Choreographic Laboratory participants announced

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Press release date 
Thu 9 Apr 2015

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.