Introducing choreographers for NEW GROUND 2021 - Northern School of Contemporary Dance


Friday 12th November 2021, 9:26am Introducing choreographers for NEW GROUND 2021


Each year NSCD commissions a range of artists to create new work with our students. This year we're excited to reveal that students in their second year of the BA (Hons) programme are working with:

  • Fernanda Prata
  • Northern Rascals
  • Saju Hari

See the results in our autumn term showcase, NEW GROUND.

30 November 2021 - 3 December 2021


16 & 17 December


Fernanda Prata

Fernanda Prata is an interdisciplinary artist who has been working across Theatre and Dance for over 20 years. She has worked in collaboration with many UK and Brazilian companies, her main collaboration being with Punchdrunk as Assistant Director and performer for 16 years.  As a performer Fernanda has worked with Vincent Dance Theatre, Protein, Stan Won’t Dance and Jasmin Vardimon Company. Other collaborations include working with the director Lucy Bailey as assistant choreographer for productions at The Globe Theatre and Regents Park Theatre, Tom Morris for London National Theatre, Dan Allum for Romany Theatre Company and Sarah Dowling for the Royal Opera House.

Selected choreographic works include Kroppen Min for Stavanger University, Nos commissioned by Horniman Museum and Gardens, Midsummer Night’s Dream for Karamel Club Theatre in London, An Open Book commissioned by NSCD, I will do all that I can commissioned by LCDS, and The Drowned Man for Punchdrunk.

Currently, Fernanda is a Lecturer in Performance, Choreography and Contextual Studies for the BA (Hons) programme at NSCD. She is also Course Leader for the MA Dance + Creative Enterprise course.

Northern Rascals

Northern Rascals is a multi-disciplinary performance company based in Leeds.

With their unique blend of theatre and contemporary dance, the company crafts the abstract and absurd to lead audiences along narratives rooted in the current socio-political climate. With a direct focus on mental wellbeing and a commitment to lead with kindness, Northern Rascals endeavour to make authentic work that with the power of imagination has the ability to make a direct impact on a wide variety of audiences.

Led by Artistic Directors Anna and Sam, also graduates of NSCD, the company has risen to national success receiving accolades including resident artists at The Civic Barnsley, Choreodrome Artists at The Place and shortlisted artists for The Hodgkiss Award at Royal Exchange Manchester.

Saju Hari

Indian-born dance artist Saju Hari’s starting point in dance was the South Indian martial art Kalarippayattu.

After moving to London, Saju collaborated with several artists including Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, Fabulous Beasts Dance Theatre, Akram Khan Dance Company and Sasha Waltz. Currently, Saju is on tour with the physical theatre company Gecko.

Saju has created works for Palace Acropolis theatre (Prague), Luftschloss Cobenzl castle (Vienna) and Royal Opera House London’s ROH2. In 2016 Saju created Breaking Joint. Recently his installation work Impulses of Distraction premiered at The Place which explored the themes of right to silence in public space. Saju was a dramaturg and artistic mentor for the Out of the system programme, part of the Dance Umbrella Festival 2019 and has appeared in the dance adaptation of the film A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, directed by Jacqui Morris and choreographed by Russel Maliphant.

Saju’s choreographic work is abstract in nature and is best described as movement poetry. In his work, there is always an element of finding a spiritual dimension through physical exhaustion. The concept of ‘alienation’ is a theme that runs through a lot of his choreographic work, reflecting his own life experiences as a migrant.


©  Katie Lusby