Ballet Program Guest Gala Choreographer • June 11-17
2012 School Programs
Michael Corder is one of Britain's most successful and renowned internationalchoreographers. Born in London he trained at the Royal Ballet School and danced with the Royal Ballet, The Royal Danish Ballet, and the Australian Ballet. The creator of over 50 original works, his most successful productions have been Rhyme Nor Reason (1978 The Royal Ballet); L'Invitation au Voyage (1982 The Royal Ballet); The Wand of Youth (1985 Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet), both of which were nominated for Laurence Olivier awards; Ancient Airs and Dances (1986 Northern Ballet Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (1992 Norwegian National Ballet); Danses Concertantes (1993 Hong Kong Ballet and Boston Ballet in 2000); Cinderella (1996 English National Ballet), which won the 1997 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production and the 1996 Evening Standard Award for Outstanding Production; Masquerade (1999 The Royal Ballet); Dance Variations (2000 The Royal Ballet); and Melody on the Move (2003 English National Ballet) which received the Critics' Circle National Dance Award in 2003 for Best Choreography. In June 2006 Corder created Water for a new production of Homage to the Queen at Covent Garden especially commissioned by The Royal Ballet for their 75th Anniversary program and presented to Her Majesty The Queen in honor of her 80th Birthday Celebrations. The Snow Queen, Corder's latest full length ballet for English National Ballet, received its world premiere in 2007. In 2008 Corder created new productions of Stravinsky's Orpheus for The Royal Ballet of Flanders, Stravinsky's Le Baiser de la Fee for The Birmingham Royal Ballet, and staged a major revival of his L'Invitation au Voyage for The Royal Ballet at Covent Garden. In 2009 Corder was appointed Director of Dance at English National Ballet School. In 2011 he returned to Oslo to restage his production of Romeo and Juliet for the Norwegian National Ballet in their new Opera House.