McNicol Ballet Collective presents ‘Devotion’ – three modern ballets

McNicol Ballet Collective – founded by Artistic Director and choreographer Andrew McNicol – unites artists from a range of disciplines to create adventurous new work for both stage and screen.

Following the success of McNicol Ballet Collective’s debut programme in 2021 the innovative dance company returns this summer with Devotions, a triple bill of virtuosic dance work choreographed by Andrew McNicol

Devotions features the world premiere of Moonbend set to a score by visionary pop artist Perfume Genius. Featuring costumes by British designer Louise Flanagan, this new work demonstrates McNicol Ballet Collective’s passion for the connection between movement and music.

The programme also features Of Silence, an exploration of hope and belonging inspired by the music of Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks. Plus, an extended version of the company’s 2021 creation Bates Beats an exuberant and energetic work that showcases the strength and artistry of the dancers, set to music by Mason Bates.

Dancers with McNicol Ballet Collective include Kristen McGarrity, a former dancer with Birmingham Royal Ballet and lead in Christopher Wheeldon’s An American in ParisWinnie Dias, a former dancer with Hamburg Ballet, Casey Nokomis who has danced with Viviana Durante Company and Vienna Festival Ballet, identical twins Laurie McSherry-Gray and Josh McSherry-Gray, former members of Royal Ballet Flanders and English National Ballet respectively and Shevelle Dynott, former dancer with English National Ballet.

This season, McNicol Ballet Collective has also welcomed recent graduates Rin Ishikawa and Joshua Fickling as part of its Apprentice Dancer programme, giving talented young dancers the opportunity to work as a professional dancer in a touring company. Full casting for Devotions will be announced in spring.

As well as presenting Devotions, McNicol Ballet Collective also delivers its third Unbound Dance Day in Andrew’s hometown of Hull on 21 May. Unbound sees the company lead a series of dance workshops and masterclasses for local young dancers, inspired by works in its repertoire.

Andrew’s long-term vision for the Collective is to create an enduring and distinct repertoire that will excite audiences, empower artists, and continue to push the art form forward.

Devotions tours to the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Theatre (10 June) as part of the Next Generation Festival, The Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds (17 June) and Hull New Theatre (23 & 24 June).

For more information visit: McNicol Ballet Collective