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SHAWBROOK are delighted to announce the recipients of the 2017 Artists-in-residence -  Philip Connaughton (Ireland), Dane Hurst (UK), Keren Rosenberg (Israel / Netherlands), Mbulelo Ndabeni (SA/UK) and Maya M. Carroll (IL /DE) and Johanna Nuutinen (Fin) Artists are awarded time and space to reflect, plan, rehearse new works with full-time access to studio space and on-site accommodation.  Read below for a list of professional choreographers who have availed of our ongoing residency programmes in the last few years.  

  • Artists are awarded studio time and accommodation. Travel expenses are not covered. 
  • Outside of our annually funded residencies, our studios are available for hire by professional dance and theatre companies. 
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Philip Connaughton

Philip is a choreographer/performer originally from Dublin. He began dancing locally and then went on to train at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London. As a choreographer, his first solo, Embody, was created during a residency at Movement Research (NYC), and since then he has been performing his work internationally. Philip was Associate Artist of Dance Ireland [2013/14] and Artist in Residence at Axis Ballymun [2012] where he created Mortuus Est Philippus for Dublin Dance Festival. In 2014, he made a large-scale ensemble piece Tardigrade that won best design in the Tiger Dublin Fringe Awards. His lecture-performance Dance Uncovered (sensational) was featured is Dublin Dance Festival 2015. Following that, he created Whack!! in collaboration with Ashley Chen of Compagnie Kashyl in Paris in April. It just completed a very successful Irish and French tour, and will be performed at MOMA NYC in September 2016 and continues to tour throughout France in 2016/17.
His latest work, Extraterrestrial Events, will be performed in Paris and Dublin in early 2017.
Philip is a proud recipient of the 16 x 16: Next Generation Bursary Award.  

Dane Hurst Choreography. Photo credit Karl Schoemaker

Dane Hurst Choreography. Photo credit Karl Schoemaker


Dane Hurst is a South African born, London based Dancer, Choreographer and Creative Director. He won the Critics Circle, Best Male Dancer of the Year Award in 2014 and received the Spotlight, Best Emerging Dancer of the Year Award in 2007. Since 2004 Dane has performed nationally and internationally with the Rambert Dance Company, National Dance Company of Wales and Phoenix Dance Theatre. He has created and performed his own work for Barbican, RichMix, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wiltons Music Hall, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Wilderness Festival, Linbury Theatre, The Place, Lilian Baylis Theatre, Peacock Theatre, Hall for Cornwall and the former Commonwealth Institute.  


Keren RosenbErg

Keren Rosenberg is an Israeli choreographer | Performer | movement researcher based in Amsterdam.  As a choreographer, Keren’s works were presented in the Reykjavik dance festival, Machol Acher festival, Tel –Aviv, Dublin Fringe festival, Museum of modern art Dublin, solo@the sea festival Den Haag, Dansataliers -One Night’s Dance project, Korzo Theatre, Vondelpark openluchttheater, Dansmakers, Melkweg, Trouw Amsterdam as well as in theaters and venues in Mexico City, Israel, The Netherlands, Ireland, Italy and China. Keren’s new work in collaboration with choreographer/ Film maker/ photographer Graham Adey has recently premiered in Dansstationen Malmo Sweden and is scheduled for an international tour in Holland, England, Mexico and Sweden

In 2011 she was invited by Ohad Naharin to study the Gaga movement language and become a certified teacher. Since then She has been invited to teach Gaga and her Choreographic practice in the highest Professional institution and dance Companies around Holland, Europe, Asia and South America.

Photo credit: Stephen Wright

Photo credit: Stephen Wright

Mbulelo Ndabeni

South African born London-based dancer, choreographer, teacher, movement director and artistic director of N’da dance. Mbulelo is also an ADAD Trailblazer fellow 2015-2016. Dance Uk mentor- ing programme 2015-2016. Recipient of Arts Council England Grants for Arts 2015, as well as Dancers Career Development grant recipient. 2014 he started his freelance career as part of the creative team, dancer/rehearsal director for 'In- ala', co-produced by Sadler's Wells and Sisters Grimm featuring the Award winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival. In 2015 - principal dancer in “Tristan und Isolde” for Longborough Festival Opera choreographed by Didy Veldman. He was awarded a place as a choreographer at Phoenix Dance Theatre's Choreographers and Compos- er's Lab. 

2015 Commissions -  The Print Room at the Coronet -  “Beholder of Beauty" - 1898 Dance Festi- val”, Horniman Museum - "vUka" - Africa Late. Mbulelo was the movement director for the Royal Shakespeare's production of Hamlet (2016) at Stratford Upon Avon. Mbulelo produced his first Solo work 'NaY' in collaboration with Yemalla drummers, composer Roberto David Rusconi and lighting designer Yaron Abulafia which premiered at The Place Theatre (2016). Mbulelo has just finished a research and development with dancer/choreographer Fukiko Takase and composer Roberto David Rusconi, supported by Rambert - new collaboration 'kirke'.

Maya M. Carroll

Maya M. Carroll is a choreographer, dancer, teacher, based in Berlin, making independent work since 2004. In 2011 she formed The Instrument – an artistic vehicle for research and choreography, together with her partner composer and musician Roy Carroll. In the past twelve years Maya has made works from solo to extended group pieces, collaborated with other dance, music and visual artists from all over the world. She created with performers from diverse backgrounds (classical / contemporary dancers, poets, musicians, actors, opera singers and amateurs), and worked in many different continents, absorbing their cultural contexts. Maya has been making dance independently within The Instrument, as well as being commissioned to create pieces for state companies, independent companies and dance academies. Since 2015 she has been increasingly developing group pieces, reflecting on old / new communities, social roots, pluralities and singularities. Her classes and workshops offer a research laboratory where she shares and exchanges methods of composition with her students.

Maya is the also the mentor for BrookDance '17 | Week 1


Johanna Nuutinen

Johanna graduated from the Finnish National Opera Ballet school in 2002. Since then she has been a member of the Finnish National Ballet and created a successful career with the company while dancing soloist parts in works by Tero Saarinen, Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe, Johan Inger, Jacobo Go-dani, Sylvie Guillem, John Neumeier, Jorma Uotinen among others, as well as created her own productions to the stage and on film. Since 2015 she has been working as a freelance artist. In 2017 Johanna received a 3 year artist grant from Finnish Cultural Foundation. Her short film ME-Story of a Performance has been screened at over 44 international film festivals and won several awards. In 2016 the short film got extended into a durational performance which has toured in renowned contemporary art museums in Finland. Her solo production HATCHED is also becoming an international success having been premiered in Hong Kong and continued touring in Russia, Finland and China. Currently in her works Johanna explores the themes of identity, metamorphosis and the durational aspect of a performance.


Previous Artists-in-residence


Finnish choreographer Annamari Keskinen was invited to create a new work, set in the forest, for our annual Forest Festival.  


Jessie Keenan & Sara Baxter, Cathy Coughlan, Antje O'Toole, Emily Aoibheann & Ruairi Donavan, Nina Pontgratz, My Johansson, Catríona Broklebank & Mark Sheridan of Black Lodge Films. 


Alicia Christofi-Walshe & Co., Laura Arend & Alex Ohen (Laboration), Michelle Cahill, Kathleen Doherty, and Stephanie Felber.