Rejection. Failure. Loser. ☹

For 15 years, Thomas has faced a constant, stifling stream of rejection. Dates broken, relationships soured but even worse … dance pieces that never got made. He's written about the blighters in funding applications, discussed them with commissioners, paraded them out to promoters, but sadly, they remain unwanted. From a large-scale interactive piece about the apocalypse to a piece exploring the nuances of cheddar cheese, for one night only, using letters of rejection as a starting point, Thomas will bring them to life.  Maybe we’ll discover there was a reason that they never got made …

The Unwanted premieres on 22nd February 2019 at Pitlochry Theatre.

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Thomas Small
Dancer and Concept, Choreography & Direction

 Thomas graduated from London Contemporary Dance School with a BA (Hons) degree. He has won many awards and commissions for his work including the prestigious Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award and the Robin Howard Foundation Commission.  In 2015, he was appointed as the first ever BBC Radio 2 Artist in Residence in association with The Space. He has also been short-listed for the Peter Darrell award in 2003 and The Place Prize in both 2006 & 2008. Thomas was Choreographer in Residence at The Space, Dundee throughout 2008 and Artist in Residence at The Byre Theatre, St Andrews. In 2013, he was awarded the Creative Scotland fellowship on the Clore Leadership Programme. During his fellowship he undertook a secondment at The Roundhouse, London and V&A Dundee and was mentored by Farooq Chaudhry, Producer at Akram Khan Company and English National Ballet. In 2017, Thomas was mentored by Kerry Nicholls and Christopher Hampson where he worked with Scottish Ballet dancers as part of Scottish Ballet Creates.  He took part in the Royal Opera House’s DanceLines 2009 project where he was mentored by The Royal Ballet’s Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor and he presented the work he created during DanceLines at The Royal Opera House FIRSTS Programme in November 2010. He was invited to present his work ‘Falling Man’ at the Cunningham Studios in New York City in 2011 and Berlin in 2012. His work received five star reviews in the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and was featured on the BBC Culture Show. He was a Creative Partner with National Theatre of Scotland for their 2012 Exchange Festival. His work, ‘Within This Dust’ was selected for the 2012 Made In Scotland Showcase and went on to enjoy a sell out run at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The work tours to New York City, Brazil and Bangladesh in 2013. In 2014, he was commissioned to choreograph La Banda’s Struileag: Children of the Smoke for Festival 2014, directed by Dan Ayling and featuring music by Artistic Director, Jim Sutherland.  Thomas is a Trustee at The Barn (Woodend Arts Limited) and was Chair of the Advisory Board for Performing Arts at Scottish School of Contemporary Dance at Dundee & Angus College. He was a Trustee for Federation of Scottish Theatre (FST) 2013 to 2016. He was the founder and Artistic Director of the acclaimed Smallpetitklein from 2000 to 2015. He established and Chairs the first Scottish chapter of the What Next? movement in Dundee. He has also Chaired the Dance Forum for Federation of Scottish Theatre. Thomas is a trained mentor on FST's Step Up programme.

Thomas graduated from London Contemporary Dance School with a BA (Hons) degree. He has won many awards and commissions for his work including the prestigious Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award and the Robin Howard Foundation Commission.

In 2015, he was appointed as the first ever BBC Radio 2 Artist in Residence in association with The Space. He has also been short-listed for the Peter Darrell award in 2003 and The Place Prize in both 2006 & 2008. Thomas was Choreographer in Residence at The Space, Dundee throughout 2008 and Artist in Residence at The Byre Theatre, St Andrews. In 2013, he was awarded the Creative Scotland fellowship on the Clore Leadership Programme. During his fellowship he undertook a secondment at The Roundhouse, London and V&A Dundee and was mentored by Farooq Chaudhry, Producer at Akram Khan Company and English National Ballet. In 2017, Thomas was mentored by Kerry Nicholls and Christopher Hampson where he worked with Scottish Ballet dancers as part of Scottish Ballet Creates.

He took part in the Royal Opera House’s DanceLines 2009 project where he was mentored by The Royal Ballet’s Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor and he presented the work he created during DanceLines at The Royal Opera House FIRSTS Programme in November 2010. He was invited to present his work ‘Falling Man’ at the Cunningham Studios in New York City in 2011 and Berlin in 2012. His work received five star reviews in the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and was featured on the BBC Culture Show. He was a Creative Partner with National Theatre of Scotland for their 2012 Exchange Festival. His work, ‘Within This Dust’ was selected for the 2012 Made In Scotland Showcase and went on to enjoy a sell out run at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The work tours to New York City, Brazil and Bangladesh in 2013. In 2014, he was commissioned to choreograph La Banda’s Struileag: Children of the Smoke for Festival 2014, directed by Dan Ayling and featuring music by Artistic Director, Jim Sutherland.

