Our students have been working with faculty on specific themes that address these issues:
- Performance Beyond the Camera
- Embodying Historic Repertory
- Collaborating with Contemporary Choreographers
- Dance and Civic Engagement
- Psychological Wellbeing in a Dance Company
- Finding our Artistry in the Now
MMC Company will perform in a work by Darshan Singh Bhuller: a British dancer, teacher, artistic director, filmmaker, and choreographer. Considered “one of the brightest stars of his generation” and a “darkly powerful performer,” Bhuller danced for London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Siobhan Davies Dance Company, and was assistant director for Richard Alston Dance Company before revitalizing Phoenix Dance Theatre as its artistic director.
Bhuller choreographed his first work, Beyond the Law - based on Athol Fugard’s Statements After An Arrest Under the Immorality Act - for LCDT soon after he joined the company. Impressed by his choreographic talent, the company commissioned him in 1982 to create a piece in honour of Pope John Paul II for a performance at Cardiff. Over the past 30 years Bhuller has been commissioned to create original works for a wide range of companies including: Scottish Dance Theatre, Rambert Dance Company, CandoCo, Nordic Dance Theatre, CeDeCe, Companhia de Bailado Contemporaneo, and Shaolin Wheel of Life, which he also assistant directed.
Having choreographed five original works for the company between 1983 and 1996, Bhuller was appointed artistic director of Phoenix Dance Theatre in 2002, during which time he rehabilitated its reputation, including winning the 2006 Critic’s Circle National Dance Award for Outstanding Modern Repertoire. He stepped down from leading Phoenix following a successful international tour to the US in 2006. Since leaving the company, Bhuller has returned to freelance directing, choreographing, and guest teaching throughout the US and UK.
In 1985, Bhuller directed the first of his many award-winning films - Breaking the Surface - in collaboration with the painter Graham Dean, which they sold to the UK’s Channel 4. Other films include The Fall- which he co-produced through his company Singh Productions with BBC 2, the documentary Harmonica Breakdown: speaking about the dance, What About Sky for MTV and ITV Chart Show, and Another Place which focused on his mentor at LCDT, Robert Cohan. Bhuller’s recent work includes the documentaries Das Model; The Dancer and Lola, Shuffle It Right, Something to do, Roughcut, and All American Alston by Richard Alston.