Interview with Manchester Met Graduate Bryn Aled

We caught up with Bryn Aled, who graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2016, with a First Class BA (Hons) degree in Dance, and was the recipient of the Award for Academic Excellence and the Ade and Ravenscroft Award of Outstanding Excellence.

Tell us about Transitions? How did you become part of the company?

Transitions is the first postgraduate dance company designed to be a bridge between undergraduate training and professional dance careers. In order to become part of Transitions, I first had to create a personal statement and complete an online application to Trinity Laban. I was then invited to the preliminary auditions where we participated in technique classes, rep classes and creative classes. This was followed by an interview and a recall audition which was a similar format to the first audition.

What have you enjoyed most about creating these dance pieces?

Challenging my perception of what a choreographic process requires. We have had three very different processes (working with the three choreographers) that have asked for very different skills and methods of working.

What have been your biggest challenges?

This is a difficult one. There have been many challenges; from technical challenges involving my technique and physicality, to challenges involving pacing myself with regards to rest and independent rehearsals so I am not suffering to much from fatigue and exhaustion.

What have you done since leaving MMU?

The first this was to take a long holiday to Cuba during the summer. I then moved to London and collaborated with three choreographers (one from Brazil, one from Israel and one British choreographer) to create three original works. Through Transitions, I performed in the Bonnie Bird Theatre (also known as the Laban Theatre) for the first time and have completed my ‘Advanced Technical Practices’ assessment, exploring Cunningham, Limone and Release techniques. I’ve also participated in regular tumbling classes, had two professional dance photoshoots, and so much more!

 If you could give a piece of advice to a 1st year just starting out here, what would it be?

To work hard, never doubt how much you are able to achieve. Don’t compare yourself to others, but instead track your own individual progress. And most importantly take every opportunity you have during your undergraduate training, you have amazing resources so USE THEM!

 What is next for you?

After completing this period with Transitions Dance Company and gaining my masters in dance performance, I will be looking to further my performance experience auditioning for opportunities to work on individual projects and for different companies. This also includes the possibility of an internship/shadowing some companies to gain more in-depth knowledge of what these companies require of their dancers.

Transitions Dance Triple Bill is at Axis Arts Centre on Tuesday 7 March at 7.30p. Tickets are £8 (£5 students and all concessions) available online (booking fees apply) or in person at Axis Box Office (no booking fee)