Thomas is a Trustee at The Barn (Woodend Arts Limited) and was Chair of the Advisory Board for Performing Arts at Scottish School of Contemporary Dance at Dundee & Angus College. He was a Trustee for Federation of Scottish Theatre (FST) 2013 to 2016. He was the founder and Artistic Director of the acclaimed Smallpetitklein from 2000 to 2015. He established and Chairs the first Scottish chapter of the What Next? movement in Dundee. He has also Chaired the Dance Forum for Federation of Scottish Theatre. Thomas is a trained mentor on FST's Step Up programme.

Miranda Mac Letten
Dancer

 Miranda performs in Thomas Small’s The Drive, which premiered at Chris Evans’ CarFest in 2015. She also performs in the critically acclaimed production The Adventures of Isabel. She appeared in Thomas' Lost But Found film inspired by stories from Children In Need and his BBC Radio 2 films Shakespeare Shuffle and a collection of children's dance films.  Miranda graduated with a 1st class Hons degree from London Contemporary Dance School. She first worked with Punchdrunk as an apprentice on The Duchess Of Malfi, a co-production with the English National Opera, and has continued performing for Punchdrunk on a number of projects including a years run in The Drowned Man. Other dance credits include: Scorned, SHhh! (C-12 Dance Theatre) and working with The People Pile and Bicycle Ballet. She is also the founder of her own company, Kerfuffle Dance, whose professional works include The Endeavor To Be Super.  Miranda first worked with Thomas on his production of Wheechin Aboot project in 2014.

Miranda performs in Thomas Small’s The Drive, which premiered at Chris Evans’ CarFest in 2015. She also performs in the critically acclaimed production The Adventures of Isabel. She appeared in Thomas' Lost But Found film inspired by stories from Children In Need and his BBC Radio 2 films Shakespeare Shuffle and a collection of children's dance films.

Miranda graduated with a 1st class Hons degree from London Contemporary Dance School. She first worked with Punchdrunk as an apprentice on The Duchess Of Malfi, a co-production with the English National Opera, and has continued performing for Punchdrunk on a number of projects including a years run in The Drowned Man. Other dance credits include: Scorned, SHhh! (C-12 Dance Theatre) and working with The People Pile and Bicycle Ballet. She is also the founder of her own company, Kerfuffle Dance, whose professional works include The Endeavor To Be Super.

Miranda first worked with Thomas on his production of Wheechin Aboot project in 2014.

Robert Anderson
Dancer

Vince Virr
Dancer

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 Vince Virr trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, graduating in 2006 with BPA(Hons) degree. He then joined Transitions Dance Company at Laban and toured the UK and parts of Turkey and has a MA in Dance Performance (Distinction).  Vince has worked with Hofesh Shechter, Henri Oguike, Ben Wright, Pablo Ventura, Cristian Duarte, Jenni Kivela, Aszure Barton, Debbi Pertil, Luca Silvestrini and Natasha Gilmore.  Vince is a qualified fitness instructor and is interested in the body from a physiological viewpoint as well as artistic interpretation. Vince was a part of the teaching staff at the Urdang Academy and a Lecturer at Scottish School of Contemporary Dance.  Vince danced with Thomas in Smallpetitklein from 2007 to 2015 collaborating with him on various projects. Vince embarked on a world tour with New Adventures in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake. Vince currently performs in Thomas Small’s critically acclaimed Within This Dust and in new work The Unwanted. He also performed in Thomas' Shakespeare Shuffle project as part of the BBC Shakespeare Festival in 2016.

Vince Virr trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, graduating in 2006 with BPA(Hons) degree. He then joined Transitions Dance Company at Laban and toured the UK and parts of Turkey and has a MA in Dance Performance (Distinction).

Vince has worked with Hofesh Shechter, Henri Oguike, Ben Wright, Pablo Ventura, Cristian Duarte, Jenni Kivela, Aszure Barton, Debbi Pertil, Luca Silvestrini and Natasha Gilmore.

Vince is a qualified fitness instructor and is interested in the body from a physiological viewpoint as well as artistic interpretation. Vince was a part of the teaching staff at the Urdang Academy and a Lecturer at Scottish School of Contemporary Dance.

Vince danced with Thomas in Smallpetitklein from 2007 to 2015 collaborating with him on various projects. Vince embarked on a world tour with New Adventures in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake. Vince currently performs in Thomas Small’s critically acclaimed Within This Dust and in new work The Unwanted. He also performed in Thomas' Shakespeare Shuffle project as part of the BBC Shakespeare Festival in 2016.

 

 


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 The Unwanted is funded by Creative Scotland

The Unwanted is funded by Creative Scotland