Choreographers and Composers


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Choreographers and Composers

Choreographers 2016

Dane Hurst

Dane HurstDane Hurst was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. His training included classical ballet and hip hop/street dance. He won the national dance competition in Johannesburg in 2002 and received a Linbury Trust and Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Trust scholarship to train at the Rambert School in London, 2003. Whilst at the school Dane received the runner-up prize at the Barbera Geoghegan Award, Cecchetti dance competition and joined Rambert Dance Company as the first recipient of the Sally Gilmour Memorial Trust bursary in 2004. In 2006 he was nominated for best emerging dancer of the year and received the Spotlight Dancer of the year award by the Critics Circle Dance Awards, 2007, U.K.  He joined Phoenix Dance Theatre in 2007 and has made guest appearances for the National Dance Company of Wales, Curve Foundation, Mad Dogs Dance Theatre and Rambert. Since returning to Rambert in 2009, Dane has been commissioned to choreograph works for the Place Prize, the Rambert Season of New Choreography, at the Linbury Theatre in Covent Garden 2010 and later commissioned by Fruit for the Apocalypse, to create three site-specific works at the former Commonwealth Institute for the INTRANSIT festival in 2011. He choreographed the MAMA’s award winning piece ‘Anima Mundi’ in collaboration with video artist Kira Zhi for the Kinetika Art Fair in London and was commissioned to create for the 16th International Solo Dance Theatre Competition in Stuttgart, Germany, in 2012. He choreographed for Rambert’s Season of New Choreography at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in 2012 and for the Barbican as part of their Beyond Barbican season, Dalston House, in 2013. Dane was voted joint 3rd in Dance Europe Magazine’s Top 100 dancers 2011/12 season, nominated for Outstanding Performance, Modern, by Critic’s Circle National Dance Awards 2013 and received the Best Male Dancer of the Year award in January 2014. He has recently completed a Master’s degree in Choreography with Central School of Ballet and the University of Kent.


Jacqueline Bulnes

Jacqueline Bulnes, born in Miami Florida, began her training with Edmundo Ronquillo of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba. She later continued her studies at New World School of the Arts, where she received a BFA with honors. Ms. Bulnes has received scholarships to American Ballet Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Martha Graham School. Jacqueline has danced as a Soloist with Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Martha Graham Dance Company of NY (8 yrs). She choreographed the “I’m not Through” music video challenge for the popular American band “OK GO” promoted by Saatchi and Saatchi and later choreographed Brutal Love for the “Green Day” Music Video challenge, recognized as top five Finalists within the Contest. Currently, Jacqueline is directing the Dance theatre company “TwisTinkers”, where she has directed “Moon Motel” for Torino Fringe Festival, Italy, “Labyrinth Tales” for Quirinetta Theatre, Italy, “I Pazzi” for the ‘Mistero della Mente’ Festival, Italy, “Don’t walk Walk” for Cupar Arts Festival in Scotland and”In Between Uncertainty, again for Cupar Arts Festival in Scotland. Jacqueline has choreographed the theatrical productions “Finis Terrae” and “Passio Hominis”, directed by Antonio Calenda in Rome, Italy. She was recently the lead Actress in the Film “Proserpina”, directed by Federico Tocchella. Jacqueline is currently dancing with Chantry Dance Company in the UK, among other collaborations.


Michael Naylor

Michael started choreographing as soon as he started dancing. He trained at London studio centre and since then has been performing and choreographing internationally, including creating large scale shows in Dubai and various theatres around the London. He specialises in a blend of street dance foundations with contemporary techniques and loves to challenge peoples minds through movement.


Nina von der Werth

Nina is a freelance choreographer based in London. She has created work for festivals and theatres around the country and her practise is currently concerned with new audience engagement and the creation of visually-stimulated political dance theatre.


Composers 2016

Adam Lori

Adam Lori (AKA F-l-u-x) has written music commissioned by the BBC, Channel 4, Richard Branson, ABC, NBC and Virgin, to name but a few. He is also a founding member of Spoke Music, a London-based collective of composers and sound engineers. Adam’s technologically driven, studio-based practice, his extensive work with commissions for film, television and theatre, and his classical training at the Royal College of music have led him to seek out new forms of composition which aim to re-appropriate genre-specific techniques and languages and to use them outside of their usual context. Adam is currently working on a new musical language called “interruptions” which he is hoping to explore further during the residency.


