A very happy 4th birthday to RDC Youth. The company originally founded with support from DanceXchange has firmly embedded itself within the Birmingham dance scene and boasts alumni at Trinity Laban, London Contemporary Dance School, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Institute of Arts Barcelona, Elmhurst Ballet School, Rosie Kay Dance Company and Dansk Danseteater (to name a few!).
Rutherford Dance Company Youth (RDC Youth) is a professional youth contemporary dance company based in Birmingham and is dedicated to the training of young dancers and performers. Under the Artistic Directorship of Adam Rutherford, the company now celebrates its fourth anniversary. The company has achieved mass success and has wowed audiences all over the Midlands and beyond with its presentation of high quality and original dance performances.
RDC Youth’s core mission is to provide professional training and performance opportunities to gifted and talented young dancers from across the West Midlands whilst also developing aspiring choreographers and supporting young people as leaders.
David Massingham, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of DanceXchange said:
“We are delighted that we were able to support RDC Youth at the start of what has been a really successful partnership. We share the aim of providing the very best training experiences for young dancers that will equip them with the skills to move onto excellent training. We are also very pleased that after four years we host RDC Youth as our Resident Youth Company working together on new projects for the future.”
Adam Rutherford, RDC Youth’s Artistic Director said:
“It has been four years since the first ever audition for the company was held in the studios of DanceXchange and what an eventful and promising four years it has been! RDC Youth have become a part of the West Midlands dance infrastructure and provided professional training and performance platforms for young dancers. I am proud and humbled to have witnessed graduate members successfully gain places at recognised conservatoires and University’s to further their training across Europe”.
Over the past four years the company have also been very fortunate to secure Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery Fund funding to assist with their core mission of challenging the perception of youth dance and youth dancers by creating new works and initiatives. Most recently, RDC Youth were successful in their application for Grants for the Arts for the second year of their youth led initiative #EMPOWER.
#EMPOWERII, the second phase of the project, aims to empower RDC Youth company members by providing the opportunity to lead, select, audition and interview possible choreographers before commissioning two lead artists to choreograph a new bespoke work each on the company. This gives the company members a true insight into the running of a company and to take on the role of Artistic Director. Fully enhancing their training as young artists of the future as they fully emerge themselves in both the managerial and creative process.
In addition to the company’s training programme, RDC Youth continue to forge a path with their feisty and challenging work, boldly confronting subject matters which are up-front and provocative; dealing with gender, equality and diversity. The company strive to raise awareness of issues with political and social resonance which is evident by their 2017 signature piece We Are Human Too, a piece which explores Youth Homelessness.
No Filter will feature two new works by #EMPOWERII guest choreographers Eleesha Drennan (Eleesha Drennan Dance) and Josh Hawkins (Hawk Dance Theatre) alongside Rutherford’s new work We Are Human Too.