Alumni news: current and past accomplishments

3 Nov 2015

Many of the alumni of London Contemporary Dance School are high profile award winners and world leading pioneers of dance but may not be household names. We highlight a few of their current and past accomplishments here.

Recent graduate Jemima Brown is currently on tour with Joss Arnott Dance, performing a triple bill with live music from solo percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, view tour dates.

Alumni Jonzi D will be performing in Croydonites Festival of New Theatre 18 & 19 November with his show The Letter: To be or to...MBE? Jonzi D is the Artistic Director of Breakin’ Convention and has been described as a “hip hop theatre legend”.

Gareth Mole is currently performing in Eddie Peake: The Forever Loop at the Barbican’s Curve Gallery until 10 January. 

Amy Bell is opening the DNA Romaeuropa Festival performing Chiara Frigo’s West End on Tue 3 November. She also recently performed at Sadler’s Wells in Hussein Chalayan's Gravity Fatigue from 28 – 31 October. Amy works freelance as a performer and is also a lecturer at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance.

James Cousins Company returned to The Place in October featuring alumni performers Gareth Mole and Chihiro Kawasaki in the works There We Have Been and Without Stars.

The Place presented the work of four of the School’s alumni, Vera Tussing, Ben Duke and Igor Urzelai and Moreno Solinas at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In three productions that represent some of the most exciting contemporary work in Europe at the moment. All the performances took place at Summerhall and were met with critical acclaim. Idiot-Syncrasy, by dancer-choreographers Igor Urzelai and Moreno Solinas was also part of the British Council showcase and was nominated for the Total Theatre & The Place Award for Dance. Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me) by Lost Dog was nominated for a Total Theatre award for Innovation, Experimentation & Playing with Form. Both works have since been nominated for National Dance Awards, read more about the London Contemporary Dance School alumni nominated.

Dr Philip Johnston recently published Nina Fonaroff: Life and Art in Dance. The biography includes extracts from the author’s interviews with Nina, reviews of her work as a dancer and choreographer, and illustrations of sketches and drawings that highlight her eye for detail and wonderful sense of humour.