Directors and Patrons
New Artistic Directors
Malgorzata Dzierzon and Renaud Wiser have collaborated on a number of occasions and bring to Fertile Ground exceptional choreographic artistic vision, leadership and curatorial ambition. Both are members of New Movement Collective (NMC), an Associate Company to Rambert, and have worked internationally as well as closer to the FG stomping ground in the North East. Malgorzata was commissioned by Fertile Ground in 2016 creating Eight Steps; Renaud was a recipient of Dance City commissions in 2013 and 2015.
Malgorzata is a dance artist and producer. Born and trained in Poland she performed with Rambert, Gothenburg Ballet and the Royal Danish Ballet amongst others. Her most recent choreographic credits include Flight for Rambert and Sleepless for Ballet Central and Rasputin11 for Wroclaw Opera Ballet. Working with NMC she produced and co-choreographed Casting Traces, Nest, Please Be Seated and Collapse. Malgorzata is a Clore Cultural Leadership Programme Fellow.
Born in Lausanne and trained with the Ballet Junior in Geneva, Renaud Wiser is a former dancer with the Ballet du Grand Theatre de Genève, Ballet National de Marseille, Gothenburg Ballet, Rambert and Bonachela Dance Company. He is the Artistic Director of Renaud Wiser Dance Company. His work is known for its crafted and intricate vocabulary and has been presented throughout the UK in venues including Dance East, Pavilion Dance, Dance City and Greenwich Dance.
Artistic Director Dora Frankel MA
Dancer, teacher, choreographer and Dance Notator, Dora has worked for some of the most well known choreographers of recent times including Christopher Bruce, Glen Tetley and Lindsay Kemp and holds an MA in Choreography from Middlesex University. She trained at Rambert School of Ballet creating her first professional work Images for Two whilst in the company. She subsequently worked for then, Ballet Rambert, American Ballet Theatre and The Royal Swedish Ballet before embarking on an independent career, which included the design and development of a gymnasial dance department in Gothenburg, Sweden, alongside a rich variety of choreography and performance work, here and abroad. Dora led dance company DoraFrankelDance from 2004-2013. For the company she has created a large number of works including Tyne and Motion Trilogy, Tales and Postcard (from another country), Bitter, Sweet and Dark and The Unfolding Sky: Turner in the North, which formed part of Festival of the North East 2013. Dora has over forty years experience in the dance and theatre world and offers career guidance, mentoring and coaching sessions and accepts commissions.
Download Dora’s cv here. And read her career portfolio on Dance UK here https://goo.gl/u0orOZ
Lindsay Kemp Patron
It is with great sadness that we write of the death of our patron Lindsay Kemp, mime artist, dancer and choreographer who has died aged 80. Lindsay became patron in 2016 when he returned to the UK to receive a Gold Award from Ray Spencer MBE Executive Director, Customs House (Lindsay grew up in South Shields) and met up with Dora Frankel after over 30 years. Dora first worked with Lindsay when he created ‘The Parades Gone By’ for Rambert and she notated and performed in both ‘Parades’ and ‘Cruel Garden’ created with Christopher Bruce.
Lindsay was a source of inspiration, loved and admired by many and will be deeply missed.
Wayne Sleep Artistic Patron
Artistic patron Wayne Sleep OBE is one of the finest dancers of his generation and won a Leverhulme Scholarship to go the Royal Ballet School. He joined the Royal Ballet Company in 1966 and soon became a Senior Principal Dancer. In 1980 Wayne formed his own dance company DASH. “Wayne Sleep deserved a special prize for making dance more accessible with his brilliantly conceived DASH.” (Ann Nugent, Dance and Dancers) Wayne has appeared extensively on television as a dancer, guest, celebrity and actor on shows including I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, four Royal Variety performances, This Is Your Life, The Goodies, Parkinson, Wogan and as a judge on Stepping Out to name but a few. He presented Channel 4’s Big Ballet in 2014 becoming patron to Fertile Ground in 2015