A choreographer currently working on BBC drama Poldark has been sharing his knowledge of dance from bygone eras with students at Teesside University
Stuart Marsden, professional dancer, teacher and choreographer specialising in historic dance, spent time with students from the BA (Hons) Performance for Live and Recorded Media and BA (Hons) Dance degree courses.
He is currently working on dance choreography for the forthcoming BBC series of Poldark and has been involved in a variety of other historical television documentaries which have featured dances from the past.
While at Teesside he held workshops in historic dance with the students before putting them through their paces by introducing them to social dances which were popular during Georgian, Regency, Victorian and Edwardian times.
Stuart, a classically training ballet dancer who trained at the Rambert School of Dance and also works as a musician, said: ‘I’ve been really impressed with the students’ energy, they really got involved and it has been a real joy to work with them.
‘I came directly from the Poldark set in Gloucestershire to Teesside University and it’s great to have so much variety in my work and have the opportunity to work with young dancers just preparing to embark on their own careers.’
Heike Salzer, Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Dance, said: ‘It is a real honour to welcome someone of Stuart’s calibre to the University and it is great that our students are able to learn dance techniques from such a niche area which could become a lost art. It is something so completely different from the contemporary dance they are involved in.’
Ronan Paterson, Principal Lecturer in Performing Arts, added: ‘We’re thrilled to welcome Stuart who is so passionate about his work and it is a real boost for our students to be able to benefit from his knowledge and expertise.’
BA Dance students had a great time performing at their end of year performance during Creative Arts week. 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!
Dance lecturer Heike has just returned from a week long professional development course in Choreological studies in London. Laban principles are part of Teesside’s teaching and the students are looking forward to a very special event in October, when Jean Newlove, who was Rudolf Laban’s assistant, will visit the University to teach a master class.
James 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.
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.
Zubaidah 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.