KND: Announcing the faculty for the Performance Mentoring Programme

Monday 11 Aug – Friday 22 Aug 2014

The KND Performance Mentoring Programme offers a small, select group of freelance dancers a two-week intensive training programme, followed by three months personal mentoring.

KND are thrilled to announce the internationally acclaimed and highly sought-after faculty for the very first Performance Mentoring Programme. KND places great emphasis on providing high-quality developmental opportunities and this exclusive and dynamic team is the best example of this. Supported by the exceptional skills and high-profile experience of the guests - including Lloyd Newson, Antonia Franceschi and Melanie Pappenheim - this promises to be a vital professional development venture not to be matched!

The KND Performance Mentoring Programme is designed to boost freelance professional dancers mid-career, by offering two-weeks of rigorous technical training and workshops, alongside tailor-made mentoring sessions. The curriculum displays breadth and diversity and has been devised as a direct result of KND's insight of relevance for the professional job market. After the intensive, KND will continue to mentor the successful participants for a further three months, to support development post-intensive.
Faculty 2014 KND Performance Mentoring Programme
Contemporary Technique, Mentoring, Choreography, CV and Audition Guidance, and Teaching Practice
Kerry Nicholls. Credit: Pari NaderiKerry brings together her extensive practice over the past two decades to devise and deliver this exciting initiative. She has taught, choreographed, mentored, and performed for numerous dance companies and institutions throughout Europe and worldwide, and her experience spans a diverse dance practice spectrum. Kerry has an established and successful profile in education and is continually in demand to present her expertise in public and private sectors internationally.
She draws from her rich experience of mentoring artists from various training institutions as well as ROH, ENB, DANCE UK, Rambert and Youth Dance England.
Kerry is the owner of Kerry Nicholls Dance and embodies the values and spirit of the brand.
Featuring live music from David Walters, Kerry's contemporary classes are fast-paced, energetic and athletically demanding. Using the foundations of Limon and release-based techniques, these classes will explore a kinetic use of spatial architectonics with an attention to momentum, qualitative change and musical sensibility.
Kerry will also lead workshops equipping the participants with teaching skills and a choreographic tool box to bring confidence in audition situations.
An integral element of the PMP is the personal mentoring that Kerry provides alongside the training. She highly values this aspect of the programme and is dedicated to supporting the participants, post-intensive.
Artistic Director Lloyd Newson & Creative Associate Hannes Langolf
Mock Audition

Hannes Langolf. Photographer: Ben HopperDV8’s Artistic Director Lloyd Newson and Creative Associate Hannes Langolf will conduct a 'mock audition’ workshop for the PMP dancers. The participants will gain a clear understanding of Newson’s working methods and what skills he looks for when choosing performers for DV8 Physical Theatre.
The workshop begins with a short contemporary warm-up, followed by a series of movement and improvisation exercises and verbal/text-based tasks. Newson will explain the nature and purpose of each task to help participants better understand the audition process.
DV8 Physical Theatre is a groundbreaking theatre company producing the work of Lloyd Newson, one of the most influential theatre artists of our time. Focusing on socio-political issues, DV8 produces original and challenging dance theatre that is not afraid to push audiences out of their comfort zone.
Straddling dance, text, theatre and film, Newson’s work refuses to be defined. Since 2007 he has specifically focused his attention on investigating the relationship between verbatim text and movement.
Newson’s work, be it for stage or film, has won more than 50 National and International awards. He was recently cited by the Critics Circle as being one of the top hundred most influential artists working in Britain during the last hundred years. In 2013 Newson was awarded an OBE from Her Majesty the Queen for services to contemporary dance.
Classical Ballet Technique
ANTONIA FRANCESCHIAntonia Franceschi, renown triple threat: dancer (The New York City Ballet, 'Fame' the movie), choreographer (The New York Theater Ballet, Ballet New York, Ballet Black), and teacher (The Royal Ballet, Rambert, Wayne McGregor | Random Dance), brings her focused Classical Ballet class which emphasises clarity, speed, largeness of movement, musicality, and long beautiful lines to the dancers in the Performance Mentoring Programme in the hope to help every dancer be a valuable instrument in the many aspects of their careers.

