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"The Nutcracker"
With a Welsh Twist

Cardiff Castle Spiegeltent Festival 2022

Produced by Cardiff Christmas Festival Ltd.

Choreographed & Directed  by Jamiel Laurence

Lighting Design by Elanor Higgins 

Costume by Rhiannon Matthews & Jacob Steed

Design by Jamiel Laurence, Kathryn Williams

Music by Duke Ellington & Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

"For anyone unused to dance, this is a perfect introduction to the ability to story tell without words." Thoughtful Theatre

"I found the whole show captivating ..." Arts Scene in Wales

A contemporary ballet version of the classic with a Welsh twist. This highly acclaimed full-length contemporary ballet of The Nutcracker is Wales' first reimagining of its kind, featuring a rich cast of recognisably Welsh characters, including Uncle Idris, Bopa Sheila & Bopa Linda, and The Mari Lwyd!

Audiences are invited along for a magical ride through the William's Family Christmas. As we are taken into the dream world of our lead protagonist, Carys, her Uncle Idris will conjure up a battle, a snowstorm and his very own variety show, The Uncle Idris Show!

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"Read-Only Memory"
Rubicon Dance Company, 2022 

Choreographed by Jamiel Laurence

Design by Rhiannon Matthews

Composer Sonia Killmann

"In the far future, new technologies will allow us to experience our memories past from a new perspective and projected before us. “Read-Only Memory” explores how a dystopian society might find a use for this technology as a form of punishment – forcing those of us who do not conform into reliving their most painful memories."

Bringing Sci-Fi to the stage, Jamiel Devernay-Laurence’s new work draws inspiration from the “DUNE” novels by author Frank Herbert. The work features new designs by Rhiannon Matthews and is accompanied by a newly commissioned composition from Scotland-based composer Sonia Killmann.

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"Nutcracker Bach" 
Rubicon Dance Company 2022

Adapted & Choreographed by Jamiel Laurence

Music by Duke Ellington & Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Nutcracker Bach is Rubicon Dance Company’s unique Schools Tour offering, which hit the road in March 2022 and provided performances and workshops to over 700 pupils across 11 primary and secondary schools in Wales.

 

The highly acclaimed school experience featured  8 full-time company members performing an inspiring 20-minute adapted excerpt of Jamiel Laurence's full-length Welsh-based contemporary ballet “The Nutcracker.”

 

The experienced team at Rubicon Dance then lead workshops that draw inspiration from scenes of the full-length production, and those taking part in the workshop were encouraged to express their own interpretations of what it means to be a Snowflake, A Mari Lwyd and many of Laurence's other Christmas Characters. 

These workshops are Bi-lingual and provided an opportunity to meet the touring cast up close before seeing them up on stage. 

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"The Nutcracker"
Rubicon Dance Company 2021/22 

Choreographed by Jamiel Laurence

Lighting Design by Jamiel Laurence

Costume by Rhiannon Matthews & Jacob Steed

Design by Jamiel Laurence, Kathryn Williams

Music by Duke Ellington & Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

A firm family favorite with those who attended the celebrated opening run in 2021, Jamiel Laurence uniquely Welsh full-length contemporary ballet of The Nutcracker - Wales' first reimagining of its kind - featuring a rich cast of recognizably Welsh characters, including Uncle Idris, Bopa Sheila & Bopa Linda and The Mari Lwyd!

Audiences are invited along for a magical ride through the William's Family Christmas. As we are taken into the dream world of our lead protagonist, Carys, her Uncle Idris will conjure up a battle, a snowstorm and his very own variety show, The Uncle Idris Show!

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"WORKFORCE"
The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2021

Choreographed by Jamiel Laurence

Lighting Design by Simon Hayes

Costumes by Nicola Russell

Music by Kiasmos

WORKFORCE Workforce takes inspiration from a packed factory floor setting and the 9 to 5 working conditions that are now being challenged in this era of increasingly autonomously driven decentralised employment. Similarly, the piece brings to the stage those after-hours practices that have also been lost as a result of necessary social distancing laws, curfews and the closing of nightclubs. Created during COVID-Safe Conditions for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland's 3rd Year Graduates of the BA Modern Ballet Course.

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"Marching On"
The SSE Hydro
Celtic Connections 2021

Choreographed by Jamiel Laurence

Danced By Katie Miller & Jamiel Laurence

"Marching On" was danced as part of the Farewell Concert for Celtic Connections 2021, performed live at Glasgow's SSE Hydro and recorded and streamed for TV/online

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"Wee Hansel & Gretel"
Scottish Ballet, 2019

Original Choreography by

Christopher Hampson, CEO & Artistic Director Scottish Ballet

Adapted & Choreographed by Jamiel Laurence

Set & Costume by Gary Harris

Music by Engelbert Humperdink

"A wee version of a big ballet..."

Join Hansel & Gretel as they go on an adventure deep into the woods… Along the way, you’ll meet a rather beguiling Witch and her mysterious raven,  before arriving in an enchanted gingerbread house filled with dancing sweet treats and toys that come to life. 

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"We Sing, You Dance!"
Scottish Ballet 5 Wishes Campaign, 2020

Choreographed by Jamiel Laurence

Set & Costume by Scottish Ballet

Music by Every Voice Choir

In January 2019, we surprised the choir to reveal that their simple wish of ‘We Sing, You Dance’ had been chosen, and we invited them to Scottish Ballet HQ to help us create a unique joint performance. Scottish Ballet Soloist Jamiel Laurence choreographed a beautiful duet between Principal Bethany Kingsley-Garner and Soloist Evan Loudon, which we rehearsed with the 50-strong choir to their rendition of 'Only You' by British synth-pop band Yazoo. After the rehearsal, we gave them a tour of our studios, technical and wardrobe departments before sitting down to a well-deserved cup of tea together.

‘‘It is a powerful thing to unite people through such a celebratory performance. I am so pleased that Scottish Ballet has been able to make Every Voice Community Choir’s wish of singing and dancing together come true.’’

Susan Calman, champion of the third wish

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Young Edmund
Celtic Connections 2019

Choreographed by Jamiel Laurence

Costume by Jamiel Laurence

Music by Jarlath Henderson

A dark and twisted celtic tale...

Commissioned by Celtic Connections as part of their 2019 exploration into live dance acts, Young Edmund was performed by 10 dancers live alogside Jarlath Henderson and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra at BBC City Halls, Glasgow

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"Whit's Fir Ye!"
The Re-Opening of Dumfries House, 2016

Choreographed by Jamiel Laurence

Costume by Hazel Blue

Music by Composers of The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Celebrating Scottish Folk Music, dancing and tradition, "Whit's Fir Ye" was created and performed originally for stage in 2016 and was then shortened and adapted for the Scottish Ballet 2017 Gala event at Cross Basket Castle. The work was also performed in 2019 at Dumfries House for HRH Prince Charles.

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"Barbershop Duets"
Cottiers Dance Festival 2016

Choreographed by Jamiel Laurence

Costume by Scottish Ballet

Music by The Freddy Williams Four

Set to a series of Barbershop standards, the 6 dancers explore love, life, and relationships in this classical-based work en pointe.

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"1 to 10"
Edinburgh Fringe 2015 &
Cottiers Dance Festival 2016

Choreographed by Jamiel Laurence

Costume by Guy Salim

Music by Jamiel Laurence

"1 to 10" takes the numbers 1 to 10 and uses them in a variety of contexts, provoking a series of audience reactions. The music for the work is created from these same numbers, spoken and recorded by the dancers, and then mixed down into 10 separate tracks.