JAMIEL LAURENCE

​. Creative Director . Choreographer . Filmmaker . Producer . Teacher . Coach . Project Manager . Consultant .

 

 

 

 

 

Jamiel Laurence occupies a unique position within the wider arts economy, as an artist creating work through collaborative practice, while also producing the work of other artists through entrepreneurship, bringing together his experience as a Performer, Creative Director, Venue Director, Filmmaker and Choreographer.

As an award-winning Choreographer & Filmmaker, Jamiel has now created works for several notable organizations including BBC ARTS, BBC Scotland, BBC Connected Studio, Google, OneDanceUK, 3Tone Records, The Peter Darrell Trust, Celtic Connections, Scottish Ballet, Ballet Ireland, Edinburgh Fringe 2015, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Dance School of Scotland and more.

Since 2020, Jamiel has demonstrated the ability to facilitate new opportunities, founding the ongoing #FundFreelanceDance initiative, and more recently creating the unique event concept, BALLET NIGHTS.

​Now seeking to work with like-minded thinkers on exciting projects outing dance into new spaces, Jamiel is focused on opportunities that assist with the recovery of the arts & culture sector post-pandemic and create conditions in which artists can thrive.

In September 2021, Jamiel became the Creative Director and inaugural choreographer for the newly formed Rubicon Dance Company, based in Cardiff and borne out of the wider Rubicon Dance organisation. After selecting the founding company members, Jamiel created the company's first full-length production, "The Nutcracker" premiering December 10th 2021.

 

Biography

Born in London, England, and trained at The Arts Educational School Tring Park, Jamiel also received two years of music training in 2006-2007 at the Trinity College of Music in Greenwich. His classical training was received at Central School of Ballet between 2007 – 2009.

Jamiel embarked on his career as a dance artist in 2009 joining Scottish Ballet; becoming a Soloist in 2016 and retiring in Summer 2021.

In 2011, Jamiel became the Project Manager and Assistant to the Director of the Lanterns Studio Theatre, launching the venue on its trajectory to becoming the performance, production, and rehearsal hub that it is today for the biggest names in UK Production.

After producing several works for events and festivals across Scotland in 2015, Jamiel was selected for the 'SB Creates' Scottish Ballet Choreographic Mentorship Programme 2017 and began exploring capturing and producing his own work using a variety of modern mobile film-making techniques.

Jamiel has now created work for organizations including BBC ARTS, BBC Scotland, BBC Connected Studio, Google, 3Tone Records, Peter Darrell Trust, Celtic Connections, Scottish Ballet, Ballet Ireland, OneDanceUK, Rubicon Dance Company, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Dance School of Scotland, and more, with his work being shown in a variety of settings including on BBC iPlayer, BBC World Service, The International Mobile Film Festival, New York Mobile Film Festival, the inaugural Dance International Glasgow, Theatre Royal Glasgow, Dance Camera West, Celtic Connections, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Dance on Camera New York, San Francisco International Dance Film Festival, LOIKKA Helsinki, and the opening Dumfries House for HRH Prince Charles.

​Jamiel acted as Assistant Choreographer to Christopher Hampson on the 2019 production of “Wee Hansel & Gretel” for Scottish Ballet, which now forms a key part of the BA Modern Ballet at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Jamiel has worked as a teacher, coach, and workshop provider extensively for organizations including Rubicon Dance, Scottish Ballet, SB Associates, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, The Dance School of Scotland, OneDanceUK, Broadway Weekends at Home, and several local dance schools.

​During the pandemic, Jamiel founded the crowdfunding initiative #FundFreelanceDance - getting freelance Dance Artists and their supporting Artists and Services returned to the studio, returned to their craft, and back into paid engagements. #FundFreelanceDance has now raised over £13,000, provided services to over 1200 participants, and created 76 paid engagements since launching September 2020.

In 2021 he choreographed & performed a duet for the farewell concert for Celtic Connection 2021 - The first dance performance to take place at Scotland's largest music venue, the SSE Hydro, since March 2020. 2021 also saw Jamiel provide Zoom workshops across Scotland and create the video callout for the Scottish Ballet "Safe To Be Me™ Dance Film Challenge".​

Jamiel won the Quarterly John Byrne Award for his film "REKT" in Q2 2021, and in October 2021 became the Creative Director and inaugural choreographer for the newly formed Rubicon Dance Company, based in Cardiff and borne out of the wider Rubicon Dance organisation. After selecting the founding company members, Jamiel created the company's first full-length production, "The Nutcracker" premiering on December 10th, 2021.

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