Introducing… Darren Pritchard
2001 – Company Fierce Academy( CFA) was founded by choreographer and dancer Darren Pritchard. After success working with other dance organizations, Darren was funded by North West Arts Board to create his own piece of work, Funkadelik, which was also supported by Khemtech and DiGM. Funkadelik – with dancers skillfully balancing, spinning, diving and falling off speakers – premiered in The Mission (Choreographic Black dance platform), followed by a small-scale tour around Northern England.
A strong educational programme grew alongside the development of professional work with CFA running numerous after-school and educational dance workshops, including Yield, a large scale dance piece involving different community youth dance groups, performed in December 2001 as part of the Dance of Black Origin season
2002 – The success of Funkadelik led to the Darren Pritchard’s Company being granted an “At Home” residency for Emerging Artists at Contact Theatre in 2002. This in turn led to the creation of CFA’s first major work Plasma Intermix. CFA was selected as one of the first two incubated companies (alongside Quarantine) by PANDA (Performing Arts Network and Development Agency). The company was officially launched with a showing of its entire portfolio of professional work at the PANDA showcase in December 2002.
2004 – Darren Pritchard choreographed for New York based live artist Penny Arcade in her show Bad Reputations. CFA also received a commission to choreograph for Manchester Youth Dance Theatre’s 21st anniversary.
2006 – CFA Developing Excellence Program for young people won a highly prestigious ART ‘06 which opened up a whole new direction for the Academy.
Darren Pritchard collaborated with Quarantine Theatre Company to create a show entitled ‘Susan and Darren’. This show became a massive success for the company winning awards and touring nationally and internationally
2007- Saw Darren Pritchard awarded Rayne Fellowship. The Fellowships were set up to support and encourage choreographers who wanted to connect more strongly with society, widen their intellectual and emotional curiosity, and develop their entrepreneurial skills. By helping them experience creativity within a range of contexts, the fellowships aimed to enhance the choreographers careers and stimulate choreographic approaches that are performance and audience aware, outward-looking and engaged with the wider issues of humanity. The Rayne Fellowships were a partnership between The Rayne Foundation and Arts Council England,
2008 – Saw CFA diversify its portfolio by delivering a collaborative piece with Walk the Plank entitled ‘Gulliver’s Boom Box’. This Toured Nationally to various outside festivals in England and was support by Without Walls Consortium.
2012 – Darren Pritchard completed three commissions. Two outside works- ‘The Chase’ a futuristic, free running, fantasy piece and a ‘Duet to Music’ a modern ballet duet. For Theatre‘1’ an intimate dance solo was commissioned by Homotopia. Darren was selected for 21st Century Leadership program which was an iShed partnering with BAC and The Sage Gateshead nine-week experience for people who were playing a leading role across arts, culture and heritage
2014 – Darren Pritchard re branded as Darren Pritchard Dance. To kick start this new direction saw Darren Pritchard take up residency in Princess Elizabeth Hospital Guernsey for six weeks to develop his brand new dance works Body of Light. A piece looking at dance and technology. Darren Pritchard was also was invited to direct his first theatre show Alaska with Cheryl Martin.
THIS Saturday is Urban Arts Day. You will be able to come and dance with Darren and meet some of Guernsey’s most talented urban artists, dancers and sports people and you will be able to help create some amazing artwork, show us your best dance moves or shoot some hoops! This event is FREE, at Market Terrace outside HMV) 11am-4pm, see you there!
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