News: National Dance Awards nominations announced

Friday 9 November 2012

The nominations for the 13th National Dance Awards were announced today. Organised by the dance section of the Critics’ Circle, the awards will be made at The Robin Howard Theatre at The Place on Monday 28 January 2013.

DANCING TIMES AWARD FOR BEST MALE DANCER
Jonathan Goddard (Rambert Dance Company & freelance)
Akram Khan (Akram Khan Company)
Vadim Muntagirov (English National Ballet)
Edward Watson (Royal Ballet)

GRISHKO AWARD FOR BEST FEMALE DANCER
Begoña Cao (English National Ballet)
Eve Mutso (Scottish Ballet)
Marianela Nuñez (Royal Ballet)
Tamara Rojo (Royal Ballet)

STEF STEFANOU AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING COMPANY
Merce Cunningham Dance Company
New Adventures
Royal Ballet Flanders
Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

BEST CLASSICAL CHOREOGRAPHY
David Bintley (Faster for The Birmingham Royal Ballet)
Christopher Hampson (Storyville for Ballet Black)
Annabelle Lopez Ochoa (A Streetcar Named Desire for Scottish Ballet)
Alastair Marriott & Christopher Wheeldon (Trespass in Metamorphosis – Titian 2012 Bill for The Royal Ballet)

BEST MODERN CHOREOGRAPHY
Alexander Ekman (Cacti for Nederlands Dans Theater 11)
Akram Khan (Desh for Akram Khan Company)
Arthur Pita (The Metamorphosis)
Kate Prince (Some Like It Hip Hop for Zoonation)

OUTSTANDING FEMALE PERFORMANCE (CLASSICAL)
Yuhui Choe (Royal Ballet)
Ksenia Ovsyanick (English National Ballet)
Beatriz Stix-Brunell (Royal Ballet)
Jia Zhang (English National Ballet)

OUTSTANDING MALE PERFORMANCE (CLASSICAL)
Yonah Acosta (English National Ballet)
Paul Kay (Royal Ballet)
Zdenek Konvalina (English National Ballet)
Dawid Trzensimiech (Royal Ballet)

OUTSTANDING FEMALE PERFORMANCE (MODERN)
Azzurra Ardovini (Phoenix Dance Theatre)
Teneisha Bonner (Zoonation)
Wendy Houstoun
Hannah Kidd (Richard Alston Dance Company)

OUTSTANDING MALE PERFORMANCE (MODERN)
Tommy Franzén (Zoonation & Russell Maliphant Company)
Dane Hurst (Rambert Dance Company)
Christopher Marney (New Adventures)
Liam Riddick (Richard Alston Dance Company)

BEST INDEPENDENT COMPANY
Ballet Black
Ballet Cymru
Rosie Kay Dance Company
Shobana Jeyasingh Dance

The Awards ceremony next January will also include the De Valois Award for Outstanding Achievement and the Dance UK Industry Award (given in memory of Jane Attenborough), for which awards there are no prior nominations.

Anouncing the awards, the chairman of the Dance Section, Graham Watts said: ‘This year we have had many nominations from over 30 active dance critics, who are watching and reviewing dance on a regular and frequent basis up and down the United Kingdom. Collectively they have put forward over 250 dancers, choreographers and companies for consideration and so the final shortlists are already very much the elite of 2012. The Awards Committee wishes to express grateful thanks to our sponsors, without whom the event would not be possible; The Place for its continued support; dance critics for giving their time to ensure the best possible list of nominees; and, above all, the companies, choreographers and performers for giving us such a rich variety of choice. It has been a bumper year. We look forward to announcing the award winners on 28th January 2013.’

www.criticscircle.org.uk

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