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Shawbrook Residency - Nathan Cornwell


Sibling relationships are statistically experienced by 80% of the world's population and play a huge role in our family dynamic, personal development and upbringing. While sibling relationships are traditionally established through sharing one or both parents, my interest lies in comparing sibling relationships to the relationships that are created through the nurture of friendship. We cannot choose our family but we can choose our friends and are these relationships stronger than biological brotherhood?

Taking inspiration from my personal connection to the themes of Brotherhood and Kinship, I plan on evolving my chosen theme during this residency through the use of task work and improvisation to create a contemporary rooted dance piece for the stage. The stimuli for these tasks will be taken from excerpts of Marie Howe's book “What the Living Do”, to set the foundations for thematic structure.

Nathan Cornwell Nathan Cornwell is an independent dance artist and choreographer from England. He has worked with leading companies such as Micheal Clark, BallettVorpommern, and Rambert Dance Company. His professional career credits include choreographers such as Itzik Galili, Katarzyna Gdaniec & Marco Cantalupo, Bryan Arias, Peter Svenzon, Jochen Heckmann, Brigel Gjoka, Maura Morales and Sabra Johnson. Nathan’s passion for his choreographic practice has lead him to create dance films and live performance pieces. His first short dance film The Encounter was created in 2017 and premiered at the "24 Stunden Tanz - ein Tanzfest" festival [Stralsund]. Since then he has created two more short dance films. Limbo which premiered at the" Ork_Kota Platform 2018" festival [Hungry] and his most recent film STILL, which was a co-production with De-Da Productions. Nathan first stage work Psalm 118:6 was premiered at Theater Vorpommern in 2018 as part of the Ballet Trust benefit gala. His most recent work Verflochten premiered in 2018 at the "24 Stunden Tanz - ein Tanzfest" festival [Germany]. In addition to this Nathan recently debuted a short extract from his new stage piece, front face back face which will premiere in June 2019 in Germany.

Nathan Cornwell

Nathan Cornwell

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