FOUNDER

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Jamiel Laurence

Founder

Jamiel Laurence occupies a unique position within the wider arts economy, as an artist creating work through collaborative practice, while also producing the work of other artists through entrepreneurship, bringing together his experience as a Performer, Creative Director, Venue Director, Filmmaker and Choreographer.

As an award-winning Choreographer & Filmmaker, Jamiel has now created works for several notable organizations including BBC ARTS, BBC Scotland, BBC Connected Studio, Google, OneDanceUK, 3Tone Records, The Peter Darrell Trust, Celtic Connections, Scottish Ballet, Ballet Ireland, Edinburgh Fringe 2015, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Dance School of Scotland and more.

Since 2020, Jamiel has demonstrated the ability to facilitate new opportunities, founding the ongoing #FundFreelanceDance initiative, and more recently creating the unique event concept, BALLET NIGHTS.

​Now seeking to work with like-minded thinkers on exciting projects outing dance into new spaces, Jamiel is focused on opportunities that assist with the recovery of the arts & culture sector post-pandemic and create conditions in which artists can thrive.

In September 2021, Jamiel became the Creative Director and inaugural choreographer for the newly formed Rubicon Dance Company, based in Cardiff and borne out of the wider Rubicon Dance organisation. After selecting the founding company members, Jamiel created the company's first full-length production, "The Nutcracker" premiering on December 10th 2021.

Photography by Sian Trenberth

How We Started...

#FundFreelanceDance began with a simple video shot during the first U.K. wide lockdown in Jamiel's own living room.

 

Making use of whatever make-shift props were to hand, the message was sent out via social media that it was time to help those freelance artists who had nowhere left to turn and were considering leaving the industry entirely.

#FundFreelanceDance continues to grow in ambition and in support for making a tangible difference to the lives of other artists, and it is important to remember that this initiative can ONLY exist during these adverse, once-in-a-lifetime set of challenges facing us all.