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New Commission with Tom Dale Dance Company

Autumn 2019

Tom Dale Dance Company has commissioned Eleesha to create a new solo for the company. The show will be part of a full evening called Step Sonic, with a national tour in autumn 2019. Tour dates and more information to come. Check out Tom Dale Dance Co below.

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Infinite Glimpse

January 2019

Delighted to announce that we have received funding form Arts Council England for the creation and preview of Infinite Glimpse with a new score by Adelphoi music. Watch this space for more information coming soon. We are looking forward to getting into rehearsals in January and very thankful to Studio Wayne McGregor & DanceEast for their support.

An opportunity to come take class with Eleesha!

March 11-15th 2019

She’ll be teaching pro class at The Place March 11-15th 2019. Space is limited so book early.

Not a Birthday Party

November 2018

Not a Birthday Party a new commission for Grace & Growl performed at Harbour House Care Home in Bridport & at Bridport Arts Centre opening for Luke Brown Dance Also Dorchester

Unique Feet at RAREfest 2018

November 30 & December 1

Unique Feet are a dance group of children, each with a rare disease and part of Cambridge Rare Disease Network. Commissioned by Studio Wayne McGregor performed at Guildhall in Cambridge as part of RAREfest 2018

Eleesha worked with the group to present an unforgettable performance and experience for everyone involved. The piece is called Skylark.

The Great Masked Ball

July 13 - August 11 2018

The Great Masked Ball is London’s immersive Swan Lake experience. It fuses dance, theatre, feasting, fantasy and a live orchestra into one enthralling whole.

Eleesha is diving headlong into this ballet classic to bring life to this Lost Estate production. As always working with some of the best dancers around, the evening promises to be one of a kind. Find out more and book tickets below. Space is limited.

Choreographing Vanara the Musical

Following a successful first workshop last July 2017 in London, Eleesha is currently developing new choreography for Vanara the Musical. This exciting large scale production with a cast of 22 performers is produced by Giovanna Romagnoli. Music is by Gianluca Cucchiara. For more information and to follow our progress click the link to Vanara the Musical facebook page, with videos, sneak peaks, behind the scenes and more to get inspired!

 

Conceived by Tony Cucchiara. Produced by Giovanna Romagnoli. Music by Gianluca Cucchiara. Lyrics by Andrew James Whelan. Choreography by Eleesha Drennan.

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Eleesha has been Shortlisted for the Arts Foundation Fellowship Anniversary Award 2018

12 October 2017

The Foundation exists to help individual artists who've shown comminment to and reached some standing in their artform. At this critical stage, a period of relative security in order to explore new avenues or consolidate existing work is often crucial.

 

To mark the 25th anniversary of the award, previous winners were asked to nominate an artist from any discipline to the longlist. Eleesha was nominated by former Fellow, Wayne McGregor and the shortlist was announced on October 12th.

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before sleep at the end of love (description of a lullaby) an opera by Sarah Hardie at the V&A

10 November 2017

Performance begins 5.30pm, Friday 10 November 2017The Sackler Courtyard, Exhibition Road Entrance, Victoria & Albert Museum, LondonFree entry, non-ticketed

 

before sleep at the end of love (description of a lullaby) was originally commissioned by T.P.S.and Bold Tendencies and written for and premiered at Bold Tendencies in 2016. Hardie worked with composer Jack Sheen, choreographer Eleesha Drennan, actor Angela Hardie and choir MUSARC to realise this work, and will restage it again with their collaboration. 

 

before sleep at the end of love (description of a lullaby) has been selected by the V & A to launch the Opera Weekender as an example of cutting-edge opera practice, which challenges the traditional form of the genre and disciplinary boundaries, existing simply as a total work.Hear a trailer for before sleep at the end of love (description of a lullaby) here

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Pause and Effect is Back On Tour

October 2017

Pause and Effect is currently touring around Northern Ireland. Maiden Voyage is taking to the road afresh and revived with a brilliant addition to the original cast.

