The Mark Bruce Summer School is an intensive week’s residency held in Frome, Somerset where the company has been based for the last 10 years. It is open to a small group of selected students from vocational schools and recent graduates, (16+, national and international), who are interested in the company and its work. The Summer School provides an opportunity to work in a creative environment with company dancers, learn a wide range of repertoire including pas de deux work and participate in contemporary and ballet technique classes every day. The week culminates with an informal showing for an invited audience. It is a technically challenging week, pushing students out of their comfort zones and providing an extension to their studies in the vocational schools.
As well as being an incredibly accessible piece of dance theatre, Dracula is an ideal piece for comparative study at both GCSE and A-Level as the work uses both narrative and abstract elements, referencing myth, literature and film. The dark story of the famous Vampire Count excites even the most reluctant theatre goer. With the rise in popularity of the vampire legend in modern culture through films, books and TV, our production is ideal for capturing young people’s imagination and developing their creative interest in theatre, acting and dance.
The performance is highly theatrical so as well as developing students’ dance technique; it also gives them the opportunity to develop their acting skills. By working with a professional company students can explore their creativity in a supportive and inclusive environment. Our facilitators are highly experienced and will tailor the approach to each student’s needs to ensure that everyone has a fulfilling and confidence building experience.
We can also work with teachers to assist them in building on the work we have delivered and to provide materials for future lessons.
Working with a professional company is an eye opening and inspiring opportunity for students embarking on a career in dance or theatre. These opportunities give students a chance to experience the level that they will need to achieve on graduating and to ask questions about working in the industry. It also enables them to understand the techniques they are learning by applying them to choreographic sequences, repertory work and dramaturgical learning.
Working with the Mark Bruce Company motivates and stretches the students to achieve their potential and gives students the chance to develop their acting skills due to the narrative and emotive nature of Dracula.
The Mark Bruce Company offers a range of opportunities for artists wanting to develop their skills. Continued professional development is essential for a long and successful career in the theatre world. These opportunities are an excellent chance for artists to experience working in a different company as well as keeping up fitness in periods between projects.
Dracula has delighted thousands of audience members and there are lots of opportunities for amateur dancers, developing actors and keen audience members to get involved and inspired by great dance theatre. As Dracula is an exciting, highly visual and enthralling piece it attracts those who would not normally attend dance theatre presenting an excellent chance to deepen their understanding and engagement with this art form.
Mark Bruce continues to teach contemporary classes to professional companies throughout the world.
Past companies include: Rosas, Bern Ballet, Adventures in Motion Pictures, National Dance Company Wales, DV8 Physical Theatre, Arc Dance Company, Claire Russ Ensemble, Glyndebourne Opera, English National Opera, Opera North, among others.
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