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Dance Nation at the Almeida: first look photos

Bijan Sheibani directs Clare Barron's Susan Smith Blackburn Prize-winning play

Bijan Sheibani and Clare Barron in rehearsal for Dance Nation
© Marc Brenner

Images have been released offering a first look at the company of Dance Nation in rehearsals.


Clare Barron's play – which opens at the Almeida in September – is directed by Bijan Sheibani and follows an army of competitive dancers burning to fulfil their ambitions. It won the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the Relentless Award when it first premiered off-Broadway in May this year.

The Almeida production will star Brendan Cowell (Life of Galileo) as Dance Teacher Pat, Nancy Crane (Summer and Smoke) as Maeve, Karla Crome (Amadeus) as Amina, Miranda Foster (Years of Sunlight) as The Moms/Vanessa, Sarah Hadland (The Way of the World) as Sofia, Kayla Meikle (A Midsummer Night's Dream) as Ashlee, Irfan Shamji (One for Sorrow) as Luke, Manjinder Virk (Bodies) as Connie and Ria Zmitrowicz (Gundog) as Zuzu.

It will feature design by Samal Blak, choreography by Aline David, costume by Moritz Junge, lighting by Lee Curran, sound and composition by Marc Teitier, casting by Amy Ball and dialect coaching by Brett Tyne.