This year’s members of the National Youth Dance Company (NYDC) perform a new creation by the company’s Guest Artistic Director Michael Keegan-Dolan. The work entitled In – Nocentes receives its world premiere on Thursday 7 April at Sadler’s Wells, which is followed by a national tour in June and July.
Set to Max Richter’s re-composition of The Four Seasons by Vivaldi and performed live by Southbank Sinfonia, this new NYDC commission is a piece with which Keegan-Dolan celebrates the natural and instinctive way in which young people can move and behave.
The title In – Nocentes denotes the confidence of youth to open oneself to situations without reservation or fear. The piece allows the music to interact with the bodies of the dancers to display rhythmical, vibrant and natural movement.
Keegan-Dolan is founder and artistic director of Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre. His productions Giselle, The Bull and The Rite of Spring were all nominated for Olivier Awards and The Bull won the UK Critics’ Circle Award for Best Modern Choreography in 2008. He has worked on productions for world-class companies and theatres including English National Opera, La Monnaie, Royal Opera House and National Theatre.
This year’s National Youth Dance Company dancers are a cohort of 40 young dancers comprises 29 new members, selected through NYDC Experience Workshops held in towns and cities all over the country, and 11 dancers returning from last year’s NYDC cohort. The dancers are mentored during three intensive residencies through the year in order to create, rehearse and develop the new piece.
Now in its fourth year, NYDC has established a reputation for innovative, challenging and influential work, and producing open-minded, curious and brave dancers. The company brings together the brightest talent from across England, immersing the members fully in the process of creating, performing and touring new work, giving them a unique insight into the dance profession.
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