Choreographer Andrew McNicol has founded a ballet company to offer dancers a “flexible performance platform” outside their existing company commitments.
The McNicol Ballet Collective will launch next month with a performance of four world premieres, all choreographed by McNicol.
The company’s work will focus on the creation of neoclassical ballets for stage and film.
McNicol 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 about what’s ahead.”
McNicol’s recent work includes Heart’s Furies for the Royal Ballet, which was performed in 2017, and works for BalletX in Philadelphia and the New York Choreographic Institute.
McNicol Ballet Collective’s inaugural event, From Life, will take place at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre on April 5, and will feature performers including Royal Ballet principal Laura Morera and first soloist William Bracewell, and dancers from the Royal Ballet, the Royal Ballet of Flanders and Semperoper Ballett Dresden.
“I couldn’t be more excited to present From Life as a taste of what’s to come from this new neoclassical ballet company,” McNicol added.
In addition to the performances, McNicol’s film Of Silence will be shown, alongside a backstage documentary.