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Monday, August 22, 2016


(Joshua Beamish. Photo by Peter Eastwood)

Calling all Dancers, Teachers & Choreographers to come experience Joshua Beamish from New York City.

Joshua Beamish will be jetting in to Durban on August 27 to give a workshop to all dance lovers in Durban. He will be giving classes in Contemporary Ballet and HipHop on August 27 and 28 at the Jubilee Hall in Princess Alice Street, Glenwood. Thereafter he will fly to Cape Town to collaborate with Matthew Wild and the Cape Town Opera as a choreographer for their new production of The Magic Flute.

Joshua Beamish founded MOVETHECOMPANY in 2005 and his works have since extensively toured throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Outside of the company, he has created in collaboration with The Royal Ballet, New York City Ballet Principals Wendy Whelan for Restless Creature and Ashley Bouder for The Ashley Bouder Project, Pacific Northwest Ballet Principals Carla Korbes and Lindsi Dec, Martha Graham Company Principal dancer Lloyd Knight, The National Ballet of Canada’s YOUdance, Compania Nacional de Danza de Mexico, Cape Dance Company/South Africa, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet for Pierced, Toronto Dance Theatre, Ballet Kelowna, Sylvain Brochu, the Universities of Alberta and Missouri, Purchase College at SUNY and The Juilliard School, Santa Barbara Dance Theater, Ballet Kelowna, Coriolus Dance, Coastal City Ballet, le Prisme Culturel, Halifax Dance, Bellingham Repertory, Ballet Jorgen and Kansas City’s Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance, among others.

Beamish choreographed for the CBC Radio Canada reality series Ils Dansent with Nico Archambault, the Opening Ceremonies of the 2011 International Children’s Winter Games, the Cultural Olympiads for both the 2010 and the 2012 Olympics and with Cirque du Soleil for World EXPO Shanghai. He has worked closely with Paul Becker as an Assistant Choreographer, Dance Captain or Performer in Warner Brothers The Wicker Man with Nicholas Cage, New Line’s Code Name: The Cleaner, Nickelodeon’s Jinxed, The CW’s HELLCATS and VH1’s Totally Awesome with Chris Kattan of Saturday Night Live. He also collaborated with RJ Durrell and Kelly Konno in Nickelodeon’s Spectacular and appeared in the ABC series Life As We Know It with Kelly Osbourne.

He is the recipient of artistic residencies throughout North America, including the Banff Centre, Jacob’s Pillow and a term as the National Incubator Artist for the American Dance Institute in Washington, DC. He is an alumni of the New York Choreographic Institute - an affiliate organization of New York City Ballet and the School of American Ballet, and a Jerome Robbins Foundation grantee.

Notable recent presentations include The Joyce Theater in New York, The Royal Opera House in London, Princeton University, London’s The Place, New York’s Guggenheim Museum, a Jacob’s Pillow world premiere, a Fire Island Dance Festival Commission, Chicago’s The Harris Theater, Artists in Action in Mumbai and a 24-dancer evening for MOVETHECOMPANY commissioned by the Bangkok International Festival to celebrate 50 years of Canadian and Thai political relations.

In 2012, he performed in the Pillow’s 80th Anniversary improvisation project From the Horses Mouth: The Men Dancers at Jacob’s Pillow, alongside Arthur Mitchell and Lar Lubovitch, among others.

Beamish is a founding member of The Joyce Theatre’s Young Leader’s Circle Committee. He most recently premiered Surface Properties, a collaboration with ten artists from American Ballet Theatre, as the opening event of The Joyce Theater Ballet Festival 2015 and Reimagining Giselle, a contemporary short form version of Giselle for The Royal Ballet.

The SASAD (SA Society for the Advancement of Dance) is hosting Beamish in Durban. The SASAD is a non-profit organisation consisting of a group of teachers who give up their time to help and promote the passion of dance in Durban. All monies raised by this Organisation are put back into aiding Dance Workshops and performances for all up and coming performers. The SASAD will be partially subsidising this workshop to make it very affordable for all dancers to come experience Josh Beamish’s dance and knowledge in the performing arts.

The Workshop will be held at the Jubilee Hall, Princess Alice Street, Glenwood, Durban (below the Drama Dept at UKZN) on August 27 and 28. Anyone interested in coming for a magical and privileged  Dance weekend with one of the best, should contact the SASAD  on or phone Jenny (SASAD Chairlady) 082 457 2542, or Des (SASAD Congress Chairlady) 082 563 1995, or Noleen (SASAD Secretary 084 427 8591.