Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance

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Laurence Olivier Award
for Outstanding Achievement in Dance
Awarded for Outstanding Achievement in Dance
Location  United Kingdom
Presented by The Society of London Theatre
Currently held by Alessandra Ferri for Chéri and Woolf Works (2016)
Website Olivier

The Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance is an annual award presented by The Society of London Theatre in recognition of achievements in commercial British theatre. The awards were established as the Society of West End Theatre Awards in 1976, and, renamed in 1984 in honour of English actor Lord Olivier.

When the award was originally given it was titled Outstanding Achievement of the Year in Ballet before being renamed to its current title in 1986.

Winners and nominees[edit]


Year Recipient Production
London Festival Ballet Romeo and Juliet
Maurice Béjart Ballet of the 20th Century
The Royal Ballet The Sleeping Beauty
Rudolf Nureyev Nureyev and Friends
Robert Cohan London Contemporary Dance Theatre
Christopher Bruce Rambert Dance Company
Siobhan Davies Harmonica Breakdown
Lynn Seymour A Month in the Country
Peter Schaufuss La Sylphide
Kenneth MacMillan Playground
Rambert Dance Company The Tempest


Year Recipient Production
The Royal Ballet Gloria
Maurice Béjart Gaîté Parisienne
London Festival Ballet Sphinx
The Royal Ballet Rhapsody
Stuttgart Ballet Forgotten Land
London Contemporary Dance Theatre Death and the Maiden
The Royal Ballet Dances of Albion
Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet Night Moves
Ballet de l'Opéra National de Paris Le songe d'une nuit d'été
Rambert Dance Company Ghost Dances
The Royal Ballet Illuminations
The Royal Ballet L'Invitation Au Voyage
Rambert Dance Company 60th Anniversary Season
The Bolshoi Ballet Academy Dancers Performances at the London Coliseum
Michael Clark Individual Impact and Contribution
Irek Mukhamedov The Bolshoi Ballet Academy
Jerome Robbins Range of Work
Jorge Salavisa The Ballet Gulbenkian
Trisha Brown Season at Sadler's Wells Theatre
London Contemporary Dance Theatre Season at Sadler's Wells Theatre
Richard Alston Pulcinella and Dutiful Ducks
Merce Cunningham Company Season at Sadler's Wells Theatre
Ichikawa Ennosuke III The Thousand Cherries of Yoshitsune
Kirov Ballet Season in London
London Festival Ballet Swansong and Cruel Garden
Cumbre Flamenca Season at Sadler's Wells Theatre
Hayden Griffin Still Life at the Penguin Cafe
London Contemporary Dance Theatre Arden Court and Shift
Second Stride Weighing the Heart
London Contemporary Dance Theatre Orfeo
Nina Ananiashvili and Irek Mukhamedov The Bolshoi Ballet Academy
David Bintley Hobson's Choice
Siobhan Davies Embarque
The Royal Ballet The Prince of the Pagodas
Paul Taylor Dance Company Season at Sadler's Wells Theatre


Year Recipient Production
Twyla Tharp and Jennifer Tipton In the Upper Room
Siobhan Davies and Dancers Season at Sadler's Wells Theatre
Darcey Bussell Winter Dreams and Stravinsky Violin Concerto
Kenneth MacMillan Winter Dreams
Mark Morris Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes
The Phoenix Dance Company Season at Sadler's Wells Theatre
William Forsythe and The Royal Ballet In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated
Adventures in Motion Pictures Season in London
Stephen Jefferies Cyrano
Phillipe Genty Driftings
Graham Lustig and Henk Schut Inscape
Northern Ballet Theatre Romeo and Juliet
Siobhan Davies Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues
David Bintley Tombeaux
Lez Brotherston Northern Ballet Theatre's Season at the Royalty Theatre
Joseph Cipolla The Green Table
London Contemporary Dance Theatre Season at Sadler's Wells
Darcey Bussell Ballet Imperial and La Ronde
Sylvie Guillem Herman Schmerman
Marion Tait Romeo and Juliet
Peter Mumford Fearful Symmetries and The Glass Blew In
Thomas Edur The Sleeping Beauty
John MacFarlane The Nutcracker
Nuria Moreno Cinderella
Siobhan Davies The Art of Touch
Deborah Bull Steptext
Sylvie Guillem Episodes
Marion Tait Pillar of Fire
Rambert Dance Company Season at the London Coliseum
Sue Blane Alice in Wonderland
Viviana Durante Anastasia... Now Langourous, Now Wild...
Thomas Edur Alice in Wonderland and Giselle
Lez Brotherston Cinderella
Altynai Asylmuratova Swan Lake
Mark Morris L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato
William Forsythe and Ballett Frankfurt Season at Sadler's Wells
Trisha Brown L'Orfeo
Bill T. Jones We Set Out Early...Visibility Was Poor
Twyla Tharp Season at the Barbican Theatre


