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Gary wins Critics Circle National Dance Award held at Sadlers Wells 

The Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards for 2016 were presented at a ceremony in London, hosted by Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy MBE and Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante, the creative team behind the highly successful dance company, Boy Blue Entertainment.

This year’s Best Independent Company was Gary Clarke Company, which has been touring Coal during the year.

With the exception of the One Dance UK award, the National Dance Awards are decided by the members of the Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle after an extensive round of nominations and voting.

Gary receives the NSCD first Honorary Fellowship Award with Wayne McGregor CBE 

Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) is pleased to announce its inaugural Honorary Fellows for 2017: Wayne McGregor CBE and Gary Clarke.

The prestigious titles, which represent the highest award the School can currently bestow, are awarded to individuals in recognition of their exceptional contribution to the School, Contemporary Dance and the cultural ecology at large.

The awards will be conferred at NSCD’s Graduation on Saturday 8 July 2017, which includes performances from the school’s graduating students and a prize-giving ceremony. This event, celebrating graduate achievement, is also a chance for audiences to hear about, and from, the honourees.

The creation of these awards is a new initiative for NSCD, which currently provides the only conservatoire-level professional dance training in the North of England.

Wayne McGregor CBE is a multi-award-winning British choreographer and director, internationally renowned for his inventive and daring work spanning creative collaborations across dance, film, music, visual art, technology and science. He is Artistic Director of Studio Wayne McGregor and Company Wayne McGregor, his own company of touring dancers, and is also Resident Choreographer at The Royal Ballet.

Award- winning choreographer Gary Clarke graduated from Northern School of Contemporary Dance in 2001 and is currently regarded as one of the UK’s leading independent dance artists. His work has toured extensively to critical acclaim both nationally and internationally, and his most recent production, COAL, a visceral work that explores the darker underbelly of the mining industry, has earned him a UK National Theatre Award for Achievement in Dance, and a Critics’ Circle National Dance award for Best Independent Company.

On hearing of the accolade, Gary Clarke said-

‘I feel very honoured and privileged to be receiving this prestigious award from NSCD and take great pride in being one of the school’s alumni. As an ex-student of the school, my training gave me the solid foundations to build the career I have today and I have a lot to thank the school for. I will continue to support the school and its students in the future and I very much look forward to receiving the award’

Janet Smith MBE, NSCD Principal, said-

‘These awards are an opportunity to recognise, publicly, these inspiring role models, whose outstanding contributions also exemplify the values and ethos of NSCD’

 

 

OPEN AUDITION

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Choreographer Gary Clarke requires 1 versatile and highly skilled male dancer to join Gary Clarke Company for a UK Spring &  Summer Tour of the critically acclaimed mid-scale dance theatre production COAL

Winner of the UK Theatre Award for Achievement in Dance, COAL is a riveting piece of dance theatre which takes a nostalgic look at the hard hitting realities of life at the coal face. Described by The Times as ‘Outstanding’ the production involves a company of professional dancers, live brass bands, community participants and a strong design and production team. For more information on the production please visit http://www.coaltour.co.uk

COAL is funded through a Grants for The Arts Award  from Arts Council England and is co-commissioned and supported by: DanceXchange, Dance City, CAST Doncaster, Yorkshire Dance, The Place, Dance4, Nottingham Playhouse, The Barnsley Civic, Northern School of Contemporary Dance and The National Union of Mineworkers

Job Role
The successful artist will be required to: Successfully learn the repertoire from COAL from an existing role. Perform COAL at various mid-scale theatre venues nationwide in Spring & Summer 2017 (14 shows in total). Perform certain sections of COAL at site-specific locations linked to each venue and area. Deliver COAL workshops at schools, colleges and universities nationwide. Work with and alongside groups of women from working class communities.

Project Dates – Spring and Summer 2017
19th to 23rd February
24th February to 3rd March
24th  to 30th March
8th to 15th April
6th to 11th May
26th May to 1st June
16th to 21st June
4th to 13th August
19th to 28th August

(There can be some flexibility around these dates depending on the circumstances in conversation with the company)
(Other additional dates for performances and workshops for Spring / Summer 2017 may be added in discussion with the artists and the company and additional touring dates for Autumn 2017 will be confirmed by April 2017 and extended contracts negotiated)

Fee: £500 per week plus holiday pay x 9 weeks engagement PLUS additional,travel, accommodation and per diems covered 

