A dictionary definition of curious is:
1: having a desire to learn or know more
2: strange, unusual or unexpected
This is a good starting point to understanding what The Curious Dance Company is about.
Our mission statement reads:
The Curious Dance Company strive to inspire, challenge and develop all
our dancers to be the best performers they can be. We do this through
being the dance company that; works the hardest; enjoys the most;
innovates with creativity; applauds the loudest, loves to dance and is
curious in all we do.
It has been a long and complex journey over many years to take an after
school dance club through to being a company that creates full length
contemporary ballets and runs two performance groups; creating work
specifically for festivals.
The Curious Dance Company is now quite complex in structure and works
The Curious Dance company is a broad title for all we do; The Curious Dance Studios is what we call our festival focused groups and each group also has a name – Curiosus and Curiosum (both Latin for curious). Confusing? Yes it is but that’s ok. What is clear is the quality of work we create is outstanding and the quality of dancers that are choosing to be Curious is humbling. I am very excited about this next phase of our Curious journey.
Seeing our Curious dancers being challenged in a contemporary class,
exploring new ideas in an improvisation session and beginning learning the
choreography for their first pieces was truly amazing. We have plenty of
hard work ahead of us but the journey promises to be a curious one.
The Curious Dance Company has had many young performers go on to train and work professionally in dance. Some of our previous company members have agreed to write about their time with Curious and what they are up to now.
I performed with Curious for four consecutive years taking part in performances pieces that were taken to The Lowry for U.dance 2011, and the Peter Scott Gallery at Lancaster University as well as a dance film and numerous showcases at QES. I was involved with Curious’ first ballet, The Nutcracker, where I played one of the children and a cupid duet.
I then went on to have the leading role in the following ballet ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’. This was something very new to me as I had never had such an important role in a production. The role of Alice meant I had to be confident on stage but also a confident story teller. I remember feeling very nervous and slightly embarrassed that I had to over act my movement but especially my face. There was one rehearsal where Mr Marriott and I were creating a scene which I was nervous about, the ‘Crying’ scene. This scene involved me having a tantrum and crying. I struggled massively with the facial expressions previously, but in this rehearsal I remember just going for it and it was sort of a break through moment and I finally found my Alice character. This was also a moment where I found my love for this kind of performance style.
Curious were incredibly grateful for the media coverage of ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’. We were lucky enough to feature twice of the ITV border news. I had a small interview about my experiences and feelings towards performing Alice. This gave me a professional experience of working as a company.
Alice was also taken to the Dukes Theatre in Lancaster where we performed three shows. Having the opportunity to perform in a professional theatre, this gave me an insight into working in a professional environment.
After leaving Curious I went on to study a BA Hons Dance Degree at Edge Hill University where I am now heading into my final year. Being involved with Curious it gave me experiences of working with a company and a professional studio environment, which lead me to want to pursue a performance career. Also with the experiences I gained from Curious I now work with Edge Hill’s Undergraduate Dance Theatre Company ‘3rd Edge’.
We have made our decisions and are now ready to reveal our brand new Curious Dance Company members. We are very excited to begin creating work with the new company. We will divided The Curious Dance Company into two smaller groups, dancers within the company will be moved between groups, as we create more work, depending on the requirements of the choreography. There will also be opportunities for the whole company to create and perform work altogether.
Flora Milliagan Ellie Williams Rosa Fox Kelsey Greenbank
Abigail Tracy Rebecca Mason Harriet Leaf Hannah Willison
Lauren Hayton Lucy Ormston Felicity Warman Emily Barrett
Bridgett Taylor Katie Cobley Shannon Hicks Sophie Howard
Fiona Woodburn Charlie Naylor Tilly Mackereth Darcy Willis Morgan Bower
Congratulations to you all and we will begin our Curious Dance next Thursday.
Firstly, a huge thank you to everyone who came to our Curious audition. The standard was very high with standout magic moments from everyone. This, of course, makes the already difficult process of selecting the Curious dancers extremely challenging. Every dancer taking part should feel very proud of their performance at the audition and we are very excited about having such strong dancers in our new company.
On our panel were Mrs Winstanley and Megan Alder-Cox who watched the dancers take part in a technique class, learn movement phrases, create their own group pieces and perform their own choreographies. They were tasked with looking for dancers with technical ability, a stage presence in their performance, a readiness to work alongside others and an ability to take comment and corrections on board.
We are not ready to reveal the list of names that make up the new Curious Dance Company just yet. We will post the list up over the weekend. But We would like to make it clear that any dancer that didn’t gain a place this time round will be automatically on the Curious waiting list and will be the first to be offered a place if one becomes available.
We will be sharing our Curious photos, videos and our thoughts as we progress through the year; from rehearsal through to performances.