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Choreographers

2019/20

WUBKJE KUINDERSMA

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Wubkje Kuindersma is a Dutch female choreographer. She is educated at the Rotterdam Dance Academy and danced with a.o. Danish Dance Theatre, Gulbenkian Ballet, Random Dance, Djazzex, Nürnberg Ballet and in several freelance projects.

Her acknowledgements include a scholarship from Dansersfonds and a nomination for The Philip Morris Award for outstanding performance in the ITS Festival in Amsterdam. In autumn 2009 Wubkje decided to focus on her love for choreography. Her first choreography Aquasomnia won an award for originality of movement vocabulary and outstanding movement quality in the choreographic competition U30 in Cologne in 2010. In 2016 Wubkje received the BNG Bank Dance Award for choreographic talent.

She choreographed for Noverre Society for dancers of Stuttgart Ballet, Korzo Theater & Netherlands Dance Theater’s program, the National Youth Ballet in Hamburg of John Neumeier and Kevin Haigen, Dantzaz, Danish Dance Theatre, Beijing Dance Academy, Dutch National Ballet Junior Company, Dutch National Ballet, Ballet X, Theater Dortmund a.o.

Her duet Two and Only for Dutch National Ballet has been internationally well received. Marijn Rademaker got nominated for the Prix de Benois for his role in this ballet and performed Two and Only together with Timothy van Poucke on the Benois Gala at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

Wubkje’s Tales of A Nordic Mind for Danish Dance Theatre delivered dancer Csongor Szabo a nomination as Best Dancer for the prestigious danish Reumert Award.

In summer 2018, the Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University and Dutch National Ballet nominated Wubkje to serve as an Artistic Partnership Initiative Fellow in Summer 2018.

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JAMES WILTON

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James Wilton Dance are a multi award winning contemporary dance company based in the UK that tours athletically driven, martial arts influenced contemporary dance both nationally and internationally.

After forming in 2010 James Wilton Dance’s first work, The Shortest Day, won the Sadler’s Wells Global Dance Contest and was performed at Sadler’s Wells. The Shortest Day also won awards at the MASDANZA and Hannover choreography competitions.

The companies first full length work Last Man Standing (2014) has been performed over 75 times, including performances in Austria, Germany, Poland, Serbia, Switzerland and Sweden and won an award at the Berner Tanzpreise in 2014.  Wilton’s recent work LEVIATHAN (2016), a piece for 6 dancers based on Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick, has been even more successful, amassing over 70 performances, with further performances in Peru, Dubai, South Korea, Germany, Austria, Sweden and Panama planned for 2018. LEVIATHAN was recently nominated for best dance prodcution at the Manchester Theatre Awards.

Alongside his creations for James Wilton Dance, Wilton has created works for Opera Graz, Scottish Dance Theatre, Tanz Compagnie Giessen, Ballet Hagen, Tanz Theater Münster and Konzert Theater Bern.

Outside of theatre based touring works Wilton has created numerous outdoor and mass scale productions, including creating a work for 50 professional dancers for performance at the opening and semi final ceremonies of the Rugby League World Cup 2013, the work was seen by 110,000 people live and a broadcast number of millions.

James Wilton Dance are currently touring their latest work, The Storm, nationally around the UK.

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JOSS ARNOTT

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Joss Arnott is the Artistic Director of Joss Arnott Dance and Emergence postgraduate dance company.

He is an internationally award-winning choreographer who trained at London Studio Centre and Laban. Upon graduation he joined Transitions Dance Company whilst completing his MA in Dance Performance.

Joss has toured internationally as a dance artist and has worked with choreographers Cameron McMillan, Colin Poole, Tom Dale, Matthias Sperling and The Barbican on an installation for the Merce Cunningham Company.

Founding Joss Arnott Dance shortly after his training, Joss has been continuously supported and commissioned by leading dance agencies, venues and organisations.

Joss is in demand as a choreographer and has been commissioned to create work on leading professional dance companies including Rambert Dance Company, through a joint commission with The Lowry and for dance conservatoires such as Northern School of Contemporary Dance for their 30th Anniversary Graduation Showcase. Joss has additionally taught at dance conservatoires such as Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, Trinity Laban, The Place and NSCD.

A Focus Group Artist for Sadler’s Wells National Youth Dance Company, Joss has worked with and produced multiple works for national Centre for Advanced Training Schemes including Dance City, NSCD, DanceEast, Swindon Dance, Trinity Laban and The Lowry, whilst teaching professional class, intensives and residencies regularly throughout the country.

In 2016, his solo work V was awarded with an International Award for Outstanding Choreographic Musical Interpretation and Dance Technicality from WARSAWZawirowania Dance International.

Working with Producer Phil Hargreaves over the past seven years has resulted in the continuous success and achievements the company have had to date with exciting future projects in place leading up to the company’s 10th anniversary in 2019/20.

Continuously supported by Arts Council England, Joss collaborates with award winning artists and has an infectious choreographic voice that excites and inspires audiences on an international level.

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