Published on 25 September 2014
Australian Dance Awards committee is happy to announce that the Lifetime Achievement Award for 2014 will be presented to Leigh Warren in recognition of a lifetime dedicated to dance./p>
Leigh has made an outstanding national and international contribution to dance as a performer, choreographer, teacher, director and mentor over four decades. Leigh’s impeccable technique and mesmeric performances as a dancer saw him perform with The Australian Ballet, Ballet Rambert, Nederlands Dans Theater, Nureyev and Friends and other international companies.
Leigh’s choreographic career spans over 30 years during which he has been acclaimed for his exceptional musicality and seamless, fluid, inventive works, covering a wide range of subject matter which he explores in depth. An outstanding and inspiring teacher, Leigh crosses both classical and contemporary techniques, training dancers of exceptional quality, and is equally sought after as a mentor, influencing a generation of dancers and dance makers.
As Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre and then Leigh Warren Dance, Leigh has been lauded for the diversity of his repertoire, his master craftsmanship in staging and the creation of a significant body of Australian work exemplifying successful artistic collaborations. His collaborations with opera, music, film, theatre and with artists such as Philip Glass, Paul Cox and Mary Moore, have resulted in ground breaking productions.
Importantly, Leigh has also demonstrated his ongoing commitment to nurturing Indigenous artists over more than a decade providing important opportunities for many artists.
IMAGE: Leigh Warren with the State Opera of South Australia chorus rehearsing 'Satyagraha'. Photo: Lara Francis