Rambert Associates

Rambert’s Associates are offered support, advice and space as they develop new work. This work may differ in scale or location from Rambert’s touring programme, but is aligned in ambition, quality and values. We are proud to be associated with their work.

Alexander Whitley Dance Company

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Alexander Whitley

Alexander Whitley Dance Company was established in 2014. Building on Alexander’s experience of working with many of the UK’s leading dance institutions and choreographers from around the world, his vision is to develop and foster a creative environment that attracts and nurtures enquiring individuals to collaborate in producing dance work of the highest quality; work that provokes thoughts, emotions and the imagination, that shines a light inwards in an attempt to reveal the intricate workings of choreography and the potential depths to which dance can reach, as well as looking outwards to appreciate the context in which it is working and how it is situated in the world at large.

A special focus on bringing together dance and interactive digital technology has been at the centre of AWDC’s work to date, exploring the potential for human movement and choreographic thinking to be extended into the digital realm. This remains an ongoing investigation that aims to take account of the increasingly ubiquitous presence of technology in our day to day lives, to engage with artists who are exploring the creative possibilities afforded by new technologies and to chart new territory for dance and choreography.


New Movement Collective

NMC logoFounded in 2009, New Movement Collective is a new generation of choreographers with a long collaborative history. Working as acclaimed dancers and dance-makers, NMC members have a shared history through many of Europe’s leading ballet and contemporary companies, including Rambert, Gothenburg Ballet, English National Ballet, Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, New Adventures, Scottish Dance Theatre and Company Chameleon.

Creating a nourishing and supportive environment for artistic growth, the collective aims to create refreshing and innovative work of the highest standard. The collective’s members are Clara Barbera, Malgorzata Dzierzon, Robin Gladwin, Jonathan Goddard, Anthony Missen, Gemma Nixon, Patricia Okenwa, Clemmie Sveaas, Joe Walkling, Alexander Whitley and Renaud Wiser.

Developing work that is directly presented in response to different and unusual theatrical settings, NMC has a strong commitment to collaborative working methods. Blurring the boundaries between dance, architecture, film and music NMC aspires to change and evolve the landscape of contemporary theatre, unlocking performance potential within the hidden pockets of our cities. New Movement Collective was nominated ‘Best Independent Company’ in the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards in 2013 and 2014.


Julie Cunningham & company

image of one dancer standing above a dancer lying on the floorAward-winning dancer Julie Cunningham joined Rambert in September 2016 as the inaugural recipient of the Leverhulme Choreography Fellowship. She launched Julie Cunningham & Company with performances at the Barbican in April 2016, and has since created new site-specific work for the V&A’s REVEAL festival celebrating the opening of the museum’s new Exhibition Road Quarter.

Julie has worked professionally as a dance artist for 15 years performing both nationally and internationally. After training at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance and also with Ballett der Stadt Theater Koblenz, Germany, the Merce cunningham Dance Company and the Michael Clark Compan, Julie worked on projects with Boris Charmatz for Musée de la Danse.

Julie is a guest teacher at Trinity Laban, Zurich University of the Arts, and has taught dance masterclasses in the UK, Europe, America and Brazil. She has assisted in staging the work of Merce Cunningham for American Ballet Theater and Rambert. In 2014 Julie was awarded Outstanding Modern Performance at the Critics Circle National Dance Awards for New Work with the Michael Clark Company


Professor Nicola S Clayton FRS

Professor Nicola Clayton (c) Pari NaderiNicola Clayton is the Professor of Comparative Cognition at the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Cambridge and a Don at Clare College Cambridge. By training she is a zoologist-cum-psychologist, who earned her degree in Zoology at the University of Oxford. She has always been fascinated by birds – their elegance, beauty, and showy displays – and is even more intrigued by their minds. Her research programme is on corvid (rooks, jays and ravens) cognition; they have huge brains for their body size and she is curious about how their minds work.

Passionate about dance, Nicola spends much of her spare time practising or performing salsa and Argentine tango, as well as taking weekly jazz and ballet classes. As a result of her collaboration with Mark Baldwin and Rambert, the two sides of her life have finally come together.

Peggy Olislaegers

Peggy Olislaegers has worked as Rambert’s Artistic Associate since 2015.

As one of the leading independent dance dramaturges in Europe, Peggy Olislaegers provides artistic and strategic advice for both choreographers and institutions in the performing arts. In addition to Rambert, she has worked with Dutch National Ballet (Netherlands), Balletto di Roma (Italy), The Place (UK), Ugo Dehaes (Belgium) and Nanine Linning (Germany), among others. She co-initiated the European project Act Your Age, and is one of the leading mentors of the European projects Performing Gender and Pivot Dance.

From 2010 to 2016 Peggy Olislaegers was the Artistic and General Director of the Dutch Dance Festival/de Nederlandse Dansdagen. Under her leadership the festival grew its impact, with prize-winning and innovative projects, and a growth of the festival audience.

Formally trained at the Tilburg Academy of Dance, Peggy is known for her ability to connect disciplines, and her articulate knowledge of dance and movement, from the choreographer, performer and audience point of view. Peggy has broad experience working both as a performer and creator in dance, theatre and music productions. From 1989 to 2006 she created more than 35 choreographies, both independently and in co-production with companies and festivals. She staged 3-minute operas (Yo-Opera Festival 2007), co-created Kamp Holland (Theatre Company Orkater, 2008) and staged and directed work by composer Harry de Wit (Red Sound Festival, 2009). From 2007 to 2011 she was resident dance dramaturge for Dansateliers Rotterdam. Her work has been featured in several publications.

Header image: NEST by NMC; dancers: Gemma Nixon and Jonathan Goddard © Barney Steel

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