Dane Hurst was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He joined the Rambert School in 2003 supported by the Linbury and Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Funds and joined Rambert Dance Company in 2004. Dane was nominated for best emerging dancer of the year in 2006 and in 2007 received the Spotlight Dancer of the Year Award by the Critic's Circle National Dance Awards. He has made guest appearances with Rambert Dance Company, Phoenix Dance Theatre, National Dance Company of Wales, Company Wayne McGregor, Mad Dogs Dance Theatre and The Curve Foundation. He was voted 3rd in Dance Europe Magazine's Top 100 Dancers of the Year 2012 by an international jury of dance writers and critics. In 2013 he was nominated for Outstanding Modern Performance and in 2014 received the Best Male Dancer of the Year award by the Critic's Circle National Dance Awards, U.K. As a choreographer he has received commissions from The Place Prize, Stuttgart International Solo Dance Theatre Competition, Barbican, RichMix, Wilton's Music Hall, Dulwich Picture Gallery and since 2007 has regularly choreographed for Rambert's evening of New Choreography. His work has been performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Linbury Theatre - Royal Opera House, Barbican, Wilton's Music Hall, Peacock Theatre and Lilian Baylis - Sadler's Wells, Wilderness Festival, RichMix and Dulwich Picture Gallery. In 2014 Dane graduated with an MA Choreography from University of Kent and Central School of Ballet. He starred in and choreographed the Aesthetica Short Film Festival's 'Best Dance Film' award winner, 'Primitive' by Director Tom Rowland with the world premiere screened at RichMix - London, June 2014 and the American premiere screened at the 43rd Dance on Camera Festival, Lincoln Centre - New York. He choreographed and directed the opera 'Sacred Mountain' by Shirley Thompson, commissioned by Téte a Téte Opera Festival London 2015. and starred in the NPO Dutch Television Network premier of 'Voices of Finance' Directed by acclaimed film-maker Clara Van Gool. Dane joined Company Wayne McGregor for their San Francisco/London tour of 'Atomos' / 'Outlier' and later appeared on BBC 2 in performance for Shakespeare Live! From the RSC with Akala and Nitin Sawhney, 2016.
Ellie Manwell has been working with cultural organisations in a project management, programming and marketing capacity for over ten years including the Dulwich Picture Gallery, the Orange Tree Theatre and the Hackney Empire as well as producing roles at the Edinburgh Festival. She conceived and implemented a pioneering programme of large scale, multi-disciplinary events at Dulwich Picture Gallery’s including commission with Dane Hurst to create a new piece of site-specific work and is currently working on the second project in this series. She read Drama at Bristol University and holds a CIM Professional Marketing Diploma. She is passionate about the potential MAP holds to bring together creativity born from different cultural and geographical backgrounds to generate new and exciting work.
Public Relations Manager
Sarah Longbottom is an experienced PR director from a journalist background, with exceptional communication skills and impressive network of industry and media contacts, particularly in the lifestyle and travel sectors. Alongside creative and social media strategy, Sarah is proficient in branding, media training, and crisis and issues management. In 2014, Sarah led the PR for the launch of INALA, a new Zulu ballet by Sisters Grimm, featuring Grammy-award winners Ladysmith Black Mambazo, with present and former dancers from the Royal Ballet and Rambert, including the award-winning Dane Hurst. The PR campaign for INALA was shortlisted for the CIPR Awards and PRMoments Awards 2015.
Simone holds an Honours degree in Psychology and is a qualified Pilates teacher. Originally from South Africa, Simone trained in the UK at The Royal Ballet School and Central School of Ballet. She was a professional dancer for 14 years both in the UK and South Africa. Initially a classical dancer she worked with Northern Ballet Theatre and Cape Town City Ballet and then moved into contemporary dance, working with Adele Blank’s Free Flight Dance Company and the Cape Dance Company in South Africa. As an Independent artist in the UK she has worked with several chore-ographers including Shobana Jeyasingh, Hubert Essakow, Mbulelo Ndabeni and Martin Joyce. She performed in Faust with the Royal Opera and projects with New Movement Collective in Lon-don and Barcelona. Simone performed in “Inala” featuring Ladysmith Black Mambazo and choreo-graphed by Mark Baldwin at the Edinburgh Festival and Sadler’s Wells. In 2015 she initiated and organised a project that funded 2 South African dancers to study at Cen-tral School of Ballet. Since October 2016 Simone has been working with the Dancers’ Career de-velopment on a new Career Insights Programme. Simone is thrilled to be a part of the MAP team.
Jean Du Toit
Contributing Artist - Documentary Film Innerview Film-Art