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In Northern Ballet's press release about the Spring 2015 season a choreographic laboratory was announced.

 

Some details about the choreographic laboratory have now emerged.  I did not realise that three companies were involved in the laboratory but this item has appeared on the NB website:

 

"Call for emerging choreographers

Tell Tale Steps is Northern Ballet’s inaugural Choreographic Laboratory, in partnership with Scottish Ballet and The Royal Ballet. It offers emerging choreographers studio time in a professional environment, working with Northern Ballet’s Company dancers to experiment with creative processes, play with movement ideas and begin to see a dance story from the perspective of the audience.

Working within the prescribed boundaries of narrative form and classical dance, you will be mentored by Northern Ballet’s Artistic Director and other guest artists will offer guidance throughout the process.

With a genuine interest in the narrative form and classical dance, you will be open-minded, collaborative and able to articulate your dance ideas.

To apply please send a CV along with a written statement, no more than one side of A4, detailing your interest and suitability, no later than Monday 5 January 2015 to:

David Nixon OBE, Northern Ballet,
Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7PA.

The successful candidate will receive a £1,200 fee plus all reasonable expenses, accommodation and travel."

 

https://northernballet.com/?q=vacancies/call-for-emerging-choreographers

 

It sounds a very interesting collaborative venture!

 

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Northern Ballet creates new opportunities for emerging choreographers
 

Northern Ballet is furthering its commitment to invest in the future of dance by offering emerging choreographers the unique opportunity to work with the Company's award winning Artistic Director and dancers. Tell Tale Steps, the Leeds-based Company's inaugural Choreographic Laboratory will take place from 25 May to 20 June 2015. The Royal Ballet and Scottish Ballet are partner organisations in the project and have nominated an emerging choreographer from within their organisations to take part. They will be joined by one of Northern Ballet’s artists and Artistic Director David Nixon OBE has invited open applications for one final place.

Applications from ambitious choreographers in the early stages of their careers, with a genuine interest in classical dance and the narrative form are now being received. Those wishing to be considered must send a CV along with a concise written statement to David Nixon OBE, Northern Ballet, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7PA. 

Tell Tale Steps will offer emerging choreographers studio time in Northern Ballet's state-of-the art headquarters in Leeds, working with a selection of the Company's dancers to experiment with creative processes, play with movement ideas and begin to see a dance story develop from the perspective of the audience. Those selected to take part in the Choreographic Laboratory will be mentored under the expert guidance of David Nixon, with further support from guest artists throughout the process.

David Nixon said: 'Northern Ballet is in a privileged position to be able to offer emerging choreographers this special opportunity to feed their creative desires, channel and articulate their ideas and develop their own creative style, working with some of the UK's most uniquely expressive and talented dancers.

As one of the UK's largest ballet companies we have a responsibility to create opportunities such as these, offering support and guidance for the choreographers of the future and an environment in which they are able to play with ideas with no expectations of a finished product. I hope that this opportunity will not only enable the selected artists to flourish but that the project will create a platform that could lead to the development of new and exciting work that audiences can then potentially experience in theatres.

I am proud of Northern Ballet's significant contribution to the UK dance scene and particularly the Company’s pivotal role in placing Leeds firmly on the map as a city of dance and a major hub for dance outside of London. I hope that, through a continued commitment to this project, Northern Ballet will become an internationally recognised centre for classical choreographic development, investing in the future of classical narrative dance.'

The selected applicants will experience the choreographic process in its entirety. Prior to the laboratory they will take part in an introductory weekend in February 2015, looking at the history of narrative dance, where they will be given a remit for the lab from which they will put together their own proposals. The choreographers will experience all aspects of creating a production, from auditioning and selecting dancers to the opportunity to spend time with an audience to gain feedback on their work. A presentation of ideas will take place on Saturday 20 June where people will be able to come and hear an overview of the project from a panel of experts and the choreographers, and gain an insight into the process behind creating narrative classical dance.

Tell Tale Steps is supported by the Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation and the Leche Trust.

-ENDS-




Notes to Editors
For more details of Northern Ballet's tour, on sale dates and booking information, please visit northernballet.com/whatson.

Voted Best Company at the 2014 Taglioni European Ballet Awards, Northern Ballet is one of the UK’s five large ballet companies. Based in Leeds it performs throughout the UK as well as overseas. Northern Ballet’s productions mix classical dance and theatre, embracing popular culture and taking inspiration from literature, opera, or giving a unique interpretation of popular classical ballets.

Northern Ballet is the busiest touring ballet company in the UK and is typically on the road for around 32 weeks of the year. The Company of 46 dancers tours a combination of full-length new work and established repertoire to cities throughout the UK and is the only large scale ballet company to do so. Northern Ballet will introduce a new strand of touring from 2015, widening the Company’s already extensive reach. The new mid-scale tour will see the Company perform in nine additional venues.

