Students who choose to follow the Postgraduate Programme in Performance usually join the School following conservatoire level training and completion of a BA in Dance (or the overseas equivalent). Equivalent professional experience is acceptable in lieu of a first degree and we welcome applications from imaginative artists, whether or not they hold formal academic qualifications. Students who aim to graduate with a Master of Arts qualification must demonstrate confident writing skills in English.
Months of entry
EDGE is the unique postgraduate performance company of London Contemporary Dance School, based at The Place in central London.
"LCDS continues to produce fine, disciplined performers that can deftly and successfully move from one dance style to another" - Dancing Times review of EDGE
In ten months of intensive creativity and exploration, as a member of EDGE you will experience:
- the chance to create, develop, rehearse, teach, collaborate, produce and perform
- four months of touring throughout the UK and Europe performing new creations and existing repertoire
- the chance to create new work with inspiring and stimulating choreographers from a wide range of backgrounds
- exchange opportunities with other postgraduate companies such as Transitions (Laban), Verve (Northern School of Contemporary Dance), JV2, mapdance (University of Chichester) and BODHI PROJECT, (SEAD, Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance).
- the opportunity to create new work on the company with a resulting performance in a large scale venue in Portugal
- valuable teaching opportunities
- constant engagement with a wealth of professional artists at The Place, to aid your transition into the professional dance world
EDGE offers an extensive and intensive range of touring experience. Your performance skills will benefit from dancing on stages of different shapes and sizes, in front of a variety of audiences (some very dance-savvy and some new to dance) and all of the demands a long tour requires.
Intensive creative periods
As well as learning existing repertory from established choreographers, you will work with choreographers from a wide variety of backgrounds to create new pieces. This offers you the chance to explore different ways of working and gain a deeper understanding of different styles of dance.
During the next academic year (2018/19), EDGE dancers will collaborate with Royal Academy of Dramatic Art’s Theatre Lab MA actors and the final year cohort from the National Centre for Circus Arts. Directed by choreographer, Jorge Crecis, these three ensembles will create a unique, multidisciplinary, full-length piece that will not only exhaust the physical, technical and emotive limits of each discipline but will combine them in surprising ways expanding the artistic skills of the performers involved.
Jorge Crecis will create three (of nine) episodes for EDGE . This work will be on the touring programme along with new works by Hagit Yakira and Fabio Liberti.
Professional networking opportunities
You’ll get the chance to meet a whole host of other dancers, choreographers, producers, programmers, directors and designers which has the potential to open up new opportunities and possibilities. You will also be able to forge a close working relationship with Jeanne Yasko, Artistic Director of EDGE , and benefit from her wealth of knowledge and experience as a dancer, teacher, rehearsal director, choreographer and founder of Norrdans, Sweden.
Following a successful pilot scheme last year, EDGE company dancers interested in creating choreographic work may submit a proposal to make a new piece for the company. Those selected will have support with Costume and Lighting support, as well as guidance from the Artistic Director. The works will then be performed in a full evening’s performanceat Parque da Devesa, in collaboration with Casa das Artes, in Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal as part of a 12-day performance and teaching residency.
Throughout the tour, EDGE dancers have the opportunity to teach workshops at schools, colleges and performance venues.
As part of the Portugal residency, you’ll work in teams to teach and develop new works with 150 young people aged 3 - 25 years, from the region. This collaborative experience between the company, community and theatre will enable you to develop your choreographic, teaching and producing skills in preparation for professional life.
Information for international students
Candidates whose first language is not English need to demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting results from a recognised testing service, such as the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Test. The minimum score required for is IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element).
Qualification and course duration
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