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Roehampton alumni selected for Kingston upon Thames’ first dance festival

Dance Studies alumni Amy Louise Cartwright, Shaun Dillon and Rachael Nanyonjo have been commissioned, through a competitive open call, to create new work for a dance showcase which will be produced by BalletBoyz at the Rose Theatre on July 12 as part of Ignition Dance Festival.

Posted: 9 June 2014

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Roehampton Dance students Photo credit: Stacie Lee Bennett
Ignition is a brand new dance festival in Kingston upon Thames, funded by Arts Council England and developed by Kingston Council’s Arts Office in partnership with the Department of Dance at the University of Roehampton, Kingston University and BalletBoyz.

The panel selected seven emerging choreographers to create brand new work for a dance platform at The Rose Theatre during International Youth Arts Festival (5-27 July). The choreographers are all at different stages in their careers, with some graduating this year, while others have established their own dance companies.

The seven choreographers have been awarded a £500 bursary and will receive two days of training and mentoring with the Department of Dance and BalletBoyz and will be provided with access to specialist and professional rehearsal space.

Amy Louise Cartwright likes to explore the boundaries of improvised movement. Her new piece will take a light hearted look at the popular belief that, although we cannot predict life, things happen for a reason. Choreographer Shaun Dillon has an interest in working with youth dance companies. His piece is inspired by the unrest in the Ukraine and feelings of desperation, anger and loss. Rachael Nanyonjo is currently working as an independent choreographer and movement director. Her new work is inspired by censorship and Anna Perera’s novel, Guantanamo Boy.

The evening at the Rose Theatre will also feature a guest performance by dancers from the BalletBoyz dancer’s course. Tickets for the Ignition Dance Showcase are on sale now from the Rose Theatre box office, book online or telephone 08444 821 556.

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