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In 2022, ZooNation hit the incredible milestone of 20 years, championing Hip Hop inspired theatre. Now, we’re on the lookout for TWO amazing individuals to join our Board of Trustees and help shape the next chapter of our journey. We encourage applications from all backgrounds, communities and industries, and are committed to having a Board that is made up of diverse skills, experience and voices.
Trustee: Bring your passion and expertise to guide ZooNation toward its goals. Your commitment to our mission is key!
Treasurer: Are you a financial whiz? We’re seeking someone with significant financial experience to oversee and contribute to our financial strategy.
Application deadline – Wed 10 Jan 2024
Available the week of Mon 21 Jan 2024 for an interview
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ZooNation are delighted to be sharing the production of Message In A Bottle with audiences around the world as it premiers on American broadcasting channel PBS from Friday 3rd November 2023.
Kate Prince worked with BAFTA-winning screen director Marcus Viner to capture the show on six Arri-LF 4K cameras. Stage2View, an independent company in the stage-to-screen world, teamed up with Mercury Studios and Sadler’s Wells to produce the film in a sound stage environment.
Prince said: “I am so excited that ‘Message In A Bottle’ will hit cinemas next year, as well as the stage show embarking on a major tour. Having the opportunity to film on a sound stage gave us the ability to capture each element of the show from the best possible angle, allowing the audience to truly appreciate the agility and athleticism of the dancers and draw them fully into the story.”
While this epic live show currently tours the world, having recently opened at the Sydney Opera House before heading on to the Netherlands, the US and Canada, the filmed production will also be available in UK cinemas from 30th May 2024.
How to watch Message In A Bottle
29 Nov – 3 Dec 2023, Chassé Theatre, Breda, Netherlands
7 – 10 Dec 2023, MartinPlaza Groningen, Netherlands
25 – 27 Jan 2024, Las Theatres de la ville, Luxembourg
6 – 11 Feb 2024, Hollywood Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, US
13 – 25 Feb 2024, Buell Theatre, Denver, CO, USA
28 Feb – 3 Mar 2024, Cadillac Palace Theatre, Chicago, IL, USA
12 – 16 Mar 2024, Place des Arts, Montreal, QC, Canada
20 – 23 Mar 2024, Meridian Hall, Toronto, ON, Canada
26 – 30 Mar 2024, Emerson Colonial Theatre, Boston, MA, USA
2 – 7 Apr 2024, Knight Theater Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Charlotte, NC, USA
9 – 21 Apr 2024, The Kennedy Centre, Washington, DC, USA
30 Apr – 12 May 2024, New York City Centre, New York City, NY, USA
14 – 19 May 2024, Miller Theatre, Philadelphia, PA, USA
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An Icon Theatre, ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company and Amina Khayyam Dance Company Co-Production, supported by The Historic Dockyard Chatham.
Audition call-out, professional dancers for creation, rehearsals and performances
Apply before Wednesday 18th October
For ages 18+
Icon Theatre, ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company and Amina Khayyam Dance Company with the Historic Dockyard Chatham are auditioning dancers for a new show, directed by Icon’s Artistic Director Nancy Hirst and choreographed by ZooNation’s Associate Artistic Director, Dannielle ‘Rhimes’ Lecointe, with additional choreography by Amina Khayyam Dance Company’s Artistic Director, Amina Khayyam.
Icon Theatre is an award-winning Medway-based theatre company. We bring together professional artists and communities to create large-scale outdoor, immersive, and site-specific theatre and dance productions.
In October 2024, we will stage a brand-new immersive and devised dance-theatre production at The Historic Dockyard Chatham. Using a mix of choreography, spoken word, original music and projection, the production will tell the story of how The Historic Dockyard Chatham has shaped local and national identity through its connection to the British Empire.
In Icon’s signature style, the production will be created and performed by a 200-strong company of professionals and a community company.
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Message In A Bottle, the acclaimed dance theatre show by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Kate Prince, set to the music of 17-time Grammy Award-winning icon Sting, will embark on a major 10-stop North American tour in 2024.
The production will tour theatres of the United States and Canada starting in February in Los Angeles, then stopping in Denver, Chicago, Montreal, Toronto, Boston, Charlotte, Washington DC, New York City and finishing in May in Philadelphia.
The stage show is currently on a UK and international tour, next performing at Sadler’s Wells’ West End venue The Peacock Theatre in London for two weeks in October. The show then stops in Sydney, Australia before a tour of The Netherlands.
Message In A Bottle is an imagined story about one displaced family, and a universal story of survival, hope and love. A village alive with joyous celebrations is suddenly under siege. Determined and daring, three parted siblings step out on their own extraordinary adventures.
Songs including “Every Breath You Take”, “Roxanne”, “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” and “Fields of Gold” feature in new arrangements by Alex Lacamoire, recorded by Sting and guest artists including Olivier Award-winner Beverley Knight. The show features the astonishing talents of dance storytelling powerhouse, ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company. Message In A Bottle is produced by Sadler’s Wells and Universal Music UK co-produced with Birmingham Hippodrome and The Lowry, Salford.
Suzanne Walker, Sadler’s Wells Executive Producer said, “We’re thrilled to be bringing Message In A Bottle to North American theatres for the first time. The universal themes of the show resonate around the world, and we are excited for new audiences in the United States and Canada to experience the incredible dance by Kate Prince set to Sting’s iconic music in this production.”
ZooNation appoint Flo Buckeridge as new Co-Executive Director
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Following a public wide recruitment process, ZooNation and the board of Trustees has appointed Flo Buckeridge as the new Co-Executive Director. Flo will be sharing the role of Executive Director with Chantal Spiteri.
Flo brings with her an abundance of experience working in theatre and the performing arts sector, including ten years at the National Theatre growing their digital output. During her time at the National Theatre she produced more than 80 National Theatre Live broadcasts and grew the cinema broadcasts to a hugely successful and profit generating business reaching an audience of 11 million worldwide. She launched the streaming platform NT at Home during the Covid 19 pandemic and oversaw the educational streaming service NT Collection which is used by the majority of UK state schools. Flo has also worked at Complicite, the Barbican Centre and Theatre Royal Stratford East.
Flo Buckeridge, incoming Executive Director of ZooNation says:
“ZooNation produces truly groundbreaking work and engages with audiences, future generations and artists in a really exciting way. I have admired the company for many years and so I’m delighted to be joining the brilliant team and co-leading the company in its next chapter”.
Estelle McCartney, board of Trustees (Chair) says:
“With a remarkable 14-year journey in theatre and the performing arts, Flo brings a wealth of experience and expertise to ZooNation. Her vision, experience, and dedication align perfectly with our mission to inspire the next generation of theatre makers and audiences. We are incredibly excited to welcome her as the Co-Executive Director of ZooNation. Together, under her dynamic leadership and in partnership with Chantal Spiteri we look forward to embarking on a new chapter of growth and artistic excellence”.
Flo succeeds current Co-Executive Director Sri Sarker who is standing down at the end of July following seven years of inspirational leadership.