Biography of Didy Veldman



Dutch choreographer Didy Veldman, born in ’67, was trained in numerous techniques at the Scapino Academy in Amsterdam. Following her training she went on to dance with Scapino Ballet, Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève and Britain's Rambert Dance Company. She worked with international choreographers such as Jií Kylián, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Christopher Bruce, Kim Brandstrup, Nils Christe, Glenn Tetley, Robert Cohan, Lindsey Kemp and many others. She began choreographing in 1987, creating work for the repertoires of all three companies, as well as independently.

In 1992, Didy Veldman started her own dance company called Alias with Guilherme Botelho. The first work En Manqué was performed to great acclaim in London, Glasgow, Zurich and Lausanne. The production also won two major choreographic awards: the Dance Exchange International 1993 and the Prix Romand des Spectacles indépendents 1994. Didy Veldman left Alias after an invitation by Christopher Bruce to join Rambert Dance Company in 1994.

Whilst being a dancer with Rambert Dance Company, Didy created three works for the repertory. She received a grant from the Choo-San Goh & Robert Magee Foundation for her third production with Rambert. This production also won the Lindbury Prize for Stage Design created by Miriam Buether.

 

Didy left Rambert in 2000 to concentrate on her choreographic career. She has created a big variety of works, full evening story telling works with symphony orchestra and smaller creations as part of a triple bill. She has worked for companies all over the world like; Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Ballet Gulbenkian from Portugal, Cedarlake N-Y, Rambert Dance Company UK, Cullberg Ballet from Sweden, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Ballet Bern, Komische Oper Berlin, Introdans NL, Iceland Dance Company, Lithuanian National Ballet amongst others.

 

Didy also has a keen interest in teaching contemporary classes and workshops. In 2010 and 2011 she was invited to teach at the Prix de Lausanne, they also used her choreography for the 2012 and 2013 competition and she will be teaching contemporary classes again in 2017. She has taught contemporary classes at the National Ballet School in Amsterdam, The Royal Ballet School in London, Codarts in Rotterdam, The Ballet Boyz in London, McDonald College in Sydney Australia, Rambert Dance Company and Rambert School, London School of Contemporary Dance and the Youth American Grand Prix in New York amongst others and was invited in 2010 and 2013 as a Guest Artist Choreographer at Jacob’s Pillow in New York for their Contemporary Program. She has also been part of the audition and exam committee at Codarts in Holland.

 

She has now reached an age were she is interested in directing, nourishing and building and in ’16 Didy was selected for the 8th rural retreat of future leaders in dance, at The Jerwood Dancehouse in Ipswich. She is now directing her own dance company 'Umanoove' with the first production 'The Happiness Project' having its premiere on 4 Nov. '16 with another 13 performances around England and its London premiere at The Place Theatre on 2 and 3 of May '17. She is collaborating with composer Alexander Balanescu who will be performing live throughout the tour.

 

She is currently teaching at the Royal Ballet Summer school and the Southland Ballet Academy in L.A. Danish Dance Theatre will re-stage 'Frame of View' in '17 originally created for Cedarlake and Introdans will be re-staging 'The Three Dancers' in '18 originally created for Rambert Dance Company.