Didy Veldman

Didy Veldman is a established guest choreographer with such renowned companies as Grands Ballet Canadiens de Montréal, Cullberg Ballet, Rambert Dance Company and Royal New Zealand Ballet among others.

 

Dutch choreographer Didy Veldman ’67 was trained in numerous techniques at the Scapino Academy in Amsterdam. Following her training she went on to dance with Scapino Ballet, Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève and Britain's Rambert Dance Company. She worked with international choreographers such as Jiří Kylián, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Christopher Bruce and many others. She began choreographing in 1987, creating work for the repertoires of all three companies, as well as independently.

 

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 Alias after an invitation by Christopher Bruce to join Rambert Dance Company in 1994. Whilst being a dancer with Rambert Dance Company, Didy Veldman created three works for the repertory. She received a grant from the Choo-San Goh & Robert Magee Foundation for her third production with Rambert. This production also won the Lindbury Prize for Stage Design created by Miriam Buether.

 

Her first story telling full evening work 'Carmen' created for Northern Ballet Theatre was premiered in 1999 and has subsequently gone on tour throughout Britain. It had its London premiere in March 2000 to great critical acclaim and has been re-staged for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal and The Royal New Zealand Ballet.

 

Didy Veldman left Rambert in 2000 to concentrate on her choreographic career. She has created a huge variety of works. Recently a new creation called ‘frame of view’ for Cedar Lake from New York, which has received wonderful reviews and a new version of 'Cinderella' for the Gothenburg Ballet. She has created and re-staged works for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Ballet Gulbenkian, Rambert Dance Company, Cullberg Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre, New Zealand Ballet, Komische Oper Berlin, Scottish Dance Theatre, Introdans, amongst others. Didy’s projects for 09/10 are a new creation for Introdans in Holland, 'Carmen' will be re-staged for the Royal New Zealand Ballet and she has been commissioned to create a new full evenings work for Ballet Bern in Switzerland. She will also teach contemporary classes at the Prix de Lausanne 2010 and she has been invited to be a Guest Artist Choreographer at Jacob’s Pillow for their Contemporary Program in the summer of 2010.

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