Central School Of Ballet


Central MA Choreographer Working Internationally

Calendar Posted 28 October 2019

Since joining Central’s MA Choreography degree programme in January 2019, Anjali Mehra has choreographed a number of new works. In September her work God Only Knows was performed at the Tate Modern. Inspired by the last performance of renowned ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky, the work aimed to engage visitors to reflect on mental health and artistic practice, the movement between public and private life, and the temporary nature of performance. You can find out more about this unique performance here.

Recently, Anjali has also been an Associate Choreographer on Leonardo Da Vinci: Masterpieces of Motion at Windsor Castle, which marks the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance master’s death. Working alongside choreographer Edwin Ray and fellow Associate Choreographer Tom Jackson Greaves, the team have created a contemporary dance piece inspired by Leonardo’s extraordinary anatomical insights and depictions of movement. Speaking about the process Anjali says “We started working on the concept in May, developing Edwin’s scene ideas. Creating choreography for each section, we made the piece on a cast of 5 dancers over 2 weeks. This involved rehearsals in studios as well as at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.” The performances are taking place this week, 25 October -3 November. Find out more here.

Anjali is currently working on a new work entitled Judgement Day, a Park Avenue Armory Production in New York, and in 2020 will choreograph The Gondoliers for Scottish Opera.

Speaking about the MA’s impact on her work, Anjali says “The MA Choreography degree has facilitated the opportunity for me to continuously work on and think about dance and choreography. I have already created five dance pieces since beginning the MA, which is enhancing my practice and informing my professional work. The tutorials covering topics including research, writing, self-representation and communication skills have helped me to develop confidence and creative knowledge to succeed in this profession.”

Louise Ainley, Central's Director of Higher Education Programmes, who leads on the MA programme at Central says “The MA continues to exceed expectations in its aim to enhance the career development of emerging and professional choreographers.”

Applications are currently open for Central’s MA Choreography Degree programme for entry in January 2020. Aimed at emerging and professional choreographers the degree focuses on creative reflection and research. Applications are open until 11 November. Find out more here.

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