Almeida Theatre: Cast announced for UK premiere of Dance Nation

Bijan Sheibani

Bijan Sheibani

The Almeida Theatre today announced the full cast for the UK premiere of Clare Barron’s new play Dance Nation, directed by Bijan Sheibani.

“Maybe this is the year, this is the moment, this is the dance where your lives will start!”

 Somewhere in America, a revolution is coming.

An army of competitive dancers is ready to take over the world, one routine at a time.

With a pre-teen battle for power and perfection raging on and off stage, Dance Nation is a ferocious exploration of youth, ambition and self-discovery.

Winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and The Relentless Award, Clare Barron’s explosive new play Dance Nation makes its UK debut in summer 2018, directed by Bijan Sheibani.

The cast includes Brendan CowellNancy CraneKarla CromeMiranda FosterSarah HadlandKayla MeikleIrfan ShamjiManjinder Virk and Ria Zmitrowicz.

 Clare Barron’s play Dance Nation recently received its world premiere at Playwrights Horizons (NYC) in May 2018. It is the recipient of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and The Relentless Award established in honour of Philip Seymour Hoffman. Her other plays include You Got Older which received an Obie Award, Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Play, and was a Susan Smith Blackburn finalist; I’ll Never Love Again; and Baby Screams Miracle. She is the recipient of a Whiting Award for Drama, the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award at The Vineyard, and the Page 73 Fellowship; and is a member of New Dramatists.

 Bijan Sheibani directs. He previously directed The House of Bernarda Alba and Fixer at the Almeida. His other theatre credits include Circle Mirror Transformation (HOME Manchester); The Brothers Size (Young Vic Theatre); Barber Shop ChroniclesRomeo and JulietA Taste of HoneyEmil and the DetectivesThe Kitchenand Our Class (National Theatre); You Got Older (RADA); Giving (Hampstead Theatre); Moonlight (Donmar Warehouse); Eurydice (ATC and the Young Vic) and Gone Too Far! (Royal Court, Hackney Empire and Albany Theatre – Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre). His opera work includes Tell Me the Truth about Love (Streetwise Opera); Nothing (Glyndebourne) and The Virtues of Things and Through His Teeth (Royal Opera House). He was Associate Director at the National Theatre from 2010-2015 and Artistic Director of ATC from 2007-2010.