Phil Williams. Artistic Director
Phil Williams is an international choreographer and artistic director of Cascade Dance Theatre. He was nominated as best Male Dance Artist at the 2017 Wales Theatre Awards. He trained at London Contemporary Dance School and later joined their touring company 4D. Upon graduating in Phil joined National Dance Company Wales, extensively touring nationally and internationally. During his six years there he made three works for the NDCWales Alternative Routes seasons. Phil returned to NDCWales in 2011 as Rehearsal Director. Phil has been the project director and choreographer for NDCWales Plunge projects and their Graduate Ensemble, touring extensively through Wales.
He was awarded the Arts Mark for outstanding work with young people having created many large-scale productions such as ‘Carmina Burana’ and ‘Scheherazade’.
Phil has worked with amongst others, Welsh National Opera, National Theatre Wales, National Youth Theatre Wales, Tilted Productions, Stem Dance Bangalore, DanceWorx Delhi and Mumbai, Silesian Dance Theatre, Theatr Na Nog, Wales Millennium Centre, Red And Black Films, Mercury Thetare, Making Music and Waking Exploits.
Phil is founding director of Shock n Awe Performance Company. It was with this company that he won the 2011 Herald Angel Award at the Edinburgh Festival.
He was also artistic director of ‘Flights of Fancy’ for the Park and Dare Theatre Centenary celebration, nominated for a Wales Theatre Award.
As artistic director of the Wales-based Cascade Dance Theatre, he continues to work with international dancers, choregraphers and composers.
Phil has taught and made work in countries including India, Japan, Cuba, Poland, Lithuania and UK.
Jasper van Luijk
Jasper van Luijk (1987) studied dance at the ArtEZ Dance Academy. When he was only 24 years old he was selected by Korzo to participate in the event Voorjaarsontwaken 2011 to create a choreography. This resulted in the piece Too many new beginnings, which was very well received.
Commissioned by Korzo productions he created the duet About There and Herewhich premièred during the Holland Dance Festival 2012. In the same season he created pieces for Brand New #3 (a collaboration between Conny Janssen Danst en Dansateliers), Festival a/d Werf (co produced by Generale Oost/De Dansers) and for the Seminar Hakibbutzim in Israel. In 2012 Jasper received the ITs Choreography Award, a price for graduating talent in choreography.
After his graduation, he decided to focus on choreography full-time. With Korzo, he created work for Here We Live And Now 2012, 2013, and CaDance 2013. Quite Discontinuous originated at Generale Oost and Dansateliers and was selected for the Dance Roads tour to places such as Canada, Turin, and Bordeaux. ArtEZ showed a part of the piece for their end of year performance.
Movements generated by society are a central theme in his work. Jasper also lays a great emphasis on performing ‘in the moment’, the creation of situations on stage where the performers make on-the-spot decisions with which they can influence and surprise both themselves and the audience.
Currently, Yonder is touring Dutch theaters and will travel abroad in May 2016 to Bucharest, Bordeaux, Cardiff and Turin with Dance Roads, a European touring platform. Next to that Jasper is busy researching his new performance The Definition of Now, a collaboration between audiovisual designers Marcel Wierckx, Robert Groenewald and dancer Jefta Tanate. The work will première September 30th in Utrecht and will tour Dutch theaters in the fall of 2016. In Spring he’ll create After the Storm for the third year students of ArtEZ School of Dance in May and June 2016 as part of their graduation performance series.
Jem trained at Laban and Dartington College of Arts. He has choreographed for National Dance Company Wales, Welsh National Opera, National Theatre Wales, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, National Youth Theatre Wales, NoFitState Circus and GaggleBabble.
He has been Cardiff-based Theatr Iolo’s in-house movement director for the last 15 years and is currently an associate artist.
In summer 2013 he was movement director for Paul Bunyan (Welsh National Youth Opera), nominated for a Sky Arts South Bank Award.
Jem is artistic director of Run Ragged Productions touring dance works to family audiences around Wales. He recently created “Jem and Ella” a duet with his daughter, which was shortlisted for Best Dance Production 2015.
From 1997 to 2011 he worked at Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama as a senior lecturer of Movement.
Maria is a Portuguese dance artist trained at London Studio Centre. As a teenager Maria performed in the touring musical Morangos com Açucar ao Ritmo da Amizade. In her final year at LSC she specialised in contemporary dance and wrote a dissertation about Spirituality & Dance which is a subject that interests her deeply.
