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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 Male or Female Artist (Classical)
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Outstanding Male or Female 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 2005 winner is Russell Maliphant
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The nominations for 2005 were:
Akram Khan and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Russell Maliphant and Maresa von Stockert

More information about each choreographer is given below:
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Akram Khan and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Zero Degrees was the first collaboration between Akram Khan and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Khan is London-based and Sidi Larbi is well known to British audiences through his association with Alain Platelís Les Ballets C de la B. Their epic duet was made in collaboration with the sculptor Antony Gormley and composer Nitin Sawhney and co-produced by Alistair Spalding, artistic director of Sadlerís Wells Theatre. Rarely have two choreographers at their height of their powers collaborated in this manner.

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Russell Maliphant
Russell Maliphant's unique style as a choreographer is the product of his breadth of experience as a dancer. Having trained at the Royal Ballet School and danced with Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet (1982-88), Maliphant possesses a sound classical foundation that underpins the yoga and capoeira influences of his contemporary work. But exploring contact improvisation with Laurie Booth took his language far beyond ballet's conventional boundaries. His Broken Fall, created for Sylvie Guillem, William Trevitt and Michael Nunn, earned him tremendous acclaim and an evening of his work, including Broken Fall, seen at Sadler's Wells in April 2005, cemented his reputation as one of Britain's most talented dance-makers.
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Maresa von Stockert
German-born Maresa Von Stockert holds an MA of Fine Arts in Dance and Choreography from Sarah Lawrence College in New York and a Professional Diploma in Dance from the Laban Centre in London. Her works, including the much acclaimed, humorous five-minute long La Sardina for The Wapping Project, Nightmares in Butter Cream for the Place and Like Nobodyís Business for the Clore Studio at the Royal Opera House, have received unanimously positive response from audiences and critics alike. Uncanny humour is indeed one of the distinctive features of Von Stockert, director of Tilted Productions, as proved by the much praised Grim(m) Desires presented at the Wapping Project within the 2004/05 dance season.
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Picture credits
Javier de Frutos © Chris Nash,
Akram Khan and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui © Tristam Kenton,
Russell Maliphant © Hugo Glendinning,
Maresa von Stockert © Hans-Peter Weigel.

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