Choreography Fellow

Award-winning dancer Julie Cunningham joined Rambert in September 2016 as the inaugural recipient of the Leverhulme Choreography Fellowship. The first of three fellows to be appointed, Julie is spending a year working part-time with Rambert exploring and developing her choreographic practise.

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

Julie is a guest teacher at Trinity Laban, Zurich University of the Arts, has taught dance masterclasses in the UK, Europe, America, and Brazil and 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.

Julie is part of the dance artist/curator mentorship program through Siobhan Davies Dance. Julie has created new work that has been performed at The Place, Dance Base Edinburgh, Tramway Glasgow, Siobhan Davies Studios, Wilderness Festival and the National Theatre River Stage.

Julie was nominated for the Critics Circle National Dance Awards 2016 as emerging artist for choreography.

About the Choreography Fellowship

The Leverhulme Choreography Fellowship was launched in 2016 as part of Rambert’s commitment to developing future generations of artists. Rambert’s talent development programme also includes a successful music fellowship and a long running choreographic development programme that nurtures emerging dance-makers from both within the company and the wider dance sector.

This fellowship programme, supported by a grant from the Leverhulme Trust, helps professional dancers make the transition to become full-time working choreographers.

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‘I am thrilled to be accepting the Leverhulme Choreographic Fellowship. I am excited about the opportunities that will come from being involved with Rambert and look forward to delving into new challenges. The fellowship will offer me the time and space to develop my choreographic skills while collaborating and learning from people in the organisation and beyond.’

Julie Cunningham

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