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Return to Heaven

New show announcement! Mark's new full-length production Return to Heaven will tour in 2020.

A journey beyond dreams and reality...

Dance theatre at its most potent and ambitious, Return to Heaven crosses lands, cultures and time to create a mythology and symbolism of its own. Hounded by scientists and supernatural forces, and trying desperately not to lose one another, two explorers journey perilously through lands of unleashed demons and gods to play their role in the resurrection of an ancient deity.

With influences of William Burroughs, old horror films and Victorian chillers, Mark Bruce Company presents visions of cursed tombs, jungles, science fiction nightmares and islands of paradise. Set to music ranging from Penderecki to Lanegan, Return to Heaven is visceral and poignant, intricately choreographed and laced with dark humour.


View the trailer here

Tour dates

New show announcement! Mark's new full-length production Return to Heaven will tour in 2020.

Return to Heaven trailer

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Return to Heaven trailer - touring 2020



Written, choreographed and directed by Mark Bruce
Music for trailer: Science Fiction Sleep from the album: Girl in a Graveyard by Mark Bruce

Dancers: Eleanor Duval, Dane Hurst, Carina Howard, Sharol Mackenzie, Jordi Calpe Serrats, Christopher Thomas

Camera and Editing: Mark Bruce
Sound recording: John Kilroy
The album Girl in a Graveyard is available as a digital release
Footage captured at BlackBirdRedRose Studios

Camera: Canon EOS R
Lenses: Canon 24-70mm, Canon 70-200mm
Edited in FCPX
Graded in FilmConvert

© all copyright Mark Bruce Company

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Tour dates

Return to Heaven trailer - touring 2020

Tour Dates announced

New production
We are delighted to announce our 2020 touring dates for Return to Heaven:
We are delighted to announce our 2020 touring dates for Return to Heaven

Thu 30 Jan – Sat 1 Feb 2020
The Merlin Theatre, Frome
www.merlintheatre.co.uk
01373 465 949

Wed 5 Feb - Sat 8 Feb 2020
Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol
www.tobaccofactorytheatres.com
0117 902 0344

Wed 12 Feb 2020
Lighthouse, Poole
www.lighthousepoole.co.uk
01202 280000

Fri 28 Feb - Sat 14 Mar 2020
Wilton’s Music Hall, London
www.wiltons.org.uk
020 7702 2789

Tue 17 Mar - Wed 18 Mar 2020
Theatre Royal Winchester
www.theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk
01962 840 440

Fri 27 Mar - Sat 28 Mar 2020
DanceEast, Ipswich
www.danceeast.co.uk
01473 295 230

Tue 21 Apr - Wed 22 Apr 2020
New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth
www.newtheatreroyal.com
023 9264 9000

Tue 28 Apr - Wed 29 Apr 2020
Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Canolfan y Celfyddydau
www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk
01970 623 232

View the trailer here

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Girl in a Graveyard

Mark has released several videos choreographed to songs from his newly released album.

Mark is releasing several videos choreographed to songs from his newly released album.

The videos are raw footage captured in rehearsal at BlackBirdRedRose Studios.

The album Girl in a Graveyard is now available as a digital release.



Beaulampkin

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a short film choreographed by Mark Bruce to music by Martin Simpson.


Dancers: Eleanor Duval, Jonathan Goddard, Carina Howard, Sharol Mackenzie. Photography: Mark Bruce


Photography © Mark Bruce Company

a short film choreographed by Mark Bruce to music by Martin Simpson.

On Choreography & Making Dance Theatre

Oberon has recently published Mark's new book "On Choreography & Making Dance Theatre".

On Choreography and Making Dance Theatre will be an invaluable insight into Bruce's approach, both artistic and practical, as he documents his process from the beginnings of ideas to the realisation of a full-length production. Bruce provides an explanation of the range of skills he believes are required, and all that needs to be considered in the creation of dance theatre.


Cover image by Nicole Guarino

ISBN: 9781783197774

www.oberonbooks.com

Oberon has recently published Mark's new book "On Choreography & Making Dance Theatre".

Join our board

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BlackBirdRedRose Productions are looking for new Trustees to join our board.


Our board are actively involved in the company's strategic development whilst also bringing their personal skills and experience to the ongoing guidance of the organisation. We welcome applications from individuals with a passion for culture from all areas of our diverse community.

Download the Trustees Information pack (PDF)

For details of how to apply or to book an informal chat about the role, please contact Megan Farrow, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BlackBirdRedRose Productions are looking for new Trustees to join our board.

Silver Swans ballet class

Weekly Silver Swans ballet class in Frome
Tailored for the over 55’s


Tuesdays, 9am – 10am at BlackBirdRedRose Studios

Our weekly Silver Swans ballet class runs on Tuesday mornings. The class is delivered by qualified dance teacher Sue McGovern (ARAD), who safely adapts ballet techniques for older adults. Sue delivers a high quality ballet class and is trained by the Royal Academy of Dance to respond to the different needs of participants of a broad age range.  Classes take place in our light and airy studio with its sprung Harlequin floor (and no mirrors!)  No previous experience needed. Tea and coffee available after the class. For further details please call 01373 462168.

Block of 6 lessons - £54
Taster lesson - £10 (remaining classes charged at £9 per class if booked all at once).
Payment in cash on the day or by BACS for the full course.
You can join in at any point in the 6-week block.

Silver Swans Application Form (PDF)


Photograph © Mark Bruce Company

Our weekly Silver Swans ballet class runs on Tuesday mornings.

Summer School

12th to 18th July 2020


Following an incredible Summer School in 2019 we are delighted to confirm our dates for 2020.

The Mark Bruce Company Summer School is an intensive week-long residency held in our studio in Frome, Somerset. Auditions will be held in February 2020 and will be open to dance students from vocational schools and recent graduates aged 16+.

The Mark Bruce Company is committed to enabling students who need financial assistance to take part through our Summer School Bursary Fund.

Download an application form (PDF)
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Following an incredible Summer School in 2019 we invite you to save the date for 2020.

BlackBirdRedRose Studios

Mark Bruce Company is based in our own studios in Frome, Somerset.


The company is based in a fantastic large and versatile space in our home town of Frome, Somerset. Here we create and rehearse our theatrical and digital work, make and store set and costumes, expand our education programme and run the company. Our light and airy studio has a large sprung Harlequin floor and supporting facilities including offices and green room.

If you would like to visit or hire our space please get in touch.

National Dance Awards

We are incredibly proud that Eleanor Duval and Jonathan Goddard have both received National Dance Awards nominations for their roles in Macbeth.

Eleanor has been nominated in the Outstanding Female Modern Performance category for her role as Lady Macbeth and Jonathan has been nominated in the Outstanding Male Modern Performance for his role as Macbeth.



The National Dance Awards have been organised by the Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle in each year of this Millennium to celebrate the vigour and variety of Britain’s thriving dance culture. They are presented by the Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle, which brings together over 60 dance writers and critics. They are the only awards given by the body of professional dance critics in the UK.

Macbeth photography: Nicole Guarino
Eleanor Duval and Jonathan Goddard receive National Dance Awards nominations.
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