Royston Maldoom
Selected Projects worldwide18
Guest-Choreographer at Professionals Dance Companies
- Scottish Ballet
- Irish National Ballet
- Dance Theatre of Harlem, New York
- Ballet Nacional de Peru
- English Dance Theatre
- City Contemporary Dance Company, Hong Kong
- Tumbuka Dance Company, Zimbabwe19
Orchestra Projects (educational and community dance projects)
- Berlin Philharmonics
- London Symphony Orchestra
- Scottish National Orchestra
- Ulster Orchestra
- Lithuanian Symphony Orchestra
- Natal (Kwa-Zulu) Symphony Orchestra
- Chorus of Duisburg
- Opera- and Musical Theatre Projects in London, Liverpool, Austria, Bosnia etc.20
Youth and Community Work
- European Youth Dance Festival, Duisburger Akzente
- Britisch-German Youth Dance Exchange
- Ulster Youth Dance Festival
- Working Children's Project in Lima, Peru ( with the Ballett San Marcos, Lima and
80 kids und teenagers)
- Artistic Director of the Adunga Community Dance Initiative, Ethiopia (traditional and contemporary dance with 18 streetkids and educational contents as music/percussion, theatre, languages, literatury, culture, social studies, health awareness etc.)
- South-African multicultural Community Dance Project21


About the Artist31
Freelance choreographer, Trainer, dance animateur, consultant and lecturer22
Director and consultant of large, medium and small-scale dance performance projects, formal and informal education and community projects for all ages and abilities23
Trainer and lecturer and to all aspects of social and educational dance, methods and philosophy24
Royston Maldoom is co-founder and former director of Dance United - a U.K. based non-profit organisation, promoting educational dance projects working in partnership with organisations involved in areas of social exclusion.25
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The British choreographer Royston Maldoom has been the initiator and leader of numerous dance projects all around the globe for the past 30 years. His work was especially honored by the movie “Rhythm is it"! which received the German Lola Movie Award for best documentary film in 2005 and reached large audiences world-wide.

When he was twenty years old, studying agriculture, he saw a movie of the Royal Ballet. His passion for dance was awadened and he immediately joined a local Cambridge dance school. Scholarships made his professional training and further education at special dance academies possible, such as the Stella Mann School, Benesh Institute, Rambert Ballet School, London School of Contemporary Dance and the Royal Ballet School, this last as a Apprentice Choreographer, funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Royston was also fortunate to be coached by independent teachers from the central European dance movement who had settled in London during the war years; Ernest Berk from Berlin and the Viennese dancer and choreographer, Hilde Holger played an important part in his early understanding of modern dance. By Alvin Ailey he was invited to study for six months at the Alvin Ailey Dance School in New York. In 1975, he received the "Foundation of France Prize for Outstanding Artistic Achievement" for his first choreographic work after winning the tenth International Choreographic Competition in Bagnolet, Paris. Commissions for the Dance Theater of Harlem in New York, The Scottish Ballet, Irish Ballet, the National Ballet and Ballet San Marcos in Peru as well as numerous other dance ensembles in Great Britain and abroad followed.

From 1980 to 1983, he was Dance-Artist-in-Residence for Fife/Scotland. During that time he organized numerous workshops, summer schools and dance festivals, founded community dance groups for teenager and adults and began to develop his philosophy of Community Dance. In 1994 he acted as Dance Research Officer for Stirling District Council, setting up a Dance Artist in Residency scheme alson similar lines led by long time colleague, Tamara McLorg .

Subsequently Maldoom began to work more on an international basis. He directed dance projects in Lithuania in 1991 during the independence movement, in Croatia and Bosnia during the Balkan War, in South Africa during Mandela`s election, as well as other projects in Zimbabwe, Georgia and Oregon/USA and others throughout the United Kingdom and abroad.

His international engagement led him to Ethiopia in 1996 where, together with his colleague Mags Byrne , he organized a dance project with 100 street kids. Following the success of this project, they established the Adugna Dance Company, giving young people the opportunity to be educated in dance, choreography, and teaching. On graduation the students were given accreditation by the University of Middlesex, London and have gone on to work in the internationally as well as in Ethiopia as choreographers, dancers and teachers.

After many visits through the 70´s, 80´s and 90´s in 2000 Royston Maldoom initiated a project with dancers fo the Ballet of the University of San Marcos, Lima , helping them to set up und deliver community projects with and for socially handicapped children in Peru. This work was maintained and guided by his UK colleague Tamara McLong . He worked also with catholic and protestant children in Northern Ireland, male and female prisoners, children and adults with learning difficulties, young adults and children in exile, as well as in numerous primary and secondary schools and dance academies.

In the 1990s, Royston began to get engaged in Germany. From 1989 to 1997 he was the choreographer and artistic director for the German-British Youth Dance Exchange Program in Berlin. From 1990 to 1997 he was choreographer of the European Youth Dance Festival in Duisburg, initiated and directed by his German colleague, Ulla Weltike. During this time he also worked with young adults with physical and learning disabilty from the Caritas Workshop, Moers with his UK colleague Janice Parker . He has been guest-choreographer at The Academy for Performing Arts at Frankfurt University. In the last few years he has worked extensively with Philharmonic Orchestras and cultural institutions in Germany.

The dance project "Le Sacre du Printemps" with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle, in which 250 kids participated, gained popular attention through the movie Rhythm is it! This documentary was awarded with the Lola Film Prize in 2005. Prior to his collaboration with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Royston Maldoom had already worked with major orchestras, including London Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Natal Symphony Orchestra. Royston Maldoom`s choreographies for Le Sacre du Printemps and Carmina Burana have been performed by numerous youth dance groups in Addis Abeba, Lima, Belfast, London, Vilnius, Duisburg, New York, Washington D.C. and several venues in Great Britain. Engagements for choreographic projects, workshops and speeches have brought him to institutions and initiatives worldwide.

Next to other international awards, in 2005 Maldoom received the German Honors Prize in Dance (Deutscher Ehren-Tanzpreis) in Essen for his continuous and groundbreaking engagement for dance throughout the years. For his work with Le Sacre du Printemps with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra he, the orchestra, and Sir Simon Rattle received the Special Schiller Award of the City of Mannheim.

In 2006 The Queen presented Royston Maldoom with the Order of The British Empire (O.B.E.) from the British Government for Services To Dance. In 2007 he received the German-British Forum Award for his engagement for the british-german relations in London and the prize of the "Club der Optimisten" in Hamburg.60
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