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The Old Vic 12 – choreographer wanted

Posted on August 5, 2015

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old-vic-ben-carpenterApplications are now open for The Old Vic 12, an opportunity for 12 emerging artists to work at the London venue. As part of Matthew Warchus’ first season as director, The Old Vic will select three emerging directors, three writers, three producers, one designer, one composer and one choreographer to take part in the new project.


Throughout the year, these 12 artists will gain paid experience in the theatre, individually and collectively. They will be encouraged to share what they have learned through a series of 12 masterclasses, aimed at artists at the beginning of their careers. At the end of the programme, three brand new pieces of work will be created and presented by the participants.


The artists will be chosen by high profile industry experts in each field, with final selections made by Warchus and his team at The Old Vic. The project is generously supported by IdeasTap, which is funding a farewell programme of professional development opportunities in partnership with Creative Skillset’s professional networking service Hiive.


The theatre will host two launch workshops to give applicants the chance to ask questions, meet some of the people involved and to network. These will be held at The Old Vic Workrooms, Bermondsey on August 13 and 14. For more information, visit the theatre’s website. Applications should be made through HiiveThe deadline for applications is September 2, 2015.


Warchus has already appointed a group of associate artists for his tenure as director of The Old Vic. They include choreographers Peter Darling, Drew McOnie and Kate Prince. 


Photograph: Ben Carpenter



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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