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Mar 262013
 

Olivier Award Image 500x281 Olivier Award 2013 nominations announced: dance and operaWhile it’s great to see 87-year-old work­ing cho­reo­grapher Gil­lian Lynne get a spe­cial award, there is Mari­anela Núñez in the run­ning for Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment in Dance, a nom­in­a­tion richly deserved by the Royal Ballet’s most radi­ant and thrill­ing baller­ina. Another wel­come name for dance is designer Lez Broth­er­ston who has col­lab­or­ated with Mat­thew Bourne’s New Adven­tures from the begin­ning, and has con­stantly aston­ished audi­ences with his sets and costumes.

Though the Royal Bal­let and the Eng­lish National Opera have done well, the Royal Opera has left a black hole in the nom­in­a­tion lists for its new pro­duc­tions; oh dear. Applause, how­ever, for Edward Gardner’s con­duct­ing and Bryan Hymel’s singing, both at the Royal Opera, so the musical side of things seems to be secure.

 

Best New Dance Pro­duc­tion
Aeternum by the Royal Bal­let at the Royal Opera House, cho­reo­graphed by Chris­topher Wheel­don
Cacti by Neder­lands Dans Theatre 2 at Sadler’s Wells, cho­reo­graphed by Alex­an­der Ekman
A Street­car Named Desire by Scot­tish Bal­let at Sadler’s Wells

Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment in Dance
Lez Broth­er­ston for the set and cos­tumes for Mat­thew Bourne’s Sleep­ing Beauty, New Adven­tures at Sadler’s Wells
ILL-Abilities com­pany in Breakin’ Con­ven­tion at Sadler’s Wells
Mari­anela Nunez for Aeternum, Diana & Actaeon and Vis­cera, The Royal Bal­let at the Royal Opera House

Best Theatre Cho­reo­grapher
Scott Ambler – Chari­ots Of Fire
Bill Deamer – Top Hat
Scott Gra­ham & Steven Hog­gett – The Curi­ous Incid­ent Of The Dog In The Night-Time
Stephen Mear – Kiss Me, Kate

Best New Opera Pro­duc­tion
Billy Budd, Eng­lish National Opera at the Lon­don Coli­seum
Caligula, Eng­lish National Opera at the Lon­don Coli­seum
Ein­stein On The Beach at the Bar­bican theatre
La Travi­ata, Eng­lish National Opera at the Lon­don Coliseum

Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment in Opera
Edward Gard­ner for his con­duct­ing of The Fly­ing Dutch­man and Billy Budd at the Eng­lish National Opera, Lon­don Coli­seum
Bryan Hymel for his per­form­ances in Les Troy­ens, Robert Le Diable and Rusalka at the Royal Opera House
Music Theatre Wales for In the Locked Room/Ghost Patrol at the Lin­bury Theatre, the Royal Opera House
The Stage Man­age­ment teams at Eng­lish National Opera, Lon­don Coli­seum and the Royal Opera House

Spe­cial Award
Gil­lian Lynne

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