Winners of Matthew Bourne’s choreographer awards announced

Matthew Bourne and award winner John Ross.
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Matthew Bourne has revealed the winners of his 2014 New Adventures choreographer awards.

Around 100 people applied for the prizes, with John Ross, Sally Marie and Caroline Finn announced as the winners.

The winners were selected by Bourne and a panel of judges including designer Lez Brotherston and Emma Rice, artistic director of Kneehigh Theatre Company.

Ross – who trained as a dancer at the Scottish School for Contemporary Dance – was presented the showcase award, and will receive 12 months of mentoring and support by Bourne’s company New Adventures. He will present a showcase of his work next year.

Finn, who studied dance at Arts Educational Schools and at the Julliard School in New York, has received the commissioning award. She will now create a new work for Leeds-based company Phoenix Dance Theatre.

Marie, who runs the dance company Sweet Shop Revolution, has been presented the special award. She will be provided with resources to appoint a freelance producer to work with her company over a 12-month period.

Bourne said: “When these awards were created three years ago, I was adamant that we used the word choreographer rather than choreography, as it was the artists, rather than the work, I wanted to support.”

He added: “John, Sally and Caroline unanimously impressed the panel of judges, and we are thrilled and proud to have been able to support all of them in the next steps of their choreographic careers.”