Gary Clarke is regarded as one of the UK’s leading independent dance artists. He has established himself as a respected choreographer whose work has toured both nationally and internationally to critical and audience acclaim.
Gary’s own company has received many awards and accolades including a UK Theatre Award and a Critics Circle National Dance Award (for COAL).
For other companies he has created large-scale work for Opera North, Sky Arts, Cultural Olympiad and Hull City of Culture as well as touring work for Ludus Dance, StopGAP Dance Company, Anjali Dance and Akademi, the latter for whom his work The Troth won The Herald Angel Award and the Summerhall Lustrum Award.
Gary has worked prolifically with companies and choreographers of international standing including Lea Anderson’s The Cholmondeleys & The Featherstonehaughs, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Lloyd Newson’s DV8 Physical Theatre, Liv Lorent’s ballet LORENT, Candoco Dance Company / Jerome Bel, Retina Dance Company, Nigel Charnock + Company, Bock & Vincenzi, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Sadler’s Wells Productions, New Art Club, Javier De Frutos and Wendy Houstoun.
He has also worked on a number of Blockbuster feature films such as World War Z featuring Brad Pitt and The Mummy featuring Tom Cruise.
In 2018, Gary Clarke received an Honorary Fellowship from The Northern School of Contemporary Dance and became the Honorary Vice President of Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band, alongside his COAL collaborator Steven Roberts.
Annabel has over 25 years’ experience as a senior arts professional, having worked for touring companies and artists, major producing and receiving theatres as well as co-founding and running Danceworks UK for 17 years – a unique organisation with a national and international reputation for commissioning, producing and presenting high quality dance seasons, on all scales. She was also an original member of both the Dance Touring Partnership and Dance Consortium, representing Sheffield Theatres, whilst leading Danceworks UK.
Since 2012, Annabel has worked on a freelance basis as an Independent Producer primarily with Gary Clarke including producing the award-winning COAL and managing its successful tour (2016 -18 to 29 venues | 54 shows), as well as most recently producing Wasteland (sequel to COAL) and the forthcoming premiere & tour 2019 into 2020. Other producing work, with independent artists include; Wendy Houstoun’s award winning solos – 50 Acts and Pact with Pointlessness; New Art Club’s Hercules; Charles Linehan’s, A Quarter plus Green and The Shadow Drone Project, Theo Clinkard’s This Bright Field as well as early development of a new work with Lea Anderson, Artopsy for 2020. Across this period Annabel has also worked for both Dance Touring Partnership (Project Consultant) and Dance4 (Associate Producer) around mid-scale producing, touring and audience development.
Lou Cope is a dance & theatre dramaturg and facilitator who has worked across the UK, Europe, and the Middle East. As well as working with artists, Lou works as a dramaturg to organisations, is Dramaturg in Residence at South East Dance and has recently set up The Centre of Applied Dramaturgy (CoAD).
Current or recent artistic collaborations include: Gary Clarke on COAL(UK Theatre & Critics Choice awards); Aakash Odedra on the Amnesty International Freedom of Speech & ACTA Award-winning #JeSuis, and his forthcoming Samsara; Block 9; Akademi & Gary Clarke – The Troth– winner of Herald Angel and Lustrum Awards; Mele Broome – VOID – winner of Total Theatre Award for Dance; English National Ballet; Birmingham Royal Ballet; Rachel Mars and nat tarrab on the Samuel Beckett Prize winning Roller; Norrdans; Jose Agudo, Stopgap, Rhiannon Faith, & Hagit Yakira.
Past work includes working as dramaturg to: Phoenix Dance Theatre; Scottish Dance Theatre; les ballets c de la b (BE); Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (BE) and Damien Jalet(BE/FR).
Ryan Dawson Laight
Costume and Set Design
Ryan is a set and costume designer working in dance and theatre. His dance credits include Botis Seva: BLKDOG, Olivier Award winner for Best New Dance 2019 (Sadler’s Wells), NYDC: MADHEAD under direction of Botis Seva (Sadler’s Wells), Boy Blue: Black Whyte Gray, Olivier Award Nominated 2018, Gary Clark Company: Wasteland, Coal (winner of the UK Theatre Award for Achievement in Dance), DeNada Dance Theatre: Toro, Mariposa, Ham and Passion, Drew McOnie: Drunk (Leicester Curve/Bridewell Theatre) and Good Morning Midnight (Jermyn Street Theatre), Geniusfor Anjali, New Ways Of Living for Pink Fringe Brighton, Je Suis (Lillian Baylis Studio/Sadler’s Wells) for Aakash Odedra Company, Ruffle (Rambert Dance at The Lowry) for Carlos Pons Guerra, Hear Hear (Sadler’s Wells) for Deaf Men Dancing.
