Events

Trailblazers Showcase with RJC Dance

Friday 23 November 2018
7 – 8pm
Northern Ballet
Leeds
LS2 7PA

Get ready for the weekend and start it off the right way!
Don’t miss a unique and vibrant showcase at Northern Ballet, Leeds!

We have curated a special selection of work by leading dance Trailblazers; Iris De Brito, Jamaal Burkmar, Zinzi Minott, Dickson Mbi and Leeds-based RJC Dance. Through powerful movement vocabulary, they share recorded film and live performances with elements of new and old styles of dance, movement and speech. This is a not-to-be-missed chance to sample the work of some of today’s leading choreographers. It promises to be a jam-packed hour full of exciting and experimental content.

About the performers:

The Trailblazers Fellowship galvanises and gives special focus to UK-based dance artists, practitioners, performers, choreographers, dance teachers and researchers working in the field of dance of the African Diaspora.

RJC Dance’s work comes from a Black British perspective, with a truly broad appeal to a diverse audience both culturally and socially. It is the leading inclusive Black dance organisation in the North empowering young people and adults through dance, movement and exercise.

About the pieces:

Street to Stage – Dickson MBI

Dickson is a world-renowned dancer in the hip hop community. As he transitions from his street dance roots to contemporary dance theatre, this 10 minute excerpt of the BBC4 film discusses how he starts to choreograph and perform his first contemporary dance solo under the watchful eyes of Akram Khan’s producer, Farooq Chaudhry – pushing his mental and physical abilities beyond what he thinks is possible. The film follows Dickson as he wins the UK heat of the international street dance competition KOD, with his popping team FIYA House.

Uprooting – Iris De Brito

Iris presents the UK premier of her new work Uprooting. Inspired by personal experiences, it uses powerful movement vocabulary of Kizomba, a vibrant and rhythmical genre of dance and music originating from Angola. Iris explores the emotional complexity of the “push and pull” that constantly play inside those who immigrate.

Extended Play – Jamaal Burkmar

Jamaal is an award-winning contemporary choreographer who studied at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. He brings his new work Extended Play to Leeds for its UK Premier. Focussing on both theatre and online spaces, Jamaal has spent the last year working on a new set of material focussed solely on his relationship with music and its innate connection to movement and dance.  Matthew Bourne: “Jamaal Burkmar is an exceptional new voice”.

Disturbia – RJC Dance

Performed by Shahck Out Saturday AM, Nillanthie Morton has created movement influenced by 21st century youth culture, the black aesthetic & Rihanna’s well-known song Disturbia – fusing contemporary and urban dance styles to produce an eruption of high energy showcasing  the expression & talent of RJC Dance Youth Provision member

 

Transmission: Roots to Branches Exclusive UK Preview

Transmission: Roots to Branches is the first ever documentary film that explores in depth the lineage and history of jazz dance. The clip you will see – a UK exclusive especially for One Dance UK – addresses some of the key points that signpost the journey of jazz dance and asserts its powerful influence in the wider world: The effects of racism and how slavery shaped this genre, the importance of music and rhythm and, last but not least, the passion – the single unifying force that has kept jazz dance thriving to this day, despite its limited acceptance within the wider dance establishment. It is the hope of the film’s creators that the documentary will not only highlight the need for keeping jazz dance alive but also encourage a new generation of masters of the genre.

 

Fi Dem – Zinzi Minott

Zinzi Minott’s work focuses on the relationship between dance, bodies and politics.

Strongly identifying as a dancer, she seeks to complicate the boundaries of dance and the place of black female bodies within the form. Her work explores how dance is perceived through the prisms of race, queer culture, gender and class. Zinzi is interested in the space between dance and other art forms, and though her practice is driven through dance, the outcomes range from performance and live art to sound, film, dances and object-based work.

She successfully premiered her new work What Kind of Slave Would I Be? to a full house at Rich Mix and is planning to tour the piece next year alongside an R&D period into a new work based the dance in grime.

 

Meet the artists:

Meet the artists! There’s a chance to meet after the performance, to chat informally about their creative journey and their work in further detail – an amazing opportunity!

Join us also for One Dance UK Conference 2018 taking place in Leeds Friday 23 November – Saturday 24 November. For more information and to book tickets, click here

Dickson Mbi

Dickson is a world-renowned dancer in the Hip Hop community. He has a background in jazz, ballet and contemporary dance having trained at Lewisham College, London Contemporary Dance School and mentored by Stuart Thomas. Additionally, he is known for his remarkable Popping skills, strong personality, powerful movement and positive attitude.  Dickson has won many Popping competitions including: Justedebout, BattleISM and UK B-Boy championships.

Iris De Brito

Originally from Angola, Iris trained at the Lisbon’s conservatoire for music & dance, completed her dance studies at The London Studio Centre, and trained intensively with the late William Louther Dance Theatre. A dance practitioner since 1995, she is currently working and researching Afro –Luso dance styles. As a performer Iris has had a diverse career working in the commercial sector, TV Film and video. She has participated in African dance company work and toured the international festival circuit, specializing in Salsa and Afro – Cuban styles. Also, Iris has choreographed for stage and camera and created and directed her own dance theatre production at Jackson’s Lane Theatre.

Jamaal Burkmar

Whilst studying Jamaal was inspired to begin playing with choreography which led to the creation of a piece he made in his second year entitled Ocean. The piece was commissioned for VERVE, the postgraduate company at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Ocean proved successful with audiences in UK and beyond.

Zinzi Minott

Zinzi Minott’s solo and collaborative pursuits focus on the relationships between dance and politics. She is interested in how dance is perceived through the prisms of race, queer culture, gender and class. Her practice is driven through Dance, and her outcomes range from dances, performance, live art, sound, and film. Zinzi is interested in the space between Dance and Art and is creating a habitat between the two worlds.

The Trailblazers 

The Trailblazers Fellowship is an annual professional development programme initiated in 2003 to support UK-based dance artists, practitioners, performers, choreographers, dance teachers and researchers working in the field of dance of the African Diaspora. The aim is to cultivate excellence in African people’s dance by providing training and mentoring in order to ensure there is sustained investment in these talented individuals.

RJC Dance

RJC Dance’s work comes from a Black British perspective, with a truly broad appeal to a diverse audience both culturally and socially. It is the leading inclusive Black dance organisation in the North empowering young people aged 4-19 years and adults through dance, movement and exercise.