Walking and Talking – a playful workshop about connecting body and voice
Singer/performer Melanie Pappenheim and director/writer Emma Bernard have devised a series of enjoyable exercises using both the singing voice and spoken text to help participants gain more confidence and learn to explore stage presence and the many exciting possibilities of combining voice, text and movement.
Melanie PappenheimMelanie Pappenheim has worked as a singer and performer with many leading theatre and dance companies including DV8 (Strange Fish), Jasmin Vardimon Company, Clod Ensemble, Protein Dance, Wayne McGregor | Random Dance and Siobhan Davies. She specialises in voice coaching for dancers and actors and regularly advises and assists individuals and companies in the creative and practical use of voice in their work.

Emma Bernard. Credit: Hugo GlendinningEmma Bernard has devised and directed projects for companies including The Royal Opera House, Streetwise Opera, Thames Festival, and BBC Concert Orchestra. She specialises in devised and participatory work and particularly enjoys working on text and stage presence for dancers and singers.

Introduction to Jivamukti Yoga
CAT ALIP-DOUGLAS. Credit: Richard PilnickJivamukti Yoga offers vigorously physical and intellectually stimulating yoga classes that integrates vinyasa (flowing asana sequences), hands-on adjustments, pranayama (breathing exercises), meditation, sanskrit chanting, yogic philosophical teachings and deep relaxation.
Cat Alip-Douglas is privileged and blessed to have been involved with Jivamukti Yoga London since its inception in 2005 and continues to serve currently in the following roles at the studio: Advanced Certified Teacher, Co-Director alongside her husband Phil and mentor for the 800-hour certification/apprenticeship program.
Music, co-ordination and rhythm workshop
DANIEL ELLISPercussionist Dan Ellis will be presenting a workshop exploring the diversity of percussive rhythm and its relevance to dance and movement. During the workshop we will discuss and play some of the more complex time signatures, use rhythm to improve our teamwork and listening skills, and then incorporate these elements into movement.
Dan Ellis is a classically trained percussionist and timpanist, trained at the Royal Academy of Music. During the last 15 years, he has played extensively with classical orchestras, including the Royal Opera House and has enjoyed eight years on various West End shows including: Wicked, Legally Blonde and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. He has also had the privilege of recording all over London, and is currently the percussionist for the Robbie Williams 'Swings Both Ways World Tour'. Dan has also spent many hours playing for contemporary dancers, and is, as always, looking forward to this collaboration with Kerry Nicholls.
Artistic Development with Q&A
Theresa Beattie. Credit: Pari NaderiTheresa Beattie brings her extensive experience as a curator, creative producer, evaluator, artist development specialist, researcher and organizational development consultant to deliver a unique and insightful Artistic Development Talk for PMP participants.
Theresa Beattie is a dance consultant who has worked extensively on artist development, producing and business and project planning. Clients include National Dance Network, Hofesh Shechter Company and The British Council. She was Director of Artist Development at The Place and worked as Head of Dance for Arts Council England, London.
Head musician and collaborator with Kerry Nicholls Dance
DAVID WALTERS. Credit: Pari NaderiSince 1992, after completing a B.A. in Music at Middlesex University, David has composed, performed and lectured for ballet & contemporary dance companies, universities and dance schools, including London Contemporary Dance School, Central School of Ballet, Trinity Laban, Arts Educational and the Royal Ballet School. Collaborations have included those with Kerry Nicholls, Mavin Khoo, Tamara McLorg and Dance United, with commissions performed in Spain, Poland and Lithuania, as well as the U.K.
Application details
Dancers should have graduated at least 4 years ago and come from a strong classical/contemporary background, possess a high technical ability with an open mind and an enthusiasm for expanding their skill set.

As this is a pilot course, we are offering a subsidised fee for this year only. Registration fee of £175  (which includes the full course of workshops and post-mentoring).

The intensive programme dates are wks/c 11th and 18th August 2014.
Auditions and interviews will be held in June 2014.
Please register your interest by sending your CV and a cover letter to:
The closing deadline is 6pm Friday 30th May 2014
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