Midsummer Street Party: Hidden Gems

East London Dance and Spitalfields Music present: Hidden Gems

Featured as part of the Midsummer Street Party, Saturday 23 June

Hidden Gems is a new partnership project between East London Dance and Spitalfields Music exploring dance and music collaborations. Four choreographers have been commissioned to collaborate with composers and instrumentalists from Royal Academy of Music. Their brief was to create a collaborative work that located itself and took inspiration from a site in and around Spitalfields Market.

Layla Layla
Christ Church Steps

Performances at 2.00pm, 2.30pm, 3.00pm, 3.30pm

Choreographer Rosie Whitney-Fish
Composer Elischa Kaminer
Dancers Bram de Beul, Rosa Chimenti, Yong Min Cho, Marc Stevenson,
Emily Rose Carter, Shardae Rose Angel, Morena De Leonardis, Emma Harrie
Flute Hannah Watts

Rosie Whitney-Fish is a London based choreographer working across commercial, independent and education fields. Rosie has created choreography exclusively for professional performers, intergenerational groups, gifted and talented young people and children and young people with little or no experience of dance.

Rosie has been commissioned to create dance for shopping centres, swimming pools parks and high streets. Her work has been funded and supported by Arts Council England, the Cultural Olympiad and Big Dance. Rosie is the creator and director of Dear Lido, site-specific dance theatre production. Which in 2011 toured across to several working and non-working Lidos in London. In 2012 Dear Lido will be going on UK and European tour.

Rosie has worked with Rambert Dance Company, East London Dance as both a dance artist and project manager producing dance pieces for the Southbank Centre, Lillian Baylis, and Sadler’s Wells.

Her commercial work has seen her touring to Australia, Asia and Europe for television, theatre, fashion and commercials. She is inspired by non-traditional dance spaces and creating sense of escapism. Her work has been described as witty, honest and beautiful.

Elischa Kaminer was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany in 1991. He started having Piano lessons from an early age and through improvisation soon discovered his love for creating music himself. In 2003 he commenced studying composition and music theory with Vit Koenig and later with Franz Kaern. He was awarded a scholarship from the Royal Academy of Music where he is currently studying composition with David Sawer.
Next to writing chamber, orchestral and electronic music, Elischa was always drawn to different art forms and has worked with several choreographers and directors such as Thomas Riedelsheimer, Nils Aguilar and Pierfrancesco Artini.

Defect
Crispin Place, Spitalfields E1

Performances at 2.15pm, 2.45pm, 3.15pm, 3.45pm

Choreographer Joseph Toonga
Composer Adam Luke Dickson
Dancers Lucia Txokarro, Ihsaan De-Banya,Yasmin Sas, Daniel Baker
Harp Olivia Jageurs

Joseph Toonga is a choreographer, performer, teacher and artistic director of Just Us Dance Theatre. Born in Cameroon, but raised up in the East end of London, a career path in dance started through youth projects with East London Dance and The Place. Joseph is a student of London Contemporary Dance School. Joseph was awarded the Blueprint Bursary 2010/2011 (a Co-Commission between Sadler’s Wells, East London Dance and London Youth Dance). Part of the bursary is to tour around venues on London. The piece created to tour was ‘Picture Perfect’. Since then the work has been performed at venues such as Stratford Circus, Greenwich Dance, Sadler’s Wells (Lilian Baylis), Pleasance Theatre. Following this Joseph has taken his company on tour in Amsterdam for the Krater Theater, Multiple Dans Festival 2012.

As a creator, performer and student he has worked with Wayne McGregor, Freddie Opuku-Addaie, Ballet Boys, East London Dance, Greenwich Dance Agency, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Candoco Dance, Rich Mix Theatre, Uchenna Dance, Richard Alston Dance Company and the Royal Opera House.

Adam Dickson was born in London in 1989, Adam Dickson’s musical development was shaped by singing and playing the organ at his local church. During his gap year, he was organ scholar at All Saints’, Northampton and in 2008, won an organ scholarship at Robinson College, Cambridge where he graduated with an honours degree in music in 2011. He is now currently studying for a MMus in composition with David Sawer at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Recent achievements include having works performed by the BBC Singers, the Manson Ensemble, at the Spitalfields Festival and an opera at The Cockpit Theatre, Marylebone. Recordings of his works and dates of events featuring new works, can be found at www.adamdickson.tumblr.com.

