News: Jerwood Choreography Awards

Monday 27 October 2003

Jerwood Choreography Awards 2003
The winners of the 2003 Jerwood Choreography Awards were announced and presented by William Forsythe on Monday 20 October at Laban, Creekside, London SE8.
Three awards in total were presented, one for £17,000 and two for £8,500.
£17,000 Award Winner: Wendy Houstoun

£8,500 Award Winners: Jean Abreu & Sarah Fahie

The Awards Ceremony featured performances choreographed by past Award Winners Tom Sapsford, Maresa von Stockert and Jasmin Vardimon. Performance artist Rose English hosted the evening.

Also shortlisted
were

£17,000 Award * Robert Tannion * Yael Flexer

£8,500 Awards * Fleur Darkin * Elizabeth Lea * Arthur Pita * Alicia Herrero Simon

Background
The Jerwood Choreography Awards offer a rare opportunity to identify and celebrate the excellence and commitment of young dance artists in this country.

“The Jerwood Choreography Awards help to nourish creativity – they have been singularly successful in identifying, and providing opportunities for, some of the most exciting choreographers working in the UK.” Roanne Dods, Director, The Jerwood Charitable Foundation
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The Jerwood Choreography Awards are a joint initiative between the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and the Arts Council of England. They are different from other awards in that they encourage a degree of experimentation to further choreographic development within a structured and supportive environment.
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The Jerwood Charitable Foundation is dedicated to imaginative and responsible funding and sponsorship of the arts, education, design and other areas of human endeavour and excellence. As well as the Choreographic Awards the Jerwood Charitable Foundation supports a series of other initiatives including the Jerwood Painting Prize, the Jerwood Applied Arts Award and, with its parent foundation, the creation and support of the Jerwood Space in central London, a unique resource housing rehearsal facilities, the Jerwood Gallery and Café 171.
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For the £17,000 Award, any choreographer based in the UK with five years professional choreographic experience was eligible to apply. For the £8,500 Awards, any choreographer aged 35 or under with three years professional choreographic experience was eligible to apply.
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Dance Umbrella continues to act as Managing Agent for the Awards scheme and will provide moral and administrative support for the choreographers throughout the process.
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