03 Mar Professional Class with Rachael Nanyonjo / Mbulelo Ndabeni
All professional classes at The Place are intended for high-level dancers only. These classes offer professional dancers an opportunity to maintain their skills and abilities, network with other professionals and even maybe find new projects to work on.
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These classes require professional standards from participants and early arrival is required for warm up.
About Rachael’s class
A class developed by Rachael Nanyonjo as a part of her Trailblazer Fellowship with the Association of Dance of the Diaspora (now One Dance UK). This is a physical and dynamic class infusing contemporary release technique, floor work and draws themes explored during a British Council International development trip to Uganda with hip-hop dance theatre company Tabuflo and merges Rachael’s contemporary physical theatre style.
This class contains:
Release contemporary technique
New movement vocabulary influenced by traditional Ugandan forms
Rhythm and footwork
East Africa Afro House music
What Happens When is inspired by the idea of being creative in the moment, discovery and space between artists.
About Rachael Nanyonjo
Rachael graduated from Roehampton University with a BA Honors in Dance Studies and formed Kansaze Dance Theatre in 2011 to create innovative contemporary dance physical theatre that responds to socio-cultural and political themes through collaborating with different art forms.
Rachael works as a choreographer, teacher, movement director and assistant director.
Rachael has worked with the Young Vic, National Theatre, East London Dance, Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, Big Dance, BBC, Sky Arts, Londondance.com and is a visiting lecturer teaching choreography at Middlesex University.
Commissions include Dance East HOST Festival 2016, Ballet Boys Ignition Festival 2014 & Roehampton University Third Row Dance Company 2013. Achievements include a recipient of Dance UK’s Mentoring Programme 2013/14 & London Hub’s ‘Pitch It!’ bursary 2013.
Shortlists include: Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Choreographic Award & Choreographic Captures (2011).
Mbulelo has lived in England for more than 10 years and has worked with great choreographers but struggled with his own identity as a dancer who wanted to maintain his African Heritage within the work he was given. He still wanted to work with a choreographer that truly understood him and his background to develop his own unique expression of the art form.
Working with ADAD helped him develop his choreographic language, be an example and a trailblazer for those dancers and choreographers who want to further explore the African techniques in their work.
Originally from Ugie, South Africa, Mbulelo Ndabeni is a London-based director of N’da Dance Company, dancer, choreographer and teacher.
He trained in Dance For All School in Cape Town, Khayelitsha. He worked for Cape Town City Ballet, performing works by choreographers including Robert North and Rudi van Danzig, Veronica Paeper etc. In 2004 Mbulelo won a scholarship from the David Poole Trust, chaired by Harold King, allowing him to pursue further training at the London Studio Centre for a year. He was also awarded a scholarship by Kristine Elliott to study at the San Francisco Academy of Ballet for their Summer Intensive and Kaatsbaan in New York.
He worked for Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake for 2 years.
Mbulelo has been awarded a place in Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Choreographers and Composer’s Lab and is choreographing for Horniman Museum for their Africa season in August 2015.
Duration: 90 mins
Venue: at The Place
This event is part of Pro Class April – June 2016