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DIDY VELDMAN
CHOREOGRAPHER/TEACHER CONTEMPORARY DANCE

 

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 DIDY VELDMAN

Dutch choreographer Didy Veldman, born in ’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 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.

Didy left Rambert in 2000 to concentrate on her choreographic career. She has created a big variety of works, full evening story telling works with symphony orchestra and smaller creations as part of a triple bill. She has worked for companies all over the world like; Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Ballet Gulbenkian from Portugal, Cedarlake N-Y, Rambert Dance Company UK, Cullberg Ballet from Sweden, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Ballet Bern, Komische Oper Berlin, Introdans NL, Iceland Dance Company amongst others.

Didy also teaches contemporary classes and was invited to teach at the Prix de Lausanne 2010 and 2011. The Prix has uses her choreography for the 2012 and 2013 competition. She has taught classes at the National Ballet School in Amsterdam, The Royal Ballet School in London, Codarts in Rotterdam, Conservatorium in Den Haag, McDonald College in Sydney Australia and Rambert School London 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.

In 2012 Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal commissioned a new full evening work inspired by ‘ The Little Prince’, which was premiered to great critical acclaim in the spring of 2012 and will be re-mounted in 2015. ‘Les Noces’ a work she created for Ballet Genéva in Feb. ’13 will be re-mounted by Balé da Cidade de São Paulo, Brazil in 2015. Rambert Dance Company, Cedarlake from New York and Ballet Lucerne have commissioned her to create new work in ‘15/’16. In March of this year she has moved back to London together with her family.


 

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