Director Nancy Meckler
Choreography Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Design Niki Turner
Music Peter Salem
Nancy Meckler - Director
Nancy Meckler is Artistic Director for Shared Experience Theatre for which she has directed many productions including the prize winning Anna Karenina, Heartbreak House, True West, The Birthday Party, The Bacchae, Orestes, Mother Courage, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Bronte, and with co-director Polly Teale, War and Peace and The Mill on the Floss (UK and World tour, Kennedy Center Washington D.C.)
As Associate Director of Hampstead Theatre she directed Uncle Vanya and Buried Child as well as Sufficient Carbohydrate and Dusa Fish Stas and Vi, both transferring to London's West End. During three years as Associate Director for Leicester Haymarket her work included The Cherry Orchard, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Baal, The Hypochondriac, Medea, Electra, Orestes. Invited by Sam Shepard to direct premieres of three of his plays, she has also directed new plays for the Bush, Royal Court and Almeida (Antony Sher's ID). Nancy was the first woman to direct at the Royal National Theatre (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), where she also directed Abingdon Square and Rose, with Olympia Dukakis (Broadway transfer). Also Up from the Waste, a dance piece written and danced by Antonia Franceschi
For the Royal Shakespeare Company Nancy has directed Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, House of Desires and The Heresy of Love. Recently her production of Onassis with Robert Lindsay played at Chichester and in London's West End.
Film work includes two feature films, Sister My Sister with Julie Walters, and Martin Sherman's film about a dance company, Alive and Kicking which won the Audience Prize at the London Film Festival.
Annabelle Lopez Ochoa - Choreography
Annabelle Lopez Ochoa completed her dance studies at the Royal Ballet Academy of Antwerp, Belgium. As a professional dancer, she appeared with various companies in Germany before joining in 1993, the modern-jazz dance company Djazzex based in The Hague. In 1997, she joined the Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, where she danced as a soloist for 7 years, and in 2003, she decided to focus her creative energies entirely to choreography.
Annabelle has created works for Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, Dutch National Ballet, Djazzex, Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, The Royal Ballet of Flanders, Gran Canaria Ballet, Gothenburg Ballet, State Modern Ballet Ankara, Pennsylvania Ballet, BalletX, BJM-Danse Montreal, Luna Negra Dance Theatre Chicago, Ballet National de Marseille, Saarbrucken Ballet, Jacoby & Pronk, Chemnitzer Ballet and Ballet Hispanico.
Annabelle also creates for theatre and opera, and recently for the celebrated Dutch fashion designers Viktor & Rolf’s project in the Van Gogh Museum. She belongs to dance theatre collective De Fantasten with whom she created two full-length pieces which have been performed in theatres and at festivals throughout the Netherlands.
The critically acclaimed Before After which Annabelle created for the Dutch National Ballet in 2002 has been performed at the Dance Passion Festival in the Netherlands, the New York Fall for Dance Festival, the Houston Dance Salad Festival, the 2007 Orange County Fall for Dance Festival, the 2010 Murcia Gala (Spain) and throughout Sweden by the Gothenburg Ballet.
Annabelle has won several choreography prizes; in 2002 with Clair/Obscur at the Hannover’s Choreographers competition and in 2003 the first prize and public’s prize with Replay at the International Choreographer’s Competition of Bornem. In 2007, she was selected to participate with the prestigious New York Choreographic Institute, and in 2009, her pieces Zip Zap Zoom (BJM-Danse Montreal) and Nube Blanco (Luna Negra Dance Theater) were included in the list of 10 best dance highlights of the year.
Her piece One, created for independent artist Drew Jacoby and Rubinald Pronk, has been acquired by Christopher Wheeldon’s Company Morphoses and presented at Sadlers’ Wells in London, Vail and New York City Centre in 2008 as well as at the Dance Salad Festival in Houston, Titas Gala in Cincinatti and on the YAPG tour to Mexico. In 2010, Annabelle reworked the duet ONE into a quartet especially for Jacob’s Pillow Festival.
Peter Salem - music and sound
Peter's compositions range from scores for television dramas, documentaries and film to music for theatre, dance and the concert hall. His most recent TV commission was for the highly acclaimed BBC series Call the Midwife and other TV dramas have included the award winning 5 Daughters, The Other Boleyn Girl, Beau Brummell, Trial and Retribution, The Vice, Great Expectations and documentaries such as Simon Schama's The Power of Art: Caravaggio and Francesco's Venice. In theatre he has worked with Nancy Meckler for many years writing music for her productions of Anna Karenina, Mill on the Floss, The Tempest, A Passage to India, War and Peace, and Bronte (all for Shared Experience Theatre) as well as her dance-themed film Alive and Kicking. Other theatre credits include Jane Eyre, Kindertransport, Mine, Ten Tiny Toes, Speechless (also for Shared Experience Theatre), Julius Caesar, Murder in the Cathedral (RSC), The Miser, The Crucible and Robert LePage's A Midsummer Night's Dream (The National Theatre), and many other productions.
He is also a performer and musical director, recently playing in the on-stage band at the National Theatre in England People Very Nice. As well as working with dance as part of theatre productions, early in his career Peter was a rehearsal pianist with London Contemporary Dance, wrote a piece for Zaragoza Ballet choreographed by Caroline Salem and worked with Second Stride and The Gregory Nash co. also collaborating with Gregory and Ian Brown on an award winning adaptation of Great Expectations for actors and dancers in Glasgow. Concert works include a series of pieces for strings including an octet, quartet and Windhover for Piano Trio which has recently been played and recorded by The Fidelio Trio and can be streamed form his website. He plans to launch a string group later in the year.
Niki Turner - set and costume design
Niki Turner graduated from Central St Martins School of Art with a First Class degree in Theatre Design. She was then awarded a bursary to travel the world researching street festivals, which culminated in an exhibition in The Orangery, Gunnersbury Park, London.
Working extensively in opera, both in the UK and international, her credits include Madama Butterfly (Theater Magdeburg, Germany); The Magic Flute (Fundacion Opera De Oviedo, Spain); Il trovatore, La traviata, Rigoletto (Danish National Opera); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Opera House, Linbury Studio); The Marriage of Figaro (costumes, English National Opera); The Magic Flute, The Rake’s Progress, Sarka, Osud and Cherevichki (Garsington Opera); Chorus! (Welsh National Opera); National Opera Studio Showcase (QEH); La traviata (English Touring Opera); L'amore industrioso, Carmen (Opera Holland Park); Don Gionvanni (Opera North) and Rusalka (Opera North/Sydney Opera House, winner of Design in Opera Australian Green Room Award and Best Production Helpman Award).
Her theatre credits include A Passage to India, Orestes and Gone to Earth (Shared Experience); Cardenio, Brixton Stories, As You Like It (co-design) and Oroonoko (Royal Shakespeare Company); Island Princess (RSC/West End); My Fair Lady (Århus, Denmark); Cyrano De Bergerac (Bristol Old Vic); Further than the Furthest Thing (National Theatre); Great Expectations (Derby Playhouse/Philadelphia); Speaking in Tongues (Hampstead Theatre); Our Boys (Donmar Warehouse); Things Fall Apart (Royal Court), and Junk (Oxford Stage Company/Norway).