NATIONAL DANCE COMPANY WALES WELCOMES ELEESHA DRENNAN TO HOST WORLD PREMIERE OF NEW WORK ‘CHANNEL ROSE’ AT THE DANCE HOUSE
National Dance Company Wales will host the world premiere of a new work by multi-award winning choreographer, Eleesha Drennan on Friday 6 December (7.30pm) at the Dance House, Wales Millennium Centre. Channel Rose is Drennan’s first full length evening work and the culmination of a year’s development and focus provided by a prestigious Sky Academy Arts Scholarship.
Despite having left NDCWales last year to pursue her choreographic career, Eleesha holds strong links with Wales’ and National Dance Company Wales. NDCWales continues to provide extensive support for Eleesha’s work. The company is a co-producer of Channel Rose; with Dance House used to develop and create the work, as well as providing the platform for its world premiere. The work is also performed by three dancers, Annabeth Berkeley, Annamari (Viivi) Keskinen and Kenny Wing Tao Ho – two of which are much loved ex-NDCWales dancers (Berkley and Keskinen).
On returning to Wales to premiere the work, Eleesha said “It makes a big difference to have a place you feel you can come home to… I am delighted to launch Channel Rose at the Dance House and bring this landmark creation to premiere in the very place I started my choreographic passion. After nearly a decade of work with NDCWales, Channel Rose deals with stepping out into the unknown, in search of utopia - which literally means ‘no place’ and ‘ a perfect place’. In Channel Rose we construct our own fantastical world out of insatiable desire, failure and determination”
The work also sees a continuation of the creative relationship developed between Eleesha and BBC National Orchestra of Wales Resident Composer Mark Bowden, who she collaborated with previously in her most recent work on NDCWales Virtual Descent/ Heartland. Channel Rose will feature a new saxophone percussion duet composed especially by Bowden for the production; alongside a curation of music featuring works by Graham Fitkin; Andy Scott; John Woolrich and Iannis Xenakis. The music will be performed live on stage by two musicians, Simon Haram, Principal Saxophonist of the London Sinfonietta and the internationally renowned solo percussionist Julian Warburton, who also collaborated with Bowden and Drennan on Virtual Descent/Heartland, both toured and performed by NDCWales in 2013.
The prestigious Sky Academy Arts Scholarship is a bursary scheme that supports some of the most exciting emerging talent in the worlds of sport, the arts and TV. Eleesha is one of five artists chosen out of over a thousand applicants in early 2014, to receive a year’s bursary as well as coaching and mentoring from key industry bodies and individuals to develop their work. The scholarship provides Eleesha mentoring from prolific British choreographer Wayne McGregor, and as part of the process, Sky Arts are creating a documentary on Eleesha Drennan Dance and Channel Rose to be released in 2015, featuring an interview with Melvyn Bragg and Eleesha as well as excerpts of the work, filmed at the Dance premiere showing next week.
Originally from Canada Eleesha was an integral member of National Dance Company Wales for ten years, where she became House Choreographer in 2011 and completed two full company commissions which toured across the UK. She was awarded first prize for performance of her choreography Whiskers at the International Solo Dance Theatre Festival Stuttgart 2012 leading to an international tour including Germany, China, Brazil and UK.
Channel Rose will run for two nights at the Dance House, Wales Millennium Centre (Friday 6 / Saturday 7 December, 7.30pm).
Tickets are available (£12 / £10) from Wales Millennium Centre Ticket Office at 029 2063 6464 or https://www.wmc.org.uk/Productions/2014-2015/DanceHouse/243058.
It will be performed to London audiences at The Place on 27 / 28 February with a 2015 tour to be announced in the New Year.
For more information on the production and Eleesha as an artist go to www.EleeshaDrennan.com / Facebook: eleeshadrennandance / Twitter: @eleeshadrennan #ChannelRose