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Sadler’s Wells stage role joy for dance student Kurt

Third year Roehampton student Kurt Nagy will be performing in a new version of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies when he joins the ensemble of Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures touring theatre company at London’s famous Sadler’s Wells Theatre.

Posted: 15 September 2014

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Dance student Kurt Nagy who will be performing in Lord of the Flies at Sadler's Wells theatre

Kurt, 23, was chosen from 900 applicants for the 22-strong ensemble and will be on stage in costumes throughout the six three hour long performances in October at the renowned theatre. He will work alongside professional dancers from the company. Performing in the show will be a major boost for Kurt after graduation when he begins his career as a dancer.

Lord of the Flies tells the story of a group of boys stranded on a deserted island, who try to govern themselves with disastrous results.

Kurt said studying at Roehampton had given him the confidence and experience to apply for Lord of the Flies. “Roehampton has been a massive help, he said. “I had no experience of contemporary dance before I started my degree, and I have so much now, and a better understanding of my body how to actually dance. If I had not done what I had so far at University, I would not be confident enough to put myself forward for auditions.”

As well as taking part in Lord of the Flies and working towards his degree, Kurt teaches cheerleading in Wandsworth schools. Last term he spent several weeks at Oak Lodge school in Nightingale Lane, Balham, where he helped deaf children build confidence in their dance skills which led to an end-of-term showcase for parents.

Kurt intends to pursue a stage career after graduation and has already performed three times with pop singer Sinitta, at London’s Gay Pride, at the National Portrait Gallery and during an event at The Tobacco Docks.

Dr Ann R David, Head of the Department of Dance at the University of Roehampton, said: “We’re very impressed with Kurt’s early success in his career. He is a prime example of how we support students with practical training all types of employers want, alongside academic studies for their degrees. These value-added skills are what make our students some of the most employable in the capital and I’m really pleased they have paid off for Kurt already.”

As well as Kurt’s role in the show, Shaun Dillion, an alumni of the University is acting as an ambassador and is recruiting and training the ensemble members. Matthew Bourne was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University in 2011 in recognition of his contribution to dance across the UK.

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