BIOGRAPHIES

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson Co-Artistic Director

Mark trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance gaining a Bachelor of Performing Arts Dance Degree in 2000 and toured with Verve performing work by Wayne McGregor (Random Dance). Since then he has worked with BeingFrank Physical Theatre, Frontline Dance Company, Foot in Hand Company and Tom Sapsford (Royal Ballet, Michael Clarke).

 

Alongside his company and performance career he has been commissioned to choreograph works and devise education programmes for: Birmingham Royal Ballet, Dance 4, Warwick Arts Centre Boys Dancing, Wolverhampton and Birmingham Universities, Dudley Performing Arts, Northants Dance, Creative Partnerships, Coventry Performing Arts Services, Staffordshire QLS, Birmingham School of Acting, Birmingham City Council, Midlands Arts Centre and Pound Arts.

 

He is often asked to work with groups who have challenging behaviour, particularly boys and young men, this has seen his work expand into institutions such as Pupil Referral Units and Prisons.  Since 2008 Mark has also worked as one of the lead artists for Warwick Arts Centre's Boys Dancing project which has seen him deliver large scale work across the West Midlands.

 

Outdoor work includes Manitou (which involved a cast of over 100 participants), Sandwell Arts Festival, Dancin' Oxford and The Birmingham Weekender.

 

He is particularly passionate about delivering dance in special education settings and finding ways to integrate special and mainstream groups. He regularly teaches within this field, mentoring staff and working with schools to develop ways of accessing  those with moderate to severe needs. Recently devising and performing work for Frontline dance with Dave Toole (DV8, Candoco) and Welly O'Brien (Candoco) in Staffordshire Hospitals Mark is particularly interested in exploring how dance can be performed in unusual settings and access groups which might not have the chance to experience what it can offer.

 

Mark also works extensively with film and photography for dance. Director/Choreographer film credits include Many Hands, Beneath the Surface, Dark Water, Hanger, Release Date and Bricks.

 

His movement style is an energetic fusion of Contemporary, Physical Theatre and Martial Art techniques.

Esther Anderson Co-Artistic Director

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UK based choreographer and Dance Artist Esther Anderson trained at the Northern Ballet School and The Northern School of Contemporary Dance graduating with a Bachelor of Performing Arts Dance Degree in 1998. Since then as a performer Esther has worked with Kerry Nicholls Dance Company (K/N/D/C), Sampad, Being Frank Physical Theatre, Arts Beyond Contemporary Dance (Sharon Watts Phoenix Dance Theatre), Frontline Dance Company (devising & performing with Dave Toole DV8) and Foot in Hand Music and Dance Company.

Esther was Dance Artist in Residence on behalf of FrontLine Dance as part of the Black Country Dance Hub project devising performance work in multiple Special Schools that combined young people, their carer's and professional dancers. Recently Esther has been developing dance work at Brooklands Hospital (part of Coventry, Warwickshire NHS Trust on behalf of Midlands Arts Centre Birmingham) with adult female forensic and adolescent units.

 

Alongside her company and performance career Esther has been commissioned to choreograph works and education programmes for many projects and organisations such as: Birmingham Royal Ballet, Dance 4, Warwick Arts Centre, Wolverhampton, Coventry and Birmingham Universities (technique and choreography modules), Dudley Performing Arts, Birmingham REP Theatre (Snowman), Frontline Dance, Northants Dance, Creative Partnerships, Coventry Performing Arts Services, Birmingham School of Acting and Midlands Arts Centre (mac). She is frequently asked to work with next generation dancers creating work for GCSE/A level alongside nurturing technique and devising skills and inspiring young people to achieve their ambitions.

 

Her outdoor commissions include Big Dance 2014 creating work for young people in Birmingham City Centres busy Bullring and The 'Passing of the Torch' ceremony in Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham (on behalf of Sampad, South Asian Dance).

 

Having worked in the dance industry for the past 18 years Esther has been in the privileged position of witnessing firsthand the beneficial effects both physically and emotionally that dance can bring to people's lives.