The New Adventures Choreographer Award has established itself as one of the sector’s most hotly sought after platforms for new choreographic talent. The award was originally established by colleagues and friends in celebration of Matthew Bourne’s 50th birthday in 2010. James Cousins won the inaugural award and Tom Jackson-Greaves was the runner-up in 2011/12. Cousins has gone on to establish an international choreographic career working with major dance companies around the world and touring his own work globally. Jackson-Greaves is one of the most sought after dance-theatre choreographers collaborating with a wide range of artists on projects in the UK and overseas. The 2013/14 award was awarded to three artists: John Ross, Sally Marie and Caroline Finn all of whom have established enviable careers as dance-makers. Finn was recently appointed Artistic Director of National Dance Company Wales.
Leeds based dance artist, Jamaal Burkmar was our most recent NACA winner in 2015/16, who choreographed a well received triple bill of new work that was performed from 21-24 September at The Platform Theatre, Central Saint Martins London, forming the 2016 showcase.
Katie Columbus for LondonDance said,
"Burkmar shows real flair for creating a rounded piece of work that is packaged with intent and clarity but at the same time allows the choreography room to breathe and is respectful of the differences between his dancers, allowing them their own style of moving – whether quick and snappy, or fluid and low."
The biennial £40,000 award is run by the charitable arm of New Adventures, Re:Bourne, who provide support on budgeting, publicity, contracting, fundraising and tour booking.