News Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! at Birmingham Hippodrome: Opportunity for young choreographers

30th November 2011

DanceXchange and Birmingham Hippodrome are offering a fantastic opportunity to develop your choreographic skills working with members of Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures company.


Young choreographers will take part in a series of workshops to create a ‘curtain raiser’ dance piece to be performed before the showing of Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! at the Birmingham Hippodrome in February.

The choreographers will be working under the direction of Clare Palethorpe with input from members of the New Adventures company who will come to Birmingham specially to work with the group. The dancers will be BTEC dance students from Walsall College.

This is an incredible chance to hone your choreography and make a piece for the big stage which will be seen by hundreds of people.

If you are interested in applying, please complete the application form below and return it to Miranda Laurence on the details given. Applications must be received by post or email by 2nd December 2011. You will be informed about the outcome of your application by 9th December.

We will be selecting up to six participants on the basis of the following criteria:

• Aged 16-19
• Some experience of dance and choreography
• Creative choreographic ideas
• Availability

You must be available for the following dates:

Tuesday 13 December, late afternoon – introduction to the project and meet the team
OPTIONAL workshop day with New Adventures company members in London (date tbc)
Saturdays 14, 21, 28 January and 4 February 10-4pm – choreography workshops
Thursday 9th February all day – technical and dress rehearsals and evening performance

All the workshops will take place at DanceXchange, Birmingham Hippodrome, Thorp Street, B5 4TB.

This project is free to take part in, although you must cover your own travel expenses (including the trip to London if you are available to go).

For an application form or if you have any questions please contact Miranda Laurence on or 0121 689 3173.



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