JERWOOD ARTS// NEW WORK FUND
Lanre has been selected as one of 15 artists to receive funding for the Research and Development of his next theatre production SAMSKARA.
The Jerwood New Work Fund supports artists to investigate their creative process and take risks that will lead to the development of unique new works destined to connect with a public audience.
Press release: https://jerwoodarts.org/2019/08/08/projects-selected-new-work-fund/
THE CIRCLE// AWARD NOMINATIONS
THE CIRCLE // PRESS
Lanre was interviewed by EXPOSED MAGAZINE, on his latest film THE CIRCLE (World premier Sheffield Doc/Fest, June 2019)
Full interview here: https://www.exposedmagazine.co.uk/culture/racism-is-alive-and-kicking-director-lanre-malaolu-on-the-circle/
THE CIRCLE has also been selected as part of the BFI's top 10 films to look out for at the festival:
Elephant in the room//
Lanre has received various interview features for his upcoming show Elephant in the Room, including THE GAURDIAN & THE METRO. Full articles below:
I AM HIP HOP MAGAZINE:
FIGURE has received its first official press review since the public release of the film.
Published by ALT AFRICA bespoke arts and culture magazine:
"Figure is the new 5-minute-long work of art of one of the most interesting UK creative minds: he brings us another intense, poignant and visually striking work of art. Bold and provocative, tender and powerful, their movement and the captivating intensity of every step delve into manhood, emotional growth, loneliness, isolation and human resilience..."
Full review here:
AWARD WINNING FILM
FIGURE has won the BEST DANCE SHORT award for the New Renaissance Film Festival!
The award ceremony took place in Soho, October 2018.
“The award for BEST DANCE SHORT went to FIGURE, choreographed and directed by Lanre Malalou and produced by Lorna Nickson-Brown. This category was particularly strong and the screening block for dance was sold out. An international career beckons for Lanre, without a doubt...”
Full press release: http://newrenaissancefilmfest.com/awards-night
Whittled down from thousands of submissions, Lanre has been chosen as the overall winner of the Zelous Emerge performance prize, a nationwide search championing the UK’s best emerging performance artists.
He was selected by industry recognized judges including: Akram Khan, Peter Higgin (Punchdrunk) and In-Sook Chapp, for his work on FIGURE, and was presented with an award plaque, a bursary and project support from the Zealous organisation and supporters.
Full details: http://about.zealous.co/articles/emerge-awards/
SCREENING AND Q&A
On June 10th, Birmingham City University will be holding a screening of FIGURE along with a Q&A with Lanre.
The post-screening discussion will be chaired by Rajinder Dudrah, Professor of Cultural Studies & Creative Industries, Birmingham School of Media.
Tickets are free and will take place at the Birmingham City Universities main lecture hall.
CHOREODROME// RECIPIENT & COMMISION
Lanre was recently chosen as a Choreodrome recipient. The scheme is part of The Place’s range of development opportunities designed to nurture talent and facilitate the growth of independent artists’ creativity and businesses throughout their careers.
He will receive studio rehearsal support as well as a commission fee to explore and experiment with a new piece of work.
FIGURE recently was selected for the LIGHTS DANCE FILM FESTIVAL "Audience Choice" award (Toronto, Canada) and the HACKNEY SHORTS "Best Narrative Drama" award.
FIGURE has also been selected for the BAFTA recognised AESTHETICA FILM FESTIVAL, in London as well as being selected as Film of the Week by the NEW RENAISSANCE FILM FESTIVAL.
I CAN'T BREATHE//
Earlier this year Lanre's "I Can't Breathe" was performed at The Place as part of their annual "Resolution" festival (Fresh off a USA tour with Sadler's Wells "Breakin' Convention")
Resolution is a performance platform for some of the UK's most exciting up and coming and mid-career choreographers. Reviews for the piece below:
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY PANEL // HARLEM, NYC
As part of the recent U.S tour with Breakin' Convention, Lanre was asked to take part on an artists panel talk for Columbia University, NYC, alongside world renowned artists Jonzi D, Salah, and BeeD.
Chaired by Leitner Professor of African Studies and Member of the Committee on Global Thought, Mamadou Diouf, the talk explored the global conversation on hip-hop and social consciousness in line with their work.
Full feature here: http://cgt.columbia.edu/cgt-events/hiphop/
An extract of Lanre's "Elephant in the Room" has been featured by Happiful magazine on their website. The film explores the stigma attached to mental illness, through the perspective of a working-class black man.
Lanre is currently developing this into a full-length dance-theatre production, premiering Spring 2019.
Lanre was a choreographer as part of the renowned "Old Vic 12" scheme (2016). The Old Vic is one of the leading theates in the UK.
Artistic Director Matthew Warchus said of The Old Vic 12:
“The selected 12 artists who will take part in our new programme, The Old Vic 12, are exceptionally talented people who we hope will benefit from the vitality and creativity of this unique theatre. We are excited to have them participate in the new season and to offer our assistance as they develop their practice in proximity to the great artists we have involved here at The Old Vic. .”
Official press release here