Five Scottish-based choreographers have been selected to join our new choreographic mentorship scheme – Anserinae. The selected choreographers will be offered an opportunity to explore and develop their creative voices, with each receiving:

  • A programme of bespoke mentorship, tailored to meet the individual needs and level of each artist
  • A one-week choreographic intensive; a follow-up weekend of masterclasses; interim mentoring and a production week
  • An exclusive platform to showcase their work at Festival Theatre Edinburgh

The scheme began in February 2016 and each choreographer will be mentored closely by internationally renowned mentor, choreographer, performer and teacher, Kerry Nicholls. Kerry will facilitate and support the artists’ ongoing development as they begin to create new work, inspired Scottish Ballet’s spring production of Swan Lake.

Applications were open to the following levels:

  • Level 1 – Choreographers with 5+ years professional experience
  • Level 2 – Choreographers with up to 4 years professional experience
  • Level 3 – Final year dance/choreography students and recent graduates

We received an overwhelming response to our initial call-out for choreographers and prioritised those who articulated a real commitment to creating new work in Scotland.

This level of interest shows a real demand for supporting independent choreographers at all stages of their careers; as a result, we may look to run the scheme again.

Alongside existing projects and initiatives such as our Dancers’ choreographic group and Hothouse, we are delighted that Anserinae will enable us to explore new ways of nurturing creative talent and supporting the wider dance sector.