Alexander Whitley Dance Company was established in 2014 to find an outlet for an ever-deepening curiosity with dance and a platform from which to invite other artists and thinkers to investigate its broad scope of relevance. Building on my experience of working with many of the UK’s leading dance institutions and choreographers from around the world, I was inspired to launch my own enquiry into movement, to establish a base from which to refine my craft of dance-making and to push at the boundaries of this versatile and far-reaching art form.
My ambition is to develop and foster a creative environment that attracts and nurtures enquiring people to collaborate in producing work of the highest quality; work that provokes thoughts, emotions and the imagination. It aims to shine a light inwards in an attempt to reveal the intricate workings of choreography and the potential depths at which dance can communicate. It also seeks to look outwards to gain an appreciation of movement and the body in contexts beyond its immediate community as well as being confidently self-aware of the context in which it is operating.
A special focus on bringing together dance and interactive digital technology has been at the centre of AWDC's work to date, exploring the potential for human movement and choreographic thinking to be extended into the digital realm. This remains an ongoing investigation that aims to take account of the increasingly ubiquitous presence of technology in our day-to-day lives, to engage with artists who are exploring the creative possibilities afforded by new technologies and to chart new territory for dance and choreography.
DONNA MEIERDIERCKS PRODUCER
Originally from the U.S., Donna has been the producer for Alexander Whitley Dance Company since 2012. She produced the dance-digital work, The Measures Taken (2014 Royal Ballet Studio commission), The Grit in the Oyster for Thomas Ades: See the Music, Hear the Dance (2014 Sadler’s Wells commission), the dance-digital work Pattern Recognition (2016 Sadler’s Wells commission) and is currently working on Alexander’s major new Sadler’s Wells commission for 2017. She is also an adjunct faculty member for the Roger Williams University London Dance programme (US/UK).
Other past freelance projects include producing the dance-digital work, Blood (Royal Opera House ROH2 commission) and INSIDE for Jean Abreu Dance and managing Freddie Opoku-Addaie’s Royal Opera House ROH2 commission Absent Made Present and Hofesh Shecter’s deGeneration tour. Prior to that Donna was Dance and Performance Event Co-ordinator at the South Bank Centre and Artist Fellowship Coordinator for the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (US). Donna danced professionally from 1986 – 2002 and was co-Artistic Director and Executive Director of Groundwerx Dance Theatre.
VICTORIA ROBERTS DANCER & ASSISTANT TO THE CHOREOGRPHER
Victoria began her career with Scottish Dance Theatre in Dundee, Scotland, where she danced for eight and a half years. After a short period teaching in the UK, she joined Cullbergbaletten in Stockholm and subsequently spent four years with the company. Since 2013, Victoria has been working as a freelance dancer, teacher, and rehearsal director based in Stockholm. During her career so far Victoria has worked with over thirty different choreographers, including Mats Ek, Alexander Ekman, Örjan Andersson, Rui Horta, Johan Inger, Ina Christel Johannessen, Crystal Pite, and Hofesh Shechter amongst others. Victoria has also taught ballet and modern classes and creative workshops in all types of institutions, from primary schools to professional degree courses, as well as for professional dance companies.
LUKE CROOK DANCER
Luke is a freelance dance artist based in London. He trained at London Contemporary Dance School, where he graduated in 2015 with First Class Honours and has had the opportunity to perform works by Richard Alston, Didy Veldman, Crystal Pite, and Kerry Nicholls. Since graduating Luke has been working in both commercial and contemporary settings; dancing in music videos, gallery exhibitions and fashion promotion. Luke has performed in conceptual works by Pablo Bronstein as well as N'da Dance Company, Hubert Essakow, Fevered Sleep, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance. Luke recently performed a new solo work, Ulysses Awakes for Alexander Whitley and the 12 Ensemble’s collaborative Aldeburgh residency.
