29 January 2013 at 2.05pm | 5 Comments
The winners of the 2012 National Dance Awards have been announced. The awards, which are now in their 13th year, celebrate the very best of dance and ballet in the UK.
Royal Ballet Principal Marianela Nuñez, who is currently dancing the role of Tatyana in Onegin, received the Grishko Award for Best Female Dancer at a ceremony in London.
Arthur Pita was awarded the prize for Best Modern Choreography for The Metamorphosis, a dance-theatre work based on the Kafka novella of the same name. The production, which premiered in the Linbury Studio Theatre in 2011, returns in March.
Arthur Pita said:
I am thrilled to share this award with The Metamorphosis team of creatives, cast, crew and all at ROH. Thank you ! It really is a collaboration with all. I am equally thrilled that we will be reviving the work in March with Ed Watson returning to perform the role of Gregor Samsa, and to share this Kafka experience with the audience yet again.
Cassa Pancho, Director of Ballet Black, said:
The entire company, from the dancers to the crew are thrilled to have won,' said . 'As an unfunded company, the support of the Royal Opera House has been invaluable to our continued success, and our annual performances at the Linbury are one of the highlights of our year.
The winners are selected by the 60 members of the Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle following an extensive round of nominations and voting. This year, the Royal Ballet received a total of nine nominations, with nominees including Ed Watson, Yuhui Choe, Paul Kay, Beatrix Stix-Brunell and Dawid Trzensimiech.
Other winners include English National Ballet's Ksenia Ovsyanick and Zdenek Konvalina, who both won Outstanding Classical Performance awards; and hip hop stars Teneisha Bonner and Tommy Franzen, who took awards for Outstanding Modern Performance. Principal Character Artist of The Royal Ballet Gary Avis (who recently took part in a live Twitter Q&A for our website) was joint Master of Ceremonies, together with Kenneth Tharp, Chief Executive of The Place.