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Outside In: Lea Anderson & The Northern School Of Contemporary Dance

As part of Outside In acclaimed dance artist Lea Anderson and graduates from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance present How To Do Stuff.

 

How to do stuff By Lea aNDERSON mbe

The internet is full to the brim with millions of how-to videos. How to dance. How to juggle. How to play chess. How to mow the lawn. How to walk like a pageant queen.

 

VIDEOS BY

Georgia Elska Marshall
Brighton-born Georgia Elska Marshall graduated from NSCD in Leeds in 2020. During her time at NSCD Georgia worked with choreographers Matthew Slater, Marivi Da Silva, Amaury Lebrun, The Hiccup Project, Lea Anderson MBE and Gary Clarke. In 2019 Georgia co-founded MANA Dance company with fellow graduate Colette Kite. They have since staged their work IN-STINCT nationally.

Nicole Nevitt
Nicole is currently an apprentice dancer with Scottish Dance Theatre. She graduated from NSCD in 2020.

Reynaldo Santos
Reynaldo is currently an apprentice dancer with Leeds-based Phoenix Dance Theatre, having graduated from NSCD in 2020. During his time at NSCD Reynaldo worked with Phil Sanger, Amaury Lebrun, Lea Anderson MBE and Gary Clarke. His autobiographical work often walks fine lines and explores themes of a tumultuous inner existence.

George Swattridge
George graduated from NSCD in 2020, during which time he worked with the likes of Phil Sanger, Patricia Okenwa, Fernanda Prata, Phoenix Dance Theatre and Lea Anderson MBE. While at NSCD he co-founded physical theatre company ‘Yoodaloo’, creating politically satirical and child-friendly work. George is also a qualified yoga instructor.

Louis Thato Partridge
NSCD graduate Louis Thato Partridge is currently an apprentice dancer with Tanzmainz in Germany. During his BA he worked with choreographers The Hiccup Project, Patricia Okenwa, Joseph Mercier, Lea Anderson MBE and Gary Clarke.

 

Lea Anderson

Lea Anderson is an independent dance artist, founder member and artistic director of The Cholmondeleys and The Featherstonehaughs companies. As well as touring extensively throughout the UK and overseas, the companies are renowned for their pioneering work in non-theatrical spaces and venues. Notable C&F works include Flag (1988/2006/2007), Flesh and Blood (1989/1997, 2010) Birthday (1992), Car (1995/96), The Featherstonehaughs Draw on The Sketchbooks of Egon Schiele (1998), Smithereens (1998), Yippeee!!! (2006), Russian Roulette (2008), Edits (2010) and Ladies & Gentlemen (2014)

Throughout her career Lea has also created work for television, video and film. These include two series of Tights, Camera, Action for Channel 4 TV in 1992 and 1994, which she wrote and presented, and in 1997 she choreographed Todd Haynes’ feature film Velvet Goldmine.

In 2002 Lea was awarded an MBE for her services to dance, and in 2006 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Dartington College of Arts. Lea’s work in non-theatrical spaces includes the Quicksilver series of performed research projects at Tate Modern 2008-2010.

Lea’s films Flesh and Blood and Cross Channel have been designated as set texts in schools for GCSE and A-level Dance and Performance Studies in the UK. In autumn 2014 Lea was appointed Regents Professor at the University of California in Los Angeles and is currently Artist in Residence at the Southbank Centre, London. Lea currently teaches MA students at Central St Martins (UAL) and Trinity Laban and is a mentor to artists from various disciplines including film, design, music, circus and dance.

Lea’s notable recent work includes:
2016: Hand in Glove – a Performed Exhibition of Costume and Dance, in partnership with the V&A Museum
2017: Huaca, a British Council commission for the Elenco Nacional Folclorico del Peru in Lima, Peru
2018: Co-directed and choreographed Fat Blokes, for Scottee (and friends); Trying it On at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery; Los Amores de Marte y Venus, a commission by the British Council for Danza Contemporanea de Cuba
2019: Laberinto, a commission for Compania Danza PUCP in Lima, Peru; The Alien’s Guide to Dance Gone Wrong, a commission for Maiden Voyage company, Belfast

In 2019 Lea was artist in residence at the Horniman Museum, London and a creative fellow at The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum at the University of Exeter 2019 -2020

Lea has a special interest in intangible cultural heritage and living collections and has created performed exhibitions at the V&A museum (Hand in Glove, 2016), at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery (Trying it On, 2018), and in an archeological site in Lima, Peru (Step by Step, 2017). Lea was a 2019-2020 Creative Fellow at The Bill Douglas Film Museum, Exeter and was artist in residence at the Horniman Museum, London in 2019.

During lockdown Lea created Elvis Legs (Quarantine Mix), a distanced ensemble dance work, funded using Kickstarter and filmed on Zoom.

Lea is currently developing Cabaret of Nothingness, an online death prediction service.

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