Jamaal burkmar - Jburkmar@gmail.com
Originally from Leicester, Jamaal trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. His interest in dance was piqued by his younger bother Zane, who wanted Tap dance lessons at a local school. In 2005, Jamaal joined ACE Dance and Music’s youth company.
After a particularly difficult year in which Jamaal’s passion for the art waned, he considered dropping out of his course and quitting dance completely. After deciding to finish his course hoping that the passion would come back, Jamaal was able to rally and find inspiration from other sources, especially music, movies and literature. This inspiration eventually led to the creation of a piece he made in his second year entitled ‘Ocean’. The piece was commissioned for VERVE, the postgraduate company at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance by Gianluca Vincentini the artistic director at the time. ‘Ocean’ proved successful with audiences in UK and beyond. Whilst VERVE toured ‘Ocean’ nationally and in Europe, Jamaal continued his degree at Northern, whilst being commissioned to create works on a few youth groups, the most successful of which ‘The Pale Blue Dot’ was crafted on the new young artists in ACE’s youth company.
After graduating, Jamaal maintained his relationships with Gianluca, Yorkshire Dance and NSCD and continued to make work in the Leeds. It was in this first year after leaving the institution that Jamaal’s ‘Ocean’ was reworked a third time on a second group of dancers in VERVE to be performed for a final time at the Dance UK conference in April of 2015. During this period Jamaal was also successful in gaining his first grants for the arts award for the creation of a short work called ‘Sonder’. It was during the summer of the same year that Jamaal applied and won the NACA whilst also garnering commissions at Edge Hill, NSCD and a few universities. For the last year Jamaal has been slowly preparing for this showcase and in the future hopes to continue sharing his piece 16 Bars.
Gianluca Vincentini - email@example.com
Gianluca has performed, taught and directed dance throughout the UK, Europe, Asia and USA and now offers freelance Artistic Direction and curation across the industry internationally.
Originally from Italy, Gianluca trained at Accademia Nazionale di Danza, La Biennale di Venezia and Trinity Laban’s’ Transitions Dance Company. Performance credits include; Henri Oguike, IJAD Dance Company, Efrosini Protopapa ́s Lapsus Corpi, himherandit productions and Iceland Dance Company.
2006–2010 he was Assistant Artistic Director and Rehearsal Director for Iceland Dance Company and collaborative Rehearsal
Director for Carte Blance. He also held Artistic Directorship of Spiral Dans okkur. Gianluca has assisted over 50 choreographers including; Lea Anderson, Ben Duke, Alexander Ekman, Damien Jalet, Anton Lachky and Luca Silvestrini.
In 2011 Gianluca became Artistic Director for VERVE and in 2014 Head of Professional Development and Riley Theatre programmer at NSCD.
In 2015 Gianluca joined AGITART Company as Co-director – programming the international festival of contemporary dance in Figueres and a season for the Teatre El Jardí.
His collaboration with Jamaal Burkmar began in 2013, when Gianluca platformed a re-working of ‘Ocean’ for VERVE. In 2015 Jamaal Burkar Dance was commissioned by Gianluca to create a new work, ‘Sonder’ for the Riley Theatre. Gianluca continues this partnership on this NACA Showcase as Rehearsal Director and Artistic Advisor for Jamaal’s professional World Premiere; ’16 Bars’.
Gianluca will continue to mentor and support the development and management of Jamaal Burkmar Dance.