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One Dance UK’s Choreographic Observerships

Posted on April 25, 2017

Eve Mutso photo Andy Ross e1493128443801

Applications are now open for One Dance UK’s Choreographic Observerships Programme, 2017 to 2018. This programme was launched to meet demand from choreographers to observe other artists at work, either to open up new areas of work – such as commercials, theatre or opera – or to learn from another artist’s creative practice.

“I was thrilled to be invited to share my choreographic process with young choreographers,” said Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, one of the past observed choreographers. “I wish I had had the same opportunity when I was younger and wanted to pursue my choreographic dreams, and I would be happy to continue my involvement in this wonderful programme into the future.”

Eve Mutso, one of the observing choreographers, said: “It has opened doors for me I never imagined were even there. Very happy to have had the chance to observe Christopher Bruce, such an incredible and established choreographer at work. Inspiring!”

To apply to the programme, choreographers must be members of One Dance UK. Applications can be made online at The deadline is 12 noon on May 29, 2017.

Applicants will be chosen by a panel chaired by One Dance UK, and announced on June 16.

Choreographers who have already taken part include Carlos Pons Guerra, Cherilyn Albert, Ellie Aldegheri, Hannah Anderson-Ricketts, Julia Gleich, Robyn Simpson, Alice Weber, Avatâra Ayuso, Eve Mutso, Jaivant Patel, Jennifer Christine Stokes, Monica Nicolaides, Paul Bayes-Kitcher and Marc Brew. Observed choreographers include Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Yabin Wang, Aszure Barton, Alexandra Green, Jasmin Vardimon, Christopher Bruce, Shobana Jeyasingh, Adrienne Hart, Holly Blakey, Russell Maliphant and Mark Baldwin.


Picture: Scottish Ballet’s Jamiel Laurence and Eve Mutso rehearse for The Hunchback in the Park as part of Christopher Bruce’s Ten Poems. Photograph by Andy Ross.

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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