This is an OPEN audition for male dancers only, but interested applicants should demonstrate:
A very strong contemporary dance technique, strong floor work technique, a strong physical build, strong physical theatre skills, experience in highly physical work, good contact and partnering skills, very good stamina, good improvisation and creative skills, good musicality, confidence in text work, the ability to connect with very emotionally driven work, a willingness and openness to work with the community / non-dancers, a good working attitude, a good sense of humour, the ability to collaborate and work well as a team, the ability to work well under pressure, confidence and experience in delivering education and outreach work, a full CRB check
Please consider that you are appropriate for the role before attending the audition.
Recent graduates are welcome to audition

Open Audition Details
Saturday 10th December
Open Audition 1 – 10am until 1pm
Open Audition 2 – 2pm until 5pm
The Place, 17 Dukes Road, London, WC1H 9PY

Successful candidates from both auditions will be invited to a recall audition on Sunday 11th December from 10am until 6pm
If you wish to audition, please register at auditioncoal@gmail.com and state which audition you will attend
Please bring a recent CV to the audition

Please Note: Individuals that do not register, will not be allowed to audition

Gary Clarke’s COAL wins UK Theatre Award
CRITICALLY acclaimed South Yorkshire contemporary dance hit COAL has won the award for Achievement in Dance at the 2016 UK Theatre Awards.
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Created to mark the 30th anniversary of the Miner’s Strike by Barnsley, choreographer, director and dancer Gary Clarke,COAL has been hailed by critics as “urgent and heroic” and “emotional dynamite.”
And now the show picked up its first major award in a ceremony at London’s historic Guildhall.
The UK Theatre Awards are the only nationwide awards to honour and celebrate outstanding achievements in regional theatre throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
“To actually be on stage receiving a UK Theatre Award in the face of such incredible competition exceeds any expectations I may have had when I first began to work on COAL in Barnsley in 2009,” said Gary.
“Thank you to my producer Annabel Dunbar who has been the rock behind the production since it’s beginnings in 2009 – I want to thank her for believing in me because  I don’t know where I would be without her.
“The amazing dancers of the company produce the work time after time again with heart and soul and integrity.
“Thanks to all of COAL’s production, creative and management team who work hard to promote and put the show on.
“Thanks to all of our Pit Women from around the country who join the professional cast on stage. I respect them more than they will ever know, and massive thanks to the brass bands who create our evocative score.
“Thanks to the commissioners and funders who have made it happen with very tight budgets and restricted funds
And finally a massive thank you to the people of Grimethorpe, my home village – without them, the work would simply not exist.
Thanks too to the many miners and their families who continue to fight and survive an industry now apart forgotten. COAL is a show to add to a legacy and a mark of respect to the working classes.”
COAL, which was given a four star review by The Times, was launched in the Spring 2016 and is now on the autumn leg of a tour that takes it to Glasgow, Huddersfield, Canterbury, Durham, Caerphilly and Manchester.
The show will then continue to tour nationally and internationally throughout 2017.
The show was created and developed in South Yorkshire by Gary Clark, who still lives in the former pit community ofGrimethorpe, where he grew up during the strike of 1984/85.
It is based on years of personal research by Gary, including extensive interviews with Anne Scargill – former wife of NUM president Arthur Scargill – and Betty Cook, the founders of Women Against Pit Closures.
Gary also spent time with Chris Skidmore of the National Union of Mineworkers, Bruce Wilson, author of Yorkshire’s Flying Pickets, Barnsley historian and author Brian Elliott and Paul Winter of the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign.
The production team, made up of highly experienced independent specialists, headed by Gary’s long-term collaborator and producer Annabel Dunbar, is mainly based in Sheffield, and the musical director is acclaimed Yorkshire based Steven Roberts.

What the critics are saying:

“An absorbing, immediate slice of history…robust, urgent and heroic…” The Times

“Unquestionably beautiful.” British Theatre Guide
Coal is contemporary dance that moves grown men to tears…emotional dynamite.”East Midlands Theatre
“Absorbingly powerful and affecting…” The Glasgow Herald 
“Powerful and moving…a thrilling piece.”The Sheffield Star
“A compelling look at the behaviour of real people under political and personal pressure.”seeingdance.com
“A profound and highly relevant contribution to remembering this painful, life changing period in our history.”The Big Issue

COAL is co-commissioned by DanceXchange, Cast Doncaster, The Place, Dance City, Dance4 with Nottingham Playhouse, The Civic Barnsley and Yorkshire Dance with additional funds from The National Lottery through Arts Council England, Individual Giving through kick-starter with support from The Northern  School of Contemporary Danceand The NUM.

