All of the UK's big contemporary dance schools have a graduate company. Laban in London has Transitions a group of 10 young dancers taking their first steps (dreadful pun but get on with it, Ed!) into the wide world of contemporary dance. Article19 caught up with the company in the bitter north, Darlington to be precise.
Transitions has been running since 1982 and was established by Bonnie Bird (of Martha Graham Dance Company fame). It is fairly obvious from the company's name that their reason for being is to give the new dancers a smooth 'transition' from being students to the often challenging and frustrating world of contemporary dance.
The press material tells us;
"Transitions Dance Company was formed to bridge the gap between training and a professional performance career for graduate dancers. The dancers gain invaluable performance experience working with professional artists and choreographers whilst remaining as students gaining a recognised qualification.
Each year the best graduate dancers from across the world audition to become members of Transitions Dance Company and normally ten are selected."
The 4 minute video feature brings you a section from the final work in the company's touring repertoire "Unstill Life" by Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite, probably best known for her work with Ballet Frankfurt and William Forsythe.
Unstill Life is performed by the full company who are, Katy Wood, Manrutt Wongkaew, Gerd Kaisa Vorrenm, Minami Tamagawa, Lautaro Prado, Elkie Eleanor Phillips, Leila Diana McMillan, Siân Billinge, Sophie Alyette Arstall, Will Aitchison.
The company are touring across the UK with their next show on April 6th at the Millfield Arts Centre in Edmonton, BOX OFFICE: 01020 807 6680 . For more information about Transitions visit the company's website.