We’re thrilled that Barbican Britten: Phaedra by Richard Alston Dance Company/Britten Sinfonia has been nominated for an Olivier Award in the category of Best New Dance Production. The Barbican opened its celebration of Benjamin Britten with this new work that beautifully mixed musicians with dancers. Soprano Allison Cook, as the tragic mother, moved around and through Alston’s dancers, who became a physical chorus. Read more about Phaedra here.
Also nominated in this categorary are: Compagnie 111 Aurélien Bory/Stéphanie Fuster for What’s Become Of You? (Questcequetudeviens?) at the Barbican Theatre.
Created by Bory for Fuster, What’s Become Of You? raised the bar for flamenco, distilling the essence of the traditional Spanish form of dance and giving it a new story, an artist’s journey of discovery.
Eastman - Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui & Sadler’s Wells for Puz/zle at Sadler’s Wells.
Sadler’s Well’s Associate Artist Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui caught the attention with this new work, first staged in a quarry, that used slabs of polystyrene to create a constantly changing set for his dancers as they strove to explore chaos and order.
Arthur Pita, Clemmie Sveaas, Michael Hulls and Mark Morris have all been nominated in the category for Outstanding achievement in dance. Pita for his choreography of Ballet Black - A Dream Within A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House; Clemmie Sveaas for her performance in Witch-Hunt at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House; Michael Hulls for his body of lighting work including Ballet Boyz – The Talent at Sadler’s Wells; and Mark Morris for his season at Sadler’s Wells.
For the full list of nominations olivierawards.com