Dance has not only become a practice but a way of living for her, a medium for health, self- discovery and balance.
Since graduating, Maria has worked with a great variety of commercial and contemporary artists, including John Ross Dance| NACA, Protein Dance,Nuno Silva, Rizzle Kicks, Adidas- Ivan Blackstock, BBC2, Jean Abreu, Russell Maliphant among others. Her personal works include Muladhara, Red Tears and recently choreographed IDADE, the beauty of ageing.
Miyako is from Nagano, Japan. She was classically trained at Hakucho Ballet Academy before moving to Europe to graduate from Codarts, Rotterdam Dance Academy in 2009. During her residency in the Netherlands, Miyako worked with a wide range of choreographers on a various projects. Miyako still teaches and choreographs at Hakucho Ballet Academy when in Japan. Her choreographies have been performed at major ballet competitions internationally.
Miyako moved to the UK in 2013 and she has worked on several performances since. Including notable works “Danceroom Spectroscopy” with Dr. David Glowacki, “La boîte à joujoux” at Opera national de Lorraine, “One Side to the Other” with Akram Khan and Sasha Milavic Davis at the Lowry Centre.
Faith Prendergast began dancing at a very young age and took a strong interest in ballet. Following in the footsteps of other family members, she continued training in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and flamenco throughout her teens and was fortunate enough to attend summer intensive programs including ABT New York, Juilliard, Ballet West and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance (SFCD).
After high school, Faith continued her training at SFCD under the nurturing direction of Summer Lee Rhatigan. It was there she discovered her interest for contemporary dance, improvisation and creating work. With intention to further her knowledge both creatively and technically, she moved to London to attend Rambert School and has lived in London since 2010.
Since graduating she has worked with Vivien Wood (Exile), Leila McMillan (Family Portrait), Royal Court Theatre (Teh Internet is Serious Business), Arthur Pita (The Little Match Girl) and Sally Marie (I Loved You and I Loved You). In addition to dancing professionally, Faith has many other hobbies/jobs including knitting (passionately), playing ukulele, tai chi and her involvement at Muxima cafe.
Jamie is based in Port Talbot in South Wales. He trained at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds where he got is BPA (Hons) Degree. He then went on to obtain a Post Graduate Diploma, through Transitions Dance Company; the post Graduate Company at Trinity Laban in London. Since then Jamie has been working professionally with numerous companies and choreographers such as, Jean Abreu, Jorge Cresis, James Wilton, Hagit Yakira, Adaire to Dance, Jo Fong and C-12 Dance Theatre.
Born in Spain, Albert trained classically at the Conservatori Superior de Dansa Illes Balears, before training in contemporary dance at the Conservatori Superior de Dansa de l’Institut del Teatre in Barcelona.
Albert has worked with Gwyn Emberton Dance (UK), James Cousins Company (UK) Icosaèdre Dance Compagnie (France), IT Dansa Jove Companyia (Barcelona), and Tanzkompanie Oper Graz (Austria) performing in works by a range of choreographers including James Cousins, Alexander Ekman, Ohad Naharin, Rafael Bonachela, Stijn Celis, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, James Wilton, Natalia Horecna, Itamar Serussi, Tilman O’donnell, Rosana Hribar, Catherine Allard, Marilen Iglesias-Breuker, Jiří Kylián, Luc Petton and Darrel Toulon.
Albert is fully qualified in different holistic energy work techniques and methods. He is currently teaching the Noitome Method in workshops and classes that he carefully developed during the past few years in schools in Austria and the EU while continuing to perform as a freelancer in the UK. www.noitometanzweg.com
Originally from Devon, Harriet studied Orchestral Percussion at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Shehas experience in a range of genres from world music and orchestral, to jazz-funk band “Tezeta” and contemporary percussion duo “Malleticious”.
Harriet works in a number of dance and theatre projects playing solo percussion including her theatre company “Thimble Theatre” which recently produced a sell out performance of their show “Walk Ashore” at Circomedia.
She has been awarded the Senior Soloist prize for Music in the Vale 2012 and the McGrenery chamber music prize 2014. She has been working as a freelance musician in Bristol for the past 2 years since she graduated.