Dance students performing at Billingham International Folklore Festival

TRio2Two pieces of this year’s Final Dance Projects have been invited by Olga Maloney, Artistic Director of the Billingham International Folklore Festival, to perform at the evening of World Dance in the Town Hall in Middleborough on 11th August. Tickets are available here and the evening starts at 7.30.

The festival has its 50th anniversary and is a great event where dancers from all over the world come to Bilingham to present their performances, give workshops and meet dancers coming from South Korea to Mexico.  We are thrilled to be part of this fantastic event.

The images show Rachel Ashford and Robyn Leonard in their piece’ Trio’.

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Photo credit: Ikuko Tsuchiya

International choreographers create work for BA Dance students

 

BA Dance students had a great time performing at their end of year performance during Creative Arts Teesside studentsweek. Choreographies from international choreographers Zubaidah Saebu, Jack Webb and James Wilton were part of the programme and an audience saw two energetic and varied shows!

 

Choreographer James Wilton as visiting artist working with BA dance students

James WiltonJames Wilton has worked for two days with the BA Dance students developing exciting new work for the end of year performance. The workshops were energetic days full of new movement and inspiration.

James began his choreographic career whilst a student at London Contemporary Dance School where his works Drift and Threads were toured nationally and internationally with LC3. 

After graduating from LCDS James was commissioned to re-work Drift for Scottish Dance Theatre for touring throughout 2010-2014. In 2013 the work was also staged on Ballet Hagen for performance.

In the past 12 months James has created works for London Contemporary Dance School, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Brighton University, Roehampton University, Yorkshire Youth Dance, Brighton and Hove Youth Dance, Shoreditch Youth Dance, CAT Laban, CAT Swindon and Junior Dance Company at The Place.

James has also done large amount of education work for many well established dance education organisations, including Youth Dance England, London youth Dance, Connect Sadlers Wells, The Place learning and access, MovingEast and East London Dance.

 

Jack Webb creating exciting choreography for BA Dance students

 

Scottish choreographer Jack Webb has spent a week working with the BA Dance students to develop the piece ‘75’. It will be presented as part of Creative Arts week on Thursday 29th May at the Mercuria dance studio, at 15.30 + 17.30

Jwebb75Jack trained at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance and is one of Scotland’s leading dance artists. He has worked internationally with many with companies and choreographers including Simon Vincenzi, Company Chordelia Dance Theatre/Scottish Opera, Croiglan Integrated Dance (work by Adam Benjamin), David Hughes Dance Scotland (work by Kylie Walters and Tanja Liedtke) Alan Greig Dance Theatre, Via Negativa (Slovenia) Grange Park Opera, Jose Vidal Company, Arthur Pita, Ben Wright, Charles Linehan, Angus Balbernie, Ian Spink, the Curve Foundation Dance Company, (works by Hofesh Scechter, Henri Oguike, Jonathan Watkins and Morgan Runacre Temple), Dance Theatre Luxembourg and Matthew Hawkins amongst others.

Since 2006 he has created a vast body of work which has been presented at various major festivals and platforms including Tramway, Glasgow, Dock11 Berlin, Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Nottdance, Nottingham, New Territories International Festival of Live Art, Ada Studio, Berlin, Hamburger Sprechwerk, Hamburg, Edinburgh Fringe Festival at Dance Base, Dance Live, Aberdeen, March Moves, Aberdeen, the Place, London, Embrace Arts, Leicester, the Traverse, Edinburgh, the Arches, Glasgow, DanceCity, Newcastle amongst many others as well as commissions from the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, Third Row Dance Company at Roehampton University, London and Dance 4’s Centre for advanced Training students.

Dance artist Zubaidah Saëbu joins the dance team

Zubaidah Saëbu will be teaching contemporary dance technique, fitness and body conditioning to the dance students of the BA Dance. The section is delighted that she has joined the team for this spring term.

ZubaidahZubaidah Saëbu was born in Eindhoven, The Netherlands and trained at the Modern Theatre Dance Department of the Theaterschool in Amsterdam, graduating with a Bachelor of Dance (BDa). In her last year she did her work placement with Tees Valley Dance and has not left the area since.

After working for Tees Valley Dance as a fulltime dancer for 3 years, she started working as a Freelance Dance Artist. She currently tours with children’s theatre company Tell Tale Hearts and next to this teaches regularly in education, from nursery up to university level under the Vivid Dance name.

Some of the choreographers/dance artists that Zubaidah has worked with include Leine & Roebana, Dora Frankel, David Zambrano, Sanna Myllylahti, Jennifer Hanna and Maria Naidu.