There’s a thunderous soundscape by Noise Artist Daniel Thomas as well as a shocking short film by Siobhan McKeowncapturing devastating scenes of the strike in an immersive, accessible and affecting audience experience.
Dramaturgy is by Lou Cope, with costumes and set by nationally acclaimed designer Ryan Dawson Laight and lighting byCharles Webber, whose work on COAL has been nominated for a major design award.

COAL dancers are TC Howard, James Finnemore, Alistair Goldsmith, Nicolas Vendange, Joss Carter, PJ Hurst and Eleanor Perry.

The unforgettable voice the Prime Minister at the heart of the dispute is provided by Steve Nallon, still best known for his many performances as Margaret Thatcher in long-running cult TV hit Spitting Image.


AUDITION 

GARY CLARKE COMPANY (UK)

Award winning choreographer Gary Clarke requires 1 versatile and highly skilled male dancer to join Gary Clarke Company for the UK Autumn tour of the critically acclaimed mid-scale dance theatre production COAL

Marking the 30th anniversary to the end of the 1984 British miners’ strike, COAL is a riveting piece of dance theatre which takes a nostalgic look at the hard hitting realities of life at the coal face. Described by The Times as ‘Outstanding’ the production involves a company of professional dancers, live brass bands, community participants and a strong design and production team. For more information on the production please visit http://www.coaltour.co.uk

COAL is funded through a Strategic Touring Grant from Arts Council England and is co-commissioned and supported by:
DanceXchange, Dance City, CAST Doncaster, Yorkshire Dance, The Place, Dance4, Nottingham Playhouse, The Barnsley Civic, Northern School of Contemporary Dance and The National Union of Mineworkers

Job Role

The successful artist will be required to: Successfully learn the repertoire from COAL from an existing role. Perform COAL at various mid-scale theatre venues nationwide in Autumn 2016 (11 shows in total). Perform certain sections of COAL at site-specific locations linked to each venue and area. Deliver COAL workshops at schools, colleges and universities nationwide. Work with and alongside groups of women from coal mining communities.

Project Details 2016

19th to 24th September 2016 – Rehearsals in London (venue TBC)
25th September to 1st October – The Tramway Theatre in Glasgow
15th to 22nd October – The Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield
23rd to 29th October – The Gulbenkian Theatre in Canterbury
5th to 12th November – The Gala Theatre in Durham
19th to 26th November – The Blackwood Miners Welfare Institute in Caerphilly: Wales
3rd to 10th December – The Contact Theatre in Manchester

£500 per week x 7 weeks engagement = £3500 (freelance contract) PLUS additional travel, accommodation and per diems covered

(Other additional dates for performances and workshops for Autumn 2016 may be added in discussion with the artists and the
company and additional touring dates for Spring 2017 will be confirmed by August 2016)

Audition is by invitation ONLY and interested applicants should demonstrate:
A very strong contemporary dance technique, strong floor work technique, a strong physical build, strong physical theatre skills,
experience in highly physical work, good contact and partnering skills, very good stamina, good improvisation and creative skills, good musicality, confidence in text work, the ability to connect with very emotionally driven work, a willingness and openness to work with the community / non-dancers, a good working attitude, a good sense of humour, the ability to collaborate and work well as a team, the ability to work well under pressure, confidence and experience in delivering education and outreach work, a full CRB check

Recent graduates are welcome to apply

Audition 1: Leeds – Sunday 17th July 2016 – 9.30am until 6pm
Venue: Yorkshire Dance, 3 St Peters Building, St Peters Square, Leeds LS9 8AH

Audition 2: London – Saturday 23rd July 2016 – 9.30am until 6pm
Venue: London Contemporary Dance School, 7 Dukes Road, London, WC1H 9PY

Recall Audition (for Leeds and London) : Sunday 24th July 2016 – 9.30am until 6pm
Venue: London Contemporary Dance School, 7 Dukes Road, London, WC1H 9PY

Interested applicants should submit a current CV stating their age and experience, a clear head and body shot and a short video clip of relevant performance work and clearly state which audition they wish to attend (Leeds or London) to:
Gina Walters at auditioncoal@gmail.com

Applicants should also state if there is any issues with any of the dates or details listed as the company can be flexible depending on individual circumstances.

