Michael Corder is one of Britain's most successful choreographers and directors. He was born in London, studied at the Royal Ballet School and became a member of the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden in 1973. His dancing career spanned 20 years during which he performed many principal roles with some of the world's finest classical ballet companies including The Royal Ballet, The Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet, The Royal Danish Ballet, The Dutch National Ballet, The Australian Ballet, and The Joffrey Ballet in ballets created by Petipa, Bournonville, Fokine, Ashton, Macmillan, Cranko, Balanchine, Tetley and Van Manen and many others.
The creater of over 50 original works, he has worked all over the world and his ballets have been performed by The Royal Ballet, The Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, The Royal Danish Ballet, The Dutch National Ballet, The Boston Ballet and The Norwegian National Ballet amongst many others
Amongst his most successful works have been Rhyme Nor Reason (1978 The Royal Ballet); St. Anthony Variations (1983 Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet); L'Invitation au Voyage (1982 The Royal Ballet); The Wand of Youth (1985 Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet), both of which were nominated for Laurence Olivier awards; Ancient Airs and Dances (1986 Northern Ballet Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (1992 Norwegian National Ballet and broadcast on National Television); Danses Concertantes (1993 Hong Kong Ballet and The Boston Ballet in 2000); Cinderella (1996 English National Ballet);Masquerade (1999 The Royal Ballet); Dance Variations (2000 The Royal Ballet);Melody on the Move (2003 English National Ballet) ; and Homage To The Queen (2006 The Royal Ballet).
Michael Corder choreographed his production of Prokofiev's Cinderella for English National Ballet in 1996. Cinderella won the 1997 Laurence Olivier award for Best New Dance Production and the 1996 Evening Standard Award for Outstanding Production. In 1997 Corder's Cinderella entered the repertoire of The Boston Ballet and The National Ballet of Portugal with new designs by Yolanda Sonnabend.
Melody on the Move created for English National Ballet was received with standing ovations and critical acclaim at its world premiere at Sadler's Wells Theatre, London in July 2003, and recieved the Critics' Circle National Dance Award 2003 Best Choreography. Melody on the Move was presented by English National Ballet on their tour to the Liceu Opera House in Barcelona in April, 2004.
In June 2006 Michael Corder created Water for a new production of Homage to the Queen at Covent Garden especially commisioned by The Royal Ballet for their 75th Anniversary programme and presented to Her Majesty The Queen in honour of her 80th Birthday Celebrations.
Future productions include a new full-length three-act ballet based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen for English National Ballet which will have its world premiere in october 2007 followed by new productions for The Royal Ballet of Flanders in Antwerp and The Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2008.
Five pieces of choreography inspired by birds
We've previously collected together lists of animals that appear repeatedly in our ballets, including horses and mice. However none so far have enjoyed such iconic choreography as our current subject: birds! Here are just five of our feathered favourites, each with an accompanying video clip: