News: The Bonnies - winners announced

Thursday 10 December 2015 by Carmel Smith

The Bonnies 2015. From left to right: Tom Jackson Greaves, Nicola Conibere, Matthew Bourne, Karla Shacklock, Ian Bramley (accepting on behalf of Rosemary Butcher). Photo: Matthew Tomkinson

The Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund announced the recipients of the 2015 awards ‘The Bonnies’ at Sadler’s Wells on 3 December. This new cluster of awards includes the Marion North Mentoring Awards, The Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award and the Bonnie Bird Lifetime Contribution to Choreography Award.

The inaugural Bonnie Bird Lifetime Contribution to Choreography Award went to Rosemary Butcher in recognition of her extraordinary dedication and achievement within the field. In a career spanning over four decades and “an icon of the New Dance movement” Rosemary has devised more than 50 works which have been performed in over 40 countries. She continues to create work along- side writing, working with other generations of dance makers as a pedagog in a variety of contexts, pioneering dance research as a Senior Research Fellow at Middlesex University and has recently been awarded an MBE.

Rosemary receives this first award as recognition of the contribution she has made and continues to make to the development of choreography and choreographic practice in the UK. She received a substantial number of nominations in an open call to the dance industry. “I am delighted and honoured to receive this Lifetime Achievement Award, particularly as it has been nominated by my peers,” she said. “I must thank the Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund for giving me this special presentation and I thank you all so much.”

The 2015 Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award went to Nicola Conibere. The £10,000 award supports a choreographer to take some time out to undertake creative reflection and research, and the building of new partnerships to extend their profile and practice.

Nicola’s practice explores the politics of spectatorship in relation to the choreographic, questions of social appearing and the generative potentials of bodies. Nicola recently completed her practice-based PhD at Trinity Laban, and has a part-time post as a Senior Lecturer in Dance at Coventry University. Recent works include: Do-Re-Me (2015) performed in the courtyard of The Royal Academy as part of the inaugural Block Universe Festival; The Running Tongue (2015), a film collaboration with Siobhan Davies and David Hinton and The Volumes Project (2014-15), a collaboration with Frank Bock and Martin Hargreaves as part of the Mirror City Exhibition at The Hayward Gallery, London. Nicola says “I am thrilled to receive this award. Not only will it provide means to realise an ambitious project of research, but constitutes a huge gesture of confidence in the work itself.”

Two new partnerships for the 2015 Marion North Mentoring Awards which give mentoring support to younger artists have been announced between The Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund and Pavilion Dance South West and Tramway, Glasgow. These newly announced partnerships will see four individuals – Emma Jayne Park, Thania Acaron, Karla Shacklock and Tom Jackson Greaves – receive mentoring over the next year.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Awards. Maggie Morris, Chair of the Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund said “We all at the Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund are honoured to be able to give some small acknowledgement and support to these incredible artists at all stages of their careers. We celebrate the work that they have done, are doing and continue to do in the field of choreography.”

www.bonniebird.org

Photo of Bonnie award winners, left to right: Tom Jackson Greaves, Nicola Conibere, Matthew Bourne (special guest), Karla Shacklock, Ian Bramley (accepting on behalf of Rosemary Butcher), by Matthew Tomkinson 2015

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