Friday, 20 December 2013

Christmas Innocence

This coming weekend I will be performing as a guest dancer in Innocence with Scottish Dance Theatre. These will be the last four performances of an intense two-week run at the Macrobert Arts Centre in Stirling.

Based on the poetry of William Blake, this playroom performance was created by SDT's Artistic Director Fleur Darkin in collaboration with Bristol-based musician Paul Bradley. Innocence is specifically aimed at children aged 0-3 and it invites them (and their adults) to dance on an interactive journey of theatre, story and live music.
If you want to get one of the last tickets, book them HERE before they fly!

Saturday, 7 December 2013

SIN in Madrid

© Manu Lozano - TND
My latest creation SIN, for Thomas Noone Dance, was presented last week at the festival Madrid en Danza. The work was part of a triple bill programme with two other works by Noone, which was shown for three nights to full houses at the Sala Cuarta Pared.
The piece was recently reviewed by the Spanish dance magzine Susy Q, here's a translation of the article:
 Disperse affections

There is a huge amount of (Spanish) choreographers and dancers working outside our frontiers, very often unbeknown to us. It is good news then when they get a chance to present part of their enquiry and artistic practice in their own land. It is the case of Joan Clevillé, invited by Thomas Noone Dance to choreograph a short piece to open the season at the SAT! Teatre, the second dance house in Barcelona: a venue close to the community and to everyday life... This creation talks precisely about this: affections and ties, tenderness and identity. Almost corroborating that distance does no more than enhancing the most authentic experiences amongst everything we live (therefore the everyday objects in the piece). The hanging rail, the clothes dispersed on the floor, or the space of a room subtly drawn on the floor become the site of a danced celebration of desires and hopes sparkled by our encounters with others. Even if it is from such a distance as Scotland, where Clevillé develops his career. Because also there the contradictions of affections are danced. Even if it is, as in this case, as an approximation dispersed in the creative.

Jordi Sora in Susy Q, Revista de Danza (Madrid) no. 46 (November 2013)

Saturday, 9 November 2013

With Lost Dog in Cardiff

Next Tuesday 12th of November I will be performing with Lost Dog at the Weston Studio of the Wales Millennium Centre. The program will feature the duet It Needs Horses (piece winner of the Bloomberg Place Prize in 2011) and Home for Broken Turns, Ben Duke's latest creation for the company.
This will be the last stop of our Autumn tour, but we will be back for more next January with performances scheduled in Bath and Le Havre (France).

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Teaching in Scotland

After two intense weeks working as a guest lecturer at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, I will be teaching this coming week in three different Scottish cities:
From Monday 4th of November to Thursday the 7th, I will be teaching every evening at Dundee Rep Theatre for Scottish Dance Theatre Creative Learning. I will be delivering a variety of sessions for different ages and levels, from beginners to vocational students:
© Matthias Strahm
Mon 7th: Young Creatives
Tue 8th: Adult Technique Class
Wed 9th: SDT Youth Dance Company
Thu 10th: Master Class: an introduction to contact improvisation

On Tuesday I will be visiting the 2nd and 3rd year students of the BA Modern Ballet programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. And, to round it off, I will be leading a workshop on Thursday morning at Edinburgh College, where I will work with the HND Dance Artist students.
If you would like more information on these education centres and the training opportunites they offer for children, young dancers, and adults click on the following links:

Thursday, 3 October 2013

TUG in Dance Umbrella

Next 5th and 6th of October I will be performing with the collective Dog Kennel Hill Project in their site-specific project TUG. The performance is part of the Dance Umbrella festival and will take place along the towpath of Regent's Canal, right in the heart of London King's Cross.

