Originally from Surrey, Madison Capel-Bird began her training with Susan Robinson School of Ballet and ClassAction Youth Company. She later went on to complete a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
I started dancing at a very young age but was pulled out of my baby ballet classes by my parents for being too naughty. It wasn’t until I was around 12 that I realised dance was something I was passionate about and wanted to do. As I was a particularly naughty child I had to persuade my mum that I was serious about dance and learnt many things off YouTube to convince her! From then it has always been what I have wanted to do as a career.
The first piece I ever watched was Jasmin Vardimon’s, ‘Justitia’ in Winchester. I remember leaving the theatre and knowing that whatever I just saw was something I wanted to learn and do. I had never seen anyone move the way those dancers did and it certainly set the bar high for my contemporary training!
Apart from embarrassing falls and forgetting choreography on stage, a memorable experience for me was getting the opportunity to perform in Wayne McGregor's 'Entity' in my second year. Working so intensely for a short amount of time was incredible, the group became so close and we all came together to create something powerful and we were all so supportive.
I definitely move towards dancing more technical movement and love being pushed physically. I like choreographers that incorporate the whole group energy and allow us to explore the piece and the movement. I definitely enjoy a more open atmosphere within my artistic practice as it allows everyone to help and push each other.
Dance artists that are incredibly passionate about what they do and how you can see that within their movement inspire me. I love watching dancers who explore every inch of the movement, even if it is just a small gesture.
EDge has always interested me as a Company due to the huge range of movement and experience it offers. The ability to work as a company but still have space for exploration and learning with a small group of dancers excites me about EDge.
Working with such a huge range of choreographers really excites me for the year ahead. Being pushed physically both by Joseph Toonga and Alexander Whitley is something that will challenge me as a technical dancer. Joseph’s movement is so different from what I am used to and I can’t wait to experience those challenges whilst trying not to embarrass myself too much.
I also really look forward to developing my performance presence throughout the process through working with the huge variety these choreographers’ will offer. Being comfortable is something I am looking forward to not experiencing!
Multi-tasking whilst being on the phone!
Singing in the shower