Drawing on a practice influenced by far-ranging references such as pop music and spoken word, as well as time spent dancing for Merce Cunningham and Michael Clark, the choreographer presents a new piece with her company. Working in response to For A Partnership Society and the unique architecture of the gallery, undoubtedly Cunningham will continue to challenge the expected conventions.
Julie Cunningham was born in Liverpool and trained at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. She danced for Ballett der Stadt Theater Koblenz, Germany, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Michael Clark Company, and more recently with Boris Charmatz and Jerome Bêl. In 2014, Cunningham was awarded for Outstanding Modern Performance at the Critics Circle National Dance Awards and was nominated for the 2016 Awards for choreography. Her work has been performed at the Merce Cunningham Studio New York; Dance Base Edinburgh; Tramway, Glasgow; Wilderness Festival, Oxfordshire;Siobhan Davies Studios, The Place, Rambert, Barbican Centre, Victoria and Albert Museum, National Theatre, and Royal Festival Hall, all London. Julie was the inaugural Leverhulme Choreography Fellow at Rambert for 2016/17 and part of the Dance Artist/Curator mentorship program at Siobhan Davies Dance. Julie Cunningham & Company was founded in 2017 and the company will be a Rambert associate beginning this season.
Hannah Burfield;trained at The Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. While at Rambert Hannah performed in Mark Baldwin’s The Right of Spring at The Royal Opera House, and alongside The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford Upon Avon and at The Edinburgh International Festival. Hannah has worked with Gerrard Martin Dance and Hannah K Vincent Dance Company, has worked more commercially in film and music videos for artists such as Vaults. Hannah has been working with Julie Cunningham since Autumn 2015.