This multi-layered performance will feature a specially adapted heritage showboat, as well as incidental performances by different artists along the canal. If you are not lucky enough to get one of the limited tickets on the boat, you can walk along the towpath and download  a specially created sound-score on your smartphone, which will immerse you in the world of the canal, its surrounding environment and the fascinating creatures that inhabit it!
Book your tickets and find more information about the show in 

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Dancing Partners in Barcelona

© Manu Lozano - TND
Next Monday 9th of September the platform Dancing Partners kicks off in Barcelona! Hosted by Thomas Noone Dance, this event will be an intensive week of workshops, sharings and performances by dance companies from across Europe and North America, including Norrdans (Sweden), Company Chameleon (UK), Ando Danse (France), Marc Brew Company (UK) and Company E (USA).
For the public, this will be a unique chance to see all of these companies in action over three days of shared performances at the Espai Dansat! in Barcelona. On Friday 13th Sep. Thomas Noone Dance will premiére my latest work SIN. Set to an original score by Jim Pinchen, this quartet explores ideas around absence and yearning.
This premiére will be a very special occasion for me, since it will be the first time that I will show my own work in the city where I was born and where I first came into contact with dance. I cannot wait to see the piece on stage! In the meantime, here is a beautiful pre-production shot by Manu Lozano.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Lost Dog at the Edinburgh Fringe

Today we had our first performance of 'Home for Broken Turns' and 'It Needs Horses' at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. We will be performing at Zoo Southside until Sunday 25th of August.
This is my first collaboration as a performer with Lost Dog, the English dance theatre ensemble directed by Ben Duke. I had had the chance to work with Ben previously at Scottish Dance Theatre, when he created 'The Life and Times of Girl A' in 2010.
Home for Broken Turns is the kind of place that makes you dream of running away to the circus. But it is also a sanctuary, a place where the few remaining occupants could be described as family. This is the story of a group of women who exist on the outskirts, fiercely protective of each other and ready to savage anything that threatens to break up their dwindling pack.
It Needs Horses tells the tale of a down at heel circus duet and their increasingly desperate attempts to entertain the crowd. The glamour has faded and the performers have forgotten their acts, but the show must go on. The piece was awarded in 2011 with the Place Prize, the most prestigious choreographic prize in the UK.
Here is a trailer of the piece with the wonderful original cast, Anna Finkel and Chris Evans. For more information on the performances and to book your tickets click HERE:


Thursday, 15 August 2013

Dance UK mentorship

I have been recently selected to take part in Dance UK’s new Dancers’ Mentoring Scheme in Scotland. The programme is organised by Dance UK in partnership with Dancers’ Career Development and is funded by Creative Scotland.
The mentoring scheme offers company and independent dancers a paid mentor working in a high level leadership position from the arts sector or beyond. Over eight months, eight Scottish dancers will be able to gain confidence, develop transferable skills and receive guidance on how to transition from the studio into leadership and managerial positions.
I will be working alongside Chris Fogg, a freelance arts producer, consultant and evaluator, who has for the last two years been the Creative Producer for South East Dance in Brighton, working on their Associate Artists scheme. As part of his current portfolio Chris is the Creative Producer for the Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award, as well as being an Arts Council Assessor. He has more than ten years’ experience of arts project development and management, as well as running arts organisations. Chris has also worked for many years as a writer and theatre director, and he frequently collaborates with dance artists, offering dramaturgical support and advice. These have included bgroup, Mark Bruce, Darkin Ensemble, Lost Dog, Probe and StopGap among many others.
It will be a luxury to work with such an experienced artist and producer, and I can't wait to get started! 

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Fiesta premiére

Next Wednesday 31st of July, the young dancers from Project Y will premiere my new short piece Fiesta. The piece will be part of a new programme of specially commissioned work by Anna Kenrick (Artistic Director of Y Dance), Diana Loosemore and Filip Van Huffel.
Fiesta is a theatrical and physical journey down the rabbit hole into a nightmarish world where an eccentric celebration is taking place. A world dangerously similar to ours, where its inhabitants seem to have resigned themselves to keep partying until the curtain goes down...
For this project, I had the opportunity to work again with designer Matthias Strahm, with whom I have collaborated in several occasions in the past (Dreamt for light years (2010), Love Games (2011) and most recently Achiles I).

After the Glasgow premiére, the Project Y troupe will hit the road on a litlle Scottish tour, visiting Livingston, Stirling and Aberdeen. Check out the full list of dates and venues HERE.

