Replica are a small–scale contemporary dance company co-founded and artistically directed by Hannily Bendell and Thomas Pickard. The company specialise in performance and educational work. Both dancers are trained in classical ballet and contemporary dance and fuse these styles in their work. The company is inspired by historical accounts, film and vintage style and aims to create work that is narratively driven. Replica strive to create unique contemporary dance works which will be presented in schools, colleges, choreographic events, dance festivals and platforms across the UK and further afield. Replica aim to make work which is accessible and relatable to new and experienced dance audiences. The company is mentored by Etta Murfitt (Matthew Bourne's Associate Director), which is supported by South East Dance.
Replica offers extensive education and community work, leading workshops, tailor made projects, site-specific projects, dance films, pieces made especially for GCSE and A-Level modules, touring piece commissions, mentoring and work placements.
We have a passion for fusing contemporary and balletic technique, and provide a foundation for work which is both innovative and accessible to all audiences. We also aspire to provide a creative and enjoyable learning environment to promote dance in education and the community.
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