News: Dance nominations announced for The South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2018

Tuesday 5 June 2018

Russell Maliphant in One (c) Chris Nash

Russell Maliphant in One © Chris Nash

Nominations have been announced for The South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2018, celebrating creative talent in Britain across the full spectrum of the arts.

Now in its 22nd year, the prestigious annual awards ceremony will take place at The Savoy Hotel in London on Sunday 1 July 2018, hosted by Melvyn Bragg.

World-renowned hip hop and contemporary dancer Dickson Mbi is nominated for The Times Breakthrough Award, which recognises achievements made by newcomers across the arts. Known for his remarkable popping skills and the winner of many major competitions including the UK B-Boy Championships, Mbi has recently been making waves in the contemporary dance scene through his work with Russell Malpihant Company and Akram Khan Company. His transition from hip hop to contemporary dance was recently documented in BBC Four’s Danceworks: From Street to Stage.

The Dance category nominations are:

maliphantworks – Russell Maliphant Company

maliphantworks is a career-spanning collection of contemporary dance works curated by choreographer Russell Maliphant especially for the intimate setting of Print Room at the Coronet, and presented there in spring 2017. It incorporates the contemporary dance classics Two, Afterlight (Part One) and The Wall from The Rodin Project, and One Part II, all reunited with their original dancers: Dana Fouras, Daniel Proietto, Tommy Franzen, Dickson Mbi and Maliphant himself.

Flight Pattern – The Royal Ballet

Flight Pattern
Artists of The Royal Ballet in Flight Pattern © ROH 2017. Photo by Tristram Kenton

Flight Pattern is Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite’s first work for The Royal Ballet, a moving and topical exploration of the refugee crisis which premiered in March 2017 to critical acclaim. This large-scale ensemble work takes a powerful and sombre look at the ongoing refugee crisis, set to music from Górecki’s ‘Symphony of Sorrowful Songs’.

Flight Pattern returns to Covent Garden in May 2019.

Pina Bausch’s Le Sacre Du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) – English National Ballet

Le Sacre Du Printemps
Le Sacre Du Printemps Ensemble photo by Ulli Weiss © Pina Bausch Foundation

Last year English National Ballet became only the second ballet company in the world to perform Pina Bausch’s masterpiece Le Sacre Du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) set to Stravinsky’s riotous score. Featuring 26 dancers and a stage covered in soil, the company presented the iconic work in a triple bill at Sadler’s Wells in March 2017, alongside William Forsythe’s In The Middle, Somewhat Elevated and Hans van Manen’s Adagio Hammerklavier.

See the full list of nominations here.

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