Didy Veldman

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Dutch choreographer Didy Veldman, was trained in numerous techniques at the Scapino Academy in Amsterdam. Following her training she went on to dance with Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, Ballet du Grand Théatre de Genève, and Britain's Rambert Dance Company. She worked with international choreographers such as Jiří Kylián, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Christopher Bruce, Kim Brandstrup, Nils Christe, Glenn Tetley, Robert Cohan, Lindsey Kemp and many others. 

 

Didy Veldman began choreographing in 1987, creating work for the repertoires of Scapino Ballet RotterdamBallet du Grand Théatre de Genève, and Britain's Rambert Dance Company as well as other companies.

 

In 1992, Didy Veldman started her own dance company called Alias with Guilherme Botelho. The first work En Manqué was performed to great acclaim in London, Glasgow, Zurich and Lausanne. The production also won two major choreographic awards: the Dance Exchange International 1993 and the Prix Romand des Spectacles indépendents 1994. Didy Veldman left Aliasafter an invitation by Christopher Bruce to join Rambert Dance Companyin 1994.

 

Whilst being a dancer with Rambert Dance Company, she created three works for the repertory. She received a grant from the Choo-San Goh & Robert Magee Foundation for her third production with this company. This production also won the Lindbury Prize for Stage Design created by Miriam Buether.

 

Didy Veldman left Rambert Dance Company in 2000 to concentrate on her choreographic career. She has created a big variety of works, full evening story telling with symphony orchestra and smaller creations part of triple bill evenings. She has worked with companies such as Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de MontréalBallet GulbenkianCedar Lake Contemporary BalletCullberg BalletRoyal New Zealand BalletKomische Oper BerlinIntrodansIceland Dance CompanyLithuanian National Ballet, and Ballet Leipzig amongst others.

 

Didy Veldman was regularly invited to teach at the Prix de Lausanne between 2010 and 2017, and her work was taught as part of the repertoire selection.

 

She has taught contemporary classes at the National Ballet School in Amsterdam, The Royal Ballet School in London, Codarts in Rotterdam, The Ballet Boyz in London, McDonald College in Sydney Australia, Rambert Dance Company and Rambert School, London School of Contemporary Dance and the Youth American Grand Prix in New York amongst others and was invited in 2010 and 2013 as a Guest Artist Choreographer at Jacob’s Pillow in New York for their Contemporary Program.

 

Didy Veldman is currently directing her own dance company 'Umanoove' with her first production 'The Happiness Project' having had its premiere in November 2016, in collaboration with composer Alexander Balanescu.

 

Her existing works are being currently performed by companies such as IntrodansDanish Dance Theatre and Rambert Dance Company among others.

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