News: Random gives dancers permanent contracts

Wednesday 29 January 2003

Random Dance
New Contracts, New Programme,
Random Dance has just announced its programme of work for 2003 and a new commitment to its dancers. It becomes the first independent contemporary dance company to offer full-time permanent PAYE contracts. This gives dancers the security of guaranteed income, holiday and sick pay. The company will also be providing private health insurance for the first time.

Jeanette Siddall, Director of Dance UK who have long campaigned for better working conditions for dancers, gave her congratulations. “The move to PAYE, with the advantages of permanent contracts, sickness and other benefits, together with the provision of health insurance and an apprenticeship scheme is a comprehensive package that represents a real step forward in improving working conditions for dancers. Providing greater care and security for the Company’s dancers and recognising the value of their loyalty, are positive developments. While not every dance company is in a position to provide equivalent conditions, Random has proved it is possible and has set a new ‘industry standard’ to which others can aspire.”

2003 Programme
New projects include: *Alpha* – a new piece for children aged 8+ developed in association with the WWF (Worldwide Fund for Nature) tours nationally and internationally in the spring. Running alongside the tours is a NESTA-funded project developing a new model for delivering dance activity to schools via web-casting.

Polar Sequences – the first time Wayne McGregor has commissioned outside choreographers to create new work on Random Dance. The triple bill of new works by Rui Horta, Shobana Jeyasingh and Wayne McGregor will tour nationally and internationally in the autumn.

Meanwhile Nemesis will tour to Amsterdam, Slovenia, Croatia, Venice and the company will continue its committment to education with residencies in Wales, Islington and Nottingham.

Company Members
Joining six long-standing members of Random Dance – three of whom have been with the company for seven years – are four dancers who will be working with Random for the first time. Claire Cunningham, Laila Diallo, Odette Hughes, Matthias Sperling, Hilary Stainsby and Amanda Weaver are joined by Fred Gehrig, Leo Lerus, Benny Maslov, and Ngoc Anh Nguyen who come to Random from a variety of international locations.

Random has also taken on a full-time paid apprentice – Frederick Opoku-Addaie – who first started dancing when working with Random on community projects in East London at 17, before going on to graduate from London Contemporary Dance School in 2002.

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