CAT Alumni Achieve Success #6

CAT Alumni Achieve Success #6

We've been finding out what some of our CAT alumni have been getting up to since graduating...

and now we have chatted to Ruben Brown about his studies and experiences.

What did the CAT scheme teach you? What were some of your experiences on the scheme?

I think the most important thing that the CAT scheme taught me was to embrace all experiences and opportunities! I was lucky enough to work with such a variety of different artists whilst on the scheme at Dance4 that I am open to a lot of different work. From improvisational work with Gary Clarke, to more devised work with Theo Clinkard and Tamsin Fitzgerald, I had been exposed to a wide palette whilst on the CAT scheme. I was also given insight into the collaborative nature of contemporary dance between different art forms, working alongside soundscape artists and filmmakers such as Joshua Hawkins.

What has been your progression since leaving the scheme?  – Where did you go on to train and what are you doing now?

Since leaving the scheme I went on to train at the London Contemporary Dance School. During my time in London I have had the pleasure of working with Lea Anderson, Liz Aggiss and Oihana Vesga Bujan. Since graduating from training I have worked as a freelance dance artist, performing for Frauke Requardt & David Rosenberg in their production ‘DeadClub’  and taken part in research and development projects with architects and conceptual artists.

I have recently become a dancer in Thierry Smits' Company Thor in Brussels, working on a new creation ‘We Are Woman’ and the reprisal of his piece ‘Anima Ardens.’ I have throughly enjoyed working in London with such a diverse range of artists and dancers and look forward to my future endeavours in Belgium.

What advice would you give to young dancers still at the start of their training?

For those at the beginning of their training, be open to new experiences and ways of working! Stay true to your originality as an artist and try not be too critical of yourself, diversity is what makes our profession so great! All the best and good luck with your future careers!


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