WHO WE ARE


ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Dane Hurst

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. 

www.danejeremyhurst.com

ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR 

Ellie Manwell

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. Ellie has played an integral part in the  growth and development of MAP as an Charitable organisation since its founding in 2016.

SIMONE MULLER-LOTZ

Project Co-Ordinator

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.

ASHWIN LEBRETON 

Projects Assistant - South Africa

Ashwin Lebreton is from Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He is part of the Portia Appolis School of Dance and Fitness as well as a freelance Dancer, Choreographer and Teacher. Ashwin joined MAP in 2018 as a project assistant, guest teacher and choreographer. In 2020 Ashwin assisted the #BeyondBorders lockdown project and contributed to the film editing process in the #danceaday callout throughout the month of May 2020.

 

TRUSTEES

Tony Dyson (Chair)

Copyright owner of Sir Frederick Ashton's ballets Enigma Variations and Monotones, Tony is Chairman of The Frederick Ashton Foundation; former Chairman of Dancers' Career Development; former Chairman of the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance; former Director Ballet Rambert Ltd and Rambert Trust Ltd and a former board member of the Michael Clark Foundation. 

Interests include music, contemporary and classical choreography and choreographic development, architecture and the visual arts (in particular, sculpture and stained and painted glass). As a consultant architect at Donald Insall Associates, professional responsibilities have included major repair and conservation projects at Trafalgar Square; Somerset House; Lincoln's Inn; Petworth House, West Sussex; Kew Palace, Richmond, Surrey, as well as providing advice and architectural services for eighteen memorial projects in conservation areas in central London, including the Battle of Britain Monument, Victoria Embankment; The Young Mozart, Orange Square; Raoul Wallenberg, Great Cumberland Place; Nelson Mandela, Parliament Square, Mahatma Ghandi and Millicent Fawcent, SW1 and The National Memorial to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, the Mall.

Caroline Sharman Mendoza

Ex-artistic director and CEO of New Theatre Royal Portsmouth, Caroline Sharman has led an exceptional team through a multi-million pound capital project from inception to its completion – from fundraising, developing the ideas to project managing and brokering new

partnerships through its first year of activity. Caroline’s international experience directing shows on heritage sites in Syria, Mexico and Greece for the British Council to devising and creating new plays, pantomimes and operas in Glyndebourne, The Minerva and Theatre

Chipping Norton provided her with the knowledge and determination to help drive the project. During her tenure at NTR her passion to provide an inclusive platform for local artists was visible in her initiating an Associate Artists scheme which has blossomed into the

Creative Lab and has encouraged the Creative Learning team to work with local artists to explore and challenge issues head on. On October 15, 2015, the historic theatre reopened its doors with a new stage, fly-tower and backstage area, a new creative studio space, a

refreshed auditorium and improved accessibility to the heritage theatre through the partnership with University of Portsmouth.

 

Ellen Chambers

Ellen is a certified Relational Dynamics Coach with Distinction, providing one-to-one personal and career development coaching and group workshops. Since 2013 she has been coaching elite professional dancers through their transitions into new careers when they retire from performing, usually in their 30s, at the highly regarded charity Dancers’ Career Development, where she also leads on management and delivery of the organisation's flagship support programmes.

 

After graduating from the University of Lincoln in 2008 with a BA(Hons) in Drama, Ellen worked as a motorsport reporter with Crash.net and joined leading theatre-in-education organisation Freshwater Theatre Company and later, Squeaky Gate, a charity providing Further Education arts courses to vulnerable adults.

 

She has delivered workshops and talks at University of Lincoln, Royal Opera House, The Royal Ballet School, English National Ballet Company & School, Rambert Dance Company, Northern Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Richard Alston Dance Company, Scottish Ballet and Elmhurst School for Dance amongst many others. In November 2019, Ellen undertook the Clore Leadership Programme's Leadership Intensive course.

CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS


Estela Merlos

Contributing Artist - Dancer/Choreographer

www.estelamerlos.blogspot.co.

Shaun Self

Contributing Artist - Dancer/Choreographer

@figureof8dancecollective

Aarti Narotam

Contributing Artist - Dramaturg/Choreographic Assistant

@aartinarotam

Sachin SYC Chad

Contributing Artist -

Dancer/Teacher/

@syc_sa

Nicki-Anne Rayepen

Contributing Artist -

Choreographer/Director

https://artsandculture.mandela.ac.za/Contact-Us

Kuda Frasier Mjay

Contributing Artist -

Dancer

@kudamjay

Luke Sakeema Peng

Contributing Artist -

Dancer

@sakeemathecrook

Karl Schoemaker

Contributing Artist - Photographer

www.workatplay.net

 

Anna Nowak

Contributing Artist - Dancer/Choreographer

www.annanowak.uk

Levern Botha

Contributing Artist -

Dancer/Teacher/Choreographer

@leverrnb

Gabriella Dirkse

Contributing Artist -

Dancer

www.jazzart.co.za

Lyricl Nkechi

Contributing Artist -

Poet

https://www.tokyodawn.net/LyricL/

Ace Nabo

Contributing Artist -

Dancer

@_vce_nab04

Elin Anderson

Contributing Artist -

Dancer

@elinanderson99

Jean Du Toit

Contributing Artist - Documentary Film Innerview Film Productions

@innerview_film 

 

Tshedisho Kabulu

Contributing Artist -

 Dancer/Teacher/Choreographer

@theotshediso 

Sian Hopkins

Contributing Artist -

 Dancer/Teacher 

Keenun Wales

Contributing Artist -

Dancer

www.jazzart.co.za

Mninawa Mangweni

Contributing Artist -

Musician/Dancer/Choreographer

         linkedin.com/in/mninawa-mangweni-72a1b057       

Tania Dimbelolo

Contributing Artist -

Dancer

@taniadimbelolo