News: New Adventures Choreographer Award (NACA)

Monday 15 July 2013 by Carmel Smith

NACA Award winner James Cousins' work 'There We Have Been'

The second New Adventures Choreographer Award (NACA), for emerging choreographers of all ages, is now open to applications.

Orginally established by by colleagues and friends in celebration of Matthew Bourne’s 50th birthday and honouring the work and achievements of Matthew and his company New Adventures, it effectively launched the choreographic career of the first winner, James Cousins, in 2010. “The award is so much more than a choreography award, it has taught me everything from creating a budget to managing a production and running a company and given me opportunities I’d only ever dreamed of having,” he says. “ Matthew is such a knowledgeable and generous mentor and has really helped me to discover and shape my style and Re:Bourne supported me with all aspects of producing the showcase. Winning the inaugural New Adventures Choreographer Award has opened so many doors for me; I would recommend it to anyone.”

Following the sold-out 2012 showcase at Sadler’s Wells James has presented his duet, There We Have Been, commissioned as part of the inaugural NACA, in Italy, Belgium, Germany and Brazil. He has also been commissioned to create a new piece for Scottish Ballet and has recently returned from Chile where he created a new work for the country’s National Ballet.

Bourne will lead a world-class team of judges who will assess applications and choose either one or a number of winners to create a showcase of new work in 2014. Emma Rice (Artistic Director, Kneehigh Theatre Company) and Edward Watson (Principal Dancer, Royal Ballet) will join judges Scott Ambler (Associate Artist, New Adventures), Lez Brotherston (Designer and Associate Artist, New Adventures), Nina Goldman (Principal Dancer, New Adventures), Christopher Hampson (Artistic Director, Scottish Ballet), Etta Murfitt (Associate Artist, New Adventures) and Sharon Watson (Artistic Director, Phoenix Dance Theatre) in the selection process with Bourne. “None of us at the company anticipated the huge appetite for an award of this kind the first time around,” he said. “James Cousins has gone on to establish an enviable career as an international choreographer of contemporary dance and I am very much looking forward to finding our next winner.”

Applications for the second award can be made through Deadline: 5pm, Friday 23 August.

Photo: NACA Award winner James Cousins’ work There We Have Been

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