Anthony Van Laast will share his experience as one of the world’s leading choreographers in stage and film.
Perhaps best known as the man behind Mamma Mia!, is a British choreographer for the stage, television, film and concerts. Born in Sussex, he received his dance training at the London School of Contemporary Dance, and both performed and choreographed with London Contemporary Dance Theatre.
Among his prominent stage works as a choreographer are the musicals Sister Act (2011 on Broadway and 2009 West End), Bombay Dreams (2004), Mamma Mia! (2001), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1993), Annie Get Your Gun (1986), Candide (Old Vic, 1988, Olivier Award for Best Musical) and most recently Tina - The Tina Turner Musical, which opened in the West End in 2018.
He was nominated for Broadway's 2004 Tony Award as Best Choreographer, along with collaborator Farah Khan, for Bombay Dreams. For his work on the musical Hair (Old Vic) and for The Beggar's Opera (the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican), he was nominated for the Olivier Award, Best Theatre Choreographer in 1994.
His television and film work includes the concert Sarah Brightman: Symphony in Vienna (2008), the 2017 Disney live-action film Beauty and the Beast, and he became part of the Harry Potter franchise working on Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince – not to forget the hugely successful Mamma Mia! (2008) and recent sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again! (2018)
In 1999 Anthony Van Laast was awarded the MBE by The Queen for Services to Dance and Choreography and was awarded the CBE for Services to Dance and Choreography in the 2019 New Year’s Honours List.
This lecture will also include a live collaboration with the London Contemporary Dance School MA Screen Dance Students.
Venue: at The Place
This event is part of Spring 2019