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DRACULA slays the 15th National Dance Awards

National Dance AwardsThe Mark Bruce Company led the way at the 15th National Dance Awards Critics Circle, held at The Place London this afternoon, winning a total of three awards for its production of Dracula.

  • Best Independent Company
  • Outstanding Male Performance (Modern) – Jonathan Goddard
  • The Dancing Times Award for Best Male Dancer – Jonathan Goddard

Jonathan Goddard won two awards, Outstanding Male Performance (Modern) for his portrayal as Dracula and The Dancing Times Award for Best Male Dancer for his entire work in 2014, including that for Mark Bruce Company who won the award for Best Independent Company. This was Goddard’s second naming as The Dancing Times Best Male Dancer (he had previously won in 2007).

Bruce was thrilled with the win and thanked the entire company for all their hard work especially, Wilton’s Music Hall and Bristol Tobacco Factory (co-producers). Goddard was also overjoyed with his two awards and thanked all those he worked with in 2014.

Mark Bruce Company has built up a formidable reputation for critically acclaimed, uncompromising dance-theatre work which often takes the audience on a roller coaster ride into dark and mysterious territory. Productions such as Sea of Bones and 2012’s Made In Heaven fascinated and entertained audiences all over the country…”Made in Heaven is a rare dance theatre foray into territory more often explored in film and literature and makes for a truly gripping evening.” (londondance)

CRITICS’ CIRCLE NATIONAL DANCE AWARDS WINNERS 2014

OUTSTANDING MALE PERFORMANCE (MODERN)
Jonathan Goddard in the title role as Dracula for Mark Bruce Company

OUTSTANDING FEMALE PERFORMANCE (CLASSICAL)
Natalia Osipova in the title role as Giselle for The Royal Ballet

BEST MODERN CHOREOGRAPHY
Akram Khan for Dust by English National Ballet

OUTSTANDING MALE PERFORMANCE (CLASSICAL)
Xander Parish in the title role as Apollo for the Mariinsky Ballet

OUTSTANDING FEMALE PERFORMANCE (MODERN)
Wendy Houstoun for Pact with Pointlessness

BEST CLASSICAL CHOREOGRAPHY
Christopher Wheeldon for The Winter’s Tale by The Royal Ballet

JANE ATTENBOROUGH DANCE UK INDUSTRY AWARD
Frank Doran MP, Secretary of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Dance

GRISHKO AWARD FOR EMERGING ARTIST
Francesca Hayward

BEST INDEPENDENT COMPANY
Mark Bruce Company

STEF STEFANOU AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING COMPANY
English National Ballet

THE DANCING TIMES AWARD FOR BEST MALE DANCER
Jonathan Goddard

GRISHKO AWARD FOR BEST FEMALE DANCER
Natalia Osipova

DE VALOIS AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT
Carlos Acosta CBE

The Chairman of the Awards committee, Graham Watts OBE, said: ‘These awards are a celebration of brilliance amongst the rich diversity of dance forms we enjoy in the UK, both from home-based companies and the many touring ensembles from overseas, several of whom have been recognised in this year’s nominations. The 383 recommendations from British dance critics for companies, choreographers and performers seen in 2014 easily represented a new record, which must say something about the ever-increasing spread of excellence in dance.

Mark BruceMark Bruce Company productions include Moonlight Drive (1991), Lovesick (1995), Helen, Angel (1996), Horse, BlackBird/RedRose (1998), Dive (1999) and the celebrated collaboration with Polly Jean Harvey and John Parish, At Louse Point (1997). In 2005 Mark made Fever to Tell for Probe, Green Apples for the ROH’s Clore Studio Summer Collection and Bad History for the Place Prize 2006. Sea of Bones toured in 2007; in 2008 Mark created The Sky or a Bird for Probe’s UK tour and Stars for Dance South West’s Rural Tour. He also co-devised Skellig, an opera based on the book by David Almond, for the Sage Gateshead. Bruce’s Crimes of Passion, commissioned by Bern Ballet, premiered in January 2010 and the Mark Bruce Company premiered Love and War at the Tobacco Factory Theatre in 2010; Medea, Mark’s second piece for Bern Ballet, premiered in February 2011 and the Mark Bruce Company production Made In Heaven toured to excellent critical acclaim and capacity audiences in 2012.

Mark’s theatre work includes Manchester Royal Exchange productions of The Bacchae, Antigone, The Glass Menagerie, The Revenger’s Tragedy, Antony & Cleopatra, Peer Gynt, As You Like It, Fast Food, Still Time and The Way of the World. He directed Rick Bland’s Thick for the Edinburgh Fringe and in Canada and New York. The Mark Bruce Company is Associate Dance Artist of the Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol and an Affiliated Artist of the Merlin Theatre, Frome.

Jonathan GoddardJONATHAN GODDARD has worked with Richard Alston Dance Company, Scottish Dance Theatre and Rambert Dance. In 2007 he was the first contemporary dancer to be nominated in the dance category of the South Bank Show/Times Newspaper Breakthrough Award; in 2008 he was nominated for an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance and became the first contemporary dancer to win the Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for Best Male Dancer. He was nominated again in 2011 and 2012. In 2008 Jonathan founded Dance Spinner, a tool which is now used by over 200 UK schools to explore and create choreography. Since leaving Rambert in 2012, Jonathan co-founded New Movement Collective and Goddard Nixon with ex-Rambert dancer Gemma Nixon. As a Movement Director he recently worked on the play Strange Interlude with the National Theatre and as dance associate on Sam Mendes’ Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

MARK BRUCE: “Bram Stoker’s story has an elusive magic,” says Mark Bruce. “I think Dracula opens our imagination and dreams; its flaws, or simple omissions, cause us to put ourselves inside the story. The fact that it is not a retrospective historical novel also adds to its feeling of authenticity; it’s very much a product of its time, fascinated in what was prevalent in Victorian society such as the emergence of science and its effect on religion; foreign travel; people’s fears and inhibitions; social taboos; the development of women’s roles…and much more. The story is now so embedded in our minds it is difficult to stand back and look at it objectively, but in attempting to do so, one sees what a strange novel it is but one with a very human heart.

http://www.criticscircle.org.uk/

Monday 26th January 2015

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