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Introducing Nominees for the NDA 2011

Award for Outstanding Female Performance (Modern)

Debra Craine and Graham Watts

Published: 22/01/2012

Award for Outstanding Female Performance (Modern)

Sylvie Guillem

Since retiring from the Royal Ballet, the superstar French ballerina has established a celebrated career as a contemporary dancer. She has worked in close collaboration with choreographers such as Russell Maliphant (Broken Fall and Push, both award-winning productions) and Akram Khan (Sacred Monsters). She is nominated this year for her Sadler’s Wells show 6,000 Miles Away, which saw her performing in a duet by William Forsythe and a new solo by Mats Ek.

Sally Marie

A dancer and choreographer, Sally Marie has collaborated with numerous other choreographers, among them Sean Tuan John, Jasmin Vardimon and Luca Silvestrini. She starred as the insecure central character in Silvestrini’s Dear Body; created and performed The Extra in the Linbury’s “Firsts” season and subsequently launched her own company, Sweetshop Revolution. She is one of the key performers in Silvestrini’s LOL, a work for Protein Dance that explores how the virtual world and social networking sites have impacted on personal relationships.

Michela Meazza

The Italian dancer is best known for her longstanding association with the choreographer Matthew Bourne. She was in the original cast of The Car Man, Play Without Words, Edward Scissorhands and Dorian Gray, and has also danced in his Swan Lake and Nutcracker!. Michela played the wicked Stepmother in Matthew Bourne’s new reworking of Cinderella, which was unveiled at Sadler’s Wells in December 2010.


Angela Towler

Angela trained at London Contemporary Dance School (1992-95) and then danced with Richard Alston Dance Company until 1999, when she joined Rambert. She has performed works by Christopher Bruce, Siobhan Davies, Jirí Kylián, Mats Ek, Wayne McGregor, Michael Clark and Aletta Collins. Towler collaborated with the former Rambert dancer Martin Joyce on Divine Influence (2005) and See Me (2008), which were both taken into the Rambert repertoire.



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