 

Performances at:

The MAC, Belfast-6 & 7th October

SOLD OUT

themaclive.com

028 9023 5053

 

The Island Arts Centre, Lisburn-11th October

A FEW SEATS REMAINING!

https://www.islandartscentre.com

028 9250 9254

 

The Market Place, Armagh-17 October

https://Marketplace Armagh

 

 

The Theatre at The Mill, Newtownabbey-19th October

https://Theatre at The Mill

028 9034 0202

 

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Pause & Effect on BBC Radio Ulster

3 October 2017

Check out an interview with Eleesha and the Maiden Voyage cast on BBC Radio Ulster and skipping ahead to the 10:10 minute mark.

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Infinite Glimpse

July 2017

The first two weeks of research and development has wrapped. We're truly up and running. So much progress has been made and it has been a great joy bringing this vision to life. For a taste of what's to come have a look at the trailer.

Collabotators Announced for Infinite Glimpse

29/06/2017

I am delighted to announce a new work in progress, Infinite Glimpse. Research and development starts today in Studio Wayne McGregor's impressive new space at Here East.

 

This new dance production employs original music, movement, design and technology to create a physical study about time and the phenomenon of time perception.

 

The project brings together a unique collaboration with an award winning artistic team: Adelphoi Music, Studio PSK and four exceptional dance artists from Eleesha Drennan Dance. Anouncing the incredible team of dancers from left to right: Mathieu Geffre photo by Rhyz Cozens, Natalie Corne, Lucy Starkey, Kenny Wing Tao Ho (photo by Rich Rusk)

 

Eleesha Drennan Dance would like to thank the many people and organisations who have supported the development of this work so far. Eleesha is supported by Studio Wayne McGregor through the FreeSpace programme. R&D for Infinite Glimpse is funded by Arts Council England and Sky Arts.

 

KSF Shortlist Announced

16/06/2017

We are pleased to announce Eleesha's latest project has been shortlisted for the Kevin Spacey Foundation (KSF) Awards, in the category of dance. With momentum building for Infinite Glimpse, there will be more updates to come. Watch this space. To read more about KSF follow the link below.

Opera in a Car Park

27/09/2016

Eleesha is choreographing movement for a one off event in a car park. It’s that one in Peckham where no one can park because there’s art going on. It’s going to be great. It’s called, Before Sleep At the End of Love (Description of a Lullaby) and it’s by, Sarah Hardie, who will be performing with her twin sister, Angela and MUSARC Libretto. The music is composed by Jack Sheen. 

 

Follow the link to book tickets.

A Polyphonic Playground

July 2016

Eleesha was commissioned by Studio Wayne McGregor to choreograph on London College of Fashion’s installation, The Polyphonic Playground. From this came a subtle duet called, Thigmo. 

 

Think, Tom Hanks in that scene in Big but swap the giant keyboard with a jungle gym and swap Tom Hanks with a couple of incredible dancers and you get the idea behind the Polyphonic Playground. 

 

The internal child gets a chance to indulge in this giddy feast for the senses and yet there is so much more than graceful bodies and clever technology at work. The door has been opened on a stunning collaboration with endless possibilities. Studio PSK and Eleesha teamed up with great dancers to explore an entirely new realm of this elegant design. With such a simple idea done well, the future looks promising.

 

The Polyphonic Playground was originally designed by Studio PSK, commissioned by Fashion Space Gallery and London College of Fashion. This has been the first time dance/choreography has been brought into the fold but probably not the last.

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Whiskers at Alternative Routes

June 2016

Eleesha’s award winning solo, Whiskers, was performed by the virtuosic firecracker, Camille Giraudeau, at Cardiff’s annual dance festival, Alternative Routes. Camille did herself and the work proud, plunging guts first into the viscerally charged material. Big thanks and a tipped hat to all involved in the production.

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Pause and Effect at Belfast Children's Festival

March 2016

Eleesha, in collaboration with Maiden Voyage, created a special piece for the 2016 Belfast Children’s Festival. Never one to talk down to an audience the piece entitled, Pause and Effect, captivated toddlers and and adults equally with stunning visuals hinting at a deeper meaning lurking just beneath the surface. 

 

Longtime collaborator, Joe Fletcher, revealed yet another layer of his artistic brilliance in the lighting design and Northern Irish musicians Willie Drennan and Davey Angus performed live for the event. 

 

 

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Work in Progress: Bluebird

August 2015 (ongoing)

Research and development underway for a new site specific work in the magnificent historical beauty of St.Cuthbert's, Earle's Court. Watch this space for more details.

