On Tuesday 21 May, some of Nottingham’s most accomplished creative young people gathered at Nottingham Playhouse to celebrate their talents and share their creations. Nottingham Young Creative Awards (YCA) sets out to highlight the brilliant artistic work produced by young people across the city aged between 13-24 years old.
Awards are given across a broad mix of art disciplines such as; Animation and Digital media, Creative Writing, Dance, Design and Architecture, Fashion and Textiles, Film, Graphic Design, Music, Photography, Visual Arts and Theatre.
The Dance category saw awards given to three young people who displayed strong examples of choreography, performance and leadership skills.
Isobel Benson was presented with the 13-15 Dance category award for her original choreography, Loneliness. Isobel’s piece demonstrated well-constructed strong movement content, good use of space and interesting lighting choices.
Charlotte Hoyle was presented with the 16-19 Dance category award for her unique choreography, All Or Nothing which explores the themes of gambling and the thrill of winning and the lows of losing. Charlotte’s work displayed some inventive movement vocabulary and included an interesting sound score and was performed at the awards ceremony.
Both Isobel and Charlotte created their work through the award-winning choreographic programme, Xzibit Young Creatives which involves an intensive programme with mentoring from internationally-renowned choreographers, produced by Gareth Woodward. They are also both members of Dance4’s Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) scheme and Next Door Youth Dance Company who will be representing the East Midlands region at U.Dance 2019 national youth dance festival in July at South Bank Centre, led by One Dance UK.
Lucy Willett, 19-24 Dance category winner, is a member of the Oak Field Dance Group who recently performed a piece of work called No Stone Left Unturned at Lakeside Arts as part of Episodes, the county U.Dance event for Nottinghamshire. It was this performance that Lucy submitted for judging and was given the YCA award for showing great confidence, ownership and performance skills on stage.
The Xzibit Young Creatives also performed Unbounded at the live event and were credited with Highly Commended for their dance talents along with Tassia Sissins and Hal Mayer.
Dance4 and Nottingham City Care Partnership (NCCP) sponsor the Dance category of the YCA’s and were highly impressed by the talent displayed throughout the selections and at the awards evening. Both Dance4 and NCCP would like to offer huge congratulations to all winners, finalists and performers.
Photos were taken by Ralph Barklam and Matthew Cawrey