The 13th National Dance Awards
Announcement of Nominations
The Place, London: Friday, 9th November 2012
The Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle announced the nominations for the 13th National Dance Awards at a reception held at The Place on 9th November 2012.
The nominations for the 2012 National Dance Awards are given below.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held in The Robin Howard Theatre at The Place on Monday, 28th January 2013.
DANCING TIMES AWARD FOR BEST MALE DANCER
Jonathan GODDARD (Rambert Dance Company & Freelance)
Akram KHAN (Akram Khan Company)
Vadim MUNTAGIROV (English National Ballet)
Edward WATSON (Royal Ballet)
GRISHKO AWARD FOR BEST FEMALE DANCER
Begoña CAO (English National Ballet)
Eve MUTSO (Scottish Ballet)
Marianela NUÑEZ (Royal Ballet)
Tamara ROJO (Royal Ballet)
STEF STEFANOU AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING COMPANY
Merce Cunningham Dance Company
Royal Ballet Flanders
Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch
BEST CLASSICAL CHOREOGRAPHY
David BINTLEY (‘Faster’ for the Birmingham Royal Ballet)
Christopher HAMPSON (‘Storyville’ for Ballet Black)
Annabelle LOPEZ OCHOA (‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ for Scottish Ballet)
Alastair MARRIOTT & Christopher WHEELDON (‘Trespass’ in ‘Metamorphosis – Titian 2012 Bill’ for The Royal Ballet)
BEST MODERN CHOREOGRAPHY
Alexander EKMAN (‘Cacti’ for Nederlands Dans Theater II)
Akram KHAN (‘DESH’ for AKRAM KHAN COMPANY)
Arthur PITA (‘The Metamorphosis’)
Kate PRINCE (‘Some Like It Hip Hop’ for Zoonation)
OUTSTANDING FEMALE PERFORMANCE (CLASSICAL)
Yuhui CHOE (Royal Ballet)
Ksenia OVSYANICK (English National Ballet)
Beatriz STIX-BRUNELL (Royal Ballet)
Jia ZHANG (English National Ballet)
OUTSTANDING MALE PERFORMANCE (CLASSICAL)
Yonah ACOSTA (English National Ballet)
Paul KAY (Royal Ballet)
Zdenek KONVALINA (English National Ballet)
Dawid TRZENSIMIECH (Royal Ballet)
OUTSTANDING FEMALE PERFORMANCE (MODERN)
Azzurra ARDOVINI (Phoenix Dance Theatre)< Teneisha BONNER (Zoonation)
Hannah KIDD (Richard Alston Dance Company)
OUTSTANDING MALE PERFORMANCE (MODERN)
Tommy FRANZÉN (Zoonation & Russell Maliphant Company)
Dane HURST (Rambert Dance Company)
Christopher MARNEY (New Adventures)
Liam RIDDICK (Richard Alston Dance Company)
BEST INDEPENDENT COMPANY
Rosie Kay Dance Company
Shobana Jeyasingh Dance
The Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle is also delighted to announce that Grishko are continuing as overall event sponsors as well as sponsoring the Best Female Dancer Award, which is given in memory of Richard Sherrington; Dancing Times will continue its long-running arrangement to sponsor the Best Male Dancer Award and other sponsors continuing for a further year include Stef Stefanou, sponsoring both the Outstanding Company and Best Modern Choreography Awards; the Ballet Association for the Best Classical Choreography Award; Lee McLernon for the Outstanding Female Performance (Classical) and the Critics’ Circle.
It is hoped that additional sponsors will be confirmed over the next few weeks. Once again the event will play host to the De Valois Award for Outstanding Achievement and the Dance UK Industry Award, given in memory of Jane Attenborough, for both of which awards there are no prior nominations.
Details of all nominees can be found at www.criticscircle.org.uk from 5pm on 9th November.
The National Dance Awards have been organised by the Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle in each year since 2000 and they celebrate the vigour and variety of Britain’s thriving dance culture. They are the only awards given by the body of professional dance critics in the UK. They are presented by the Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle, which brings together more than 50 dance writers and critics.
In announcing the awards, the chairman of the Dance Section, Graham Watts OBE, said: ‘this year we have had many nominations from over 30 active dance critics, who are watching and reviewing dance on a regular and frequent basis up and down the United Kingdom. Collectively they have put forward over 250 dancers, choreographers and companies for consideration and so the final shortlists are already very much the elite of 2012. The Awards Committee wishes to express grateful thanks to our sponsors, without whom the event would not be possible; The Place for its continued support; dance critics for giving their time to ensure the best possible list of nominees; and, above all, the companies, choreographers and performers for giving us such a rich variety of choice. It has been a bumper year. We look forward to announcing the award winners on 28th January 2013.’
(1) To qualify for the NDA in 2012 performances will have been given between 1st September 2011 and 31st August 2012
(2) The Committee for the NDA in 2012 is: Zoe Anderson, Debra Craine, Luke Jennings, Josephine Leask, Judith Mackrell, Neil Norman, Stuart Sweeney, Graham Watts and Lyndsey Winship