Mark Bruce has choreographed, directed and danced internationally for over 20 years, working with Rosas, Bern Ballet, Introdans, Igloo, Extemporary Dance Theatre and DJazzex among others.
In 1991 Bruce launched The Mark Bruce Company. Productions include Moonlight Drive (1991), Lovesick (1995), Helen, Angel (1996), Horse, BlackBird/RedRose (1998), Dive (1999) and the celebrated collaboration with Polly Jean Harvey and John Parish titled Dance Hall At Louse Point (1997). In September 2006 The Mark Bruce Company premiered Sea of Bones at the Merlin Theatre and in May 2010 Love and War premiered at the Tobacco Factory Theatre; both productions then toured the UK. Bruce’s most recent work Made in Heaven premiered in May 2012 at the Tobacco Factory Theatre, followed by a critically acclaimed national tour.
In 2005 Bruce created Fever To Tell for Probe, Green Apples for the Royal Opera House’s Clore Studio Summer Collection and Bad History for The Place Prize 2006. Bruce created The Sky or a Bird for Probe’s 2008 UK tour and Stars for Dance South West’s 2008 Rural Tour. Bruce’s first commission by Bern Ballet, Crimes of Passion, premiered in January 2010 and his second commission, Medea, premiered in February 2011.
Bruce’s theatre work includes the Royal Exchange Theatre’s productions of The Bacchae, Antigone, The Glass Menagerie, The Revenger’s Tragedy, Antony & Cleopatra, Peer Gynt, As You Like It, Fast Food, Still Time and The Way of the World. He co-devised Skellig, an opera based on the book by David Almond, for the Sage Gateshead in 2008. He directed Rick Bland’s award winning Thick which toured the UK, US and Canada.
Bruce has also worked in a variety of new media, screen and interactive stage productions with Ruth Gibson & Bruno Martelli of Igloo. He has written music for his own work and also for art installations and films.
Mark Bruce’s book of short stories, Blackout Zones, was released in May 2010 and is available from Amazon.