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DanceLines is an innovative annual choreographic development initiative that takes place in the studios of the Royal Opera House. This year’s project highlights the worlds of music and dance composition and offers a rare opportunity to focus on a creative process of research and experimentation.  Four invited choreographers and four composers will work with professional dancers and musicians from different backgrounds who will collaborate over an intensive two-week period. At the end of the course, work from the course is presented in an informal sharing of work in the Clore Studio at the Royal Opera House for an invited audience.

This year, DanceLines will be led by choreographer Kim Brandstrup and Oliver Coates, Artist in Residence at Southbank Centre.


Oliver Coates

Oliver Coates is the winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award 2011 and is internationally in demand as a solo cellist. This season he performs abroad in Shanghai, Salvador, Eindhoven and Amsterdam. He is also an Artist in Residence at Southbank Centre, where his run of cross-arts events - Harmonic Series - has entered its third season. For the first time he will be programming music in the Hayward Gallery for its Light Show in 2013. The work he performs is closely aligned with a love for space, and different types of music-listening ritual. Playing solo Bach and Britten on the cello is as important to him as working with artists such as Seb Rochford, Micachu, MF Doom, Steve Reich and Jonny Greenwood. His new electronic album with Leo Abrahams, "Crystals are always forming", was called "one of the best albums released this year" by Dummy Mag and was released on 8th October on the Slip Discs label.

Kim Brandstrup

Kim Brandstrup studied Film at the University of Copenhagen and Choreography with Nina Fonaroff at London School of Contemporary Dance. He founded his own dance company, Arc, in 1985, forging a narrative style that owes more to his early cinematic training than to classical story ballet or to the kineticism of contemporary dance. Throughout his career, and at times at odds with current trends, he has sought a theatre of movement that is both powerful and subtle, creating poignant and suggestive narratives that are always intensely human and emotionally revealing. Since 2005 in freelance commissioned works for a range of international companies including The Royal Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, and the Royal Danish Ballet, his narrative approach has found new paths, growing more refined and precise while enjoying a looser, more experimental tone in its storytelling