News: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui - next Guest Artistic Director for NYDC

Friday 2 May 2014 by Carmel Smith

NYDC in Akram Khan's 'Vertical Road' Photo: John Ross

Following two critically acclaimed sell-out performances by the National Youth Dance Company at Sadler’s Wells, NYDC starts its search for the next intake of 30 company members who will work with Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, the next Guest Artistic Director of the company.

One of Europe’s most exciting choreographers, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui has made more than 25 choreographic works. He has choreographed for the award-winning film Anne Karenina by Joe Wright, Cirque du Soleil’s recent Las Vegas production Michael Jackson ONE, and worked with performance artist Marina Abramovic and Damien Jalet on Boléro for the Paris Opera Ballet. His choreographic works include zero degrees with Akram Khan, Antony Gormley and Nitin Sawhney; Olivier Award-winning Babel(words) also with Damien Jalet, Faun (which premiered at Sadler’s Wells as part of In the Spirit of Diaghilev), Dunas with award-winning flamenco dancer and choreographer Maria Pages, Olivier Award-winning Puz/zle, Sutra which has toured to 27 countries and been seen by over 185,000 people worldwide, and his current productions m¡longa and genesis.

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s appointment follows previous Guest Artistic Director’s and Sadler’s Wells Associate Artists, Jasmin Vardimon (2012-2013) and Akram Khan (2013-2014).

To date, the young members of NYDC have been chosen from a total of 27 experience workshops that, combined, saw over 500 young people take part. The chosen members come from over 33 towns, cities and villages across England.

The next round of NYDC members will be recruited from workshops taking place across England in the next few weeks. The company, hosted by the UK’s leading dance house Sadler’s Wells, is seeking the brightest young dance talent from across England. Those chosen will have a chance to work with a range of inspirational teachers and choreographers to learn, create and perform innovative work, drawing on a number of dance techniques including contemporary, hip hop and ballet.

The Experience Workshops are open to dancers aged 16-18 of all backgrounds and abilities, with experience in any dance style. The first step for those who would like to join is to attend an Experience Workshop at one of a number of locations around the UK. The workshops are free to attend, but places must be reserved by emailing

The workshop days will include teaching on technique and creative elements, as well as an information session about NYDC, further training and professional careers in dance.

The London date is 27 May 2014 at Sadler’s Wells.

Others will be at:

25 May
The Castle, Wellingborough

26 May
DanceXchange, Birmingham

27 May
Dance City, Newcastle

28 May
Donut Creative Arts Studio, Chesterfield

28 May
Dance East, Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich

29 May
Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Leeds

29 May
Marina Studios, Brighton

30 May
Hull College, Hull

30 May
Swindon Dance, Swindon

31 May
The Life Centre, Plymouth

1 June
The Dance House, Manchester

20 June
As part of The Point Careers Day, Eastleigh

27 – 29 June
As part of U Dance 2014 Festival, Nottingham

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