With the majority of ballet choreographers being male, The Breaking Glass Project in New York is an important platform for female choreographers to show their work. This year English National Ballet Artist Stina Quagebeur applied for The Breaking Glass Project and out of 120 pieces submitted, her work Vera from Choreographics 2014 featuring Nancy Osbaldeston and Guillherme Menezes was selected along with only four others.
Stina Quagebeur will receive a full year of artistic mentorship and career guidance and her work Vera will be shown in New York on 9 August. This is an important event as the winner on the night will be given the opportunity to create a full evening’s work for the 2015 Breaking Glass Project.
“Choreography for me is about having something to say – Make the audience think – Get in touch with them – Take them on a journey whether that be abstract or narrative – A beginning – An end – Make them laugh, cry, feel – Surprise them – Help them understand the music – Give them highs and lows – Let them breathe – Keep them entertained – Give them the space to absorb – Think about what you’re saying – And mostly how you’re saying it – Does it come across? – Never stop until you are happy – Make it complete.” – Quote from Stina’s website.
Stina was born in Belgium, and came to London at the age of 11 to study at the Royal Ballet School where she won several prizes with her pieces at the annual Choreographic Competition. She joined the English National Ballet after training at the English National Ballet School. Stina directed and produced her first show when she was just 17 and took every opportunity to create new works for another two productions. She choreographs annually for the English National Ballet’s Choreographic Workshop and in 2012 created a work for English National Ballet School. Stina is a full time Artist with English National Ballet.
Visit Stina’s website for more information: www.stinachoreographer.com
Image: English National Ballet