Gary Clarke - Wasteland Home/GCC Digital - Community Warm Up, In Conversation and Bingo
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.
Alistair Goldsmith - Wasteland Home/ GCC Digital- Professional Company Class, Repertoire Class and BINGO
Alistair is a London based dance artist having trained at London Contemporary Dance School. During his training he took part in an exchange at State University of New York: Purchase College and once graduated Alistair went on to become an apprentice dancer with National Dance Company Wales. Since then, he has worked closely with Gary Clarke, most recently touring the multi-award winning work COAL, 2 Men and a Michael, The Troth for Akademi South Asian Dance (rehearsal directing and performing) and now Wasteland as Company Associate and performer.
His other credits include working with Punchdrunk (The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable), Léa Tirabasso (The Ephemeral Life of an Octopus and TOYS), James Cousins Company (Within Her Eyes), Secret Cinema (Back To The Future), Emma Martin Dance (Dancehall), Lynne Page, Aletta Collins and has also appeared in Marc Munden/Dennis Kelly/Felix Barrett’s (Punchdrunk) The Third Day, Pet Shop Boys Monkey Business, Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy, Josie Rourke’s Mary Queen of Scots, Ben Wheatley’s Rebecca and a number of other film projects.
He is represented as an actor by Findley Ravenheart
EMILY THOMPSON-SMITH - Wasteland Home/GCC Digital - Repertoire Class, Bitesize Rave @Home! and Workout
Emily is a London based dance artist and trained at London Contemporary Dance School. Since graduating, Emily has worked with choreographers and companies such as Gary Clarke Company, Glyndebourne Opera, Aletta Collins(for Royal Shakespeare Company), James Wilton, Renaud Wiser, Eleesha Drennan, Rosie Kay, Holly Blakey, Tamsyn Russell, Corey Baker, Cathy Waller, Jamaal Burkmar, Pell EnsembleandTribe Company. As well as performing for choreographer Jorge Crecis, Emily has acted as rehearsal director and assistant choreographer for Jorge on various projects for Beijing 9 Contemporary Dance Theatre, Intoto Companyand for London Contemporary Dance School.
Emily also works as a movement specialist with choreographer Charlie Mayhewfor film and commercial projects such as the films The Mummy, Teen Spiritand various international commercials and music videos.
Patricia Langa - Wasteland Home/GCC Digital - Bitesize Rave @Home! and Workout
Patricia Langa originally from Barcelona trained at Institut del teatre in Barcelona and Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London.
Since 2010 her work has taken her across the globe.
She has worked with choreographers, companies, composers and artists such as Lea Anderson, Aletta Collins, Simon Rattle, Olafur Eliasson, Fernando Melo, Rambert Company, Thomas Noone, Dantzat Konpainia, Impermanence Dance Theatre, Blind Summit, LA Philharmonic where she performed alongside John C Reilly, Thick and Tight, Gary Clarke Company and many more.
Over the years she has choreographed and performed her own solo work as well as immersive work and videoclips at Royal Opera House Family Pride 2019, Royal Opera House After Dark Late events 2019, Insight Ensemble Classics Underground, The Vaults Festival, Duckie, Posh Club, Small Pleasures, Mikki Blanco and at many major music festivals such as Fusion (Berlin), Glastonbury and others.
Since 2017, She is an artist associate and performer with Corali Dance Company and she also choreographs and collaborates alongside the artist Nicole Bachmann with several art galleries in London, Helmhaus Zürich, other swiss art galleries and at the Swiss Art Awards.
As well as being a performing artist, Patricia is currently a Gyrotonic Apprentice Teacher and a Rave Workout teacher.
Reece Calver - Wasteland Home - Bitesize Rave @Home! and Workout
Born and raised in Suffolk, Reece randomly found his path into dance when he was 12 years old after being encouraged to audition for DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training (CAT). After 6 years on the CAT scheme Reece became a member of National Youth Dance Company. With the Company he worked with Akram Khan in a new creation called “Rashomon Effect” which did a UK national tour. Reece then went on to study at London Contemporary Dance School where he graduated with a first class honours degree in contemporary Dance. After graduating he became an apprentice dancer with Scottish Dance Theatre where he had the opportunity to work with Anton Latchky, Collette Sadler and Emanuel Gat.
Wasteland will be Reece’s first time working with Gary Clarke Company.
Jake Evans - Wasteland Home - Bitesize Rave @Home! and Workout
Originally from the Wirral and now based in Leeds, Jake started dancing at a community youth theatre before going on to complete both his BPA and MA degrees at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, performing in the UK, Europe and the US during this time.
