CHOREOGRAPHER ALEXANDER WHITLEY NOMINATED FOR THE TIMES BREAKTHROUGH AWARD, SOUTH BANK SKY ARTS AWARDS

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CHOREOGRAPHER ALEXANDER WHITLEY NOMINATED FOR THE TIMES BREAKTHROUGH AWARD, SOUTH BANK SKY ARTS AWARDS 

Alexander Whitley, Affiliate Choreographer of The Royal Ballet and Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells Theatre has been nominated for The Times Breakthrough Award 2014 as part of the prestigious South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2014.

Described by The Observer’s dance critic, Luke Jennings as, ‘A choreographer of quiet distinction,‘ Alexander is one of the UK’s most exciting young choreographers. His new dance company, which will launch in 2014 has recently been invited to be an Associate Company of Rambert’s new home on the Southbank.

Next Spring sees the premiere of his first full-length evening of work at The Royal Opera House’s Linbury Theatre (15th/16th May 2014). The programme will comprise a double bill including new work: The Measures Taken, a collaboration with cutting-edge digital arts studio Marshmallow Laser Feast and a short work for some of the Royal Ballet’s dancers. In the autumn his company will embark on an inaugural tour, performing The Measures Taken alongside another new work.

Other commissions for 2014 include those for Ballet Boyz, Birmingham Royal Ballet and The Royal Ballet School. Alex is also currently working on a short film for Channel 4. In 2015 he will choreograph a new work for Rambert as part of their spring programme.

Alexander has previously choreographed for the Royal Ballet, Rambert Dance Company and Wayne McGregor|Random Dance as well as creating work for the Royal Opera House’s Summer Collection and Exposure dance programmes. He has also choreographed for the Discovery Channel with director Tim Meara, created Atelic, a short film, with Duckeye and collaborated on 75 Watt in China with design artists Cohen Van Balen.

Born in Penrith. Alexander Whitley trained at the Royal Ballet School. Over the course of his dance career he has performed with Birmingham Royal Ballet, Rambert Dance Company, Michael Clark Company, Sydney Dance Company, Wayne McGregor|Random Dance and New Movement Collective (also an Associate Company of Rambert and current nominees for the Critics’ Circle’s Best Independent Company Award), of which he is a founder-member.

He has twice been nominated for the Critics’ Circle National Dance awards and was shortlisted for the 2012 Arts Foundation choreographic fellowship.

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