The Critics Circle

Introducing the Nominees for the NDA 2011

Award for Best Classical Choreography

Debra Craine and Graham Watts

Published: 22/01/2012

Award for Best Classical Choreography


David Bintley (for Cinderella)

David was born in Huddersfield and trained at the Royal Ballet School before joining Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet (now Birmingham Royal Ballet) in 1976. He was a celebrated character dancer before becoming one of this country’s most admired choreographers, excelling in both plotless and narrative works. From 1986 to 1993 he was resident choreographer of the Royal Ballet. In 1995 he was appointed artistic director of Birmingham Royal Ballet, for which he has made many works. He won the 2000 Critic’s Circle Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance. In 2010 he premiered a new production of Prokofiev’s Cinderella for BRB which was seen on tour.

Kim Brandstrup (for Invitus Invitam)

Kim studied film at the University of Copenhagen before switching to modern dance at the age of 19, enrolling in the London School of Contemporary Dance in 1980. He founded his own company, Arc, in 1985. He has subsequently choreographed for
many companies, including the Royal Danish Ballet and the Royal Ballet. He won a Laurence Olivier Award in 2010 for Goldberg, his collaboration with the ballerina Tamara Rojo. He is nominated this year for Invitus Invitam at the Royal Ballet.

Andrew Simmons (for A Song in the Dark)

Born and raised in Christchurch, Andrew trained at the International Ballet Academy before joining the Royal New Zealand Ballet in 2004 as a dancer. He quickly began choreographing for the company. He left in 2008 and moved to Europe where he works as a freelance choreographer. A Song in the Dark, which has music by Philip Glass, was performed at the Barbican as part of the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s season.




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