LIAM FRANCIS & FRIENDS is an evening of dance at the Arts Depot Theatre, North London.
I am Liam Francis, a dancer and choreographer, and I am producing this project. I currently dance at Rambert Dance company - 'Britain's National Dance Company'. During my time at Rambert, I have performed and created leading roles in works by Christopher Bruce, Ben Duke, Alexander Whitley, Kim Brandstrup, Mark Baldwin and Didy Veldman. Prior to joining Rambert I worked extensively as a Hip-Hop and commercial dancer and performed with ZooNation Dance Company since the age of 16
Everyone involved in making my vision for this project come true, is a highly skilled professional artist who deserves to be paid for their talent. At the moment they are donating their time and skills for free, so I am crowdfunding to try and raise this amazing group of people a small percentage of what they deserve.
This collection of highly skilled artists are an integral part of delivering this performance on 13th January 2018. LIAM FRANCIS & FRIENDS is a unique programme of dance curated by myself. The evening will combine dancers, musicians and poets to champion identity, personality, culture and individuality in performance. I am excited to share this evening with, as well as have my choreography performed by, some of my favourite and most inspiring artists - rebels, perfectionists, explorers and boundary-breakers.
One half of the program will exhibit two pieces created on twenty current London Studio Centre students, choreographed by Daisy Smith and M.O.P. The second half will see some of my favourite performers performing my works R2, Bambi Has Principles and Annie. The evening will also contain music from a handful of extremely talented and unique artists.
I believe the performers involved in this evening wholeheartedly embrace their individual identity in performance and are consequently beacons of hope for established and aspiring performers. They undisputedly represent the importance of identity and uniqueness in an art form that can often leave you feeling as if you've lost your voice.
London Studio Centre and Arts Depot have shown confidence in me by donating their marvellous theatre space to host this evening. For this I am extremely grateful and with your further support I can successfully realise my vision for this empowering and eclectic evening of dance.
I am a professional Dancer and Choreographer and currently work at Rambert... The highlights of my career so far … 2007 - I joined the youth company of the Internally Acclaimed ZooNation Dance Company. 2009 - I performed with ZooNation Dance Company in their Award Winning show 'Into The Hoods' at London's QEH (SouthBank). 2011 - Performed extensively with Joe McElderry (X-Factor Winner) on his PA tour and began my degree at London Studio Centre. 2012 - Performed with LMFAO and JLS See here. 2013 - Performed with ZooNation Dance Company in their show 'Unplugged' see here , Performed in the 'Harry Hill Movie' (Choreographed by Kate Prince), became Resident Director of ZooNation Youth Companys' show 'Groove On Down The Road' See here at London's QEH (SouthBank) and performed with Flawless during the 2013 TV series of 'Stepping Out' See here, here and here. 2014 - performed in Zoonation Dance Company's 'Show Of Life' at Sadler's Wells Sampled, Graduated from London Studio Centre and INTOTO DANCE, joined Rambert Dance Company See here, here, here and was a coach for the young hopeful performers on the Billy Elliot summer intensive. 2015 - Commissioned to created work for the 'Taking Part Festival' @ Bernie Grant Arts Centre see here, featured as the UK entry for the European Newcomer of the year in Tanz magazine’s international Critics’ Survey. 2016 - Created short film 'Kitchen Sink' for Channel 4 with Vivienne West See here . 2017 - Choreographed R1 and was invited to New York to partake in a Choreographic Research Residency with Norte Maar see here, where I began created Bambi Has Principles and Annie.
I first met Ryan Ledger, Co-Director of M.O.P, whilst studying at London Studio Centre. Admittedly I was slightly jealous of his flexibility when I first met him, but we soon became very good friends. Ryan may had well have lived at the London Studio Centre because no matter how early or late you were in the building, Ryan would also be their creating or practicing - Ryan Ledger and Liam Burke are co-directors of M.O.P. production company. From the company’s conception in early 2017, the pair have worked diligently to find new possibilities of movement; exploring areas, facets, and levels that they have found to be most uncharted. Their focus has fallen predominantly to the floor, exploiting the floor’s supportiveness to facilitate their understating of movement. Through their explorations they have somewhat inadvertently developed their own method for understanding and describing movement. They have found this to be an indispensible tool that they now use to create all of their work. M.O.P.’s piece Ductions will be their choreographic debut.
