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.
TIA HOCKEY DANCER & ASSISTANT TO CHOREOGRAPHER
Born in Cairns, Australia, Tia enjoyed an abundant and diverse training of ballet, contemporary, jazz, commercial, tap and acrobatics. She later graduated with a Bachelor of Dance from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, where she also attained the Royal Academy of Dance Solo Seal Award. Now a London-based freelancer, she works closely with Alexander Whitley Dance Company; first joining for the creation and Sadler’s Wells premiere of 8 Minutes, followed by the creation and Royal Opera House premiere of Noumena. She continues to tour these works nationally and internationally, as well as Between Two Fires, Strange Stranger and an innovative collaboration with Gandini Juggling called Spring. Tia has also worked on projects with James Cousins Company, Richard Chappell, Sisters Grimm and BalletWorks among others.
ROBERT BRIDGER DANCER
Born in Wiltshire, Robert is based in London.
He started dancing at Swindon Dance (Centre for Advanced Training) before going on to study his BA Degree at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. Robert has performed and toured internationally with companies and choreographers including National Dance Company of Wales, Luca Silvestrini (Protein Dance), Merce Cunningham, Mark Baldwin, Christopher Bruce and Saju Hari Dance. Within a gallery context he has performed in Pablo Bronstein’s Historical Dances in an Antique Setting at the Tate Britain and more recently in Olafur Eliasson’s Ice Watch at the Tate Modern. Robert continues to work and collaborate with Emanuel Gat Dance and Alexander Whitley Dance Company.
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 continue her training at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts.
As a freelance dancer Hannah has worked in both theatre spaces as well as commercial spaces. She has had the opportunity to work with artists and brands such as Gareth Pugh, Benjamin Milan, Chrysalis London, Kianí Del Valle, Pablo Bronstein, Alexander Whitley, BBC, CR Fashion Book, Nowness, YEARS & YEARS, Joy Crookes, James Wilton and others, getting to tour all around the UK and internationally.
Hannah has also choreographed adverts and music videos, taught in different institutions, as well as traveling around Europe battling and judging in the vogue scene.
CAMILLE GIRAUDEAU DANCER
Camille graduated from Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2011, and joined National Dance Company Wales as an apprentice through the post graduate scheme at London Contemporary Dance School. In 2012 she joined as a full time company member touring nationally and internationally, performing works by Christopher Bruce, Alexander Ekman, Johan Inger, Marcos Morau, Angelin Prejlocaj, Roy Asaf and Caroline Finn among many others. In 2015 she participated in the Kerry Nichols Mentoring programme. She left National Dance Company Wales in Dec 2017 to develop herself as an independent artist. Since leaving Camille has been part of a research and development for a contemporary musical called VANARA, directed by Johnathan O’Boyle and choreographed by Eleesha Drennan. Camille returned to NDCW as a guest artist for their Roots tour performing works by Matteo Marfoglia and solo work Bernadette by Caroline Finn. Camille first worked with Alexander Whitley in 2018, touring and performing in his work 8 Minutes and is very happy to be returning to the company for the 8 Minutes Spring tour 2019.
SAKEEMA CROOK DANCER
Sakeema 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 Sakeema has been working in both commercial and contemporary settings; dancing in music videos, gallery exhibitions and fashion promotion. Sakeema has performed in conceptual works by Pablo Bronstein as well as N'da Dance Company, Hubert Essakow, Fevered Sleep, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance. Sakeema recently performed a new solo work, Ulysses Awakes for Alexander Whitley and the 12 Ensemble’s collaborative Aldeburgh residency.
CAITLIN TAYLOR DANCER
Caitlin received her B.F.A. in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College in 2013, and following graduation attended Springboard Danse Montréal performing works by Victor Quijada (RUBBERBANDance Group), Bryan Arias, Barak Marshall, and Elisabeth Motley. Based in NYC, she has performed works by Loni Landon Dance Projects, Loudhound Movement, HEWMAN, Roya Carreras + Artists, Margot Gelber & Maleek Washington, and Isodoc Dance Group. Caitlin has done commercial work appearing in music videos for Zolita, Pussy Riot, Xenia Ghali, Michael Blume, and Dave Mackay. She is also a costume designer, wardrobe coordinator, and wardrobe assistant for several companies and dance schools in the New York City area. After helping with the research and development of 8 Minutes, Caitlin joined AWDC in 2017, touring 8 Minutes to multiple cities across England, Germany, and Belgium. Caitlin has also been a part of the creation of Noumena, which premiered at the Royal Opera House.
JACK THOMSON DANCER
Jack is a London-based dancer, photographer, choreographer and film maker. After training at Rambert School, Jack went on to dance for Phoenix Dance Theatre performing choreography by Itzik Galli, Caroline Finn and Sharon Watson among others.
He was also a featured dancer in ENO’s opera The Indian Queen (2015) choreographed by New York-based Christopher Williams. Jack was also an original dancer in Mark Baldwins’ Inala (2014 – 2015), featuring Ladysmith Black Mambazo, which he performed nationally and internationally, and for the Royal Family at the 2014 Royal Variety Performance. He has danced in Without End and Seedling by choreographer Anthony Middleton and has worked on numerous occasions with Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, for the revival of Strange Blooms in 2015 and Bayadère – The Ninth Life (2017). Jack is excited to have joined AWDC in Autumn 2018.
STEPHEN QUILDAN DANCER
Stephen is a dancer born and raised in London, UK. After training at the BRIT School and Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, he went on to work at English National Ballet, Peter Schaufuss Balletten and Rambert amongst others. He has worked with many choreographers such as Andonis Foniadakis, Didy Veldman, Mark Baldwin, Patricia Okenwa, Christopher Bruce, Dane Hurst, Julie Cunningham, Ben Duke, Nanine Linning and performed works by Itizik Galili, Derek Deane, Merce Cunningham and others. Stephen also previously danced in Alexander Whitley's Frames. In 2017 he was named Dancing Times 'Dancer of the Month'.
Stephen also has an interest in choreography and has created work for Issey Miyake, U2, Resolution Festival and is apart of P/IN THE BUCKET collective.
YU-HSIEN WU DANCER
Yu-Hsien was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan and has been based in London for three years. As a freelance dancer, she has worked with various artists and choreographers including Russell Maliphant, Marina Mascarell, Morgann Runacre-Temple, and Ming-Lung Yang.
Wu’s self-choreographed solo Dirty Paw was selected and performed at UK Young Artists-City Takeover 2019 and Resolution 2018. Previous works include Childhood and Cross, which won awards from the Chin-Lin Foundation Dance Alliance and 2011 Next Choreography Project. Wu is currently working with Gandini Juggling & Alexander Whitley Dance Company.