Street Stories: Dance Collaborations

2013 - 2014

Photo: Brian Slater

Street Stories is a partnership project between the Royal Opera House and East London Dance. Over the last eight years Street Stories has brought together professional artists and young people from east London, with the aim of creating high-quality new work. Integrating the expertise of both organisations, Street Stories uses dance, drama, classical opera, music, singing, design and film to create new and exciting collaborations.

In 2013, 16 emerging artists embarked on a creative journey to develop their skills and explore collaborative partnerships for creating new work. The emerging artists worked with some incredibly talented guest artists, experiencing an action-packed programme of professional development, workshops and talks. They were also supported by a team of artistic advisors working in a variety of fields. The emerging artists were put into collaborative teams, allocated dancers and tasked with creating new work based on the Brothers Grimms’ fairytale Hansel and Gretel. The project culminated in a sharing of work in the Linbury Studio Theatre at Royal Opera House in July 2013. 

Following this sharing, three of the 16 emerging artists were selected to be the artistic team for our Street Stories: Dance Collaboration 2014. The selected artists were choreographer Hannah Anderson-Ricketts, composer Alex Groves and designer Kelli Des Jarlais. They worked intensively together over 4 months, leading a company of young performers aged 14–22 from across east London, and creating new work based on the legend of Faust.

Mentored by Artistic Director, Kerry Nicholls, the three artists and their company of performers worked with a variety of guest artists who inspired and challenged them, and gave them new ideas about topics including choreography, use of language, dramaturgy, design and lighting design.

Guest Artists 2014:

Alesandra Seutin (Artistic Director, Vocab Dance), Christopher Benstead (musician and Academy Award-winning sound engineer), Maxwell Golden (writer, performer and theatre maker), Thomas Guthrie (director, actor and musician), Yemisi Blake (writer and performance poet)

Guest Artists and Artistic Advisors 2013:

Alasdair Middleton (British playwright and opera librettist) Alex Whitley (Royal Ballet Choreographic Affiliate), Danilo ‘DJ’ Walde (Composer at Zoonation Dance Company), Ella Spira (Composer and co-founder of Sisters Grimm Ltd), Hetain Patel (Visual artist and performance maker), Holly Waddington (Costume Designer), Ilaria Martello (Designer), Jonathan Watkins (Choreographer), Kate Prince (Artistic Director of ZooNation), Lee Curran (Lighting designer), Liam Scarlett (Artist in Residence, The Royal Ballet), Lloyd Newson (Director of DV8 Physical Theatre), Lucy Carter (Lighting designer), Maxwell Golden (writer, performer and theatre maker), Michael Scott (Lighting designer), Nico Muhly (Composer), Robin McNicholas (Director of Marshmallow Laser Feast, Director of Flat-e Ltd), Wayne McGregor (Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet and Artistic Director of Wayne McGregor | Random Dance), Will Tuckett (Choreographer)

Street Stories: Dance Collaborations 2013

Emerging Artists:

Alex Groves (Composer), Botis Seva (Choreographer), David Evans (Choreographer), Caldy Walton (Choreographer), Ella-Marie Fowler (Designer), Greg Russell (Lighting designer), Hannah Anderson-Rickets (Choreographer), Joanna Goodman (Designer), Kate Cox (Choreographer), Kelli Des Jarlais (Designer), Kloe Dean (Choreographer), Lauri Achte (Composer), Liliana Grzybowska (Filmmaker), Maria Klochkova (Lighting designer), Michael Shearer (Composer), Na’ama Zisser (Composer)

Photo: Brian Slater

Photo: Brian Slater

Photo: Brian Slater

Photo: Brian Slater

Photo: Brian Slater

Photo: Brian Slater


DateApril 2013 – May 2014

Location Royal Opera House and Stratford Circus

PartnersRoyal Opera House Education

Artistic Director:
Kerry Nicholls

Hannah Anderson-Ricketts

Alex Groves

Kelli Des Jarlais


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