He has worked with Vincent Dance Theatre, Joseph Reay-Reid, Josh Hawkins, Shaper/Caperand Royal Shakespeare Company. Jake also works throughout the UK as a drag entertainer and club host, both as a solo artist and with the House of Decay.
Rob Anderson - Wasteland Home - Bitesize Rave @Home! and Workout
Born and raised in Newcastle Upon-Tyne, Robert began B-boying at the age of 15, quickly joining the world-renowned Bad Taste Cru, with whom he battled, taught and performed with internationally, and continues to do so. In 2015, Rob graduated from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance with a first class honours degree and the Carolyn Woolridge award for outstanding performance. He went on to tour with the post-graduate company Verve 16, under the artistic direction of Gianluca Vincentini, performing across the UK and Europe.
Over his performing career, Rob has worked with choreographers such as; Anton Lachky, Douglas Thorpe, Jamaal Burkmar, Renaud Wiser, Robby Graham, Josh Hawkins, Efrosini Protopapa, Avatara Ayuso and Richard Chapelle. Rob joined Gary Clarke Company in 2017 for the final tour of COAL where he performed as one of the miners.
Rob has recently become an associate artist with MovingArt Management, a North East production company. He is currently working on two projects: ‘Play:In:Motion’, a dedicated workshop series designed to inspire young people to discover and explore creative movement. Also ‘Buckle Up’ (working title) a solo following the relationship of a young man and his first car. An early stage version premiered at Dance City this year (October 2020).
Robby Graham - Wasteland Home - In Conversation
Since 2013, multi award-winning Southpaw Dance Company have created powerful, joyous performances, from small scale solo work to large scale outdoor spectaculars, combining absolute artistic integrity with engaging narratives which inspire and excite audiences. Infinitely versatile and virtuosic, Southpaw’s work is inspiring, thought-provoking, engaging, and full of joie de danse.
Southpaw have developed large scale performances with partners such as Hull City of Culture, Castlemaine State Festival (Australia), Freedom Festival, The Mac Trust, Cultural Spring and South Tyneside Council to celebrate events such as the opening of the National Centre for the Written Word, Hull City of Culture, the opening event for Castlemaine State Festival, and provided a highlight event for Cultural Spring programme in 2015.
Southpaw Dance Company works under the artistic direction and unique vision of award-winning Choreographer and Director Robby Graham. Robby creates epic visual spectacle and dynamic physical storytelling sequences in which movement, music, and dialogue are seamlessly integrated.
Robby has created work across a wide number of contexts, both outdoor and in traditional theatre contexts, across the UK, Europe, South America, and Australia, and in partnership with such organisations as the National Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith, Live Theatre Newcastle, Greenwich Docklands Festival and others. Robby was Choreographer and Movement Director for Marianne Elliott’s acclaimed production of Angels in America at the National Theatre.
Robby also choreographed Pericles, the National Theatre’s first Public Acts performance incorporating over 200 community cast members from all over London, as well as choreographing the large scale adaptation of Johnathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing for Greenwich Docklands Festival. Most recently Robby directed and choreographed Leave To Remain at the Lyric Hammersmith.
Luca Silvestrini - Wasteland Home - In Conversation
Artistic Director of award-winning Protein, Luca Silvestrini is known for his unique style of dance theatre combining choreography, text, humour and social commentary to present the everyday in revealing and subversive ways, on- and off-stage. Luca trained at Bologna University and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. He has won a Jerwood Choreography Award, a Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award, The Place Prize 2006 Audience Award and was a recipient of a Rayne Fellowship. Luca Silvestrini is a Work Place Artist at The Place, London.
Rhiannon Faith - Wasteland Home - In Conversation
Rhiannon Faith Company Artistic Director, Rhiannon Faith, is a socially conscious artist whose work is an agent for discourse & change; she makes form-defying autobiographical shows that have guts, and that take guts. She is interested in how art changes lives.
Credits include award winning and critically acclaimed Smack That (a conversation), and current work DROWNTOWN which was due to premiere at the Barbican in July 2020.
Thick & Tight - Wasteland Home - In Conversation
Thick & Tight (Daniel Hay-Gordon and Eleanor Perry) are interested in promoting queer culture and accessibility within dance and exploring dance as a political art form with the power to challenge and dispel social stigma. Their award-winning work has been shown at Sadler’s Wells, ROH, Tate, Wilton’s Music Hall, Duckie, Yorkshire Dance, Marlborough Theatre Brighton, Sophiensaele Berlin and more.
