The dancers in If Play Is Play…
After training at the Northern Ballet School in Manchester and early work at the Scottish Ballet, Christopher Akrill danced in the Northern Ballet Theatre, Malmö Ballet, Hannover Ballet and Deutsche Oper Am Rhein in Dusseldorf where he worked with choreographers Gillian Lynne, Hans Van Manen, Youri Vamos, Christopher Gable, Dennis Wayne, Nanette Glushak and Oleg Vinagradov and danced lead roles including Gypsy inCarmen by Mats Ek (Dusseldorf), Mercutio inRomeo and Juliet (NBT) Ebenezer Scrooge (NBT), Carabos in Sleeping Beauty(Hannover) and Mercutio and Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet (Dusseldorf, Malmö).
During a 2005-08 leave of absence from Cullberg Chris worked freelance in London, performing leading roles of Captain Alving in Ibsen’s Ghosts by Cathy Marston (ROH2) and Pinocchio in Will Tuckett’s Pinocchio (ROH2) before going on to understudy and play the Emcee in Rufus Norris’s acclaimed production Cabaret, choreographed by Javier De Frutos (Lyric Theatre). Chris returned to Sweden in 2008 and in 2010, his final year at Cullberg, received two awards: The Christer Holgersons award from the Carina Ari Memorial Foundation, and the Riksteatern Award for his artistic contributions and excellence in dance.
Chris is now enjoying being based back in the UK working as a freelancer in both dance and theatre, and has since performed in The Most Incredible Thing directed by Javier De Frutos (Sadlers Wells) Dr Dee, the modern Opera directed by Rufus Norris and written by Damon Albarn (Manchester International Festival and ENO) and also played Lucky in Samuel Beckett’s play ‘Waiting for Godot’ directed by William Oldroyd in Munich, and most recently Joe Wright’s film Anna Karenina.
Clemmie Joined HeadSpaceDance for their first program Three and Four Quarters. As a freelance dancer she is also a part of the new Movement collective, joining them in the summer of 2013. She was recently nominated for The National Dance Critics Circle Award 2014 (outstanding female Performance) for her performance in Bern Ballet’s With Hunt choreographed by Cathy Marston. Also an Olivier Award 2014 (outstanding Achievement in Dance) for the same performance.
Clemmie has performed and collaborated on works by Choreographers and Directors such as: Javier De Frutos, Will Tuckett, Fin Walker, Kim Brandstrup, Cathy Marston, Arthur Pita, Darrel Toulon, Alexander Whitely, Charlotte Broom, Didy Veldman, Luca Silvistrini, Ian Spink, Jane Dudley, Jose Limone, Rafael Bonachela, Carol Armitage and Rufus Norris, Matthew Dunster, Angus Jackson, Sue Buckmaster and David MacVicar
Jonathan is a professional dance artist and choreographer who has worked for many major British dance companies including, Richard Alston Dance Company, Scottish Dance Theatre and Rambert Dance Company.In 2007 He was the first contemporary dancer to be nominated in the dance category of the South Bank Show / Times Newspaper Breakthrough Award, in 2008 he was nominated for an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance and went on to become the first contemporary dancer to win the Critics Circle National Dance Award for Best Male Dancer. He was nominated twice more as Best Male Dancer by the Critics Circle in 2011 and 2012.
Headshot: Marcus Renner
Gemma began her professional career dancing with Scottish Dance Theatre, under the direction of Janet Smith. As an actor, she played the role Sandy in “Monkey”, a collaboration between Dundee Rep Ensemble and SDT.
In October 2012 Gemma toured the USA with the Russell Maliphant Company performing “Afterlight (Part Two)”. She then joined Company Chameleon in November 2012 and in April 2013 performed with Mad Dogs Dance Theatre.
Gemma is a founding member of both Goddard Nixon (a choreographic collaboration with Jonathan Goddard) and New Movement Collective. In 2013 NMC was nominated for Best Independent Company at the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards.