Company Comings and Goings
The end of the season sees some of Rambert's longest serving members moving on to pursue new challenges.
Taking on a new role within the Company is Angela Towler, who will retire from dancing to take up the post of Rehearsal Director, alongside Senior Rehearsal Director, Mikaela Polley. Towler joined the company in 1999 and has danced many leading roles including Cunningham’s Pond Way, for which she received a nomination for the TMA award for Achievement in Dance.
Pieter Symonds, who joined the Company in 2004, has retired from dancing but will continue to lend her skills and expertise to our Pilates programme in the new Rambert building (due to open soon). She is also training as a nutritionist and is in the process of establishing her own practice for health and well-being.
Robin Gladwin leaves the Company after 12 years to dance with New Adventures in the national tour of Matthew Bourne’s "Swan Lake." Gladwin is also a member of New Movement Collective (more below).
Joining the company are Lucy Balfour, a former principal dancer from the Royal New Zealand Ballet; Caroline Bolton from South Carolina, USA, presently working as a freelance dancer in Switzerland; Simone Damberg Würtz who trained at the Royal Danish Ballet School and has been working with Peter Schaufuss Ballet and Theater Ulm; Pierre Tappon who joins us from Richard Alston Dance Company; and Luke Ahmet who is currently a soloist with Scottish Ballet. In addition, Rambert apprentice Jon Savage has been given a permanent contract with the Company.
Rambert is also bringing two Associate Companies under its wing: New Movement Collective, who recently performed the outstanding "Nest" in a disused Welsh chapel in London's theatreland; and Alexander Whitley, with who the company are in talks with regarding a new commission for 2015.
Away from the stage, Director of Marketing, Craig Titley is also leaving, to become Chief Executive of music charity Future Talent. He is replaced by Tim Wood, currently Communications Director at The Place.