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Maiden Voyage Dance premier Tipping Point in Belfast

September 2015

"Tipping Point amazes on its own terms: an energetic, emotional and eclectic work of art for all ages." - Simon Fallaha, The Thin Air review. A new commission for Maiden Voyage Dance  as part of their Dance Exposed programme for public spaces. Original music by Colin Reid.

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Fertile Ground performs Eleesha's latest creation: Shields Of Bone

February/March 2015

Sheilds of Bone had it's debut performance last night to much success and will go on tour for a few more dates around the north of England. 

 

Eleesha thanks, Kate Collins for her her brilliant costume design and Dora Frankel, artistic director of Fertile Ground who called called it "galvanising"

 

Sheild of Bone

4 women looking for the source of their own power and weakness. The dependency they feel, the support they can be. In the quiet moments alone what is our flux of strength and weakness? Looking at the skeletal system as a map of our solid, strong structure and the flesh as a map of our soft tender being that senses and shields the strength of our bones.

 

Click the button below to open the Fertile Ground website.

 

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Eleesha on Edge

February 2015

Eleesha is currently in a creative flow with the Edge. Treasure (working title) is the latest geyser from Eleesha’s well of ideas. Details of tour dates and tickets can be found below.

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Recent Creation for Fertile Ground

January 2015

Fertile Ground, the postgrad company based out of Newcastle recently commissioned Eleesha to make a piece. The work, entitled, Shields of Bone and explores a relationship between fragility and strength. To find out about dates and book tickets click the button below.

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December 2014

A welcome 4 stars from Buzzmag who were in attendance as Channel Rose was unveiled to the public.

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Article19 Features Channel Rose

January 2014

Article19 stopped in ahead of the premier in Cardiff to capture some rehearsal footage and have a chat with Eleesha. They discuss some challenges along the way, the value of collaboration, and the aesthetics of utopia.

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Exciting Times Ahead as Collaborators for Channel Rose Come Aboard

JULY 2014

The Channel Rose creative team is built and now for the fun part. The Sky Academy Arts Scholarship told applicants to "think big". The calibre of talent involved in this project is a great stride in direction of that goal. Tessa Howell, former producer and manager for Jasmin Vardimon Company and Vincent Dance Theatre has now taken on the role of creative producer for Eleesha Drennan Dance. She will bring her wealth of experience to the table giving a holistic boost to the project.

 

Composer Mark Bowden brings his cutting edge talent and skills to Channel Rose, riding the momentum of their successful 2012/2013 Virtual Descent/ Heartland collaboration. The reunion was completed by the addition of legendary solo percussionist Julian Warburton and  renowned Saxophonist  Simon Haram who will Perform Channel Rose live in Cardiff and London.

 

Annabeth Berkeley is an exceptional talent and has been a key highlight in Eleesha's previous work at NDCWales, will bring creative understanding to the dance team with her incomparable presence. Returning to the scene after 6 years in Germany Annamari Keskinen will pick up unfinished business to  fulfil a long awaited collaboration. A uniquely voiced dancer who leaves her soul on the stage. Kenny Wing Tao Ho completes the trio of dancers with his fresh and prodigal talent bringing new life to Drennan's work.

 

Channel Rose will be expertly lit by Guy Hoare, bringing the whole thing to life with his reputable design. Finally, lending artistic flare and know how, NDC Wales technical director, Nia Thomson will be collaborating with Eleesha on costume and production logistics.

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Eleesha's Interview with Ideas Tap

July 2014

Eleesha talks with Despina Ladi from Ideas tap about what the Sky Academy Arts Scholarship will mean to her career.

New Comission announced

July 2014

Eleesha has been comissioned to choreograph a new piece for Edge. She joins a prestigious list of choreographers who have also made work on the company including Siobhan Davies, Wayne Macgregor and Hofesh Shechter. The work will be performed as part of the company's 2015 tour. More details to follow.

 

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Dancing Times announces Eleesha's Sky Academy Arts Scholarship

February 2014

Eleesha tells Dancing Times about the thrill of winning the Sky Academy Arts Scholarship and her immediate thoughts on the next step.

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