8 November 2013 at 3.06pm | Comment on this article
The Royal Ballet has received multiple nominations for the National Dance Awards 2013.
Royal Ballet Principal Edward Watson, whose performances last Season included Crown Prince Rudolf in Mayerling and who has just returned from performing The Metamorphosis in New York, has been nominated for Best Male Dancer; while Natalia Osipova, who performed as a Guest Artist with Carlos Acosta in Swan Lake last Season, has been nominated in the Best Female category.
Soloist Akane Takada has been nominated in the Outstanding Female Performance (Classical) category for her interpretation of Olga in Onegin, while former Soloist Brian Maloney has been nominated in the male equivalent for his performance as Bratfisch in Mayerling.
Alexei Ratmansky’s 24 Preludes and Christopher Wheeldon’s Aeternum, which both had their world premiere in a Mixed Programme last Season, have been nominated for Best Modern Choreography. Christopher Wheeldon's latest work, The Winter's Tale, opens in April 2014.
Other nominees include Clemmie Sveaas (who will perform the role of Mole in Will Tuckett’s The Wind in the Willows during its upcoming West End run) in the Outstanding Female Performance (Modern) category for her performance in Cathy Marston’s Witch Hunt in the Linbury Studio Theatre; Shobana Jeyasingh Dance and bgroup, both nominated in the Best Independent Company category.
The awards, which celebrate the best of dance and ballet in the UK, are presented by the Critics’ Circle, a panel of 50 professional dance writers and critics who can vote for any works performed in the UK between 31 August 2012 and 1 September 2013.