News: Olivier Award nominations 2013

Tuesday 26 March 2013 by Carmel Smith

Scottish Ballet - Eve Mutso as Blanche in 'A Streetcar Named Desire'. Photo Andrew Ross.

The nominations for this year’s Olivier Awards were announced this morning. The awards, organised by the Society of London Theatre, will be presented in a ceremony at the Royal Opera House on Sunday 28 April.
Here’s our round up of the dance nominations – with the full list – covering theatre and opera as well – available here

BEST NEW DANCE PRODUCTION
Aeternum – the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House, choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon.
Part of a recent Royal Ballet mixed bill, Wheeldon used Benjamin Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem.

A Streetcar Named DesireScottish Ballet at Sadler’s Wells
A creative collaboration between director Nancy Meckler and choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ocho produced a much admired dance interpretation of Tennessee Williams’ passionate tale.

Cacti, – NDT2 at Sadler’s Wells, choreographed by Alexander Ekman
Ekman’s piece was presented as part of an NDT2 triple bill, using the full company of 16 dancers.


OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DANCE
ILL-Abilities company in Breakin’ Convention at Sadler’s Wells
The US based B-Boy crew of disabled dancers set themselves up as a ‘Super crew’ in 2007, with the aim of taking the ‘dis’ out of ‘disability’. They will be performing again at this year’s Breakin’ Convention. Watch a video of them being interviewed by Jonzi D at last year’s Breakin’ Convention below.

Lez Brotherston for the set and costumes for Sleeping Beauty, New Adventures at Sadler’s Wells
Once again the collaboration between choreographer Matthew Bourne and designer Lez Brotherston produced a visually stunning show.

Marianela Nunez for Aeternum, Diana & Actaeon and Viscera – the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House
The Argentine principal dancer for the Royal Ballet is nominated for her varied and excellent performances across the company’s wide ranging repertoire of brand new pieces.


BEST THEATRE CHOREOGRAPHER
Bill Deamer for Top Hat
Bringing the glamour of the golden age of Hollywood to the London stage, Deamer’s glorious tap numbers and full cast productions delightfully evoke the spirit of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

Scott Ambler for Chariots Of Fire
First time Olivier Award nominee, long time New Adventures company member Ambler put the cast of this Olympic-inspired stage adaptation through their paces, reinventing the running scenes to bring the 1924 Paris Olympics to the Hampstead and Gielgud theatres.

Scott Graham & Steven Hoggett for The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time
The choreography of Frantic Assembly’s Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett added to the visual spectacular of this National Theatre production, portraying the difficulties faced by its protagonist through dynamic movement and physical strength.

Stephen Mear for Kiss Me, Kate
Already a double Olivier Award-winning choreographer, Mear is recognised once again for his imaginative and exhilarating choreography, which combined sparkling wit and entrancing tap to communicate Cole Porter’s musical tale.


BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL
A Chorus Line, Cabaret, Kiss Me, Kate and Sweeney Todd are the contenders in this category.

BBC RADIO 2 AUDIENCE AWARD
Billy Elliot The Musical; Matilda The Musical; The Phantom Of The Opera; Wicked



A Special Award goes to choreographer Gillian Lynne in honour of her outstanding contribution to theatre and the arts. One of the most influential director-choreographers of our time, she is renowned for creating the iconic staging of Cats and The Phantom of the Opera. Gillan Lynne started her career as a dancer with Sadler’s Wells Ballet before earning an international reputation for her innovative stage work, including bringing jazz dance to England with Dudley Moore and her company Collages. She has been responsible for staging and choreographing more than 50 Broadway, West End and international stage productions, in addition to her work on 11 feature films and as an award-winning television director. She continues to be actively involved in theatre – her most recent production Dear World at the Charing Cross Theatre starring Betty Buckley opened in 2013 to critical acclaim.


ILL-Abilities talk to Jonzi D at Breakin’ Convention 2012:



Photo: Scottish Ballet – Eve Mutso as Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire – by Andrew Ross

www.olivierawards.com

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