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Thomas Noone comission

I am delighted to announce that I have been commissioned by Thomas Noone Dance to create a new work for the company. The piece will premiere in September during the Dancing Partners meeting in the city of Barcelona.
Dancing Partners is a collaboration between TND, Norrdans (Sweden) and Company Chameleon (UK). The philosophy behind it is simple: unifiying energies instead of working alone. Each company will host a residence period full with activities including mixed program performances composed of repertoire from the three companies, cross company interchange activities, pre and post performance talks offering contact between artists and the audience, and workshops for dance professionals and students.
Thomas Noone Dance was founded in Barcelona by the British choreographer in 2001 and since then it has grown to become one of the most active and respected contemporary dance ensembles in Spain.The company has received several awards and created a wide reperotire of works by its artistic director and other guests choreographers.
I will soon post more information about my new creation. If you want to find out more about Dancing Partners, click HERE.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

A Swedish premiére

My new solo work, Achilles I, will be premiered next 13th of July during the RepNet Hot House programme in the city of Malmö, Sweden.
© Nicole Guarino

The member companies of RepNet (Skanes Dansteater, Carte Blanche, Iceland Dance Company, Tanzcompagnie Oldenburg and Scottish Dance Theatre) will showcase their inhouse choreographic talent, presenting works made by the dancers in two exciting evenings of new dance.
SDT will be presenting works by myself, Jori Kerremans, Julián Juárez and Matthew Robinson.
In Achilles I, I set out to explore the limits of my physicality as well as a certain notion of presence. The solo is also informed by the ideas of violence, resilience and perseverance. Achilles I was also a chance to collaborate again with costume designer Matthias Strahm and lighting designer Emma Jones (just click on their names to find out more about them).
I am very much looking forward to Thursday's premiére and I hope to have the chance of presenting the piece back in the UK soon. For more information on the RepNet Houthouse performances click HERE.

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Going solo

After four incredible seasons with Scottish Dance Theatre, I have decided to leave the company next June in order to establish myself as an independent dance artist.
It's not been an easy decision, but after eleven years working as a dancer in repertory companies across Europe, I think it is the right time to move on and step up to new challenges. As an independent artist, I would like to focus on my own choreographic practice, as well as working as a freelance dancer and teacher.
Summer is already looking busy with very excting engagements, including a new comission for Project Y in Glasgow and the oportunity to work as a dancer with Ben Duke. I will be performing with his company Lost Dog at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the programme could not be more exciting: It Needs Horses won the 2011 Place Prize edition, the most prestigious choreographic competition in the UK.
I am thrilled to start this new chapter of my professional career, and I am looking forward to meet and collaborate with artists and organisations in Scotland, the UK and beyond. My head is full of ideas and projects waiting to be realised... I can't wait! More about it soon...

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

This Town première!

The last week of March saw the première of This Town, the latest site specific performance from Dundee Rep Creative Learning.
The director, Suzi Morris, invited me to work with members of the Whitfield community, and together we devised a dance scene for the extraordinary environement of the machine hall at the Verdant Works of Dundee. With the help of huge sheets and wooden furniture, we evoked the wards of the old East House asylum, where, according to the local press, the inmates (some of them over 80 years old!) used to dance to the accordion music of Blind Mattie, the legendary street musician of Dundee.
During the preparation sessions we used imagery and improvisation tasks to create movement, focusing on different textures and dynamics. We also worked on specific skills such as spatial awareness or movement articulation through body isolations. It was wonderful to see how the participants gained confidence week after week, and how some of them were surprised at finding out what their own body could do!
The production, which was sold out every night, invited the audience to explore other stories in the collective memory of Dundee, like the popular 'pea-busters' or the role of the unions in the live of the city. For those who missed it, here are some production shots by Viktoria Begg:
© All photos by Viktoria Begg

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Project Y new comission

Next July I will be creating a new work in Glasgow for Project Y, the 2013 performance course of YDance, Scotland's national youth dance organisation.
The course brings together 25 talented young dancers and gives them the chance to work with professional choreographers to create an original programme of dance pieces that will be toured around Scotland in the Summer. Besides me, this year the dancers will be working with Filip Van Huffel (Artistic Director of Retina Dance Company), Diana Loosmore (from Scottish Ballet) and YDance Artistic Director Anna Kernick.
Working with young dancers  is always very exciting. I hope I can contribute to their artistic development, as much as I am looking forward to their fresh and original creative input. I can't wait to get in the studio and meet the next generation of Scottish dancers!
Here's a video from past editions of Project Y. If you want more information about the course click HERE.