families as an opportunity for them to experience live dance, music and theatre, perhaps for the first time.

The ballet has now been adapted for television, for preschoolers and families to enjoy. Presented by Maddie Moate and Danny Sebastian and with the inclusion of local school children the ballet will air over Easter at the following times, and will be available to watch on demand on BBC iPlayer after its initial broadcast.

Friday 19th April 9am on CBeebies

Saturday 20th April 6.30am on BBC2

Sunday 21 April 9.20am & 2.35pm on CBeebies

Jenna's work on Puss in Boots with Northern Ballet and the BBC, forms part of the Professional Performance Project module of her MA Choreography degree at Central.

Central announces new MA Choreography programme students

Monday 18th March 2019 Anita Hamilton writes:

Central announces new MA Choreography programme students: Anjali Mehra-Hughes from New Adventures and Sandrine Monin from Phoenix Dance Theatre. The students joined Central this spring on the MA programme that 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.

Anjali completed her professional dance training at Central School of Ballet where she also won the Christopher Gable Choreographer Award. She joined New Adventures in 1999 and now combines a career as a choreographer and a performer. Sandrine was born in Montluçon, France and trained at the Conservatory National Superior of Music and Dance in Lyon. Sandrine trained and danced across Europe before moving to Leeds in 2012 to join Phoenix Dance Theatre.

Louise Ainley, has led the postgraduate programme for the past seven years, commented: “Central continues to celebrate valuable links with the dance profession. We are proud to be supporting the career development of talented choreographers who have ambitions to develop their practice at the highest level.”

Jenna Lee's 'Puss in Boots' opens at Northern Ballet

Friday 26th October 2018 Isabel Campbell writes:

Central MA Choreography student Jenna Lee has created a new work Puss in Boots with Northern Ballet.

Jenna has been working on this original ballet for several months as part of her MA Choreography degree at Central.

Several of the company members are Central alumni and include 2018 graduates Ayca Anil and Harris Beattie, 2017 graduate Matthew Morrell and 2015 graduate Julie Nunes.

The show opens in Leeds at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre on Saturday 27 October before going on a nationwide tour in 2019.

For further information and to book tickets visit the Northern Ballet website.

Applications open for Central's MA Choreography

Tuesday 10th July 2018 writes:

Applications have opened for Central's MA Choreography degree programme.

The making of new work is at the heart of the MA, allowing professional development, critical reflection and research.

Applications are invited from professional and emerging choreographers for entry in January 2019, deadline 5 October 2018.

For further information, please visit the MA Choreography page on Central's website.

Central announces new MA Choreography students

Wednesday 7th February 2018 writes:

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.”

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