-Commission for undergraduates at University of Roehampton
Following the undergraduate company’s selection process, Jack has been invited to create work for third year dance students on the undergraduate degree course at the University of Roehampton. More information will be made available as the creation process begins in November 2017.
-Ballet Cymru: Pre-professional programme
Jack has been appointed as a lead teacher on the new pre-professional programme at Ballet Cymru, an opportunity designed to bridge the gap between full time training and professional company life. Aimed at developing creative and accomplished ballet dancers, Jack will be working alongside the team to deliver contemporary technique as well as create new work with the young company.
-Director becomes Dance Ambassador for National Dance Company Wales
Aimed to increase participation opportunities with NDCWales, their appointment of five new dance ambassadors spans both Wales and England. Based at the company’s home; The Dance House, Jack will be delivering a series of open level classes as a part of the company’s new outreach programme. More information can be found on our classes page.
-Funding from Arts Council of Wales for LUMEN
After celebrating a successful application, we will be embarking on the creation of a new work made in collaboration with academic professors at The School of Physics and Astronomy at Cardiff University. LUMEN is being created with composer Carol Jones following additional support from Chapter Arts Centre and Rubicon Dance. The work will be developed from May / June 2017 to October / November 2017.
-Monmouthshire Youth Dance Company commission
Jack will be commissioned to work with talented young dancers from Monmouthshire Youth Dance Company in early 2017 for the development of a new choreographic work. Rehearsals will be taking place in February at The Dance Centre in Abergavenny. As part of the commission he will be working with composer and musician; Ben Corrigan, both of whom are incredibly excited to start a new creation period with the company.
-Funding from Arts Council England for Psychoacoustic
Following a successful application, the company will be working on another period of research and development to continue the work on ‘Psychoacoustic’. With thanks to support using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, the work will be further developed in October 2016.
-Partnership with the Cognitive Neuroscience Research Unit at City University
Following the company’s performance at Resolution, Jack Philp Company have now solidified a relationship with the Cognitive Neuroscience Research Unit at City University. The aim of the collaboration is to support new lines of research and work together to integrate scientific knowledge within the development of new choreographic work.
-Psychoacoustic and beyond Jack Philp Company
Approaching the end of 2015 and heading full force into 2016, Jack Philp Company are currently working on their new project; ‘Psychoacoustic’, a collaborative study combining neuroscience, dance and sound. Supported by Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and the Cognitive Neuroscience Research Unity at City University. The early draft research stages of ‘Psychoacoustic’ had it’s first sharing at Resolution Festival at The Place in January 2016. Next to this the director has also been working on a number of new youth choreographies including ‘Burst Rate’ for Zambesi Dance Company- showing across the fold of 2015 and 2016 as well as new work for the Young Dance Makers initiative run by Dance Woking.
-Director shadows Rafael Bonachela and Sydney Dance Company
Recently Jack returned from a shadowing placement with choreographer and artistic director; Rafael Bonachela. During his time with the company, they were in the midst of preparations for their newest double bill of work touring Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. The new season ‘Frame Of Mind’ features new work by Bonachela and re-staged work by William Forsythe, set on the breathtaking cast of Sydney Dance Company. Jack would like to thank the entire team for their warm welcome and for making the experience such a memorable one! From us to them, best of luck with the rest of the tour!
-Remake of first work: ASYMPTOTE
Subsequent to the completion of the company’s latest work, attention turns back to the studio. Jack has refocussed on the company’s first work ‘ASYMPTOTE’ to be given an exciting new lease of life. Set to be with a refreshed and larger cast, increased length and redeveloped sound, the work is due to take a new direction to finish off the year. Work has been underway on the new project since January and is due to meet a first draft stage of completion in late May / early June.
-Premiere at Pavilion Dance South West
Following the completion of their new work, the company have taken ‘Written In The Ground’ to the south west for performance at Pavilion Dance. Made in collaboration with composer Richard Anthony Jay, the work touches upon war time and acts as a nod to remembrance. This was the company’s first time playing at Pavilion Dance, and we would like to thank the entire team for having us and for making us feel so welcomed. It was great to see a whole host of community work as well as share the stage with other professional guest artist, Joss Arnott.
-Completion of new work: Written In The Ground
Since work began in late 2014 the company have finished work on their new production, ‘Written In The Ground’. The work was made in collaboration with composer Richard Anthony Jay and follows a quartet of women reflecting upon the centenary of WWI. We currently sit within a sense of poignancy at the moment culturally, and the work draws upon many responses and personal emotions connected to war. From past we watch, in present we exist and to future we look. The new choreography was recently shown at Pavilion Dance South West as part of their Cabaret event which showcased community work and professional guest choreography by Jack Philp and Joss Arnott.
-Youth Initiatives and outreach.
We are also set to expand our education and outreach programmes as we progress further into the new year, pushing and running new youth initiatives to inspire more young dancers into the world of contemporary dance. We’re very excited at the prospects to develop our remit in who we cater for and to be able to offer youth dancers new performance opportunities with the company and to develop their technical skills in preparation for later studies. Stay tuned for details!
-City of London Festival
Jack Philp Company performed ‘ASYMPTOTE’ at the City of London Festival. The company took the work to a new pop-up theatre- The Bowler Hat, as part of the festival. Shaped like a bowler hat and sitting in the shadow of the iconic St Paul’s Cathedral, the new venue will houses work by students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
-MOTUS Dance Festival
Jack Philp Company took ‘ASYMPTOTE’ to Motus Dance Festival in Milton Keynes this June. The company had a great time travelling to MK to show their new work and had some great feedback. It was lovely to share the stage with some great companies and we want to thank everyone involved for having us. Also another big thank you especially to the panel who’s thoughts and impressions of the piece have definitely fueled some ideas for us to develop the work further! Keep your eyes peeled for new dates and information about ‘ASYMPTOTE’ in the next season of work!
-Surrey Arts Boys Youth Commission
The culmination of work grown from a boys youth initiative in Surrey, lead by artistic director- Jack Philp. Working with young boys in the county of Surrey, Jack worked with the budding dancers on a new commission exploring the structure of sound waves. The group performed both in April of this year at a charity event to raise money for the Red Cross and at Surrey Dance Festival at GLive on July 5th. The group are set to perform the work again in the autumn so keep a look out!