Dance alumni took the stage in New York in front of high-profile audience including Boris Johnson

Three dance alumni from Roehampton performed at a VIP event by the London Universities International Partnership (LUIP), which included senior members of the partner universities and special guests such as the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.

Posted: 9 February 2015

The event entitled ‘London: Connecting You with the World’ featured a dance performance by alumni Kyle Bukhari, Ryan Rockmore and Gemma Donohue as one of the highlights to represent the outstanding achievements of graduates who choose to study at London universities. Both Bukhari and Rockmore live in New York and moved to London to study for their Master’s in Dance at the University of Roehampton. They demonstrate the array of opportunities that exist as result of strong collaboration between London and the USA.

Bukhari was commissioned to choreograph a dance work exclusively for the showcase event. He said: “The idea was initially introduced to us by Ann David, the Head of Dance at Roehampton and it sounded brilliant. Working together with two fantastic Roehampton alumni feels like a continuation of our exciting experience at the university. We hope our work inspires others to follow our footsteps across the pond to study in London.”

The dance work, called A River Thames Rhapsody, was performed to music by Declan Kolakowski from Trinity-Laban. It used the river Thames as a metaphor of the fluid tributary that flows through London and connects the city to the wider world. In the piece, the performers reflect the dynamism of the city.

Rockmore said:
“I feel extremely honoured and privileged to perform in front of such a high-profile audience, including two of the world's most influential mayors. The wide range of academic and performance possibilities provided by the dance department at Roehampton gave me a foundation to pursue my goals both during and after the course.”

The VIP event presented short films from each partner university, highlighting the successes of students in each institution who have taken advantage of the opportunity to study in London.

Gary Davies, Director of Recruitment and Admissions at the University of Roehampton, and Chair of LUIP says: “As a group of London universities working collaboratively through LUIP, we recognise the importance of creating a relationship to exchange and transfer the knowledge and talent between the two cities – London and New York.”

Roehampton is a member of LUIP, a partnership between London universities aimed at showcasing why London is a great place to study. The upcoming event will be held in New York on Tuesday 10 February 2015 and will be attended by Roehampton’s Vice Chancellor Paul O’Prey, Gary Davies, and Ann David among other senior members of the University.

Rockmore and Bukhari’s continue to make their mark in the field of Dance with their recent launch of Mōtiō, a postgraduate journal for dance practice and research that will host research from postgraduate students from many different universities.

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  • Boris Johnson at LUIP

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