Funding success for Anjali

Oxfordshire-based Anjali Dance Company is delighted to announce that support from Arts Council England will realise the company’s ambition to tour the UK in 2019.

Anjali Dance Company will tour Genius, a double bill by award-winning choreographers Gary Clarke and Lea Anderson, in 2019 with support from Arts Council England. The tour of 13 performances and 24 workshops between May and November will reach 4000 people live. Filmed excerpts and interviews are expected to reach a further 10,000+ people online.

The company first toured Genius in 2017, reaching audiences in excess of 4000 in more than 18 performances across the UK, Spain and Mexico.

Headed by Founder and Artistic Director Nicole Thomson, Anjali Dance Company has been celebrating the creative abilities and artistic potential of people with learning disabilities and making high-quality, professional-level dance for over 20 years.

Anjali’s dancers are Hannah Dempsey, Daisy Garrett, Alex Hyde, Jason Manito, Nick McKerrow and Lauren Payne. Joining the company this year is new Rehearsal Director Rebecca Randall.

Lea Anderson’s Bloodsucker, the first half of the show, is based on the legend of the vampire Nosferatu and his depiction in film. Distinct scenes become their own tales of horror, in performance styles ranging from expressionist, nuanced silent-screen acting to Hammer House of Horror action.

In the second half, Gary Clarke’s Beethoven takes a look at the extraordinary personal life of Ludwig van Beethoven through a series of touching and darkly humorous short sketches. The gothic, cinematic and highly theatrical choreography is performed to excerpts of Beethoven’s music.

Tour venues from May to November 2019 will include Salisbury Arts Centre, Warwick Arts Centre (Coventry), Pavilion Dance South West (Bournemouth), The Civic (Barnsley), Square Chapel Arts Centre (Halifax), Curve (Leicester), Birmingham Hippodrome and the new Enrich Festival at Watford Palace Theatre.

“Bold, ambitious, technically and visually stunning, Anjali was one of the most exciting dance performances I saw in 2017… they challenge the perceptions and assumptions about quality often expressed about inclusive companies – there is no compromise – simply thrilling, deeply engaging work performed by high calibre and committed dancers.”
Michaela Butter, Director, Attenborough Arts Centre

Anjali is a registered charity and continually needs to fundraise to support its ongoing programme of activities. There are lots of ways for individuals and organisations to support us. To find out more go to:

Genius is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and commissioned by Lancaster Arts.  Anjali Dance Company is supported by Oxfordshire County Council.

For press enquiries please contact:

Ceri Brierley, Associate Producer,

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