Commissioned choreographers 2021

Each year Rambert School commissions diverse voices in choreography to create new and varied work on our students.

We are delighted to announce this year’s world-leading choreographers who represent dance styles from Kathak to Hip-hop and contemporary.  We look forward to sharing their new work with you and are hopeful for opportunities to perform this summer.

From March 2021 our final year students will be working with Jose Agudo, Monique Jonas, Cameron McMillan, Robbie Ordona, Vidya Patel and Connor Scott. More details to be announced soon on exciting new works being made on second year students next term.

  • Headshots of six choreographers for 2021
  • Jose Agudo

A sneak peak at Cameron McMillan’s piece

Throughout the process we will keep this page updated with progress on the new work from each of our choreographers.

Read the latest blogs: In rehearsal with Jose Agudo | In rehearsal with Cameron McMillan | In rehearsal with Monique Jonas.

 

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Commissioned Choreographer Biographies & Performance/Choreography footage

Jose started his career in Andalusia where he began performing as a Flamenco dancer. Slowly the world of contemporary dance became more visible as he worked throughout Europe performing with Charleroi/Danses, Ballet de Marseille, T.R.A.S.H, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance and Akram Khan Company.

As a rehearsal director and assistant choreographer Jose has worked on several creations for Akram Khan Company, including DESH, iTMOi, TOROBAKA, Until the Lions, Chotto Desh, London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony, and Sylvie Guillem’s farewell tour Life in Progress. In 2011, Jose started to study Kathak under Akram’s guidance. Finding many parallels between this training and his early studies of Flamenco, Jose reconnected with his roots and began to explore traditional forms in a contemporary context. As a result, he created Silk Road (2017), which is still touring and most recently Carmen, which will tour later this year.

Jose’s independent choreographic commissions include: Ki for Phoenix Dance Theatre and English National Ballet School; Selah for ZfinMalta Dance Ensemble; A Thousand Shepherds for ACE Dance and Music, later restaged with Cape Dance Company; Arctic for LCDS; Regnum for Festival International de Music y Danza de Granada; Glansvit for Norrdans; Bhaj for SEAD/Bodhi Project; and SAM for Area Jeune Ballet, amongst others. In 2019, he choreographed the opening ceremony of Davis Cup by Rakuten in Madrid. Jose was recently entered into the new edition of 50 Contemporary Choreographers, an international publication by Routledge.

Jose Agudo’s showreel

Find out more on Jose’s website.

Monique began dancing with the Chance to Dance programme before training at the Arts Educational Schools London. She completed her training at Rambert School. Upon graduating, Monique has worked with Rambert Dance Company-A Linha Curva and Garsington Opera, Sally Marie, Hubert Essakow, Kim Brandstrup, Arcade Fire, Theo Adams Company and Chris Thomas Dance to name a few.
She joined Mathew Bourne’s New Adventures for the creation and UK tour of Romeo and Juliet. Alongside this Monique toured extensively with Richard Alston Dance Company for four years, until their final performance in 2020.

Monique founded her own dance company, Jona Dance and has been choreographing, movement directing, teaching and producing work both online and in-person, with the aim of amplifying silenced voices through contemporary dance in the UK. During the lockdown, Jona Dance collaborated with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and introduced a new charitable initiative hART for Humanity. Jona Dance launched video series SkIN-Deep in Autumn 2020 and short film CHECKMATE commissioned by New Adventures, premiered in December 2020.

Monique Jonas’ showreel

Find out more on Monique’s website.

New Zealand born, Cameron McMillan is a London based choreographer, dance artist and movement director with an extensive international performance and creative career spanning contemporary dance, ballet, film, fashion and commercial fields. Classically trained at the Australian Ballet School, he has danced for companies including Rambert Dance Company, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, English National Ballet, Bonachela Dance Company, Australian Dance Theatre, The Royal New Zealand Ballet, and Sydney Dance Company, dancing the works of some of the world’s finest choreographers across ballet and contemporary dance. With the creation of new work always being a driving factor in his dance trajectory, both as a dancer and developing choreographer, he began creating his own work alongside his performance career. Often working at the intersect of dance forms, he been commissioned by The Royal Ballet Of Flanders, Aldeburgh Festival, The Royal New Zealand Ballet, Balett Pécs, Brisbane Festival (Queensland Ballet, Dance North, EDC), Milwaukee Ballet, Transitions (TrinityLaban), Royal Opera House 2, Dance East, DanceXchange, HfMDK Frankfurt, Palucca Hochschule Für Tanz Dresden, Hong Kong Academy For Performing Arts, English National Ballet/Big Dance, BBC and Channel 4 Random Acts.

Choreography and works directed by Cameron McMillan

Find out more on Cameron’s website.

Robbie Ordoña is a professional dancer and choreographer from London that specialises in Hip-hop, Commercial and Contemporary styles, He has taught in various cities across England, Denmark and Czech Republic. Robbie’s recent performance credits include work with Akram Khan, Ina-Ama by Jason Mabana, Everybody’s Talking about Jamie (The Movie), P!NK (The BRIT Awards) and various performances with Company Jinks. Through his choreography, Robbie tries to connect the body’s physicality with detailed musicality to create a visual embodiment of the music. He is extremely excited to be working with the Rambert students on a new work for them and hopes it will be a great experience for himself and the dancers.

Robbie Ordona’s showreel

Vidya Patel is a Birmingham based dance artist, choreographer, and performer. Learning Kathak from a young age, she graduated from the Centre of Advanced Dance Training South Asian strand at DanceXchange in 2014, continuing her Kathak training with Guru Sujata Banerjee. In 2015, Vidya represented the South Asian Category in the inaugural BBC Young Dancer 2015 Grand Finals at Sadler’s Wells. Since, Vidya has worked with several choreographers & companies including Richard Alston Dance Company, Gary Clarke, Akademi, Thick & Tight, Sampad Arts, and collaborating with Rambert School alumnus Connor Scott & composer Shammi Pithia to create new work ‘About The Elephant’. Most recently, she has been working with visual artist Hetain Patel.

Her performances have been recognised, leading to three nominations at the National Dance Critics Circle Awards over the past few years. She is currently one of Sadler’s Wells Young Associate Choreographers from 2020 till 2022. Through her interest and curiosity of performing and choreography Vidya continues to collaborate with artists from various artistic practises as well as continuing to shape her knowledge and understanding within the Kathak art form.

Vidya Patel performs Kathak Dance at TedXBrum

Find out more about Vidya’s experience of BBC Young Dancer via The Guardian here.

Connor was born and raised in the north east of England and began his movement endeavour in Latin and ballroom dance. Connor continued to develop his interest in movement and choreography from a young age studying other art forms including breakdance and martial arts. In 2014 he joined the National Youth Dance Company working with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui before his training at Rambert School. Since graduation, Connor has worked with choreographers and companies including Theo Clinkard, Maxine Doyle and Humanhood as well as receiving awards for his own choreographic work. He continues to collaborate with photographer Paul Phung as movement director on several independent projects and campaigns. Most recently Connor joined Irish choreographer Michael Keegan Dolan (Teać Damsa) in the creation of ‘MAM’. Connor is excited to be returning to Rambert School to create a new work with the 3rd year students.

Read more about Connor’s time at the School and his experience of performing at BBC Young dancer here.

Trailer from ‘about the elephant’ a piece featuring both Vidya Patel and Connor Scott

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