Andrew McNicol launches of new UK ballet company

Published: 31 January 2020
Reporter: Vera Liber

Nancy Osbaldeston Credit: Shed Mojahid

From Life marks the launch of McNicol Ballet Collective, a new ballet company founded by choreographer Andrew McNicol, featuring four new pieces for the stage and a showing of his short film Of Silence at the newly renovated Bloomsbury Theatre, London on Sunday 5 April performed by dancers from international companies including The Royal Ballet, Ballet Flanders and Semperoper Ballet Dresden.

The evening’s programme comprises the title work From Life performed to music by Bach, In Ecstacy featuring a new score performed live by composers Nicolas Thayer and Setareh Nasfi, Of Silence with music from Peteris Vasks and design by Emma Bailey and Bates Beats performed to music by Mason Bates. Of Silence, featuring music by Nicolas Thayer and designs by Emma Bailey, will be shown alongside a 4-minute backstage documentary on the company.

Dancers include Laura Morera (Principal, Royal Ballet), Nancy Osbaldeston and Gabor Kapin (Principals, Royal Ballet of Flanders), Laurie McSherry Gray (Soloist, Royal Ballet of Flanders), William Bracewell (First Soloist, Royal Ballet), Giulia Frosi (Corps de Ballet, Semperoper Ballet Dresden) and Gareth Haw (Semperoper Ballet Dresden).

27-year-old freelance choreographer Andrew McNicol, has been commissioned by leading ballet companies including The Royal Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, BalletX The New York Choreographic Institute and The London Olympics.

He said,, “with McNicol Ballet Collective, I wanted to create a new type of company that offers world-class dancers a flexible performance platform that’s able to fit in around the repertoire and commitments of their individual home companies. The Collective is an innovative collective of dancers and collaborators who are tremendously excited for what’s ahead. I couldn’t be more excited to present From Life as a taste of what’s to come from this brand new neoclassical ballet company.”