Northern Ballet tours widely with its ballets for children, the first two of which were adapted for TV by CBeebies, and also performs a mixed programme showcasing the versatility of its dancers.

Visit northernballet.com for more information on the Company and tour.

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Northern Ballet announces Choreographic Laboratory participants  
 

Northern Ballet is delighted to announce the four budding choreographers to take part in the Company’s inaugural Choreographic Laboratory, Tell Tale Steps. Northern Ballet Premier Dancer and Choreographer Kenneth Tindall, former Royal Ballet First Artist Ludovic Ondiviela and Scottish Ballet dancer Constant Vigier have all been nominated by their companies. Finally, selected by Northern Ballet’s Artistic Director David Nixon OBE after an open application process, former student of the Academy of Northern Ballet and emerging choreographer Andrew McNicol will also participate. The four Artists came together for the first time in February for a narrative dance workshop lead by David Nixon and Dance Critic Mike Dixon. Tell Tale Steps continues from 25 May to 20 June 2015.
 
The four participants will be mentored under the expert guidance of David Nixon, with further support from guest artists throughout the process. Tell Tale Steps will offer the emerging choreographers studio time in Northern Ballet's state-of-the art headquarters in Leeds, working with a selection of the Company's dancers to experiment with creative processes, play with movement ideas and begin to see a dance story develop from the perspective of the audience. A presentation of ideas will take place on Saturday 20 June where people will be able to come and hear an overview of the project from a panel of experts and the choreographers, and gain an insight into the process behind creating classical narrative dance.
 
Kevin O’Hare, Director of The Royal Ballet, said: ‘Ludovic is emerging as a choreographer of note and this choreographic laboratory is the perfect opportunity for him to further his development. I’m also very pleased at the opportunity to further our collaboration with Northern Ballet following their performances in the Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House.’
 
Christopher Hampson, Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet, said: ‘I am delighted that Scottish Ballet’s dancer Constant Vigier will be part of Northern Ballet’s Choreographic Laboratory. Creating opportunities for the dance makers of tomorrow is essential for continuing to have a thriving dance community and we are thankful that our friends at Northern Ballet are offering this wonderful opportunity to Constant.’
 
David Nixon said: ‘Kenneth Tindall first began choreographing following a choreographic workshop in 2011 and his aptitude for creating exciting and innovative work has already seen his work performed internationally. Now that he is about to retire from performing and turn his attention to choreographing full-time, I am delighted to be able to continue to nurture his ability and provide the opportunity for him to explore narrative dance in new ways.
 
Andrew McNicol was selected for the final place on our choreographic laboratory from a wider range of applications. He already shows tremendous promise for a young choreographer. I am pleased to be able to give him the opportunity to work with our world-class dancers and look forward to seeing how he rises to the challenge.’
 
Tell Tale Steps is supported by the Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation and the Leche Trust.
 
-ENDS-
 

 
Notes to Editors
For more details of Northern Ballet's tour, on sale dates and booking information, please visit northernballet.com/whatson.
 
Voted Best Company at the 2014 Taglioni European Ballet Awards, Northern Ballet is one of the UK’s five large ballet companies. Based in Leeds it performs throughout the UK as well as overseas. Northern Ballet’s productions mix classical dance and theatre, embracing popular culture and taking inspiration from literature, opera, or giving a unique interpretation of popular classical ballets.
 
Northern Ballet is the busiest touring ballet company in the UK and is typically on the road for around 32 weeks of the year. The Company of 48 dancers tours a combination of full-length new work and established repertoire to cities throughout the UK. Northern Ballet will introduce a new strand of touring from 2015, widening the Company’s already extensive reach. The new mid-scale tour will see the Company perform in nine additional venues.
 
Northern Ballet tours widely with its ballets for children, the first three of which were adapted for TV by CBeebies, and also performs a mixed programme showcasing the versatility of its dancers.
 
Visit northernballet.com for more information on the Company and tour. Production images and information are available via the online media centre.
 
Choreographic Laboratory
Leeds, Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre
Sat 20 June 2015
Box Office 0113 220 8008
theatreleeds.com
 

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Northern Ballet has announced on the company website that there will be three short live streams each Friday for the next 3 weeks:

 

We'll be live-streaming from the studio giving you a chance to see a choreographer working with dancers and exploring ideas.

These insights will be 'as-is', no editing and no format beyond the choreographer's own.

Live session times

  • Friday 5 June, 1 – 2pm
  • Friday 12 June, 1 – 2pm
  • Friday 19 June, 1 – 2pm

You can watch on our site or through our YouTube channel. Keep your eye on FacebookTwitterand Google+ for announcements and links to watch!

All the dates and times are subject to change, we will give as much notice as possible if this happens.

 

 

There is also a choreographic sharing day in Leeds on 20th June.  Details here

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