Namron

Namron OBE has had a prolific career spanning over half a century. He began is dance career at the Willesden Jazz Ballet Group in 1961 whilst also studying as a mechanical engineering apprentice at AEI Neasden.

 

The Willesden Jazz Ballet was one of the first Community Dance groups in London in the early sixties. He continued his training with a scholarship at Rambert Ballet School in 1965.

He is widely credited as the first black dancer to be employed by a British dance company. In 1969 he was a founder and member of London Contemporary Dance Theatre. Remaining in the company for eighteen years, touring globally and working with the renowned choreographers of the time including Robert Cohan, Alvin Ailey, Anna Sokolow, Robert North, Talley Beattie, Richard Alston and Siobhan Davies.

In 1985 Namron became a founder member of the Northern School of Contemporary Dance teaching staff. As a freelancer, he was appointed first rehearsal director at Phoenix Dance Theatre in Leeds. Now based in London, he works as a guest teacher at Millennium Dance 2000, as well as at Middlesex University and for Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company. In 2003 he was appointed Associate Artist for Adzido Pan African Dance Ensemble. He performed in a self-Choreographed solo work, Missing, at the Summer Collection, Clore Studios, Royal Opera House, London in July 2004, as well as, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for a two-week run.

In 2016, Namron was involved in Anniversary by Alan Lyddiard, choreographed by Royston Maldoom, a multi-media dance and theatre performance created by older artists, including performers from various dance traditions and backgrounds.

Along with Pratap Pawar, Namron was the subject of Balbir Singh’s Learning to Dance. A duet of astonishing virtuosity and grace, the piece is a reflection on the teacher-student relationship, and explores what happens when the student (Balbir Singh) becomes choreographer of the two towering figures who once taught him.

Explore the process

A lost art?
A bridge to India
Immersed in music
When Worlds Collide
The Idea (learning to dance)
Natural curiosity and questions (learning to dance)
Composer thoughts on Learning to Dance
In the presence of geniuses
The story (love and spice)
A dancer reflects on The Strategists (1)
Overview of The Strategists
Breakdown of The Strategists
Roundness of 12: a breakdown of the piece
Breakdown of the piece (love and spice)
Script (12)
Painter research
A dancer reflects on Love and Spice
Full Contact – highlights from the script
Dancer notes performance (flatlands)
Peacock Lake – genesis of the concept
Firing up the Mehfil Machine
The Collaborators
Creative Case – challenges along the way
The Guru-Shishya relationship
What is Kathak?
Life blood
Collaboration: Balbir & Gary
Colouring your emotions
Covid-19 Update on Monday, April 6th, 2020
Creative Case in action – July to September 2019
Finding my way in The Creative Spirit of John Curry
Talent Development – Abirami Eshwar
Talent Development – Kimberley Hardy
Collaborators: Lorna Brown and Gary Beacom
The Work: Act 1
The Work: Act 2
Planning the show
The 8 Dances
Performance
Who was Hans Krebs?
The Citric 
 Acid cycle
Accessibility
Balbir’s thoughts behind the work
Balbir on developing the work
Amrita Sher-Gil & Frida Kahlo
My favourite painting is. . .
Balbir reflects on The Two Fridas
Cast one
Devising in lockdown
Las dos Fridas
‘Alas Para Volar (Wings to Fly)’
Amrita – a story that lives in Art