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"What I cannot express in words, I express through my body and through the body of others."

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ABOUT ME

NICOLA WILLS 

 

CHOREOGRAPHER + MOVEMENT DIRECTION

 

Australian and Belgian Citizen  

After winning the Silver Medal in The RAD Adeline Genee awards, Australian-born, Nicola started her professional dancing career with the Queensland Ballet trainee program in 2010 and 2011, where she performed in many company productions such as Swan Lake, Carmen, The Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet. Moving to Europe in 2012, Nicola danced briefly with Dortmund Ballet before moving to the Ballet van Vlaanderen (formally known Royal Ballet of Flanders) in 2013. 

Nicola has danced many Soloist and Principal roles in a broad spectrum of full length classical ballet and contemporary repertoire. She has performed works by and created with influential dance masters such as William Forsythe, Crystal Pite, Akram Khan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, Pina Bausch, Anne-Theresa de Keersmaker, Martha Graham, George Balanchine, Merce Cunningham, Wayne McGregor, Andonis Fondiadakis, Johan Inger, Alan Lucien Oyen, Jan Martins and many more. Her career has given her the opportunity to submerse herself in a diverse range of dance techniques such as Gaga, LEV training, Counter-technique, Forsythe improvisation methods, and Streamflow method. 

She worked as a choreographic collaborative assistant to Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui for the Golden Globe featured film 'Girl' (2016) and also 'Radioactive' (2018).

Since 2014, she has created 8 works for the Ballet van Vlaanderen's in-house choreographic series 'Choreolab', as well as exploring movement direction through the short films "The Vital Escape Up' (2019), 'Familiar' (2021), and 'Imbolic' (2023).

In 2020, her piece 'The Glass Ceiling' was chosen as a finalist for the Hannover 35th Choreographic competition, winning the Hamburg Junior Ballet Commission Prize. 

'The Glass Ceiling' also earned her a mention in Dance Europe's 2021 Critics Choice awards as a 'Talent to Watch' by Gerard Davis.

In 2021, she was chosen as the winner of the Ballet-X choreographic fellowship program, but due to scheduling difficulties was unable to fulfil the position and will now be undertaking this fellowship in 2024. 

Nicola is currently studying a part-time Bachelor in Psychology at the University of South Australia to supplement her ambitions to create choreographic work that explores the mind and themes of human condition in a relatable context and to better understand the necessary socio-psychological components to healthy relationships. Her aim is to create work where social and emotional themes are explored through sensitive and abstract dance narratives, using classical line to inform her dynamic contemporary style. 

IN 2023: Nicola made a new full-length work 'The Exist List' under the Eleo Pomare–Glen Conner Choreographic Residency at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta, USA. Her work 'Somniloquy' was commissioned for the Gent Classical Music Festival in Gent, Belgium. Her piece 'Two People in Love Never Shake Hands' was selected as a semi-finalist in the 37th Hannover Choreographic competition and was performed in the Une Mare di Danza Gala in in Genoa, Italy. 

In 2024: Nicola created a full piece based on her duet 'Two People in Love Never Shake Hands' for  the Ballet X Choreographic Fellowship in Philadelphia, USA which premiered in an all female triple bill with Jodie Gates and Jennifer Archibald. She also represented the Ballet van Vlaanderen in the Royal Opera House International Draftworks Festival in London. 

CHOREOGRAPHIC SHOW REEL 

CHOREOGRAPHIC WORKS 

2024- 'Two People in Love Never Shake Hands' - full piece created on Ballet X, Philadelphia, USA

2023- 'Somniloquy' - Created for the Gent Classical Music Festival, Nacht van de Verbeelding Program 

2023- 'The Exist List' - Created for the Kennesaw State University Double Exposure Program, Atlanta, USA 

2023- 'Weil' - choreographed for the Bundesjugendballett Hamburg 

2023 - 'Vier Muren' - premiered at the Ballet van Vlaanderen Chamber Movement program 

2023 - 'Bodies in Space' - premiered Ballet van Vlaanderen Dag van de Dans Gala 

2022 - 'Two People in Love Never Shake Hands'   Premiered at the XXII Cita con la Danza Gala, Benicassim, Spain.

2022 - Point Chase Study  

2021 -  'Familiar'  Film 

2020 - 'The Glass Ceiling'   Premiered Ballet Vlaanderen Choreolab program 

2019 - 'The Vital Escape Up'  Film 

2018 - 'A System Flaw' 

2017 - 'Captain of the Clearing'  Premiered Ballet Vlaanderen Choreloab program

2016 - 'Dependency"  Premiered Ballet Vlaanderen Choreloab program

2014 - 'Ambivalent Wonderland'   Premiered Ballet Vlaanderen Choreloab program

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RECOGNITIONS 

Ballet X Choreographic Fellowship 2024

37th Hannover Choreographic Competition semi-final (June 2023)

35th Hannover Choreographic Competition: Top 10

Recipient of the National Youth Ballet Hamburg Commission Prize. 

Ballet X 2021 Choreographic Fellowship Top 10 

Dance Europe Critics Choice Awards:

Gerard Davis 'New Name to Watch' 

 

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