A fuller press release for the Jerwood Choreogrphy Awards:
JERWOOD CHOREOGRAPHY Awards 2003:
The winners of the 2003 Jerwood Choreography Awards were announced and presented by William Forsythe on Monday 20th October at LABAN, Creekside, London SE8. Three awards in total were presented, one for £17,000 and two for £8,500.
£17,000 Award Winner Wendy Houstoun
£8,500 Award Winners Jean Abreu
The Awards Ceremony featured performances choreographed by past Award Winners Tom Sapsford, Maresa von Stockert and Jasmin Vardimon. Performance artist Rose English hosted the evening.
Also shortlisted for the Awards were
* Robert Tannion
* Yael Flexer
* Fleur Darkin
* Elizabeth Lea
* Arthur Pita
* Alicia Herrero Simon
In 2002 the £17,000 Award Winner was Rosemary Butcher and the two £8,500 Award Winners were Maresa von Stockert and Ben Wright & Rachel Krische. The Jerwood Choreography Awards offer a rare opportunity to identify and celebrate the excellence and commitment of young dance artists in this country.
“The Jerwood Choreography Awards help to nourish creativity – they have been singularly successful in identifying, and providing opportunities for, some of the most exciting choreographers working in the UK.”
Roanne Dods, Director, The Jerwood Charitable Foundation
The Jerwood Choreography Awards are a joint initiative between the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and the Arts Council of England. They are different from other awards in that they encourage a degree of experimentation to further choreographic development within a structured and supportive environment.
The Jerwood Charitable Foundation is dedicated to imaginative and responsible funding and sponsorship of the arts, education, design and other areas of human endeavour and excellence. As well as the Choreographic Awards the Jerwood Charitable Foundation supports a series of other initiatives including the Jerwood Painting Prize, the Jerwood Applied Arts Award and, with its parent foundation, the creation and support of the Jerwood Space in central London, a unique resource housing rehearsal facilities, the Jerwood Gallery and Café 171.
For the £17,000 Award, any choreographer based in the UK with five years professional choreographic experience was eligible to apply. For the £8,500 Awards, any choreographer aged 35 or under with three years professional choreographic experience was eligible to apply.
Dance Umbrella continues to act as Managing Agent for the Awards scheme and will provide moral and administrative support for the choreographers throughout the process.
Previous winners include:
Carol Brown Rosemary Butcher
Yael Flexer Philipp Gehmacher
Matthew Hart Matthew Hawkins
Stephen Hughes Akram Khan
Charles Linehan Liv Lorent
Henri Oguike Tom Sapsford
Luca Silvestrini & Bettina Strickler Ted Stoffer
William Tuckett Jasmin Vardimon
Maresa von Stockert Fin Walker
Ben Wright & Rachel Krische
Biographies of the 2003 Jerwood Choreography Award Winners
Recipient of the £17,000 Award
Wendy Houstoun (nominator: Jonathan Burrows)
Working as a performer/teacher and maker of movement and theatre since 1980, Wendy Houstoun worked, as a performer, with Ludus Dance Company, The Kosh and Lumiere and Son Theatre Company.
In 1987 she started to work with DV8 Physical Theatre and collaborated on My Body, Your Body, Never Again, If Only… , Strange Fish, Bound To Please and Cost of Living Since 1995 Wendy has made 3 solo pieces (Haunted, Daunted and Flaunted, Happy Hour and 48 Almost Love Lyrics) which have toured extensively in Europe, Australia and the USA. Throughout this time she also collaborated on projects with Nigel Charnock, Lucy Fawcett, Rose English, Gloria, Jonathan Burrows and Tim Etchells.
Instant Transformations, her embryonic piece for 8 dancers was shown at The Purcell Rooms in 2002 and In the Dark, a movement/video piece for 4 dancers is due to be premiered in Sydney in 2004. She remains committed to both performing and making experimental movement/theatre and video work and is currently finding funds to develop Instant Transformations.
Recipient of a £8,500 Award
Jean Abreu (nominator: Tim Tubbs)
Brazilian born, Jean has lived and worked as a dancer/choreographer in the UK since 1996. He graduated from the Laban Centre in 1999 gaining a merit for his Diploma in Contemporary Dance and Theatre. Joining Protein Dance in 1999, he still performs with the company, creating roles in Portrait with Group & Duck, Publife and The Banquet. Jean is a freelance dancer and choreographer having danced in works by Gary Lambert (Spinner) and Charles Linehan (Untitled).
Jean has created choreography for himself and on other dancers, working in both contemporary and Latin Ballroom styles for a range of festivals and commissioners and has invited to present work at Julidans Festival Amsterdam, Festival of Firsts at the ROH Linbury Theatre and the Bonnie Bird Theatre. Jean has been appointed Associate Artist, both at The Place and at the UK Foundation for Dance. Earlier this year Jean Abreu was awarded a Trailblazer Fellowship by Dance UK/ADAD.
Recipient of a £8,500 Award
Sarah Fahie (nominator: John Ashford)
Sarah was born in Australia and travelled to London in 1994. She trained as a dancer at London Contemporary Dance School and then went on to specialize in choreography, receiving an MA in choreography from LCDS in 1999.
As well as the independent dance work made under her own name, she has been commissioned to work as a freelance choreographer with dancers, actors and singers within contemporary dance, theatre and opera-based contexts. Sarah has also been commissioned to make work on students and various community groups based at The Place – London Contemporary Dance School, Hampstead Theatre and The Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
Sarah Fahie’s dance practice has an intensive focus on music. She collaborates with contemporary composers Evelyn Ficarra and John Sweeney and has worked on various opera and music theatre productions, both as a choreographer and as a dancer under the direction of choreographer Ian Spink. She was a Choreodrome research artist at The Place in August 2003.