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18 February 2016
Author: The Place

Meet the dancer: Madison Capel-Bird

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.

  • When did you start dancing, and when did you realise that dance was going to be the main career focus for you?

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.

  • What was the first piece of live dance you watched?

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!

  • Is there a particular performance experience that sticks in your mind?

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.

  • What elements of dance do you particularly enjoy?

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.

  • What inspires you as a dancer?

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.

  • Why have you chosen to join EDge?

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!

  • What are you surprisingly bad at?

Multi-tasking whilst being on the phone!

  • What are you surprisingly good at?

Singing in the shower


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