About Annabelle Lopez Ochoa - Guest Choreographer

The Colombian-Belgian Annabelle Lopez Ochoa completed her dance education at the Royal Ballet School of Flanders in Belgium. After a 12-year long dance career, where she danced in various European companies and finished as a soloist with the Scapino Ballet, she decided in 2003 to focus her energies solely on choreography. In that same year, she was hailed "rising star of the Dutch dance scene" (NRC newspaper) and only seven years later, the Temecula Performing Arts Examiner wrote: "Ochoa is truly a masterful choreographer with an edge for what dance can and should be in this constantly changing industry".

In her 15-year career as a choreographer, Lopez Ochoa has carved a position of an award-winning and sought-after choreographer who has created works for more than 50 companies around the world, such as the Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, Dutch National Ballet, Djazzex, Ballet de Genève, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Gothenburg Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, BalletX, BJM-Danse Montreal, Luna Negra Dance Theater, Ballet National de Marseille, Saarbrucken Ballet, Jacoby & Pronk, Chemnitzer Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, Morphoses Wheeldon Company, Whim W’Him, IncolBallet de Colombia, Finnish National Ballet, Compania Nacional de Danza Madrid, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Scottish Ballet, The Washington Ballet, Ballet Nacional Dominicano, Ballet Saarbrucken, Augsburg Ballet, Ballet Austin, Atlanta Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet, Ballet Moscow, Ballet Nacional de Cuba, West Australian Ballet, Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, Ballet Nacional Chileno, Ballet Staatstheater am Gartnerplatz Munchen, Ballet Manila, Daniil Simkin Intensio Project, 59°North Stockholm, Cincinnati Ballet, Silicon Valley Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, English National Ballet, Ballet Black, Tulsa Ballet, Smuin Ballet, Estonian National Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, San Francisco Ballet, New York City Ballet, the Ashley Bouder Project, Kansas City Ballet, Taller Coreografico UNAM Mexico, Laleget Dance, and Dance Theater of Harlem and Chamber Dance project.

Lopez Ochoa is a versatile choreographer who creates also for theatre, opera, musical theater and for fashion events such as for the celebrated Dutch fashion designers Viktor & Rolf’s project in the Van Gogh Museum. She belongs to the Theater-Dance collective "De Fantasten," with whom she co-directed successfully five full-length pieces that have been performed in numerous theaters and festivals throughout the Netherlands. Lopez Ochoa is often interviewed about the shortage of female choreographers in the classical ballet world and her fame and her long list of commissions serve as an example for future generations. In 2017, she was named president-interim of Dance Icons, a network for choreographers of all levels of experience, nationalities, and genres. Dance Icons is based in DC. Lopez Ochoa speaks four languages: English, French, Dutch, and Spanish.


2018 "Last resistance," created for Dutch National Ballet with music by singer-songwriter Wende Snijders has been named best premiere of the Netherlands by Dance Europe Magazine.

2017 "Ecdysis", created for Ballet of Flanders and shared with works by Martha Graham and Pina Bausch was named best premiere of 2017 by Dance Magazine Europe.

2017 "A Streetcar named desire," performed by the Scottish Ballet on their tour to Los Angeles and California, has been hailed "Most successful ballet as theater" by Dance Magazine (United States).

2017 English National Ballet wins the Olivier Award for Outstanding Dance Achievement in Dance for their programming of "She said" in which "Broken Wings" was a part.

2016 "Oscurio," created for Ballet Nacional de Cuba has been included in El Libro de Honor del Teatro Alicia Alonso, Havana.

2016 "Broken Wings," created for English National Ballet is nominated for a National UK Dance Award in the category Best Classical Premiere 2016.

2016 "Broken Wings," created for English National Ballet has been named as one of the best premieres of 2016 by Dance Europe Magazine, The Arts Desk UK, Dance Tabs, Pointe Magazine and the Guardian.

2015 "Sombrerisimo," created for Ballet Hispanico, which toured in Havana in the fall of 2014, and was awarded the Villanueva Award in Cuba.

2013 "Sombrerisimo," created for Ballet Hispanico, commissioned by Fall for Dance, was included in the list of Dance Magazine’s Best of 2013

2012 "A Streetcar named desire" is nominated for a prestigious Olivier award (United Kingdom).

2012 Awarded ‘Best Classical Choreography’ for her full length-ballet "A streetcar named desire "by the Circle of Critics of the National Dance Award (United Kingdom).

2012 Awarded ‘Best dance production 2012’ for "A Streetcar named desire" by the South-Bank Sky Arts Awards.

2012 Dance Magazine named her work "Cylindrical Shadows" created for Pacific Northwest Ballet as one of the highlights of the year.

2010 "Zip Zap Zoom" is included in the 10 best dance moments of the year by the Pittsburg Gazette, Boston Globe and the Montreal Gazette.

2009 Both pieces "Nube Blanco" and "Zip Zap Zoom" are included in the list of 10 best dance highlights of the year in San Diego and Chicago.

2007 Selected to participate with the prestigious New York City Ballet Choreographic Institute.

2002 First prize + public’s prize at the Bornem Choreographers Competition with the piece "Replay."

2001 Third prize at the Hannover choreographer’s competition with the piece "Clair/Obscur."