DAVID LEDGER DANCER
Originally from England, David Ledger received his training at the Northern school of Contemporary Dance and afterwards at The Rambert School of ballet and Contemporary Dance. Upon leaving the school David began an apprenticeship and soon after full time contract with Netherlands Dans Theater 2, where he remained for four years. During this time he toured internationally performing and creating works with the likes of; Ohad Naharin, Jiri Kylian, Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, Alexander Ekman and Johan Inger, to name a few. In 2014 David left the company to focus on a freelance career. Since then he has become a member of the company Wim Venderkeybus / Ultima Vez, where he participated in the most recent creation of new work, ‘speak low if you speak love’, which he is still touring internationally. As well as performing in some of the companies existing repertoire. He also recently participated in the research and development phase of a new project with DV8 physical theatre. David has also taught at many institutions, including The Rambert School and recently at The Royal Swedish Ballet as part of Lloyd Newson’s workshop there.
HANNAH EKHOLM DANCER
Originally from Gothenburg, Sweden, Hannah Ekholm began her training at the National Swedish Ballet School and The Royal Swedish Ballet School before moving to England to continued her training at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts where, in her third year, she toured around the UK with Encore graduate company.
In 2014 Hannah became a founding member of the dance company Chrysalis London where she performed in many works by Jodie Blemings. Alongside her work with the company Hannah gained a BA (Hons) in professional Practice. In 2016 Hannah began an apprenticeship with James Wilton Dance, touring around the UK and performing in ‘On the Line’ and ‘LEVIATHAN’.
LEON POULTON DANCER
Leon trained at Laban Centre in London, when he graduated in 2009 he joined Balletboyz and performed with the company in both stage and film for 7 years, featuring in Balletboyz’ feature film Young Men and Channel 4’s Random Acts. Leon has worked with artists like Ivan Perez, Russel Maliphant, Alexander Whitley, Christopher Wheeldon, Liam Scarlett. He also performs and choreographs for commercial film and music projects for artists like Alex Reynolds and Kyla La Grange.
TIA HOCKEY DANCER
Born in Cairns, Australia, Tia discovered her passion for dance at a young age receiving her early training from Turning Pointe Dance Studios and Dancescapes. She later advanced to full-time training at the Western Australian Academy of performing Arts, graduating her Bachelor of Dance with the Channel Seven Overall Achievement Award. During her three years of training she achieved the Solo Seal Award of the Royal Academy of Dance, was a selected choreographer for the Student Works Season and studied repertoire by choreographers such as Jiří Kylián, Henrique Rodovalho, Rafael Bonachela and Iván Pérez. Tia worked closely with internationally recognized choreographers for performances such as SYNC by Nils Christie, Til The End by Kim McCarthy and The Four Seasons - Retouched by Sue Healy. She has gained industry experience as a guest visitor with Sydney Dance Company, Expressions Dance Company and Australian Dance Theatre. Currently residing in London, Tia has joined Alexander Whitley Company for the creation of 8 Minutes.
JULIA SANZ FERNANDEZ DANCER
Originally from Barcelona, Spain, Julia Sanz Fernández trained at the Institut del Teatre, Barcelona Conservatory. She later joined the Junior Ballet at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris working with choreographers such as Cristiana Morganti (from Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal), Nathalie Pubellier, Jarek Cemerek and Guillaume Gallienne. From 2014-16, she worked with Baltic Dance Theater in Gdansk, where she performed in works such as Falling Angels, by Jiri Kylian, Clash, by Patrick Delacroix, and several works by Isadora Weiss. Most recently Julia has been performing Dana Raz’s Wolves in Teatro Campoamor, Oviedo, Spain.
Alexander Whitley Dance Company has a bright future ahead but the company's success depends in part on the support that we are able to secure from those who value Alexander's passion and creativity. Any level of support can make a difference to our ability to deliver exciting and thought-provoking new productions.
We hope that you will consider playing a role in our future by making a contribution to Alexander Whitley Dance Company at one of the following levels:
FRIEND: £25 p.a.
In return for your support, Friends will receive:
Updates on current AWDC productions
Advance notice of forthcoming presentations.
PATRON: £100 p.a. .
In return for your support, Patrons will receive:
All of the benefits received by Friends plus,
Invitations to attend post performance receptions with opportunities to meet members of our production creative teams
PARTNER: £1,000 p.a.
In return for your support, Founding Partners will receive:
All of the benefits received by Friends and Patrons plus,
Exclusive behind the scenes access during the creative process for new productions.
To make a donation today, please click on the button below or alternatively, please contact Donna Meierdiercks to discuss your level of support by clicking here.