Vidya Patel - Wasteland Home - In Conversation
Vidya Patel is a Birmingham based Dance Artist with a training background in Kathak learning from Guru Sujata Banerjee.
She is currently an Associate Artist at Deda Derby, a member of Aakash Odedra 2 educational programme and a Sadlers Wells Young Associate. After representing the South Asian Category in the Grand Finals of the inaugural BBC Young Dancer 2015 at Sadler’s Wells, Vidya continued her journey as a freelance artist performing internationally and nationally with Richard Alston Dance Company, Gary Clarke, Thick & Tight and Akademi. Vidya has been nominated thrice for the Critics Circle National Dance Awards for her performance work in Richard Alston’s ‘An Italian in Madrid’ as well as Akademi’s The Troth choreographed by Gary Clarke. As an emerging choreographer, Vidya collaborated with composer Shammi Pithia and BBC Young Dancer 2015 winner Connor Scott to create and tour ‘About the Elephant’ commissioned by Sampad Arts, mentored by Kerry Nicholls and premiered at Serendipity Festival in Goa. Vidya has recently been working with artist Hetain Patel on a new solo supported by DanceHub.
Stuart Waters - GCC Digital - Professional Company Class and Repertoire Class
Stuart waters for the last 22 years has been a dynamic and expressive dance theatre artist specialising in dance theatre, performance, choreography, collaborations and teaching. Stuart has performed nationally and internationally for companies such as Motionhouse dance theatre, barebones, Wired aerial theatre, protein dance and panta rei dance theatre Norway.
For the last 3 years Stuart has been building his first full length piece of work, Rockbottom which toured nationally throughout 2019 for audiences as well as well as opening the public conversation with audiences and in the dance sector around mental and emotional health.
More recently Stuarts practice has developed through reflection on his neurodiversity and his mental health access needs. This has developed Stuarts practice as an activist in dance and an advocate for diversity, emotional safety through safe practice awareness, performance, training and public speaking.
Eleanor Perry - GCC Digital - Professional Company Class and Repertoire Class
Eleanor trained at the Rambert School (BA) and at Laban (MA). She first worked with Gary Clarke in 2011 and played Margaret Thatcher in Gary’s 3 year tour of COAL. She has worked for other choreographers including Julie Cunningham, Lea Anderson, Clod Ensemble, Russell Maliphant, Nigel Charnock, Jonathan Lunn and Lucy Suggate. Eleanor co-directs Thick & Tight, a dance duo whose award-winning work has been shown at Sadler’s Wells (London International Mime Festival), The Lowry, The Place, Brighton Fringe, Southbank, Royal Opera House, Wilton’s Music Hall, Tate Britain/Liverpool, Sophiensaele Berlin, Duckie and more. She has taught for various companies and universities and worked as a movement director, lighting designer and costume designer.
Photograph by Heloise Faure
Gavin Coward - GCC Digital - Professional Company Class and Repertoire Class
Gavin’s been working and contributing to the UK dance scene for 20 years, performing, and collaborating with some of the most distinctive artistic directors and dance companies touring internationally and across the UK. ( balletLORENT, Gary Clarke, Mathew Bourne and Hofesh Shechter) He facilitates community projects, mentors young artists and has choreographed at Northern School of Contemporary dance and on various National Youth Dance Companies. He recently formed ‘Paradox Pictures’ his own company which was established in 2018 and has produced work for Curious LGBTQ Arts and Stockton International Riverside Festival.
He as worked has both a physical actor and movement specialist for stunt performers on mayor motion pictures and has performed with the Pet Shop Boys on National TV and featured in their music video of Monkey Business. He is currently a creative associate for balletLORENT, where he has performed lead roles such as Rumpelstiltskin. He has extensive experience working with children and young people, leading on the companies national community cast participation and performance programme. Gavin is obsessed with movement, the stories it can tell, what it can do and its power to entertain, educate and move people.
Hetain Patel - GCC Digital - In Conversation
Hetain Patel is a London based visual artist and performance maker. His live performances, films, sculptures, and photographs have been shown worldwide from the Venice Biennale, Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing and Tate Modern, London to Sadler’s Wells, where he is a New Wave Associate. Patel made his first dance company work for Candoco in 2014, which toured internationally for five years. His work exploring identity and freedom, using humour, choreography and text appears in multiple formats and media, intended to reach the widest possible audience. His video and performance work online have been watched over 50 million times, which includes his TED talk of 2013 titled, ‘Who Am I? Think Again’. Patel is the winner of the Film London Jarman Award 2019, and was selected for the British Art Show 9, a Hayward Touring exhibition launching in 2021.
