Andrew McNicol is a freelance British choreographer based in London. His choreographic work began whilst studying at The Royal Ballet School, where he won the Kenneth MacMillan choreographic competition.
Andrew has already choreographed in a range of contexts including for The Royal Ballet Opening the New Gala, The Royal Ballet of Flanders, The New York Choreographic Institute, Northern Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet Workshops, The London Olympics, New English Ballet Theatre, The Royal Ballet Upper School, Northern Ballet Academy, Ballet Central, The National Youth Ballet, Dance East and Juice Opera Trio.
In 2014, he was a nominee for the prestigious Rolex Mentor and Protégé Award, an arts initiative supporting gifted young individuals to receive mentorship from some of the world’s most prominent artists. In 2015 he was a finalist for The New Adventures Choreographer Award.
Andrew has worked with Kim Brandstrup through Dancelines - a choreographic initiative led by the Royal Opera House and Jonathan Lunn through Dance East's Choreolab Project. He was awarded a full scholarship to undertake a year of choreographic research through Ballet Central’s new professional choreographic course, receiving his Master of the Arts with Distinction.
Andrew became the first invited choreographer to work with Northern Ballet on their inaugural choreographic project 'Tell Tale Steps' working alongside choreographers from The Royal Ballet and Scottish Ballet.
He has also choreographed for The New York Choreographic Institute and affiliate of The New York City Ballet and for The Royal Ballet Flanders by kind invitation of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.
Previously Andrew has collaborated with acclaimed film composer Rachael Portman, Philip Feeney, and Glyndebourne’s young resident composer Luke Styles in addition to Linbury Prize winning designer's Emma Bailey and Minglu Wang.
Working with avant-garde opera trio Juice, he created an evocative dance opera that was presented at the QEH Southbank and Glasgow Concert Hall as part of the Commonwealth Games celebrations.
In 2017 Andrew launched his own project The McNicol Ballet Collective to connect dancers and collaborators to create ambitions new ballets. Bringing together dancers from companies across Europe his intention is to create new and experimental works informed by the collective experiences of its artists.
Photo credits: Alain Honorez, Mikah Smillie.