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"I have known Jamiel Laurence for a few years now as he came to my attention while I was Artist Director of Rambert (2002-2018). Jamiel has so many natural talents together with a lovely easy way with people. Everyone in the cast is treated with the same respect and attitude as he desires to see each artist to excel. Jamiel is also natural coach he instinctively choreographs to each dancers best abilities. He does so with a mixture of seriousness and good humour which is so important in future leaders of our dance sector."

Mark Baldwin OBE


Mark Baldwin OBE is a multi award-winning choreographer, artistic director and visual artist. His career includes a distinguished association with Rambert, one of the world’s leading dance companies, as a dancer from 1983-1991, and serving as Artistic Director from 2002-2018.


He established Mark Baldwin Dance Company in 1992-2001, which toured nationally and internationally, including to Malaysia, Sri Lanka, France, Poland, Italy, Turkey and Tunisia. The company appeared in 5 Dance Umbrella festivals and Mark created over 40 works for his own company and others including: The Royal Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Scottish Ballet (where he was resident choreographer in 1996), London City Ballet, Cisne Negro Dance Company (Brazil), Modern Dance Company of Argentina, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Staatsoper Berlin, Teartro dell’Opera di Roma and Rambert. In 2002, Mark returned to Rambert to take up the post of Artistic Director, where he remained until 2018. During this time, the company’s awards included 13 Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards, two Olivier Awards and five Olivier Award nominations.


Mark continued to develop his own work including collaborations with South Africa’s Soweto Gospel Choir and the iconic Ladysmith Black Mumbazo. In 2016, Mark was awarded an OBE for his services to dance, and in 2019 he received the Critics’ Circle De Valois Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance. Mark is currently Academic Visitor at the University of Cambridge in the department of Psychology where he works with Professor of Comparative Cognition, Nicola Clayton FRS.

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