Ignition: West London's only dance festival

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Ignition: West London's only dance festival
3rd April 2017

After a nationwide search and an overwhelming 725 applications, DanceWest is delighted to announce the seven recipients of prestigious bursaries to mid-career choreographers. 

The line-up includes artists from a Kathak, Contemporary, Neo-classical and Dance-Theatre background producing new work for the same stage.

Ignition 2017 demonstrates the extraordinary breadth, depth and diversity working in the UK today and the appetite for the support that Ignition Dance Festival offers.  

Here are the choreographers:

Maria Yacoob (solo): a choreographer based at London’s Pineapple Studios. She loves creating emotive, passionate dance with a strong narrative drive. She works across opera, musical theatre, contemporary dance, cabaret and film/television.

Eleanor Perry & Daniel Hay Gordon (duet): Thick & Tight are a British based dance theatre duo who create avant-garde cabaret style shows using contemporary dance, literature, a diverse range of music, lip syncing and drama to present characters who collide on the dance floor.

Dane Hurst (trio): Dane has travelled internationally performing with Rambert, Phoenix Dance Theatre and Company Wayne McGregor. In 2013 he was nominated for Outstanding Modern Performance and in 2014 received the Best Male Dancer of the Year award by the Critic's Circle National Dance Awards, U.K. Dane has received commissions from The Place Prize, Stuttgart International Solo Dance Theatre Competition, Barbican, RichMix, Wilton's Music Hall, Dulwich Picture Gallery.

Tim Casson (trio): Casson & Friends make accessible interactive dance work that engages audiences in innovative, joyful, and meaningful ways. They bring together diverse collaborators including composers, computer programmers, and often the public. Our work strives to be accessible to everyone, celebrating the creativity within us all, and helping people to feel part of something bigger.

Holly Noble (trio): Holly works as an independent choreographer undertaking commissioned work and projects  with people such as English National Ballet, Glastonbury Festival, The V&A, Sadler’s Wells, Northern Contemporary Dance School and Company Wayne McGregor.

Urja Desai Thakore (quartet): Urja is the UK’s leading Kathak dancer and choreographer. Her energetic choreographic style is highly regarded by both traditionalists and contemporary audience.

Henri Oguike (group): Henri has been dubbed as one of the most musical choreographers of his generation. Oguike has been commissioned to make pieces for Phoenix Dance Theatre, Holland Dance Festival, Southbank Centre, Ballet Black and Rambert. Henri has now relaunched himself as a freelance artist recent projects included a new creation for Scottish Dance Theatre and a unique collaboration with Orchestra Of The Age of Enlightenment.

In the next few week,s each choreographer will receive a bursary, producing support and access to rehearsal space to assist them in the creation process.

This collaborative approach, together with the opportunity to invite audiences into the creation process, has been developed by Ignition during the past four years of the festival’s evolution in direct response to feedback from participating choreographers.

Through the scaled commissions, choreographers will create new short dance works which will be premiered at Ignition’s innovative Choreographic Platform on Friday, 16 June at the Rose Theatre Kingston. The festival also hopes that the work created at Ignition will be used as a launch pad to enable the choreographers to develop their work and secure other opportunities to perform the work created.

The festival’s unprecedented line-up provides a rare opportunity to glimpse a rich and diverse programme of dance from some of the UK’s best and most visionary choreographers. Supported by Arts Council England and the Royal Borough of Kingston produced by DanceWest.

Rosie Whitney-Fish, Director of DanceWest said: "Ignition is a unique festival – our specially designed career development package provides a productive environment to create new choreography.

"The number of high quality applications demonstrates an appetite and importance of a festival of this kind. We can’t wait to see what this year’s artists produce for the 16th June."

Kathryn Woodvine, Arts Commissioning Manager said: "Ignition is such a unique festival offering audiences the chance to watch short, sharp high quality dance pieces by mid-career choreographers. It is not to be missed!"

(Photo credit: Alisa Boanta and Jacopo Miceli)

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