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Liv Lorent MBE

Liv established balletLORENT in 1993, and represented the UK in the Deuxiéme Rencontres Choréographiques Internationale. She became an Associate Artist at the Place Theatre in London, before relocating to Newcastle upon Tyne in 1996 to become resident choreographer at Dance City. Liv has received many awards for her works including: the Jerwood Choreography Award 2001; The Arts Foundation Choreography Award 2005; Artist of The Year at the 2008 Journal Culture Awards; and Performance of the Year (Rapunzel) at the 2012 Journal Culture Awards. Underneath the Floorboards was shortlisted for Best Performance at the 2011 Journal Culture Awards. In 2014 Liv was awarded an MBE for Services to Dance through the New Years Honours List.

As Artistic Director of balletLORENT, Liv has been touring works both nationally and internationally to much acclaim including: Strange Glitter; The Ball; la nuit intime; Angelmoth; Designer Body; Blood, Sweat & Tears; Underneath the Floorboards; Rapunzel; and The Night Ball, which premiered on the 11th July 2013 at MEM Wallsend to celebrate balletLORENT’s 20th Anniversary. The company has collaborated with other international companies including; Carte Blanche, Bergen in 2009 for a remount of la nuit intime; Eunetstar in 2005 for a European Street Art Festival tour of The Ferryman; and Cultuurcentrum Brugge programmed The Ball in 2005 at Koninklijke Stadsschouwburg.

Liv enjoys working with individual performers who are diverse in terms of their age and experience. Many works created since the early beginnings of balletLORENT have featured an intergenerational cast and have included children, older people and pregnant women alongside the professional dancers. These large scale works of 20 to 80 dancers include PassAge to Passion; Life Stories; La Famille ; and MaEternal. 13 young people and children aged between 2-17yrs join eight of balletLORENT’s professional dancers on stage for the national touring programme of Rapunzel.

Commissions for Liv include: Propeller for the BalletBoyz; tenderhook and the Herald Angel award winning LUXURIA for Scottish Dance Theatre; and Into the Mouth of the Orchid for Singapore Dance Theatre. Liv has collaborated with Northern Stage since 1998 with Threepenny Opera , and choreographed their 2009 Christmas show Peter Pan.

Liv trained at the Arts Educational School, Tring for five years, and also completed a BA (Hons) at the Laban Centre, London.

Liv Lorent MBE


Liv Lorent was born to choreograph. Every move she creates, every piece of music she selects is handed to the audience like a precious gift.
The Scotsman



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