NEW GROUND 2019 Choreographers - Northern School of Contemporary Dance


Thursday 21st November 2019, 4:57pm NEW GROUND 2019 Choreographers


We're excited to share the three guest artists creating brand new work with our BA (Hons) students for NEW GROUND 2019.

International choreographers Barnaby Booth (UK), Anton Lachky (Slovakia) and Yukiko Masui (Japan) have been in the studio with NSCD's second-year dancers over the past few weeks. Each collaboration brings a unique angle to the programme, from raw power to intricate technicality.

See NEW GROUND at Riley Theatre from Tuesday 3 - Friday 6 December. Click here to book.

Barnaby Booth

Barnaby Booth is an award-winning choreographer and lighting designer working in the UK and internationally. He is a graduate of NSCD and the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD).

His solo We Do This. We Don’t Talk won a number of prizes at the Stuttgart International Solo Festival and the Gdanski Festival Tanca in Poland, while other independent and commissioned works Loyal Prophets to an Indifferent God and How to Read a Dark Screen continue to be performed across Europe, Mexico and the USA to critical acclaim.

He is an associate artist of TRAK Dance Ensemble (Austria), and has recently made new work with professional companies Los Little Guys (US/Mexico), Bodhi Project (Austria) and Dantzaz Dance Company (Spain). In 2019 he received commissions from Hector Palacios (Mexico) and Erica Badgeley (US) as well as working with English National Opera.

Barnaby has worked as choreographic assistant to Mala Kline and Eléonore Valère Lachky as well as movement director for Headlock Theatre Company. He has taught at festivals and on BA/MA programmes across the UK and Mexico and has worked as a curator for Omnibus Theatre in London.

Barnaby’s lighting design credits include work for DeNada Dance Theatre, Northern Ballet, Mavin Khoo, Sita Ostheimer, Abbott Dance Company, Bodhi Project and more. Book tickets

Anton Lachky

Following training at M.A.P.A. (the Netherlands) and P.A.R.T.S. (Belgium), Anton Lachky joined Akram Khan Company for the 2-year, 48-country world tour of MA. He then co-founded Les SlovaKs Dance Collective, producing three internationally touring works before founding his own company in 2012.

Anton’s first autonomous creation Mind a Gap (2013) toured globally to critical and public acclaim. He won Best Choreographer at the Griman Awards (Iceland) for A Perfect Day to Dream and was awarded the Culture Minister Alda Gréoli Prize (Belgium) for CartoonCartoon and Side Effects continue to tour internationally. The company’s fourth production Ludum premiered at La Balsamine in Belgium.

Reviewing Dreamers, The Scotsman wrote “Lachky’s choreography is like a pencil flying across the page, producing quick-witted movements that captivate.”

Anton has been commissioned by over 15 institutions in the past decade, creating works including Softandhard for Helsinki City Theatre, Heaven is the place for DOT504 (Czech Republic), Kids in a Play for Liberdance (Croatia), and Wonderland for Göteborgs­­Operans Dans­kompani (Sweden).

Anton created a system called Puzzle Work, and he has been invited to most countries in the world over the last 10 years to participate in wide-ranging teaching activities.

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Yukiko Masui

Yukiko Masui is a Tokyo-born dancer, choreographer and rehearsal director whose works have been performed across Europe and Japan.

She studied at Trinity Laban and joined Transitions Dance Company as part of her MA degree, where she worked with choreographers Lucy Guerin (Australia), Martin Nachbar (Germany) and Melanie Teal (UK).

Her choreographic debut Unbox premiered at The Place, The Guardian’s Sanjoy Roy describing it as “a performance that makes you sit up and pay unwavering attention”. It Takes Two Too toured festivals across the UK, and she has choreographed work for various venues including A Little Night Music for Storyhouse and Guy: A New Musical for Bunker Theatre. She was commissioned by NSCD, DanceXchange and The Place to create Falling Family, which premiered as part of a double bill at Riley Theatre in March.

Yukiko has danced for Art of Spectra (Sweden), Norrdans (Sweden), Vuyani Dance Theatre (South Africa) and Company Decalage (France), as well as the likes of James Cousins, Rosie Kay, Cathy Waller, Jose Agudo, Tamsin Fitzgerald and Christopher Marney.

Her commercial credits include So You Think You Can Dance, Brummoves (BBC West Midlands), Coldplay’s Charlie Brown video and more; rehearsal directing credits include Jose Agudo’s A Thousand Shepherds and Impact Dance Company’s Live Vibe events.

Yukiko received the 2017 DanceXchange Choreography Award and the Choreodrome residency at The Place in 2018. Book tickets