Rachel Krische - GCC Digital - Professional Company Class
Dr Rachel Krische is a Dance Artist and Senior Lecturer, supervising doctoral students and delivering on the BA and MA Dance programmes at Leeds Beckett University. She joined the university in 2010, designing and launching the brand-new undergraduate provision of Dance within Performing Arts.
With a career spanning 28 years she has performed, made work and taught in a wide range of diverse creative contexts both nationally and internationally. Before moving to Yorkshire Rachel spent 20 years as a London-based independent dance artist, collaborating and performing with over 30 different artists/companies such as: AMP, La Ribot, Akram Khan, Vincent Dance Theatre, Aletta Collins, Matthias Sperling, Siobhan Davies, Deborah Hay and of course Gary Clarke. She has been a rehearsal director for several British dance companies, choreographed her own work, toured as a solo artist to several prestigious international festivals and has taught dance companies, vocational institutions, universities, national dance agencies and non-professional dancers. In 2002 she won the Jerwood Choreography Award with Ben Wright.
Alongside her current pedagogic/academic practice, Rachel maintains her profile as a performer. Recent performance projects include Please Do Touch with Artist/Scholars Sally Doughty and Lisa Kendall, co-produced by Dance4 and also the solo Rach Does Dancing commissioned by Artistic Doctorates in Europe with additional support from Dance4. She also continues to work outside the university, mentoring professional artists as well as being a member of artistic and educational advisory panels within the sector.
Rachel was awarded a PhD by Existing Published Work in 2018 for her research entitled Kinetic Thinking: Corporeal Cognition through Dance Practice and Performance. As an academic researcher she is published in the Journal of Choreographic Practices and has a forthcoming, co-authored chapter in the book Body, Space, Object: Dialogues between Art and Dance.
New Art Club - GCC Digital - In Conversation
New Art Club’s Tom Roden and Pete Shenton are pioneering makers of devised dance, theatre and comedy. They started making shows together in Manchester in 1998 and have been presenting ground-breaking performances together nationally and internationally ever since.
Their work has been translated into French and Mandarin and has been performed in venues as diverse as The Royal Opera House, pubs, comedy clubs, arts centres, state theatres, village halls, Sadlers Wells, Spiegal Tents, and Wembley Stadium. They were Place Prize finalists in 2004 and won The Edinburgh Spotlight Best Comedy Award in 2010. They have been regular performers at Soho Theatre and at comedy and dance festivals around the UK.
Two of their shows, Big Bag of Boom and Quiet Act of Destruction, have had successful runs at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. They have worked as guest presenters on The Culture Show and The Review Show and have been featured on BBC’s Highlights of the Fringe and in Channel 4’s Random Acts series and in Australia on ABC television. In 2012 the duo scripted and presented Come Dance with Me – an internet TV project for Space (an initiative of the BBC and Arts Council England).
Beno Novak - GCC Digital - Professional Company Class
Beno Novak is a professional contemporary dancer and co-founder of KUD Qulenium Ljubljana. In 2016 he graduated from the Salzburg Dance Academy of Dance (SEAD) in contemporary dance and performance. Due to his success, he was subsequently invited to upgrade his knowledge at the Tisch Dance (New York University) and The Place (London) dance academy.
In 2017 and 2018 he danced at Gary Clark in the performance “Coal”, which received numerous awards such as “UK Theatre Award”, “Critics Circle National Dance Awards” and others.
Since then, he has been working with international companies and choreographers like Jason Mabana, James Wilton, Ricardo Ambrozio,…
For several years he is teaching his own technic “Zero Space” in different institutions and festivals, and in addition, he is a regular dance professor at the Dance Academy Ljubljana and contemporary dance program Performact Portugal.
In addition to dance, he actively participates in the organization and implementation of the Kalejdoskop festival Kranj and Kalejdoskop festival Ljubljana and the summer-dance festival Summer Intensive Portugal.
Alongside dancing within international dance companies, he has been acting as a creator for many years, mostly within his company Qulenium.
PJ Hurst - GCC Digital - Repertoire Class
PJ joined Gary Clarke Company back in 2016 performing in COAL as one of the five miners. On top of this, he has taught various community workshops based on this award winning show across the country. PJ graduated from London Contemporary Dance School, The Place, in 2012 and has went on to work with various companies including Protein and New Adventures performing in shows such as Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake and Proteins LOL. His C.V. also includes featuring in music videos and films with his latest film appearance being Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again. Ambitious and enthusiastic, PJs passion lies within dance; with teaching, enabling and community work giving him a great sense of achievement.