Deadline for applications is Wednesday 20th July 2016 at 6pm

All applicants will receive a successful or unsuccessful e-mail

December 
Gary Clarke Company is thrilled to announce that they have received HOME IMAGEStrategic Touring Funding from Arts Council England to embark on a 2 year national tour of Gary’s new mid-scale dance theatre production COAL. COAL will also be featured as part of British Dance Edition 2016 held in Wales. COAL tour dates will be announced soon on the new COAL website www.coaltour.co.uk
Gary has been invited to host and compare Greenwich Dance’s annual Christmas Cabaret where there will be a collection of live performances including dance, cabaret, song and theatre.
Gary will be leading voice and text workshops for VERVE at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance.
November 
Gary speaks to South East Dance Dramaturg in residence Lou Cope about making work as an 80’s child
Gary is working towards a new piece of physical theatre in collaboration with Brighton based theatre maker Niaomi Alexander and Dramaturg Lou Cope. The project is with Brighton People Theatre Company which is made up of the people and communities of Brighton.
Gary will be working as a performer with London International Theatre Festival (LIFT), choreographer Frauke Redquart and theatre director David Rosenberg on a new immersive theatre show as part of Wahaca’s Day of the Dead Festival at Tobacco Docks in London.
Gary will be mentoring Birmingham choreographer Magdaline Gorringe on a new work with women asylum seekers in collaboration with south asian dance organisation Akademi.
October 
Gary will lead a Professional Development Project over an intensive weekend for Origin (Arts in Motion) formerly Retina Dance at the Lakeside Arts Centre Nottingham.
Gary will act as a guest speaker for the Dance Includes Conference hosted by Yorkshire Dance giving a case study on his most recent work COAL alongside members of the cast.
September 
Gary has been commissioned by Trinity LABAN to make a new work on the 3rd Year BA students as part of the ‘Commissioned Work’ module. The work will be performed at The Bonnie Bird Theatre alongside other works by Tom Roden, Marina Collard, Lizzie Kew Ross and Adam Rutherford.
Gary will be leading Professional Morning Class at Greenwich Dance
Gary will act as a Choreographic Assistant and Rehearsal Director for Lea Anderson’s Performed Exhibition Project  in collaboration with London Contemporary Dance School and performed at Candid Arts in London.
August 
Gary will create a new work for Ludus Dance in Lancaster to tour nationwide
Gary will be working alongside choreographer Lea Anderson and film maker Marissa Zanotti on a new on-line dance production called The Pans People Papers as part of Brighton Digital Festival.
July
Gary has been commissioned by DanceXchange in Birmingham to create a new work on their Centre for Advanced Training Scheme (CAT) Dance Generation and Yuva Gati strands.
June 
Gary will be leading Dance4’s Centre for Advanced Training Scheme (CAT) annual audition
Gary curated another Bend It as part of Yorkshire Dance Friday First’s with work by Carlos Pons, Nigel Charnock, Moreno Solinas and the UK premiere of a new work by Georgia Nardin
April 
Gary acted as a Guest Judge for Moving North Competition hosted by The Royal Academy of Dance at Northern Ballet in Leeds
Gary has recently been awarded a Grants for the Arts Award from Arts Council England to create and preview a new mid scale dance theatre work called COAL which will be touring 2016. There is a preview of the work at CAST Doncaster on 3rd July 2015.
March
Gary will join Candoco Dance Company as a guest performer for the re-staging of Jerome Bel’s iconic classic The Show Must Go On which will tour nationwide to Sadler’s Wells London, Nottingham Playhouse and the Tramway in Glasgow.
Gary has started a new theatre show called I Want Love with SHUNT Founder Hannah Ringham and Dramaturg Lou Cope which combines live music, dance and spoken word. Gary and the collaborators have recently begun a Research and Development Project at Shorditch Town Hall and will continue throughout the year.
February 
Gary has led mock auditions for the 3rd year students at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance
Gary has been commissioned by Arts Council England and dance artist Connor Quill to create a new full length work in collaboration with physical theatre practitioner Yorgos Karamalegos, which tackles issues of homophobia. The work was shown as part of Yorkshire Dance’s Bend It and will look to tour in schools and theatres in 2016.
Gary will be leading and curating a week long National Professional Development Project called Senses with Dance Base in Edinburgh which uses the 5 prime senses as a way to effect the physical body. The project will have a public performance of the work at Dance Base Edinburgh alongside work by Stephen Hawkins, Luke Pell and Jack Webb.
Gary will be mentoring choreographer Lauren Tucker on her new solo work exploring female icons
January 
Gary re-joined balletLORENT as a company dancer for the Research and Development of Liv Lorent’s new fairy tale work Snow White 
Gary created a new work tilted REVOLT on Edge FWD Dance Company which went on to be performed nationwide as well as being featured as part of Burst at Yorkshire Dance and Manchester Sound City festival.