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South Bank Sky Arts Awards success for Mark Bruce Company

  • Date: 28 January 2014
  • Area: South West
Jonathan Goddard and Kristin McGuire in Mark Bruce Company's Dracula

Jonathan Goddard and Kristin McGuire in Mark Bruce Company's Dracula. Credit: Colin Hawkins

The Mark Bruce Company's production of Dracula, which was supported by a £197,990 Grants for the arts award by Arts Council England, has won a prestigious South Bank Sky Arts Award.

Dracula, which was commissioned by National portfolio organisation Pavilion Dance South West, premiered at The Tobacco Factory, Bristol in September 2013, before touring the UK.  Mark Bruce is Associate Dance Artist at The Tobacco Factory, where the dance theatre piece was produced in association with Wilton's Music Hall.  The Tobacco Factory is a National portfolio organisation.

Bram Stoker's haunting story was brought to life in a heartwrenching dance theatre production by a company of ten exceptional dancers.  The score used an eclectic mix of music from Bach and Mozart to Ligetti and Fred Frith, while Mark Bruce explored choreographic styles ranging from the subtlety of classical etiquette to visceral contemporary dance.

Critics called the production 'an exemplary piece of dance theatre' (The Sunday Telegraph) and noted 'I'd be surprised if I saw a more entertaining piece of dance theatre this year' (The Observer).

The award was presented at a glittering ceremony attended by some of the most illustrious patrons, practitioners and performers in the arts.  Winners from the categories of visual art, theatre, opera, dance, comedy, classical music, pop, TV drama, literature and film were presented with their awards for the best in the Arts in 2013. Hosted by Melvyn Bragg, this is the seventeenth year of the awards and its fourth year in association with Sky Arts.


Watch the South Bank Sky Arts Awards ceremony, which will be broadcast at 9.30pm on Sky Arts 1 HD on Thursday 30 January.

And you can find out more information about Grants for the arts and the project we support at: