Alumni

Jemima Brown

What have you been up to since graduating London Contemporary Dance School?

Since graduating LCDS three years ago it has been a whole new learning experience altogether. I first began a tour with Joss Arnott Dance performing alongside the fantastic Dame Evelyn Glennie, percussionist and musician which was a very exciting collaboration.

I then went onto work with Avant Garde Dance Company and Tony Adigun for the creation of Fagin’s Twist - a collaboration alongside The Place. It was great to be very much still a part of the building and home which I had spent so much time. I played the role of Oliver Twist in this show and we went onto perform 3 UK tours and international tour to Shanghai, China. This show I will hold very dear to my heart throughout my career. I have gone onto work with Tony in many other aspects of the industry including a Music Video with Paloma Faith earlier this year!

I have also been doing a lot of work with James Cousins who I met in my third year of LCDS. We have been researching in the studio and alongside this leading some workshops of Within Her Eyes for GCSE students studying dance.

Currently, I am working with Tom Dale Company performing the solo I-Infinite This has just premiered in Tel Aviv, Israel at Fresh Paint Art Fair supported by British Council Israel and Clore Israel Foundation to launch a three year programme to strengthen bonds between Israeli and UK companies and communities through artistry. Whilst in Israel we had the opportunity to work with Vertigo Dance Company and Batsheva Dance Company which was such an enriching and exciting experience! I-Infinite will tour the UK this autumn so make sure to catch us at The Place in October.

How would you say your training has helped you to get to where you are today?

Undoubtedly it has played a huge part of where I am today - I continue to use everything I learnt whilst training in order to keep developing and growing as an artist. It’s really only after spending some time away that you realise just how integral and vital all that time was and how much it is ingrained in your body as you go onto work. This learning never stops and I am often still coming back to take class so I can always continue this growth.

Do you have any advice for young dancers?

The hard work starts when you leave. It’s not easy and doesn’t come knocking at your door. Above talent skill and ability comes your own determination, fight and passion. Be patient, open and willing, keep training and let your journey unfold along the way! Never forget why you started dancing.

What did you find most inspiring or unexpectedly useful whilst at LCDS? 

In our third year we were super lucky to learn a piece by Crystal Pite, Polaris which was performed at Sadler’s Wells! As a cohort of 64 alongside Central School of Ballet and dancers from Kidd Pivot - this was a truly inspiring experience to work with such a fantastically detailed, beautiful and generous artist!