Rachel Krische - October - Professional 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.
TOM RODEN (NEW ART CLUB) - OCTOBER - IN CONVERSATION AND WORKOUT
Tom Roden is a director and performer working in dance, theatre and comedy. He directed Air Dance Company from 1994-2000 before forming New Art Club with Pete Shenton in 2001.
As well as his work with New Art Club, Tom created ‘The Doodle Dance Show’ with Anna Williams. An interactive work for families that takes place around a large piece of paper, it has had over 50 performances and continues to tour.
His latest solo show, ‘A Pub Quiz’ was created with long term mentor Mark Whitelaw. Commissioned by Cambridge Museums and Cambridge Junction the work combines a theatre piece with a pub quiz. The show has been performed in arts centres and pubs and features challenges such as identifying dead animals from their bones and the question: Is there a god?
Other recent work includes directing the play ‘Prelude To A Coat’ a one woman show with Steffi Muller, directing ‘I Am Joan’ for Mean Feet and choreographing ‘The Tide’ for postgraduate dance company EDge.
His recent interest in mentoring/dramaturgy and guest directing has lead to work with Talking Birds, Corey Baker Dance, The Mostly Everything People, Pestiferous, Claire Cunningham, Hunt and Darton, Lewys Holt and Moxie Brawl.
He has worked as a movement director at the worlds leading Opera Houses including Billy Budd at Glyndebourne, Babette’s Feast at The Royal Opera House and Magic Flute at Opera North. His choreography with dance and theatre companies includes work with Scottish Dance Theatre, The Royal Exchange, Ricochet, Bolton Octagon, Reckless Sleepers and Probe.
PETE SHENTON (NEW ART CLUB) - OCTOBER - IN CONVERSATION
Pete has been working as a dance artist, deviser, writer, performer, director and teacher for 22 years.
He has worked on various projects as a director, including with Probe Dance Company, Laurie Lorry and Dave Parkin, and as a choreographer/movement director on a number of projects for Curve Theatre and with Metro Boulot Dodo, Bamboozle and Spark Arts.
He has worked as mentor/dramaturg/artistic advisor on a number of projects with a diverse group of artists and artistic projects including recently with Gabi Reuter and Turned On Its Head.
He has been a guest teacher at numerous higher education and dance establishments around the world and is a part-time senior lecturer in dance at De Montfort University.
He is a regular contributor to Dance 4’s Centre for Advanced Training.
Before taking up dance he worked as an X-ray darkroom technician.
He lives with his partner and two children in Leicester.
EMILY THOMPSON-SMITH - OCTOBER - REPERTOIRE SESSION
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 Ensemble and Tribe 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 Company and for London Contemporary Dance School.
Emily also works as a movement specialist with choreographer Charlie Mayhew for film and commercial projects such as the films The Mummy, Teen Spirit and various international commercials and music videos.
ALISTAIR GOLDSMITH - OCTOBER - REPERTOIRE CLASS
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
GARY CLARKE - OCTOBER - COMMUNITY WARM UP
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.