Anna Appleby

Anna Appleby (1993-) is a Manchester-based composer. She is originally from Newcastle Upon Tyne, and in the past played oboe in the Sage Gateshead’s Young Sinfonia. Piano is her first instrument, and she has had numerous engagements as an amateur accompanist.  Anna studied composition with David Horne, Adam Gorb, and Paul Patterson at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, between 2014 and 2016. Before that she studied with Martyn Harry at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, where she did her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music.  Anna was a finalist in the Royal Northern Sinfonia’s ‘Mozarts of Tomorrow’ competition, receiving second prize. The RNS premiered her piece ‘Federalizing Zoo’ at the Sage Gateshead on the 22nd January 2016.  Recent commissions have included writing a string quartet for the 2016 RNCM Chamber Music Festival, a solo cello piece for the Manchester Art Gallery (October 2015), a show piece for A4 Brass Quartet for the final of the RNCM Gold Medal competition (June 2015) and a short cabaret-inspired piece for the RNCM Day of Song (April 2015). Anna’s piano miniature ‘In the Beginning was the Word’ was commissioned and premiered by Grace Francis on BBC Radio 3 for the International Women’s Day celebrations on March 8th, 2015, and was released on the album ‘SACRED’ by Launch Music International in the same month.  Anna has written for workshops with The Manchester Camerata, The Royal Northern Sinfonia, and The BBC Singers. Anna’s string quartet ‘Eschaton: Requiem for Gaia’ was performed in The Holywell Music Room, Oxford, by The Cavaleri Quartet in March 2014. In 2015, Anna won The Rosamond Prize at RNCM for her collaboration with MMU poet Merrie Williams and mezzo-soprano Joanna Harries.  Having focused on chamber and orchestral music for the past few years, Anna is now turning her attention to writing opera and large-scale vocal music. She has completed a song cycle for bass-baritone Edwin Kaye and guitarist Jamie MacRae, an orchestral piece written in collaboration with mezzo-soprano Michaela Parry, and an opera scene for tenor Matthew Palfreyman. Her next project will likely be a chamber opera.  Anna has experience working with the performing arts in a community setting. She is a member of Peshkar’s pool of participatory artists, she has worked with Artis Education during her Postgraduate studies, she was Music Assistant with the Iona Community in Summer 2013, and currently she is looking for further ways to inspire others through music and theatre.


José Guillermo Puello

José Guillermo Puello is a composer from the Dominican Republic based in Manchester, England. His music has a distinctive character that comes from his diverse educational background. Studying in a French Lycée in a Spanish-speaking country, José Guillermo was always in-between two cultures, which gave him a unique perspective and influenced him as a person and as a composer. In 2012, he was awarded the ‘Premio Personalidad Cultural 2011’ by the Ministry of Culture of the Dominican Republic. José Guillermo started playing the flute from the age of nine and became the first flute of the National Youth Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic aged 15. He went on to do a Bachelors of Music at the University of Birmingham in 2006 where he specialised in composition and French orchestral music. He continued his studies at the University of Manchester where he completed a Masters and a Ph.D. in Composition under the supervision of Dr Camden Reeves in 2010 and 2015, respectively. José Guillermo has an idiosyncratic musical language that combines Latin American culture, European concert music and theatricality, and creates a unique experience for the audience. In his later works, José Guillermo has used Dominican folk music, European composition techniques, movement on stage, stage layouts and lights to create a multi-sensory experience that challenges the traditions of concert music. José Guillermo has been performed in the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States, Canada and the Dominican Republic by professional and amateur ensembles, including Psappha, Manchester Chamber Choir, Toy Piano Composers, the University of Manchester Chamber Orchestra and Trio Atem. Manchester Camerata performed Cojuelo Spirit at the Bridgewater Hall in May 2010. The same piece was also performed by the Constella Orchestra during the World Event Young Artists in 2012 at the Djanogly Recital Hall. His music has also been programmed in various festivals including the New Wind Festival, FutureEverything and the Atlantic Music Festival. José Guillermo received commissions from the North West New Music Festival, The Fourth Wall Ensemble, soundSCAPE Exchange and the Royal Northern College of Music Saxophone Ensemble. As part of his residency with the National Youth Orchestra of the Dominican Republic, he was commissioned to write an orchestral piece which was premiered in August 2014. José Guillermo has also collaborated with theatre-makers, dancers and choreographers resulting in pieces for Turn Festival 2015 and for Re:Con Festival 2015.


Ryan Latimer

Ryan Latimer (b.1990) is a composer currently based in London. His music has been performed throughout the UK and Europe by leading ensembles such as the London Symphony Orchestra, CBSO, London Sinfonietta, Britten Sinfonia, BCMG, Orkest de Ereprijs (Netherlands), WarszawskaOpera Kameralna (Poland) and the Workers Union Ensemble, with whom he was Composer-in-Association during 2014. Ryan was recently in residence with the BBC Symphony Orchestra as part of the Sound and Music Embedded scheme and his new work for the orchestra was performed in March 2016 and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. His recent composition, Moby Dick, written for the London Sinfonietta in 2014, features on NMC Recordings’ Next Wave album, showcasing the diverse new work of twelve young composers. The same year saw the premiere of his first opera, Three Tall Tales of Doctor Monsieur Façade , commissioned by the Warsaw Chamber Opera in Poland. In 2013, he was one of six composers to participate in the LSO Panufnik Scheme, resulting in the performance of his orchestral work, Rhapsody. In the same year, he was one of six featured composers at the Austrian Cultural Forum’s Soundings Festival and his piece, Divertimento, commissioned by Britten Sinfonia, was premiered at Wigmore Hall and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. In 2011, he was awarded 1st prize at the Young Composers Meeting (Netherlands) and was subsequently commissioned to write a larger work for the Dutch ensemble, Orkest de Ereprijs.