Submitted by Katie on Mon, 2017-08-21 13:07

Alumni News: new dancers joining Richard Alston Dance Company

Richard Alston Dance Company welcomes London Contemporary Dance School alumnae Ellen Yilma and Ania Jurek as new company members, and says a fond farewell to alumnae Nancy Nerantzi and Oihana Vesga Bujan. 

Ellen Yilma will be joining the company from Tavaziva Dance Company, having previously worked for Watkins Dance and taking part in the Barbican exhibition Dancing Around Duchamp performing repertoire by Merce Cunningham, curated by Jeannie Steele. 

Ania Jurek will be joining the company as a new apprentice having graduated from the undergraduate programme at London Contemporary Dance School this year. 

After six years with Richard Alston Dance Company alumna Nancy Nerantzi joins Rambert Dance Company. During her time with the Company, Nancy was nominated for the 2015 Critic’s Circle National Dance Awards for Outstanding Modern Performance (female) for her leading role in Burning by Martin Lawrance, performed twice in the Fall for Dance Festival in New York City, as well as at the Virginia Arts Festival. She particularly enjoyed performances with the Britten Sinfonia at the Barbican(2013) and at Snape Maltings (2016).

School alumna Oihana Vesga Bujan leaves Richard Alston Dance Company to pursue her choreographic career after completing her MA in contemporary dance at London Contemporary Dance School. Oihana was nominated for the inaugural David Steele London Contemporary Dance School Choreography Award (2017) for graduating student work at the School, performed her work Calle Leganitos at Resolution festival for new dance at The Place in 2016 and then took it to several festivals in Europe.

Company dancer and school alumnus Liam Riddick will be interim Rehearsal Director for the company whilst alumnus Martin Lawrance is on sabbatical in the Philippines. Company dancer and alumnus Ihsaan de Banya will work with Laura Gibson to choreograph a piece for Alston Inspired, the Arts Council England funded project at the Royal & Derngate in Northampton with locally based dance company, Two Thirds Sky.

You can catch the new company dancers in action during the Richard Alston Dance Company Autumn tour, which will be taking in venues across Britain from September to November 2017.