Joss Carter - GCC Digital - Workout
Joss Carter is a British-European multi disciplinary Contemporary Dancer and movement specialist for Stage, Immersive, T.V. & Film.
Born and raised in South Shropshire/West Midlands in 1988, he graduated from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Leeds, UK, in 2010.
Carter has performed, toured intensively on an international level with contemporary companies and choreographers such as: T.R.A.S.H (NL), Gary Clarke Company (UK) in the award winning production ‘COAL’, Oona Doherty (UK), Secret Cinema (UK), BalletBoyz (UK), Tilted Productions (UK), Lea Tirabasso (UK/LU) to name a few.
He works in TV & Film as a creature performer and has worked on projects such as: ‘The Mummy’ starring Tom Cruise, ‘Morbius’ starring Jared Leto, and ‘Curfew’ starring Sean Bean and Billy Zane.
He regularly teaches professional, educational, open level AND personal tailored one-on-one classes and workshops under the title ‘FLESH & BONE INTERROGATIONS’
He also creates and performs his own solo works on an international level receiving funding and support from private funders, government grants and many other recognised organisations.
Joss is the co-coordinator of K5 Studio in North London and is also a trustee of the Margot Fonteyn Academy of Ballet based in Prescott, Arizona, USA.
Ryan Dawson Laight - GCC Digital - Design Workshops
Ryan Dawson Laight is a designer for performance, specializing in set and costume, with credits that span theatre, opera, cabaret and dance. Having studied Design at the University of Brighton he has gone on to work both nationally and internationally.
Dawson Laight works with clients from initial design concept, through to final production, and his style is born out of the unique collaborations that occur on each project. He is an Associate Designer for Creation Theatre and an Associate Lecturer in Theatre Design at the University of Chichester, as well as being an Associate Designer for Creation Theatre in Oxford and an Associate Lecturer at the University of Chichester.
His work can be seen across dance productions including Boy Blue’s Blak Whyte Gray (2017), Botis Seva’s BLKDOG(2019), National Youth Dance Company’s MADHEAD (2019) directed by Botis Seva, as well as Gary Clark Company’s Wasteland (2019) and Coal (2016). In theatre, his work includes The National Theatre’s My Brilliant Friend (2019) as Associate Costume Designer alongside Soutra Gilmore, Drew Mconie’s Torch Song (2019) at The Turbine Theatre and across numerous Chichester Festival Theatre productions.
Test Department - GCC Digital - In Conversation
Test Dept’s formation in 1981 in the decaying docklands of South London, was an urgent reaction to the materialistic drift and reactionary conservatism of the prevailing musical and political culture. TD rejected the conventional and developed a style that reflected the decay of their surroundings scavenging the unregenerated wastelands for raw materials, and transforming found industrial items into designed, sculptural instruments. Suitably armed they forged a hard rhythmic sonic battery, fusing found sound samples and cutting edge electronics in the construction of a dynamic physical totality. Their infamous sonic assaults were challenging and demanding for audience and performers alike, a test of physical endurance that journeyed through the sonic pain threshold and into a cathartic energy release. The ‘Stakhanovite Sound’ was a furnace that forged an attitude of total collective commitment, embracing the spirit of punk with an avant revolutionary sensibility that sought to challenge the status quo. It was the antithesis of commercial record industry values.
Lewis Beasley - GCC Digital - BINGO DJ Set
Vision resident and founder, Lewis Beasley, otherwise known as Bease, provides a broad music selection from house to disco to techno. He started out his sets co-running the brand Vision Events in his hometown of Doncaster. Since then Lewis has provided exclusive sets for MiNT Festival in Leeds and performed in various locations around the UK including Basing House in London. Lewis has also crafted his sound touring with the Gary Clarke Company on their theatre production Wasteland in both Doncaster and London.
Vision is Doncaster’s leading underground House music event, bringing the best in local rising talent and in-demand artists from across the UK. Vision saw the launch at Vintage, Silver St. back in 2017 which then led the brand to take on venues: Huellas, Tiki, Mañana, Secrets, Cast and Bijou all of which have been sell out events. The brand consists of DJs, promoters, creatives, videographers and entrepreneurs that work along side cultural creatives within Doncaster. Creativeness and out of the box thinking allows Vision to continuously host exclusive and unique shows within its hometown of Doncaster, permitting a cultural social society to form along music consumers