Kenneth macmillan emerging choreographer performance 2018

Kenneth MacMillan Emerging Choreographer performance 2018

On Thursday 13 December, Year 10 and 11 students presented their choreographic creations as part of the Kenneth MacMillan Emerging Choreographer programme.

The performances were the culmination of several months’ of preparation for the nine shortlisted choreographers.

After the performance, a panel of experts including Federico Bonelli, Petal Miller-Ashmole, Marguerite Porter MBE and William Trevitt OBE, offered feedback to the students and helped to select two works to be developed further and be performed at the Royal Opera House at the Young Talent Festival events.

Those selected to be developed were:

End of the road by Jack Bruce

Bellyache by Skya Powney

About the programme

Each student benefited, throughout the creative process, from improvisation classes, workshops with guest choreographers, collaborations with musicians, as well as regular discussions and meetings to reflect on their piece. The process means students were able to experience working as a professional choreographer, encompassing all the elements that make a production successful including; staging, props, lighting and costumes.

This academic year, the programme has been developed from a choreographic competition to a choreographic development programme aimed at fostering creative experiment and expression in students. The students get all the benefits of mentoring without the final judgement of a competition.


The Choreographic Programme is generously supported by the Royal Opera House Covent Garden Foundation, the Frederick Ashton Foundation and Lady MacMillan.

We are also very grateful to Peter Wilson who is kindly supporting the choreographic development of the selected works.

A huge congratulations to all those who took part and our grateful thanks to those who support the programme.

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Kenneth macmillan emerging choreographer performance 2018