Jennifer’s career has spanned performing, choreographing, writing and teaching. A former soloist with the Royal Ballet and Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet, she danced principal roles in ballets including Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, La Fille Mal Gardée, Coppèlia and Mayerling. Her choreography includes commissioned work for ballet companies, fringe theatre, research projects and vocational students. Distant Beauties is her fourth collaboration with composer Tom Armstrong. Beyond performing and choreographing, Jennifer has forged a very successful academic career. Before joining London Studio Centre in 2015 she was a Lecturer in Dance Studies at University of Surrey and choreography tutor at the Royal Ballet School for 16 years. Her writing is published in professional and academic journals including Dancing Times and Research in Dance Education.
Matthew trained at the Arts Educational School and the Royal Ballet School. He was a Soloist with the Royal Ballet 1991-96. He later joined Rambert Dance Company 1996-2000 and was nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Dance for his portrayal of Lorca in Cruel Garden. He is an award-winning Choreographer and has created works for classical companies and schools both in the UK and abroad, including The Royal Ballet, The Royal Ballet School, Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, London City Ballet, Ballet Boyz, New English Ballet Theatre, Central School of Ballet, London Studio Centre, Millennium Performing Arts, London Children’s Ballet, Sarasota Ballet, K Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet and Ballett Deutsche Oper am Rhein. He joined the Ballet Boyz as a founder member in 2001, and was a guest artist with K Ballet, Tokyo in 2003/4 and in New Adventures. Matthew has performed in musicals and plays and has created many roles in ballet alongside film and TV appearances in Mrs Henderson Presents, Riot at the Rite, Margot and Strictly Dance Fever.
Morgann is a freelance choreographer from London. Credits include; Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet, Carmen and Coppelia for Ballet Ireland, Give My Love to The Sunrise, Sticks and Bones for English National Ballet, Poppy Hotel for Wilton’s Music Hall ‘Strike! Festival’, she has created works for Ballet Central, London Children’s Ballet, The Print Room, Images of Dance, Curve Foundation Dance, CAT and several works for the Chance to Dance Company at Royal Opera House. In partnership with Jessica Wright, she makes dance films. Credits include The Try Out; Channel 4 and BAFTA, The Last Resort English National Ballet & TATE Liverpool. Morgann has performed as a dancer for Ballet Ireland, English National Ballet, Rosie Kay Dance Company and the Curve Foundation and trained at Central School of Ballet and London Contemporary Dance School.
Liz is a Brighton based performer, director, choreographer, writer. For the past 40 years she has been re(de)fining her own brand of contemporary dance performance, dodging categorization and being classified as unclassifiable. Blurring the boundaries between high art and popular culture, she makes work which has a distinct visual aesthetic, and resists the ‘authority’ of formal conventions. From her early days in the 1980s supporting punk legends The Stranglers with her cabaret troupe The Wild Wigglers to her classic solo Grotesque Dancer: performance lecture Survival Tactics: cross-art performance The English Channel and dark-humoured solo Slap and Tickle, Liz Aggiss has been investigating the shifting nature of presentation, gender politics and the representation of woman in dance. Her screen dance films, notably Motion Control, have received numerous awards and commissions from the BBC and Channel 4. Liz received the Bonnie Bird Choreography Award in 1994 and the Arts Council Dance Fellowship in 2003 and is Emeritus Professor at the University of Brighton and holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
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Composer And Musicians
Tom studied composition at York University, Dartington Summer School, the Britten-Pears School and the ICPCC at Bretton Hall led by Robert Cohen and Nigel Osborne. He has received commissions for orchestral, chamber and vocal music, led community music projects and written a number of dance works including FIBBA (1999) for the National Youth Ballet and Black Maria (2007). Tom has been working with tonight’s choreographer, Jennifer Jackson, for some twenty years. He is a senior lecturer in music at the University of Surrey and in 2016 directed the AHRC-funded research network Music Composition as Interdisciplinary Practice.
Rosie enjoys a varied career as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician. She is a member of awardwinning chamber groups Ensemble Nova Luce, Duruflé Trio, and Pocket Sinfonia. In 2016 she graduated with an MPerf (Distinction) from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where she is now a Junior Fellow.
Henrietta is a violist studying with Matthew Jones. She recently graduated with an MPerf (Distinction) from Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she is currently a Strings Fellow. She is a member of Ensemble Nova Luce and the Duruflé Trio and is the (London) Philharmonia Orchestra’s MMSF Viola Fellow 2016-18.
Lindsey (flute) is a doctoral student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, researching improvisation in classical music. Career highlights include the Johannesburg Philharmonic Concerto Festival and St. Martin-in-the-Fields Embassy Series.
Tom (viola) is in his fourth year of study at the Guildhall school of Music and Drama. He is a keen composer, improviser and enjoys collaborating with actors and devising experimental theatre.
(Costume Design) Louie grew up in the Lake District. After a degree in Technical and Production Arts at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama she gained a place on the prestigious Motley Theatre Design Course. Since then Louie has been in demand for her designs in productions including The Nutcracker (Shanghai Ballet); Egle, Queen of the Grass Snakes (Lithuania National Ballet); Angelina Ballerina (English National Ballet); Unsilenced (English National Ballet Youth Company) and productions at the young Vic, Unicorn Theatre, Danish Opera, Frankfurt Opera and many more.
(Lighting Design) Zia is an international Lighting and Set designer with a base in both the UK and Ireland. She designs for theatre, dance, opera and live music events. She is a B.A. (Hons) graduate of Drama and Theatre Studies, Trinity College Dublin. She went on to participate on the Rough Magic SEEDS Programme 2012-2013 and is currently the Resident Associate Designer with PAN PAN Theatre. Her work has included designs for performances as part of the Dublin and Belfast Theatre Festivals, The Dublin Fringe, Edinburgh Fringe, IPAY, On The Edge, Kilkenny Arts, Baboró and 10 Days In Dublin festivals, as well as assistant design credits for performances on the West End. Design credits include: The Importance of Nothing *Winner of Best Lighting Design at the Irish Times Theatre Awards 2017* (Pan Pan Theatre), The Nest (Lyric Theatre Belfast and Young Vic Theatre, London), The Nutcracker, Romeo & Juliet (Ballet Ireland).