Three & Four Quarters is a dancer-led collaboration includes a selection of solos, duets and trios choreographed by Mats Ek, Javier de Frutos, Luca Silvestrini and Didy Veldman.
HeadSpaceDance represents an exciting new development for British dancers Charlotte Broom and Christopher Akrill. Having both danced with Cullberg Ballet and the Northern Ballet Theatre, and participated in many ROH2 productions over the years, they come together in this new venture as dancers, curators and producers.
Three & Four Quarters is HeadSpaceDance’s debut work and it receives its world premiere at the Linbury Studio Theatre in 2012. Broom and Akrill are joined by Clemmie Sveaas to perform newly commissioned pieces by choreographers Javier de Frutos, Luca Silvestrini and Didy Veldman. The evening culminates in the 1991 duet Light Beings by Mats Ek (whoseCarmen came to the Royal Ballet in 2002), which he has reworked specially for the company.
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).
In 1998 Chris joined Cullberg Ballet in Sweden. During this time he danced several leading roles, including Prince Siegfried in Mats Ek’s Swan Lake and Presenter in Alexander Ekman’s Study of Entertainment, and worked with choreographers Mats Ek, Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, Alexander Ekman, Stijn Cellis, Johan Inger, Didy Veldman, Rui Horta and Jens Östberg.
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.
Charlotte trained at the Royal Ballet School and Elmhurst Ballet School. She then joined Northern Ballet Theatre, where she became a Principal Artist dancing roles such as Juliet in Romeo & Juliet, Kitri in Don Quixote, Lucy in Dracula the title roles in Cinderella and Giselle and in Didy Veldman’sCarmen.
She then spent five years with The Cullberg Ballet, Sweden, where she danced the role of Aurora in Mats Ek’s Sleeping Beauty, and worked with choreographers, Ohad Naharin, Jiri Kylian, Johan Inger, Stijn Celis and Didy Veldman. She also danced in Mats Ek’s Swan Lake, She Was Black, Fluke and A Sort Of.
Since returning to the UK, she has danced the role of Mrs Alving in Cathy Marston’s adaptation of Ibsen’s Ghosts as well as roles in Marston’s Traces, Arcana and Dust. She has also begun collaborating with Director and Choreographer Will Tuckett, creating roles of the Fox in his production of Pinocchio, the Mole in Wind in the Willows, Edie in Faeries and Princess Bee in The Thief Of Baghdad.
She then performed in Cabaret playing Texas, directed by Rufus Norris and choreographed by Javier de Frutos (The Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue) and went onto work with Luca Silvestrini on The Ride for the Wapping Project.
Charlotte has performed the role of The Queen on the international tour of Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake and in The Most Incredible Thing at Sadler’s Wells ( Javier De Frutos). She went on to perform in The Bacchae at The Royal Exchange (Manchester) directed by Braham Murray. She has played the Bad Angel in Dr.Faustus at The Shakespeare’s Globe and the role of Lucetta in Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona (Theatre Royal, Northampton) both directed by Matthew Dunster. Most recently, Charlotte choreographed A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre directed by Matthew Dunster.
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
Born in Jesi, Italy, Luca graduated in Performing Arts at Bologna University. In 1995, he moved to London to complete his dance training at Laban. His choreography dates from 1997, when he co-founded Protein Dance. As its Artistic Director he is known for idiosyncratic dance theatre work provoked by deep connections with the everyday, recognised by Protein being awarded Best Independent Company at the National Dance Awards 2011.
Didy Veldman ’67 trained at the Scapino Academy in Amsterdam. She has danced with Scapino Ballet, Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève and Rambert Dance Company, working with international choreographers such as Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin and Christopher Bruce, amongst others.
Fabrice’s theatre experience includes 15 years as a dancer for various internationally renowned companies. In September 2004, he left dancing to attend the prestigious Motley Theatre Design Course. Since then, he has designed extensively for theatre, dance and opera.
From Lancashire, trained in music in Manchester, lighting and design at RADA and the Yale School of Drama, and architecture at the University of North London. He has designed lighting and collaborated on productions for dance, ballet, theatre, opera, artists and events. His work has been filmed for the BBC and also nominated for awards in Scotland and Russia.
★★★★ Their first show is funny and touching and very accessible, demystifying much of the jargon around ballet…”The Evening Standard | Read Review
“An opening programme that is about as good as it gets”London Dance | Read Review
“There aren’t many dancers around who could carry this piece off and strike the requisite bittersweet note, but these three can and do. They’re very, very good…”The Guardian | Read Review
“They bring ingenuity and flair as well as technical precision to their opening showcase…On this showing, HeadSpaceDance is a welcome addition to the world of independent dance.”The Stage | Read Review