Image: Ben Harries PARK 2014
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of DanceEast’s Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) programme, the students will work with Jasmin Vardimon Company over an intensive period to create a new work Park Road, which will showcase their hard work and commitment as young dance artists.
Lauren Baldock, Education Manager at Jasmin Vardimon Company says “It’s been a pleasure to see the Centre for Advanced Training grow and be part of the amazing dance opportunities at DanceEast right across its programme and performances throughout the years. We look forward to celebrating the DanceEast CAT’s 10th Anniversary this year with this exciting commission and opportunity to work with some of the most talented students in the region and aspiring young dancers of the future”.
Aoi Nakamura, Esteban Fourmi and a team of education facilitators from Jasmin Vardimon Company have led a cast of 80 students to create this new work inspired by the company’s professional work PARK. This new work titled PARK ROAD is based on urban landscapes and characterisation, the students explore physicality and characters within a park, as well as professional repertory in this highly physical dance theatre.
Daniel Cooley, CAT Manager at DanceEast says “As with every year, we aim to push the boundaries of excellence in our educational and artistic ambition as a Centre for Advanced Training programme, and with it being our 10th Anniversary we wanted to celebrate this with a unique and special performance commission. We’re thrilled to be working with artists from Jasmin Vardimon Company, and cannot wait to see our students in this never before seen work!”
Dates: Saturday 4 August | 4pm & 7.30pm
About Centre for Advanced Training
The National CAT scheme was set up as an alternative to residential dance schools, like the Royal Ballet School, to offer children and young people, regardless of their personal circumstances, pre-vocational specialist dance training whilst living at home and staying in school. The DanceEast CAT is one of nine national centres that offers this type of training across the UK.
About Jasmin Vardimon Company
A leading force in British dance theatre for nearly twenty years, Jasmin Vardimon has built a reputation for challenging, exciting and visually stunning dance and continues to add to the body of critically acclaimed, artistically respected yet accessible work both for the company she formed in 1998 and for some of the leading dance companies across the world. Born and raised in Israel, she has been an Associate Artist at Sadler’s Wells since 2006, Jasmin has also been recognised with the positions of Associate Artist at The Place in 1998 and at Yorkshire Dance as a Partner from 1999 – 2005. In 2014 she was awarded an honorary doctorate from University of London.
Enjoying sell-out performances across the UK and internationally, Jasmin Vardimon Company’s works include: Freedom (‘Breathtaking, mesmerizing and frequently thought provoking’ – South Wales Echo), 7734 (‘Theatrical gold. Piercingly powerful’ – Daily Telegraph) Yesterday (‘Beautiful. A deft theatrical touch’ – The Observer), Justitia (‘Terrific – stylishly designed, vividly played’ -The Guardian), Park (‘Extraordinary… sexy and beautiful’- New Statesman), Lullaby (‘Dangerous and beautiful impassioned and remarkable’ – Daily Mail). In 2015 Jasmin Vardimon Company collaborated with The Turner Contemporary in Margate and the architect Ron Arad and artist Guy Bar-Amotz on the critically acclaimed immersive performance Maze (”A sense of magic“ – The Guardian.) The company’s most recent work, an adaptation of Carlo Collodi’s classic fairy tale Pinocchio (‘Simple yet elaborate, stark but magical, Pinocchio is a pretty impressive achievement’ The Times) returned to the road this Spring and has enjoyed two critically acclaimed tours and sell out runs at Sadler’s Wells since it premiered in 2016.