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Announcing Gary Clarke as Anjali's new Company Champion

Anjali Dance Company is delighted to announce acclaimed British Dance Artist and Choreographer Gary Clarke as its new Company Champion with immediate effect.

Gary, the first artist to take up this newly created role is currently Artistic Director of Gary Clarke Company, one of Art’s Council England new NPO’s, touring extensively both nationally and internationally.

Gary has previously worked with Anjali Dance Company choreographing Beethoven, the company’s last tour which formed part of the GENIUS double bill.  The work toured nationally and internationally to 18 venues, reaching 4k+ live audiences, 712 workshop participants and a digital audience of 136.5K.

Commenting on his appointment Gary said “inclusivity, visibility and diversity is an integral part of our sector growth and I believe Anjali is at the forefront of breaking down barriers for dance and disability. The company’s rigour, professionalism, artistic flair and integrity are all qualities of which we can learn from as we aim to grow into a more progressive and well-rounded industry.”

Gary has created stage and site-specific work for a number of companies and organisations including The National Theatre, Opera North, Sky Arts, Akademi, Hull City of Culture and The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

He has also worked as a movement specialist on a number of large-scale feature films including World War Z, and The Mummy. His performance credits include work with Lea Andersons’ The Cholomondeleys & The Featherstonehaughs, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Lloyd Newson’s DV8 Physical Theatre, Sadler’s Wells Productions, Phoenix Dance Theatre and Candoco Dance Company. In 2017, Gary was appointed as an Honorary Fellow at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance.

Gary has received a multitude of awards for his work including a UK Theatre Award for Achievement in Dance (COAL), A Critics Circle National Dance Award (COAL), A Herald Angel Award (the Troth) and The Brian Glover Memorial Award.

Working with Alex, Gary’s initial focus will be to support Anjali dancers with their career development, offering opportunities for shadowing and observing, and facilitating wider artistic possibilities within the industry.

Gary is currently working with Anjali dancer Nick McKerrow as Nick develops his choreographic practice through his current Arts Council ‘Developing your Creative Practice’ award. Nick will be visiting Gary in the studio as Gary creates his new company work DETENTIONSHIP.

Gary is also supporting Anjali’s three Research and Development choreographers, Chisato Minamimura, Rebecca Namgauds and Joe Garbett, over the next 6 months whilst they work with the dancers in the studio, to ensure a successful and collaborative process with the company.

17 April 2024

“I am thrilled to be collaborating with Anjali Dance Company as their new Company Champion as they step into an exciting phase of development.

My time working with Anjali has always been a rich and enlightening experience and something I deeply treasure as a developing dance artist. My contact with the company continues to broaden my thinking, push my artistry and deepen my understanding. I am honoured to be a part Anjali’s bright and prosperous future.”

Gary Clarke

Company Champion

“We are very excited to welcome Gary as Company Champion, his skills and commitment will be a great asset to us which will help drive the artistic vision, of the company.”

Alex Henwood

Director

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