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Amy Hollingsworth, currently Assistant Artistic Director of Bonachela Dance Company, was born in Australia. She trained at the Australian Ballet
School where she was awarded the Marilyn Rowe Maver Scholarship.
After graduating she joined the Royal New Zealand Ballet in 1994.
In 1995 she was promoted to soloist and in 1996 to principal. In
1997 Amy joined Peter Schaufuss Ballet as a principal dancer and
performed as a guest artist with MBT Dansteater. In April 2000
she joined Rambert Dance Company. In January 2005 Amy won the Critic’s
Circle Dance Award for Most Outstanding Female Artist for her work
with Rambert Dance Company. Amy left Rambert in April 2006 to be
a founding member of Bonachela Dance Company. The company’s first
show has toured internationally to critical acclaim. Amy has since
been appointed Assistant Artistic Director as well as continuing
in her role as a dancer.
During her career she has danced many leading roles including Juliet in Romeo
and Juliet, Firebird in The Firebird, Clara in The Nutcracker,
Titania in Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ophelia in Hamlet, Swanilda
in Coppélia, Lise in La Fille Mal Gardée and the Pas de Deux in Balanchine’s
Agon. She has worked with many choreographers including Christopher
Bruce, Michael Clark, Javier de Frutos, Wayne MacGregor, Krzysztof
Pastor, Douglas Wright, Matz Ek, Jiří Kylián and Rafael Bonachela.
Amy has also performed in many galas worldwide as an invited guest
artist, most notably at the 2005 International Gala at the Staatsballett
in Munich. She performed the critically acclaimed solo Irony of
Fate at the Whitechapel Gallery’s televised Art Plus event.
Amy has also choreographed several pieces for
Rambert’s Workshop seasons, Singh Language and Suspect. She was
assistant choreographer and rehearsal director for Kylie Minogue
on her worldwide KylieFever tour and also for Kylie’s ‘Love at
First Sight’ and Primal Scream’s ‘Miss Lucifer’ music videos. Amy
worked as Choreographic Director for the Siemens/Xelibri mobile
phone launch where she directed and assisted four choreographers
and ran the company of 30 dancers. She stage-managed the show whose
performers included Christina Aguilera, Dame Shirley Bassey and
In 2004, Amy was seen as ‘Queen of the Fairies’
in the Oscar nominated film Finding Neverland (starring Johnny
Depp, Kate Winslet and Dustin Hoffman). She also produced and starred
in a dance film ‘The Muse’ choreographed by Rafael Bonachela. During
2004/2005 Amy choreographed for the Russian pop star Alsou, who
supported Westlife on their UK tour. Amy also starred in a Discovery
Channel documentary filmed in Italy, as the Lady of Sassi de Matera.
In July 2006 Amy joined the Michael Clark Company as a guest artist for Mmm…, Michael Clark’s production of Rite
of Spring. Amy danced the role of the Chosen Maiden. This is will
tour across England and Europe during spring 2007.
During 2007 Amy will also be part of a groundbreaking
project with Hofesh Shechter. The piece, In Your Rooms, will be
performed in three of London’s major theatres, the Robin Howard
Dance Theatre, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Sadlers Wells during 2007.
Amy has been invited to dance in a gala celebrating
the re-opening of the Royal Festival Hall on London’s South Bank
in July 2007 in a newly commissioned piece. Then she will be returning
to work with Bonachela Dance Company for an autumn tour of the
UK, Europe and Colombia.