The Letter H
Charnel House

Performances at 2.00pm, 2.30pm, 3.00pm, 3.30pm

Choreographer Simeon Qysea
Composer Daniel McCallum
Guitar Manus Noble
Dancers Hanna Bella Maxwell, Annie Taylor-Goby, Lizzie Davies

Daniel McCallum was born 1989 in Melbourne (Australia), and studied performance & composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music High School for 5 years before taking up his studies in composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London with the generous assistance of the ABRSM scholarship. Daniel has known Rev. Dr. Arthur E. Bridge for the last 7 years. Rev. Arthur has become a close friend and mentor to the young composer. Because of Arthurs support, Daniel has received both national and international commissions. Daniel has also been a recipient of financial support through the Ars Musica Australis Foundation. This support has allowed Daniel to attend various courses overseas. This June, Daniel will graduate from the Royal Academy of Music after having completed a 4 year undergraduate course in composition.

Prior to founding RubyGirls Dance Troupe and BirdGang Dance Company, Simeon Qysea trained at the Urdang Academy and on the BA Hons Dance degree programme at London School of Contemporary Dance. His commercial success arose from choreographing for JLS’ No. 1 videos Beat Again and Everybody in Love, which led to his choreographing on the BBC 1 hit show, So You Think You Can Dance and has also worked on the show in Portugal, Ukraine and soon to be America. Simeon has been stepping into the film world & directed/choreographed his first film for Merce Cunningham Dance Company that premiered in London. Other credits include the BAFTA, MOBO and Brit Awards, Sadler Wells Breakin Convention, Urban Music Awards and much more. Simeon has worked with many established artists, such as Pink, Wade Robson, George Michael, Fundamental 03 and recently, has been working with Alexandra Burke on the video Start Without You and her forthcoming shows. His dream came true when he had a chance to work with the physical theatre company DV8. Simeon’s unique style is known as “Aahehop”, which combines a strong Hip Hop root with other dance genres, such as African, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, House and strong enthisis on physical theatre. He blends and captures the core essence of each style and uses this as a base for his work.

Sublime Oasis
Bishopsgate Institute

Performances at 2.15pm, 2.45pm, 3.15pm, 3.45pm

Choreographer Leila McMillan
Composer Brian Mark
Dancer Leila McMillan
Accordion Xian Gao

Sublime Oasis
A collaboration between composer Brian Mark, choreographer Leila McMillan, musician Xian Gao and the library.
A play between tranquility and chaos. A play between mover and musician. A play between the old and the new. A play between theory and the unknown. A journey through the infinite.

Leila McMillan (1982) trained at Laban gaining a BA (hons) Contemporary Dance Theatre (2004), MA in Performance (2006) and was a member of Transitions Dance Company (2004/05). In 2008 she was awarded the Blueprint Bursary from Sadler’s Wells, London Youth Dance and East London Dance where she created iD 2008/09. She’s performed for Layla Rosa, Lea Anderson, David Zambrano and more; choreographed for Upswing, Kinetika, Tina and the Green Dress and NewVic College. In 2010 she was chosen for 50days with David Zambrano in Costa Rica gaining a certificate in Flying Low & Passing Through techniques. She Tour managed David Zambrano’s tour of 10 villages in Senegal; co-produced and performed in 50collective’s USA tour: Crossing the Continent. She’s a founding member of 50collective, residency recipient 2011 of LEM (Argentina), LA Caldera (Spain) and Plesni Teater Ljubljana (Slovenia) and co-owner/creator of a new art & culture café in Bow, London, Muxima. She’s currently working on a new work, Universe of Sexy, supported by Arts Council England under Grants for the Arts, Laban Theatre and Plesni Teater Ljubljana. www.leilamcmillan.com

Brian Mark holds a MM from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, a BM from the Berklee College of Music, a BA in Psychology from Boston University, and has taken graduate studies at the Longy School of Music. He has attended the June in Buffalo Festival, the California Summer Music Festival, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and the highSCORE Festival in Pavia, Italy. He has been featured as a composer-in-residence with the Chelsea Symphony, and was recently awarded multiple artist residencies at the I-Park Artists’ Enclave, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and the Ucross Foundation. Various ensembles and performers have performed his music across the US and Europe. He has been commissioned by the Royal Academy Chamber Choir, Chelsea Symphony, Choral Chameleon, DETOUR New Music Ensemble, Emmy-Award Director Adam Starr, and performers from the Reno Philharmonic. From 2009-2011 Brian was the Founder and Co-Artistic Director for DETOUR, which promoted new works by emerging composers for its annual concert series in New York City. Currently he is pursuing his PhD in Composition at the Royal Academy of Music.

Presented in partnership with East London Dance, Big Dance, Big Dance Lock Up, Royal Academy of Music

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