Dancer and comedian, one half of the comic duo New Art Club
New Art Club are comedians, choreographers and dancers Pete Shenton and Tom Roden.– think the bastard sons of Morecambe and Wise at Sadler’s Wels. They have been touring nationally and internationally since 2001; were Place Prize finalists in 2004 and in 2010 they won The Edinburgh Spotlight Best Comedy Award for their show Big Bag of Boom. Their work is regularly presented at Soho Theatre and at festivals around the UK Big Bag of Boom and their most recent show, Quiet Act of Destruction have both had successful runs at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. They have worked as presenters on The Culture Show, their work has been featured in Channel 4’s Random Acts series and in 2012 the duo scripted and presented Come Dance with Me - an internet TV project for Space, an initiative of the BCC and Arts Council England. Last year also saw the creation of New Art Club’s Herculean Cabaret, a commission for Dance 4’s Splash Dance Festival. In 2013 the duo will premiere their new show – Feel About Your Body; they are being commissioned to create a new work for the celebrations around the Rugby League World Cup which is being hosted in the UK in autumn 2013; and they are also to be seen as MCs, guest artists and comperes at various events including Mark Watson’s 25 Hour Comedy Marathon to celebrate 25 years of Comic Relief.
Outside of New Art Cub, Pete works as a choreographer, writer, performer, collaborator, artistic advisor and teacher in dance and comedy theatre. Pete’s directing and choreography credits include: Good Friday for Dave Parkin; May for Probe Dance Company; The Three Graces for Laurie Lorry Theatre Company; and he was commissioned by Dance 4 to direct a version of Thomas Lehmen’s Schreibstuck; and co choreographed revenge of the impossible things for Scottish Dance Theatre. Pete has taught dance at all levels of ability and ages and is a senior lecturer in dance at De Montfort University. New Art Club take premiere their new show, Feel Your Body at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe