EVOLVE London 2017

EVOLVE returns to London this spring in partnership with DCD Contributing Company, Rambert. Find out more about what happens at EVOLVE here.

Date: Sunday 23rd April 2017

Time: 9:30am - 5pm

Venue: Rambert, 99 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PP

Price: Early bird: £30 (until 31st March), Full price: £35 - includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

Please contact us on 020 7831 1449 or ellen@thedcd.org.uk if cost is a barrier to you attending. Limited subsidised places are available.

This programme is kindly supported by the Royal Opera House Benevolent Fund.

Our Speakers

Lee Bamford

"DCD's support was invaluable to me as I made the transition from performer to arts management professional. Every dancer needs to dedicate time and space to think about their future, and that's why EVOLVE is so vital."

Lee was a professional performer for 11 years, working in a variety of dance and musical theatre companies across Europe. Most notably, within the UK, Lee worked with Protein Dance, Royal Opera and Stan Won’t Dance. In 2004-2005, he spent 1 year in Switzerland as a founder member of Verena Weiss’ Tanztheater company within Luzerner Theater and returned to mainland Europe (2009-2014), spending five years in Mei Hong Lin’s Tanztheater des Staatstheater Darmstadt (Germany). Throughout his portfolio career he mainly focused on contemporary, dance theatre/tanztheater with a strong emphasis on newly devised work and European musical theatre productions (including Rufus Norris and Javier de Frutos’ West End, Olivier-Award winning production of 'Cabaret'). Since retiring from performance in 2014, Lee has moved back to the UK where he is Hofesh Shechter Company’s Administration and HR Manager. In 2016 Lee also produced the site-specific Work 'Tree' for National Dance Award nominee (Best Independent Company) Sweetshop Revolution.

Lee has recently been awarded the Linbury Trust Bursary to attend the Clore Leadership Short Course in June 2017.

Miranda Lind

"Having attended the first EVOLVE workshop back in 2014, it is exciting to be sharing my story and encouraging dancers to move forward on their own journeys. We are all on our own paths and EVOLVE is a really supportive place to acknowledge that."

Miranda trained in her native Australia in both classical ballet and contemporary dance techniques and in 1988 was awarded a scholarship to finish her training at Rosella Hightower, Cannes France. From there she joined Tanz-Forum, Oper der Stadt Koln, in Germany. Later she moved to Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve in Switzerland before joining Rambert Dance Company where she worked for seven years under the direction of choreographer Christopher Bruce.

During her career she was involved in creating new works and dancing repertoire works from choreographers including Christopher Bruce, Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek, Merce Cunningham, Twyla Tharp, Ohad Naharin, Wayne McGregor, Glen Tetley, Siobhan Davies, Hans van Manon, Raphael Bonacela, Javier de Frutos, Carole Armitage, Michael Popper and Jochen Ulrich. She has toured extensively throughout Britain, Europe, America and Australasia.

Miranda retired from performing in 2003 and alongside retraining as a Pilates instructor with Dreas Reyneke she taught classical ballet and contemporary dance classes on a freelance basis in London and in Austraila. She also worked as a restager and a rehearsal assistant. In her role as a rehearsal assistant she worked for Christopher Bruce and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and has assisted on creations for the Royal Ballet Company, Sadlers Wells Theatre and the National Theatre. Miranda restaged ballets for Wayne Mcgregor and Christopher Bruce on Houston Ballet Company, Hubbard Street Dance, Royal Danish Ballet, The Bolshoi Ballet Company and the Marinsky Ballet.

In 2006 Miranda started a family and now has two children aged 9 and 11. When her children were young she worked as a Pilates instructor and continued to restage ballets and teach dance classes and workshops on a freelance basis. In 2014 she retired completely from dance and began to re-trained as a specialist teacher for children with dyslexia. She is now working a qualified specialist teacher for children with dyslexia and has worked in schools as a classroom assistant and as a specialist teacher. She is currently completing a Masters level qualification to become a specialist assessor of children for dyslexia.