National Choreographers Initiative

National Choreographers Initiative
 The National Choreographers Initiative’s
mission is to support and nurture the process of developing new choreography. To create a collaborative laboratory to explore and develop new works. To educate and enrich the community through access to the creative process. To support and strengthen the dance community; dancers, choreographers, artistic directors, boards of directors, and audience; by investing in the future of dance. The NCI project provides 4 established and emerging choreographers with an opportunity to create new works in a nurturing environment. Along with 16 professional dancers they collaborate over a 3 week period to develop new pieces. At the end of the workshop there is a showing at the Irvine Barclay Theatre that allows the audience to view these new pieces and engage in a discussion with the choreographers.

Over the past 11 years the project has worked with 44 choreographers and 25 of their pieces have gone on to be performed or premiered by other companies throughout the United States. There have also been 89 dancers who have participated representing 35 different professional companies.

NCI is presented by Irvine Barclay Theatre and in association with the University of California Irvine Claire Trevor School of the Arts – Dance Department.

Further Reading:

Brant, Amy. “NCI: A Win-Win Situation.” Dance Magazine. July 3, 2014.

Lenihan, Jean. “O.C. Project gives choreographers freedom, good dancers.” The Orange County Register. July 18, 2014.


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Founded: 2003
Artistic Director: Molly Lynch
Advisory Board: Anne B. Nutt – Chair, Bobbi Cox, Sophie Cripe, Diane Diefenderfer, Joanne Keith, Molly Lynch, Lois Osborne, Barbara Roberts, Sally Anne Sheridan, Jenny Szabo



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