For theatre he has worked with Chichester Festival Theatre: Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, Christmas Carol and Grimm Tales, Creation Theatre: Peter Pan, Brave New World, Swallows & Amazons, Dracula, A Christmas Carol, Alice in Wonderland, Hamlet, Macbeth, As You Like It, Henry IV, King Lear and Treasure Island, Le Gateau Chocolat: Duckie (Royal Festival Hall), Icons (Edinburgh Festival), Black(Unity Theatre Liverpool/Soho Theatre) and Le Gateau Chocolat (Menier Chocolate Factory), Union Theatre: HMS Pinafore (national tour), Chess, Blondel and The Mikado(national tour), the Brit School: Landmines (OvalHouse), Sticky and Infinite Joy(Southwark Playhouse) and Chip Shop The Musical for Octagon Theatre Bolton, Ice Cream Opera for the Freedom Arts Studio.
Lighting & Video Design and Rave Soundtrack
Charles Webber is an electronic artist who has worked in experimental performance for the past 30 years, working across the disciplines of electronic music, moving image and lighting design. He has designed and worked extensively both nationally and internationally alongside artists such as the pioneering puppeteers Faulty Optic, live artists Pacitti Company, dancer Wendy Houstoun and most recently Forced Entertainment.
Charles’ collaboration with Gary stretches back over a decade from his early works through to both of his most recent multi-award winning shows, The Troth, commissioned by Akademi, and COAL,for which Charles was nominated for the prestigious Knight of Illumination award for lighting in the dance category.
With his own company operaNCV Charles has created many works for live and studio electronics and voice, often incorporating video and graphic scores as integral elements to performance. He has composed three electronic chamber operas to date, Four White Walls, The Glass Hotel and Room of Worlds. Most recently, in collaboration with Eve Libertine and Penny Rimbaud (CRASS), saw the release of the experimental vocal work Kernschmelze II to high critical acclaim on the Coldspring record label.
Steven Roberts is Conductor and Musical Director of Altrincham Choral Society, Chesterfield Philharmonic Choir and Honley Male Voice Choir. He has also worked with a number of orchestras, bands and ensembles. He is honorary Vice Presidentof Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band.
He has worked in concert with Jose Carreras, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Lesley Garrett, Blake, Russell Watson and with a host of West End and Broadway performers.
He is in demand as a choral specialist, but studied piano, brass and voice and has a keen interest and understanding of musical theatre. He has led choral days and workshops every year since 1993 and continues to inspire singers throughout the country and abroad.
He has conducted at many prestigious venues, including the Royal Albert Hall, London and in many sacred settings including St. Paul’s Cathedral, London and St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City. He became a Life Member of the Royal Philharmonic Society in November 2013; he is also honorary Life Member of both the Chesterfield Philharmonic Choir and Altrincham Choral Society.
He is an adjudicator member of the British and International Federation of Festivals andproud to be a member of The Lords Taverners and a patron of the charity EnRich.
Daniel Thomas is an experimental noise artist based in Leeds. Daniel has performed and recorded as a solo artist over the past two decades and is also a member of Hagman, TST and Big Unit, whilst running the labels Sheepscar Light Industrial and Cherry Row Recordings. His work with Gary Clarke includes the soundscape for COAL, Klub 23 for Flight Effect Dance Company / York St John University and the Leeds 2012 Olympic Torch project.
Lewey trained at The Electric Theatre Studios in Barnsley and The Arden School of Theatre in Manchester under Wyllie Longmore.
He has enjoyed a wide range of roles in productions ranging from Shakespeare: As You Like It, Love’s Labour’s Lost to modern classics and new writing: Equus, Fear of Fanny, Moonshed, Watermark.
He has collaborated with Gary for many years on early works such as 9to5 for Homotopia & Horsemeat to more recent productions; Genius & COAL and is delighted to be part of the creative team behind Wasteland.