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We asked our Centre for Advanced Training alumni to share 5 images that tell #MyCATStory of their dance journey from the DX studios to the present day.

First up is freelance dance artist Alistair Wroe who graduated from our CAT Dance Generation Contemporary strand 9 years ago.

About Alistar

Originally from Worcestershire, Alistair completed his BA (Hons) Degree in Contemporary Dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and went on to join EDge at London Contemporary Dance School where he worked with choreographers including Alexander Whitley and Philippe Blanchard.   

After completing a Master’s Degree at London Contemporary Dance School, Alistair has gone on to present work in the UK, Italy, Switzerland, Malaysia, Portugal and Germany.  

As a freelance dance artist he has worked with Matan Zamir, Gal Naor, Jack Philp Dance,  Möbius Dance, Alexandra Green, Craig Green for Dazed Magazine, The Irrepressibles and Tom Rosenthal amongst others.  

Image 1

UY Zone 005, a multidisciplinary dance performance that premiered at Halle am Berghain, Berlin. Choreographed by Matan Zamir & Gal Naor. The movement language is heavily influenced by Gaga Technique pioneered by Ohad Naharin, a style I first encountered at CAT. I remember exploring it in a series of Hofesh Shechter repertoire workshops led by Maeva Berthelot.

Image by Irma Fadhila

Image 2

‘Let Go (Move Your Body)’ by The Irrepressibles directed by Savvas Stavrou.

CAT provides opportunities to create performance pieces with visiting choreographers. Having prior workshopping experience in how to convincingly embody a character, allowed me to approach this role with a deeper understanding of who I was portraying.

Image by Savvas Stavrou

Image 3

‘The Paralleled Mind’ by filmmaker Annlin Chao, a video installation that premiered at Galway International Arts Festival.

During my time at CAT, I became interested in the multi-disciplinary aspect of working as a dance artist. CAT exposes you to many artists, and serves as a place to collaborate, explore, and find what truly interests you as a dancer.

Image by Annlin Chao

Image 4

‘Rite’ choreographed by Kenny Shim in Famalicão, Portugal. The performance was part of a dance residency during my time at EDge, the postgrad company at London Contemporary Dance School.

This photo is significant as it was taken at the culmination of my dance training, at CAT, My BA and Post-Graduate Studies.

Image by Kenny Shim

Image 5

This recent photo is a still taken from a recording session with classical pianist Raffaello Moretti at Abbey Road Studios, London. The self-choreographed solo is semi-improvised, and borrows heavily from improvisational techniques I first began exploring during my time at CAT.

Image by Luca Sage