Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Choreographer Award Showcase 2016 presents works by award winner Jamaal Burkmar.
Previous New Adventures Choreographer Award winners have gone onto successful choreographic careers, which makes Jamaal one to watch!
Jamaal will present three World Premieres at Central Saint Martins London. The triple bill includes Jamaal Burkmar Dance’s ’16 Bars’, featuring a stellar cast of six professional female dancers, ‘Storm’ by Shoreditch Youth Dance, ‘The Calm’ by the newly formed Batch Company.
The New Adventures Choreographer Award has established itself as one of the sector’s most hotly sought after platforms for new choreographic talent. The award was originally established by colleagues and friends in celebration of Matthew Bourne’s 50th birthday in 2010.
The biennial £40,000 award is run by the charitable arm of New Adventures, Re:Bourne, who provide support on budgeting, publicity, contracting, fundraising and tour booking. We asked Jamaal about this exciting opportunity:
What does the New Adventures Choreographer Award mean to you?
It’s an opportunity to create work with freedom and support. It’s a chance to invest my energy purely into my ideas and my vision. And it’s a moment to work with people from across different industries with the hope that I’ll be able to continue those relationships.
How do you describe your choreography?
I try my hardest to make each piece different to the last and I want to continue to be as versatile a dance maker as possible. But at the heart of all my work is music. It inspires the structure and the intention of all of my work.
What can audiences expect from your upcoming triple bill?
3 completely different works. My goal is to showcase the type of works I have made in the past as well as the type of work I wish to make in the future.
Who are your inspirations in the dance world?
I’m fortunate to have had lots of mentors whom I look to for guidance often, from Gail Parmel at ‘ACE dance’ , the team at New Adventures as well as teachers from NSCD.
And while I’ve constantly been inspired by works that I see in the theatre, I’m most inspired by the peers whose work I’ve gotten to see up close, particularly Barnaby Booth & James Finnemore.