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The twenty second Nationwide Dance Awards


Posted on June 16, 2022

The winners of the twenty second Nationwide Dance Awards have been introduced on June 13 at a dwell ceremony on the Barbican, London. The Nationwide Dance Awards have been organised by the Dance Part of the Critics’ Circle in every year of this Millennium to have a good time the vigour and number of the UK’s thriving dance tradition. The Dance Part of the Critics’ Circle brings collectively greater than 60 dance writers and critics, and the Nationwide Dance Awards are the one awards given by the physique {of professional} dance critics within the UK. The qualifying interval for performances, each dwell within the UK and digital (obtainable within the UK), was between January and December 31, 2021.

In complete, there have been 355 firms, choreographers, performers and different artistic artists nominated however this yr’s winners have been as follows. Edward Watson, of The Royal Ballet, gained the Dancing Occasions Award for the Finest Male Dancer, whereas The Royal Ballet’s Marianela Nuñez gained the award for Finest Feminine Dancer, sponsored by Tendu.

Winner of the Dancing Times Award for Best Male Dancer, Edward Watson, with the editor of Dancing Times, Jonathan Gray. Photography: Elliot Franks.

Winner of the Dancing Occasions Award for Finest Male Dancer, Edward Watson, with the editor of Dancing Occasions, Jonathan Grey. Images: Elliot Franks.

The Stef Stefanou Award for Excellent Firm went to English Nationwide Ballet. In her filmed acceptance speech, Tamara Rojo, in her final yr as creative director, stated it had been an honour to steer the corporate for ten years. The award for Finest Mid-Scale Firm was gained by Ballet Black to cheers from the viewers – and founder-director Cassa Pancho naming each single one among her dancers in her acceptance speech. Finest Unbiased Firm was gained by Yorke Dance Undertaking, although sadly Yolande Yorke-Edgell had examined constructive for COVID-19 within the morning, so her award was collected on her behalf by Stephen Pelton.

The winner of Finest Classical Choreography, sponsored by The Ballet Affiliation, was Valentino Zucchetti for Anemoi, who thanked his Royal Ballet colleagues for being “rock stars”. The award for Finest Fashionable Choreography, sponsored by Harlequin Flooring, was gained by Matthew Bourne for The Midnight Bell, danced by New Adventures. Bourne invited his dancers to hitch him on stage for the {photograph} and speech, wherein he mentioned how testing the pandemic had been for freelance artists.

It was a superb yr for The Midnight Bell, which topped the checklist for nominations for particular person productions, with 5 nominations and a win for Michela Meazza for Excellent Feminine Efficiency. “It’s taken me 25 years to get right here, so there’s hope for all of you,” she laughed.

Patricia Ward Kelly, widow of Gene Kelly, stated she may high that with the 62-year look forward to Starstruck, Scottish Ballet’s revival and reimagining of Kelly’s Pas de Dieux, which gained Finest Dance Movie for Gene Kelly and Christopher Hampson, the CEO and creative director of Scottish Ballet.

The Rising Artist Award, sponsored by The L&M Belief was gained by Emily Suzuki of English Nationwide Ballet, and the award for Excellent Artistic Contribution was gained by the composer Thomas Adès for The Dante Undertaking.

James Vu Anh Pham, a dancer with Akram Khan Firm, gained the award for Excellent Male Fashionable Efficiency for Outwitting the Satan and made a touching speech wherein he thanked his mother and father, Vietnamese refugees in Australia, who sacrificed a lot to assist his dance ambitions.

The award for Excellent Male Classical Efficiency, sponsored by London Ballet Circle, was gained by Jeffrey Cirio within the title function as Creature for English Nationwide Ballet, whereas the award for Excellent Feminine Classical Efficiency, sponsored by Lee McLernon, was gained by Natalia Osipova within the title function as Giselle in The Royal Ballet’s manufacturing. “It’s a ballet about love and forgiveness,” Osipova stated in her acceptance speech, “and I hate conflict.”

The occasion was additionally host to the De Valois Award for Excellent Achievement, for which there aren’t any prior nominations, which was gained by John Ashford, former director of The Place, dance promoter and director of Aerowaves. He was launched by dance critic Sanjoy Roy, who praised Ashford’s promotion of artists from Wayne McGregor to Oona Doherty and thanked him for his large contribution to bop.

Pictured: The winners of this yr’s Nationwide Dance Awards: {Photograph}: Elliot Franks. 

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