SDTN Online with Gary Clarke

SDTN Online with Gary Clarke Company


Wednesday 29th April 2020




Join Gary Clarke -Artistic Director – and Nia Wood – Production Manager – to hear about how they met and work together when creating a project. This 1 hour session on Zoom will allow students to find out about the artists own individual pathways into the industry, get tips and advice on finding employment and the skills required to do the job. There will be a chance for students to ask questions to support their studies.

Gary Clarke

Choreographer/Dancer/Artistic Director

Gary Clarke is an acclaimed British Choreographer, Dancer and Artistic Director. His theatrical dance works have toured extensively both nationally and internationally to critical and audience acclaim. His work has been seen in some of the UK’s most prestigious dance and theatre houses including The Barbican Centre, The Royal Opera House, The Place Theatre and The Southbank Centre. Gary has received a multitude of awards for his work including A UK Theatre Award for Achievement in Dance, A Critics Circle National Dance Award, A Herald Angel Award and The Brian Glover Memorial Award. He has created stage and site-specific work for a number of companies and organisations including Opera North, Sky Arts, Ludus Dance Company, Akademi, Hull City of Culture and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Gary has also worked as a movement specialist on a number of large-scale feature films including World War Z, JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them and The Mummy. His performance credits include work with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Lloyd Newson’s DV8 Physical Theatre, Sadler’s Wells Productions, Phoenix Dance Theatre and Candoco Dance Company. In 2017, Gary was appointed as an Honorary Fellow at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance.

Gary is the creator and director of the acclaimed touring works COAL and Wasteland.

Nia Wood

Production Manager

Nia started out at Battersea Arts Centre 15 years ago after going through an A-Z of theatres in search of work, and arriving at B before being hired as a casual technician. She spent the next few years at BAC working on an eclectic programme of shows that included Punchdrunk’s acclaimed “The Masque of the Red Death”. Since then she has toured the world as a relighter for companies such as Jasmin Vardimon, Hofesh Shechter and Richard Alston. Closer to home she has worked as a lighting technician at venues like Sadler’s Wells and The National Theatre.

Having relocated to Glasgow from London, Nia is currently a freelance lighting designer, technician and production manager, balancing family life with various Theatre and Dance projects. She has been the production manager for Gary Clarke Company since the premiere of “Coal” in 2016, and occasionally still goes back out on the road to re-light for the company too.

Gary Clarke Company

Gary Clarke Company is a contemporary dance theatre company based in Yorkshire and is led by Artistic Director Gary Clarke and Producer Annabel Dunbar. Community, communication, education and entertainment is at the heart of the company’s work and with an esteemed team of creative collaborators, the company produce cutting edge dance theatre work that comments on both popular and political culture with strong narratives and striking visuals.

Photo Credit: Joe Armitage

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