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De Valois Award for Outstanding Achievement
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Richard Sherrington Award for Best Female Dancer
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Best Male Dancer
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Best Choreography (Classical)
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Best Choreography (Modern)
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Best Choreography (Musical Theatre)
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Best Foreign Dance Company
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Outstanding Female Artist (Classical)
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Outstanding Male Artist (Classical)
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Outstanding Female Artist (Modern)
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Outstanding Male Artist (Modern)
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Company Prize for Outstanding Repertoire (Classical)
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Company Prize for Outstanding Repertoire (Modern)
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The 2004 winner is Matthew Bourne and the Company
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The nominations:
Matthew Bourne (Play Without Words), Adam Cooper (Singin' in the Rain) , William Tuckett (The Soldier's Tale)
More information about each choreographer is given below:
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Matthew Bourne and the Company
(Play Without Words)

Dancer, choreographer and director Matthew Bourne is internationally known for his reworking of ballet classics, such as The Nutcracker, La Sylphide (with the title Highland Fling) and Swan Lake. Bourne has also contributed successfully to many West End productions, such as Oliver and My Fair Lady. His Play Without Words, first performed at the National Theatre has won the unanimous acclaim of both drama and dance critics. The work, inspired by the 1967 film The Servant stands out for being an elegant satire, in which the narrative develops through different movement solutions encompassing practices as different as mime, modern dance and stage dancing.

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Adam Cooper
(Singin' in the Rain)

Former Royal Ballet Principal Dancer Adam Cooper first revealed his choreographic talent for musical theatre when he choreographed – and starred in - a revival of Rodgers’ and Harts’s On Your Toes in 2002. The success of the show, which transferred successfully from Leicester to London, led to other ventures in the musical theatre arena. In September 2002 Cooper choreographed Garbo, the Musical in Stockholm and in the summer 2004 he choreographed and appeared as Don Lockwood in a much praised staging of Singin’ in the Rain at Sadler’s Wells Theatre. His choreography stands out for inventiveness, immediacy, clarity and irresistibly engaging theatricality.
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William Tuckett
(The Soldier's Tale)

Dancer, choreographer and film/television director William Tuckett is one of the Royal Ballet’s Principal Character Artists. His work as choreographer encompasses creations for the Royal Ballet, Rambert Dance Company, American Ballet Studio Theatre as well as successful commissions for both the Clore Studio Upstairs and, notably, the Linbury Studio Theatre. Following the success of The Wind in the Willows, created for the last named venue, Tuckett approached Igor Strawinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat creating a successful work that relies on a perfect amalgam of musical theatre, modern dance, sparkling acting and pure theatre magic.
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Picture credits
Adam Cooper, winner 2003 © Adam Cooper Company,
Matthew Bourne © Hugo Glendinning,
Adam Cooper © Sarah Wildor,
William Tuckett © Royal Opera House.

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