I trained alongside Daisy for three years at London Studio Centre and she is a truly unique individual and creative artist. I think I'm right in saying she has a slight rebellious streak, which I have always viewed with admiration - Daisy is a choreographer, director and filmmaker. She trained at London Studio Centre, graduating with a 1st in 2014. She works predominantly in the film industry, making movement for music videos and directing dance films. In 2017 she started a physical theatre company called The Grand Onion with some other London Studio Centre alumni. She has written and directed two plays with this company and is hoping to extend the repertoire of work in 2018. She feels privileged to have been offered this opportunity and to work with such brilliant dancers ... One of Daisy's insightful stretches, which come signed as part of our "A PIECE OF ART" REWARD
Jordan and I met through mutual friends as we were both training in London, but at different schools. I was captivated by Jordan's honesty and kindness the first time we met and was mesmerised by how they inform his performance as an artist - Jordan trained at the BRIT school of performing art and went onto get a 1st hons at London Contemporary Dance School. Since graduating he has worked with European choreographers such as Frauke Requard and David Rosenberg in “Dead Club” as well as Italian Opera in ROH “Elisir D’amore”
ROSALIE PEARCE BELL
I had the pleasure of sharing a house with Rosalie and 5 other students whilst I was training. During this time I learnt that Ros is a kind, caring and sensitive person, in addition to the powerful performer I already knew her to be - During her final year at London Studio Centre, Rosalie specialized in contemporary dance as a company member of INTOTO DANCE. Since then Rosalie has become a London based freelance dancer involved in ongoing collaborations with artist Will Pham at the Royal Academy of Art. Rosalie‘s professional work also includes collaborations with Willi Dorner, East London Dance, Isabel Fletcher, Mila Harris-Mussi, Robert Poole in Beniarda, Spain and photographer Lennon Gregory. Rosalie is currently working intensively in Berlin as a programme participant of SMASH. This unique experience is really opening Rosalie’s perspective on experimental dance; something that she wishes to develop further and expose others to.
Annie and I grew up in the same town and have been dancing together for over 10 years. I am most inspired by her talent, bravery and passion - Annie began training in hip hop at the age of eleven. I have been a member of ZooNation Dance Company for 7 years, Most recently performing in ‘Into the Hoods Remixed’ at the peacock theatre and on tour in the UK. I have since broadened into contemporary dance after touring with National Youth Dance Company, performing work by Sidi Larbi Cherkoui and I am currently studying for a BA HONS at London Contemporary dance school.
I first met Georgia through a close friend. She also trained at London Studio Centre, but began after I had graduated. I knew of Georgia’s kind and funny personality before I knew of her powerhouse dancing. I first saw Georgia perform in 2017 with INTOTO and knew instantly I would love to work with her in the future, I just hoped she’d feel the same - Georgia recently graduated from London studio centre, within the INTOTO DANCE. Prior to vocational training she studied at Birmingham Ormiston Academy for her dance extended diploma. She has worked with choreographers such as Kerry Nicholls, James cousins, Joseph Toonga, Tom Dale, Luke Brown and Corey baker.
Nicholas and I have been Best Friends since the age of 16. He is an incredible composer, an irreplaceable friend and a true inspiration. He is brave and fearless, whilst also being amongst the most caring people I know. I wouldn’t be who, or where, I am today if it wasn’t for Nicholas - Nicholas trained formally as a dancer, graduated from London Studio Centre and is now a full time musician and composer. Nick had his first encounters with music as a writer for dance students, and has since moved on to create and play music for choreographers and musical artists alike. Owing a lot of his influence to Oscar Peterson, Ahmad Jamal, Joe Hisaishi and Robert Glasper, he hopes to bring this knowledge of music and composition straight to the dancers and choreographers, using the language that they share in common.
I first met Hannah when I joined Rambert in 2014, but I had been captivated by her magic on stage many times before. She is hands down the most determined, hardworking and dedicated dancers I have ever met - Hannah began her Dance training in Ipswich, before joining The Royal Ballet School aged 11. Aged 18, Hannah began her professional dance career working for Ballet Ireland. In 2007, Hannah joined the Michael Clark Dance Company. Here she performed works such as Apollo, The Rite Of Spring, Le Noce and toured extensively through Europe, Asia and America. 2009 saw Hannah join Scottish Ballet to perform in Ashley Page’s The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker and Richard Alston’s Carmen. In 2011, Hannah joined Rambert -‘Britain’s National Dance Company’. Whilst at Rambert she has performed the role of ‘Ruby Tuesday’ in Christopher Bruce’s iconic Rooster. She has also created and performed leading roles in works by Mark Baldwin, Kim Brandstrup, Merce Cunningham, Ben Duke, Adonis Foniadakis, Itzik Galili, Shobana Jeyasingh, Ashley Page, Didy Veldman, Alexander Whitley.
I met Faye whilst training at London Studio Centre. I have always admired her eclecticism as an artist, which I believe is a consequence of her continued thirst for knowledge - Faye trained at Urdang and London Studio Centre (First Class honours). Faye has worked with companies including Richard Chappell Dance, Keneish Dance, Ace Dance and Music, B Hybrid, UnTitled and choreographers, Jose Agudo, Theo Lowe. Commercially, credits include VMA's, London Fashion Week, Toyota, Vogue Italia, Adobe UK.Faye also Vogues and battles, judges, and teaches workshops internationally
Melody trained at the same school as me, a few years below. I remember always hearing such wonderful things about her and when I saw her perform in 2017, I instantly knew what everyone was talking about - Melody Graduated from London Studio Centre with a First Class BA Honours Degree, whilst at LSC Melody was also a part of INTOTO DANCE for her 3rd year. Since graduating melody has also taken on choreography projects and projects in film. Within and outside of INTOTO she has had the opportunity to work with many Choreographers & Directors; such as Wayne Parsons, James Cousins, Kerry Nicholls, Joseph Toonga & Tom Jackson Greaves.