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Young Creatives 2016 comes to an inspiring end

22 Mar 2016

Eridita (Legacy) by Zakarius Harry, performed at the Young Creatives weekend at Rambert. Photo by Brian Slater

Eridita (Legacy) by Zakarius Harry, performed at the Young Creatives weekend at Rambert. Photo by Brian Slater

Two packed audiences saw the culmination of months of work by eight young choreographers, who had been selected to become the 2016 cohort of Young Creatives.

This inspiring programme was started by Youth Dance England in 2008, to showcase and nurture young choreographers and has since gone on to involve 98 young choreographers and hundreds of dancers from across England. YDE has worked in partnership with the Royal Opera House, The Royal Ballet School, Rambert and ADAD over the years to deliver the annual programme which has included mentoring, classes by dancers from The Royal Ballet Company and Rambert, workshops on lighting, music, costume and choreographic process and public performances in The Purcell Room, Southbank  Centre, The Clore Studio Upstairs and Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House and in 2016 at Rambert’s headquarters on the South Bank.

This year the young choreographers came from across England, each with a passion for choreography and wanting to learn more.

“[I most enjoyed] being able to push myself out of my comfort zone, dancing past the boundaries that I set myself.” – Young Creatives performer

All the young choreographers and their dancers took part in a choreographic workshop with ADAD Trailblazer and Artistic Director of Uchenna Dance, Vicki Igbokwe. This proved to be one of the highlights of the whole project with overwhelming positive feedback following the session.  “Amazing. Absolutely Phenomenal workshop. I loved her engaging, strong approach. [Vicki] is fabulous!” – Young Creatives participant.

The two performances took place in the beautiful Marie Rambert Studio, with opportunities for each of the choreographers to share insights into their work during a Q&A with renowned choreographer Richard Alston, who is both Chair of Youth Dance England and devotee of the Young Creatives programme. “I have to confess, Young Creatives is my favourite YDE programme” Richard said in his opening remarks.

As the YDE programmes transfer to One Dance UK, planning is already underway for Young Creatives 2017. “We are looking at how to continue delivering Young Creatives and how it may link with the work of our sister organisations who are coming together to form One Dance UK. It’s an exciting time and we want to ensure that nurturing young choreographers and providing them a platform for their work is part of our forward planning” – Claire Somerville, Programme Manager YDE (from 1st April, Interim Head of CYP Dance for One Dance UK).