News: Bonnie Bird Awards 2001

Friday 7 April 2006

The Laban Centre announced the results of the Bonnie Bird Awards at a VIP reception at Sadler’s Wells, London on 18 October 2001. The awards were presented by Marie McCluskey MBE and Jean de Marigny.

UK New Choreography Award
Darren Johnston
Liz Roche
Maresa von Stockert

Chris de Marigny Dance Writers’ Award
Matthew Hawkins

Marion North Mentoring Award
Tessa Wills

North American Award
Robert Moses

Matthew Hawkins trained at the Royal Ballet School and graduated into The Royal Ballet where he danced until 1982. He then retrained and began an independent career dancing for companies like Second Stride and The Michael Clark Company. Hawkins’ own choreography includes, Fresh Dances For The Late Tchaikovsky (1993) which was funded by The Arts Council of England, London Arts Board, Bonnie Bird award for Research and a Digital Dance award and, Angels and Exiles (2000) presented at The Royal Opera House’s Clore Studio.

Darren Johnston received Laban Centre London’s award for Outstanding Choreographic Achievement in 1999 and formed Red Dragon shortly after. His aim was to create live contemporary work through symbiotic collaboration of movement, light, electronic sound and new media. Red Dragon soon gained international recognition for its distinct futuristic style winning first prizes at the International Choreographen Concours in Groningen, Holland and the 2000 First International Choreography Competition in Borenam, Belgium. Darren is currently Associate Artist at The Place.

Robert Moses, an award-winning and critically acclaimed artist based in San Francisco has been creating dance since 1984. His work has been featured on such companies as Oakland Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet and Lawrence Pech Dance Company. He has made over 50 works for his own company, Robert Moses’ KIN, which he founded in 1995. He has also choreographed for theatre and film. Robert is a former member of Twyla Tharp Dance, ODC/San Francisco, Long Beach Ballet, Walt Disney World Productions and Gloria Newman Dance Theatre.

Lix Roche is a graduate of London Contemporary Dance School and the College of Dance, Dublin. She has worked as a dancer for Les Carnets Bagouet, (Montpellier Festival 1996, Paris Biennale 1999), Cie.La Camionetta-Cathala +Ramalingom, France, Christine Gaigg + 2nd Nature Dance Company, Vienna, (Impuls Tanz 2000/2001, Museumquartier Opening 2001), Cois Ceim Dance Theatre, Dance Theatre of Ireland and i.m.d.t., Ireland. She has choreographed for Cois Ceim, D.T.I, Scottish Dance Theatre and in 1999 co-founded ‘Rex Levitates’ with Jenny Roche.In 1998 she participated in the International Course for Choreographers and Composers, directed by Jonathan Burrows and Kevin Volans, and in 2000 she was the joint winner of the Peter Darrell Choreographic Award.

Maresa von Stockert studied at Laban Centre London and graduated with a Professional Diploma in Dance Studies in 1993. She continued her studies as a scholarship student at Sarah Lawrence College in New York, USA, and graduated as a Master of Fine Arts in 1996. For the next two years she worked as a freelance choreographer and teacher of contemporary dance, improvisation and composition in Nuremberg, Germany. In 1999 she moved back to London to establish her company ‘Dance at the Edge’. Maresa also has a great interest in dance for the camera and has just directed her first dance film.
Maresa participated in Choreodrome at The Place exploring ways of combining 3D animation and dance on video. This year she will also be choreographing a piece for Transitions Dance Company.

Tessa Wills trained in classical music and contemporary dance both in and outside school in Bristol, and University in Birmingham. Her first full length programme (running the karma over the dogma /Handle with Care) was at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 1999. She lived in Brussels for a year sponsored by the European union/ P.A.R.T.S and made two full length solos transpiring (e)scape coats and Real Space/ Imaginary Space. In the last 6 months Tessa has taken other opportunities to research in Europe and she has just returned from performing in the Burning Man festival in the US.

For further information on the Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund please contact:
Maggie Morris
Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund
c/o Laban Centre London
Laurie Grove, London
SE14 6NH, UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 8692 4070
Fax: +44 (0)20 8694 8749

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