Year Recipient Production
Jirí Kylián and Nederlands Dans Theater 1 Season at Sadler's Wells
Nina Ananiashvili Don Quixote
Pina Bausch Viktor
David Bintley Edward II
Deborah Colker Mix
Matthew Bourne The Car Man
Robert Parker Shakespeare Suite
Michael Revie Mozartina
Mark Morris and Mark Morris Dance Group Season at Sadler's Wells
Ushio Amagatsu Hibiki
Dana Caspersen Artifact and Eidos:Telos
William Forsythe Artifact and Eidos:Telos
Robyn Orlin Daddy, I've Seen This Piece Six Times and I Still Don't Know Why They're Hurting Each Other
Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal Kontakthof
Chiaki Nagao Madame Butterfly
Christopher Wheeldon Tryst and Polyphonia
Thomas Edur and Agne Oaks 2 Human
Carlos Acosta Tocororo - A Cuban Tale
Javier de Frutos Elsa Canasta
Rambert Dance Company Season at Sadler's Wells
San Francisco Ballet Season at Sadler's Wells
Julien Macdonald Shimmer
The Royal Ballet Sylvia
Rambert Dance Company Season at Sadler's Wells
Pina Bausch Nelken and Palermo, Palermo
Ballet Nacional de Cuba Season at Sadler's Wells
Johan Kobborg The Lesson and La Sylphide
Russell Maliphant PUSH
Carlos Acosta Season at Sadler's Wells
Steven McRae Homage to the Queen and Chroma
Marianela Núñez DGV and The Sleeping Beauty
Wayne McGregor Chroma
The Royal Ballet Jewels
Savion Glover Live for London
Jonathan Goddard Performances with Richard Alston Dance Company
Wendy Whelan Fool's Paradise
Royal Ballet of Flanders Impressing the Czar
The Royal Ballet Infra
Savion Glover, Marshall Davis, Jr. and Maurice Chestnut Bare Soundz


Year Recipient Production
Rambert Dance Company Outstanding Year of New Work
Colin Dunne Out of Time
Michael Hulls Two:Four:Ten, Afterlight, Ex Machina and Eonnagata
Antony Gormley Babel (Words)
John MacFarlane Asphodel Meadows
Yoshie Sunahata (Kodo) Gnosis
Edward Watson The Metamorphosis
The Design Team Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Tommy Franzen Some Like It Hip Hop
Sylvie Guillem 6000 Miles Away
Marianela Núñez Aeternum, Diana and Acteon and Viscera
ILL-Abilities Breakin' Convention
Lez Brotherston The Sleeping Beauty
Michael Hulls Ballet Boyz: The Talent
Mark Morris Season at Sadler's Wells
Arthur Pita Ballet Black: A Dream Within a Midsummer Night's Dream
Clemmie Sveaas Witch-Hunt
Crystal Pite A Picture of You Falling, The Tempest Replica and Polaris
Rocío Molina Bosque Ardora
The Elders Project Elixir Festival
Christopher Wheeldon The Winter's Tale
Alessandra Ferri Chéri and Woolf Works
Javier de Frutos Anatomy of a Passing Cloud
Sasha Waltz Sacre


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