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Entries open for New Adventures Choreographer Award 2014

Posted on July 16, 2013


nacaThe second New Adventures Choreographer Award (NACA) is now open to emerging choreographers of all ages. Originally established to celebrate Bourne’s 50th birthday in 2010, NACA will choose one or more winners to create a showcase of new work in 2014. The inaugural award, held in 2012, was won by James Cousins.


This year, The Royal Ballet’s Edward Watson and Kneehigh Theatre Company’s Emma Rice will join Bourne on the judging panel, with returning judges Scott Ambler, Nina Goldman and Etta Murfitt of New Adventures, designer Lez Brotherston, Christopher Hamspon, director of Scottish Ballet and Sharon Watson, director of Phoenix Dance Theatre.


All winners will be mentored by Bourne, while other judges will provide work opportunities, mentoring and support over the 12 months leading up to the showcase. The award is run by the charitable arm of New Adventures, Re:Bourne, who provide mentoring on business issues such as budgeting, management, contracting and fundraising. More than £40,000 will be available to the winner or winners.


Bourne said: “None of us at the company anticipated the huge appetite for an award of this kind the first time around. James Cousins has gone on to establish an enviable career as an international choreographer of contemporary dance, and I am very much looking forward to finding our next winner.”


Since the sold-out 2012 showcase at Sadler’s Wells, Cousins has presented There We Have Been, commissioned for the first NACA, in Italy, Belgium, Germany and Brazil. He has created a new work for the National Ballet of Chile and will create another for Scottish Ballet’s Dance Odysseys at the Edinburgh International Festival. Cousins said: “This award is so much more than a choreography award. It has taught me everything from creating a budget to managing a production and running a company, and given me opportunities I’d only ever dreamed of having. Matthew is such a knowledgeable and generous mentor and has really helped me to discover and shape my style and Re:Bourne supported me with all aspects of producing the showcase. Winning the inaugural NACA has opened so many doors for me; I would recommend it to anyone.”


Photograph: Mikah Smillie



Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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