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Phantoms - a triple bill

Phantoms

Multi-award-winning Mark Bruce Company returns to theatres with a stunning Triple Bill of cinematic dance theatre.

Green Apples
Bruce's highly popular commanding work choreographed to music by The White Stripes. A visceral and immediate live experience as two dancers perform within the confines of a rope circle, creating a space of powerful physical intensity and magnetic energy.

Folk Tales
Characters from the myths of our past dance to the evocative music of Martin Simpson, including renditions of Beaulampkins, Soldier’s Joy and Betsy the Serving Maid among others. A collection of life affirming pieces; at once mysterious, fiery, and celebrational.

Phantoms
A tale of love and vengeance.
A stunning dance theatre tale of love, tragedy and revenge in a land where our phantoms roam free. Mark Bruce Company presents its trademark cinematic vision; a carousel of dream-like characters in a beautifully savage world falling into chaos, culminating in a surreal, classic showdown on the road. Phantoms features the creative team that brought you Dracula, Macbeth and Return to Heaven, and an originally composed score.

Watch the trailer here Tour dates
Multi-award-winning Mark Bruce Company returns to theatres with a stunning Triple Bill of cinematic dance theatre.

Phantoms trailer

Phantoms


Written, choreographed and directed by Mark Bruce

Dancers: Eleanor Duval, Jonathan Goddard, Carina Howard, Sharol Mackenzie, Christopher Thomas

Camera and Editing: Mark Bruce
Music: ‘The World of Love and Wonders’ written by Mark Bruce, Published by Mute Song
Vocals: Eva Trodd
Guitar: Mark Bruce
Sound recording: John Kilroy
Footage captured at BlackBirdRedRose Studios
Cameras: BMPCC 6K, EOS R
Edited in FCPX

© Mark Bruce Company

About Phantoms Tour dates
Phantoms triple bill trailer - touring early 2022

Phantoms tour dates

Phantoms

Thu 3 Feb – Sat 5 Feb 2022
The Merlin Theatre, Frome
www.merlintheatre.co.uk
01373 465 949

Tue 15 Feb 2022
Theatre Royal Winchester
www.theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk
01962 840 440

Thu 24 Feb - Sat 5 Mar 2022
Wilton’s Music Hall, London
www.wiltons.org.uk
020 7702 2789

Fri 18 Mar - Sat 19 Mar 2022
DanceEast, Ipswich
www.danceeast.co.uk
01473 295 230

Thu 24 Mar - Sat 26 Mar 2020
Salisbury Playhouse
www.wiltshirecreative.co.uk
01722 320 333

About Phantoms Watch the trailer here
Announcing the dates for our 2022 tour.

R&D 2020

We are delighted to be back creating work in the studio this autumn. Mark is working with individual dancers and duos developing ideas for his new pieces. He's also spent time creating, writing and recording original music, forming new collaborations with talented musicians.


We are delighed to be back in the studio!

Green Apples

New production
A commanding ten-minute duet performed in the round.

Choreographed by Mark Bruce to the music of the White Stripes, Green Apples is a commanding duet performed in the round. Separated from the performers by a rope, the audience is drawn into a visceral and immediate experience as the dancers circle themselves and each other in a space of physical intensity and magnetic energy.

Green Apples is available as an educational workshop for schools and colleges. Originally commissioned by the Summer Collection for ROH2 at the Clore Studio of the Royal Opera House, it can be presented in a wide-range of spaces and locations.

Please contact the company for further information.

Beaulampkin

Workshop

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

Mark's book "On Choreography & Making Dance Theatre" is available from Bloomsbury Books.

On Choreography and Making Dance Theatre is 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.bloomsbury.com

Mark's book "On Choreography & Making Dance Theatre" is available from Bloomsbury Books.

Girl in a Graveyard

Mark has released several videos choreographed to songs from his album, Girl in a Graveyard.

Mark has released several videos choreographed to songs from his album Girl in a Graveyard.

The videos are raw footage captured in rehearsal at BlackBird RedRose Studios.


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

Silver Swans ballet classes

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


*** Classes are being delivered live online via Zoom on Tuesday mornings 9:00am - 9:55am. ***


Our weekly Silver Swans ballet class runs on Tuesday mornings live from BlackBirdRedRose Studios. 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.  No previous experience needed. For further details please call 01373 462168.

The online Zoom class is £5.00 on a pay as you go basis. After the class you will be sent a recording of the teaching which will be available on YouTube for a week until the next class.
Please ensure that you have a suitable space in which to do the class. You will find it useful to have something available to use as a barre, the back of a sturdy chair, a kitchen counter or landing bannister may be suitable.
If you've not used Zoom before there are some guidelines available on our booking website and we are happy to offer telephone support for new users.
You can find out more and book your place on our sister website www.blackbirdredrose.com.



Photograph © Mark Bruce Company

Silver Swans Application Form (PDF)

Weekly Silver Swans ballet classes running online on Tuesday mornings.

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.

BlackBird RedRose 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.

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