Artistic Director and choreographer Marc Brew trained as a professional dancer at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and The Australian Ballet School. He has been working in the UK and Internationally for the past 18 years as a dancer, choreographer, teacher and speaker; with the Australian Ballet Company, State Theatre Ballet Company of South Africa, Infinity Dance Theatre in New York and for 5 years up until early 2008 with CandoCo Dance Company. He was a guest performer, collaborator and media spokes person for the London Hand Over Ceremony for the Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony and in 2009 was appointed Associate Director with Scottish Dance Theatre – ‘Scotland’s principal contemporary dance company’ where he co-directed ‘NQR’ a work in collaboration with Artistic Director Janet Smith and SDT’s Dance Agent for Change Caroline Bowditch. Since 2001 Marc has been dedicating time to his own choreography with Marc Brew Company.
Whilst in Australia Marc was the Victorian Arts Award Winner for the Young Australian of the Year Awards 2001 and received the Fringe Performance Award for Best Original Solo Work at the 2002 Melbourne Fringe Festival. In 2003 he was a recipient of the Shine On Award from Rotary International and received a Centenary Medal of Australia for outstanding service as a dancer and choreographer. He attended DanceEast’s international Rural Retreat for future leaders in January, 2008 and subsequently through the Cultural Leadership Programme received a bursary for a placement with ‘Scotland’s principal contemporary dance company’- Scottish Dance Theatre, Scottish Dance Theatre. Most recently Marc was featured by Time Out Magazine as the best of the new breed of London’s Rising Dance Talent.
As a choreographer Marc seeks to challenge and be challenged. Providing the dancers with a new vocabulary that enhances their creativity, he tries to redefine expectations of physicality for both performers and audiences. His work is renowned for its tender, precise choreographic material that exemplifies the beauty of the moments shared between people, revealing the unusual and the inspiring in the everyday and the mundane.
“The evening’s honours belonged to Marc Brew Company. Brew’s precise duet exuded a rough sensuality. Its stirring, succulent ambiguities arose out of the clarity and strength of the performers”. Donald Hutera Reviewer
Now based in Glasgow, Marc’s work has been toured to critical acclaim across the world, his outdoor work, (i)land was commissioned for the Glasgow 2014 Cultural programme and Without Walls. His unlimited commission Fusional Fragments was part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and a collaboration with world-renowned musician Dame Evelyn Glennie. His new work For Now, I am… had its world premiere at the inaugural Dance International Glasgow Festival 2015 to outstanding 5 star reviews. Marc has also produced work for a number of high profile companies such as Scottish Ballet, Indepen-dance 4, Ballet Cymru, Touch Compass (NZ), Axis Dance Company (USA), Amy Seiwert’s Imagery (USA), The London Contemporary Dance School, YDance, National Theatre Scotland, Dundee Rep, DadaFest International, Velcro Dance Company, Candoco Dance Company, Scottish Dance Theatre, Without Walls Consortium, Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, Liberty Festival at Trafalgar Square, East London Dance for The Big Chair Dance as part of Big Dance 2008, London Contemporary Dance School Graduation Dance Season, Small Dances at Stratford Circus, Resolution!, Choreodrome and Touch Wood at The Place. New choreographies for youth dance companies include work for Cando2 and Shift, Bournemouth and Poole College, London Contemporary Dance School and a new series of site specific interventions Turning the Inside Out for the InTransit Festival 2008 in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Marc was also choreographer for the fashion industry’s ultimate night of celebration the British Fashion Awards 2009. Theatre credits include; Graeae Theatre Company’s The Rhinestone Rollers, National Theatre of Scotland’s Mary Queen Of Scot’s Got Her Head Chopped Off and Our Teacher’s a Troll, Dundee Rep Theatre’s productions of Elephant Man and their Christmas show Sleeping Beauty and The Snow Queen. Marc has been presented with a Centenary Medal for Outstanding Contribution as a dancer and choreographer and in 2014 Marc was nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Performance (Individual) at the prestigious Isadora Duncan Awards for his solo piece Remember When. In 2015, Marc was made an ambassador for the Spinal Research Institute.
Marc is Associate Artist at Tramway, Guest Artistic Director at AXIS Dance Company and Associate Director at Ballet Cymru.
Marc will be a guest teaching artist in Series 2 of our 2016 Murmur Workshops. To find out more details about the workshops and when Marc will be leading, please click this link.
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