Interviews

  1. Interview: Mikah Smillie: “I got a call and pretty much had to start the next day. It really was a baptism of fire.”

    Friday 11 August 2017 by Samantha Whitaker

    When the National Youth Ballet’s founding director, Jill Tookey, sadly passed away in April last year, she left a big shoes to fill at a crucial moment in the company’s calendar. Continue Reading

  2. Image by Nicholas Minns

    Interview: Pop-up Ping Pong Dance comes to east London

    Thursday 10 August 2017

    We chat to Joe Garbett about his spontaneous public performance Doubles Continue Reading

  3. Shane Shambhu, Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer

    Interview: Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer

    Tuesday 18 July 2017 by Ka Bradley

    Ka Bradley speaks to East Ham dancer and choreographer Shane Shambhu Continue Reading

  4. Nicholas Van Young performs ETM: Double Down as part of Dorrance Dance

    Interview: 10-minutes with: Technical Tap Wizard Nicholas Young

    Tuesday 11 July 2017

    Tap dancers have been experimenting with triggers since the 70's but nothing has been done to this scale or this format.  Continue Reading

  5. Interview: Alain Platel discusses the challenges of grappling with Mahler

    Tuesday 27 June 2017

    Platel discusses the challenges of grappling with the eclectic compositions of Mahler, his open and collaborative rehearsal process and his admiration of the Godmother of European contemporary dance, Pina Bausch. Continue Reading

  6. Interview: In-depth read: Melanie Manchot brings all night dancing to Exchange Square

    Monday 26 June 2017

    'I am interested in the blurring of the spaces of participation and of observation, the possibility to difuse the boundaries between performers and audiences' Continue Reading

  7. Liam Burke & Michelle Buckley in Voices of the Amazon. Image by Johan Persson

    Interview: Sisters Grimm is back with Voices of the Amazon

    Tuesday 20 June 2017

    We speak to choreographer Helen Pickett about bringing the colour and energy of the Amazon to life through movement.  Continue Reading

  8. 21CC Mother Son by Niall Walker

    Interview: The Ballad of the Apathetic Son and his Narcissistic Mother

    Tuesday 20 June 2017

    We argue sometimes even when we are performing, I guess you can only do that with your mum. I love it but wouldn't tell my pals!  Continue Reading

  9. Shobana Jeyasingh creating with Company of Elders. Image by Johan Persson

    Interview: Shobana Jeyasingh on choreographing for older dancers

    Monday 19 June 2017

    Bodies in any studio are in different stages of ageing. Some are more extreme than others and I have to factor that in the creation of movement. Continue Reading

  10. Nothing but Time - James Keates

    News: Charles Linehan 'Nothing but Time is starkly atmospheric and choreographically playful; it was fun to make.'

    Thursday 1 June 2017

    In this piece I feature a single and powerful directional light that casts shadows much in the way that I filmed footage for the Shadow Drone Project in the late afternoon sunlight.  Continue Reading

  11. News: Compass Live - Meet the Chair

    Tuesday 30 May 2017

    Finding resources to make an idea come reality in the arts is a key part of the work, and commissioning helps start new projects with substantial funds. And it creates a bond between the commissioner and the arti… Continue Reading

  12. News: Compass Live - Meet Charlotte Spencer

    Thursday 25 May 2017

    I’m working with six performers and two sound artists and we’re designing the piece for up to 80 audience members to do together. It’s kind of like choreographing for 80 performers who you&rsquo… Continue Reading

  13. Laura Dannequin

    News: Compass Live - Meet Laura Dannequin

    Tuesday 23 May 2017

    I first studied theatre and then landed into dance through a series of chance encounters really, getting inspired and finding ways to stay curious along the way.  Continue Reading

  14. Image by Katarzyna Perlak and Jack Barraclough

    Interview: Project O 'Voodoo is a space where we ask the audience to agree to join us outside of the conventions of organised time'

    Thursday 11 May 2017

    A lot of the work is improvised, so within the choreographic frame we are deciding every time what movement to perform, our bodies are open and responding to the energy in the room, the growing histories of the w… Continue Reading

  15. https://www.gracefoolcollective.com/

    Interview: 10-minutes with Gracefool Collective

    Wednesday 10 May 2017

    We never intended to make ‘comedy dance’, but it seems that we just can’t refrain from letting this atmosphere of humour and laughter seep into our work. Continue Reading

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