Archive for the ‘Rehearsal’ Category

Yorke Dance Project given 5 stars!

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

10 March 2014

Read a great review given by Luke Jennings in The Observer plus 5 stars given to Yorke Dance Project’s triple bill, I designed and painted the backdrops for Charlotte Edmonds  No Strings Attached, the first dance of the evening. I worked from drawings I had made during the rehearsals last summer.



Backdrops for Yorke Dance Project

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

5 March 2014

Yorke Dance Project perform Figure Ground at the Lilian Baylis, Sadler’s Wells

A week ago at the Lilian Baylis, Yorke Dance Project performed a wonderful preview performance of their touring programme: Figure Ground, an evening of 3 dances from the company. I was commissioned to create the set for the first work of the evening: No Strings Attached, choreographed by Charlotte Edmonds. I spent 3 weeks drawing during the rehearsals in the summer of 2013. Working from the drawings I painted 3 backdrop panels using acrylics each measuring 4m x 2m. I  negotiated 6 days in the high ceilinged No Format Gallery near my studio, to paint the canvas so had to have them complete in this time-frame.

It was great to paint on such a large scale – a first for me! In 2012 I created figurative wire sculpture to be on stage with Yolande Yorke-Edgell  in Noted.

No Strings Attached, choreographed by Charlotte Edmonds, for which I painted the 3 backdrops



Ordinary Courage. The Dance and the Sketch Book

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

On Tuesday evening fellow Greenwich Dance Resident Artist, Theo Clinkard, will perform with his company of 6 his life affirming and heart wrenching dance Ordinary Courage, at Laban S. London. I drew this work in 2013 when it was performed at Greenwich Dance in February with Amstatten choreographed by another Greenwich Resident Artist, Robert Clark. I displayed the drawings of Amstatten during the evening and entered the sketchbook into the selected exhibition Sketch 2013  at Rabley Drawing Center. The exhibition has now moved to Black Swan Arts in Frome, Somerset until 8 February.

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So see Ordinary Courage, the dance, in London and the sketches of the dance in Frome.

Lewisham College, BTEC Dance

Friday, December 13th, 2013

13 December 2013

During the Autumn Term I worked 1 morning a week with the BTEC Dance students at Lewisham College, South London. They were devising short works for the Choreographic Platform examination and performance, I drew them as they progressed through the task.

In my studio, using my drawings of the students as reference I painted a back-drop for their performance of 3 banners, painting directly onto canvas with acrylic.


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I asked the students to draw each other to encourage them to observe movement through a different means and look closer at their peers while they worked.

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Student’s drawings of each other dancing

In September 2012 I invited Lewisham College BTEC dance students to dance in no format gallery where I had a solo exhibition, they created dances inspired by my work which were performed in the gallery at the end of the week. A video was made of their performance.

Yorke Dance Project

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

10th November

A Sharing at a Sadler’s Wells studio to an invited audience to see sections of three of the dances Yorke Dance Project are developing for their 2014 Tour. Last year I created a life size wire sculpture to be on stage with Yolande Yorke-Edgell while she danced in Noted.

For the 2014 tour I am working on a backcloth for a dance choreographed by young choreographer Charlotte Edmonds.

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No Strings Attached, choreographed by Charlotte Edmonds

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Yolande Yorke-Edgell dancing Canciones Del Alma choreographed by Robert Cohan in 1978 and being reconstructed for her for the 2014 tour

Robert Cohen Robert Cohan in the rehearsal


Royal Ballet. Don Quixote

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

27th September 2013

I was invited to Covent Garden to watch The Royal Ballet rehearsing Don Quixote. Carlos Acosta Directs as well as performing the lead role, Basilio, with Marianela Nunez dancing Kitri. As I watched I drew some of the rehearsal.

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My Work on Display at Greenwich Dance

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Beyond Front@: Bridging New Territories

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As Resident Artist  at Greenwich Dance (GDA) I drew the dancers of Beyond Front@ from Slovenia, Austria, Croatia, Hungary and the UK during a four day Dance Communication Lab at Greenwich Dance in 2012. Over the last year they have continued to meet in the host countries and created a dance, In Reference To The Robbers Cave, with choreographer Rob Clarke.

Performance: In Reference To The Robbers Cave. 27th September 2013

My drawings of the process and an oil painting are on display at Greenwich Dance for the next few weeks. All work is for sale.

For sales contact

Greenwich Dance, The Borough Halls, Royal Hill, London SE10 9HB

Yorke Dance Project

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

15th August 2013

I am very pleased to have been asked by Yolande Yorke-Edgell to work with Yorke Dance Project, for the second year running. I will create work to be on stage with the dance choreographed by Yorke Dance Project’s “Young Dancer In Residence” Charlotte Edmonds. Thursday afternoon was my first opportunity to get to their rehearsal to draw the Yorke Dance Project rehearsal.

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Three images of drawings that I made at the rehearsal of Yorke Dance Project.

The Rodin Project paintings and drawings

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

20th October 2012

Paintings and drawings made during and after spending 4 weeks drawing during rehearsals of choreographer Russell Maliphant‘s stunning dance The Rodin Project, to be performed at Sadlers Wells 29th – 31st October.

Dynamic SublimeHip Hop rehearsal. The Rodin Project. 2012. Oil and acrylic on canvas

The Rodin Project rehearsal. Carys Staton Darkness Visible. The Rodin Project rehearsal. Carys Staton. 2012. Oil and ink on fabriano paper

The Rodin Project rehearsal.Dickson Mbi Darkness Visible. The Rodin Project rehearsal. Dickson Mbi. 2012. Oil and ink on fabriano paper

The Rodin Project rehearsal. Jenny White Darkness Visible. The Rodin Project rehearsal. Jenny White2012. Oil and ink on fabriano paper

Force Fields.2 Force Fields 2. 2012. Oil and acrylic on fabriano paper

This work was exhibited during September at no format gallery as part of my recent large solo exhibition. Some of the work will be on show in my studio in November when I will be part of SFSA Open Studio weekend.

17th and 18th November, 11.00 – 6.00pm

Lewisham College Dance Students at the Gallery

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

 20th September 2012

Lewisham College 1st year Btec dance students are in no format gallery with me and their dance teacher Robert Nicholson rehearsing for their performance tomorrow afternoon. They have devised a dance taking inspiration from my paintings, drawings, sculpture and etchings.

Just watched a run it’s looking good, the performance is open to the public, tomorrow, Friday 21st September at 2.30pm and of course you get to see my work too.

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Travel details to no format gallery.