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 developed a strong interest in dance at a young age. She completed full-time training at the Western Australian Academy of performing Arts, graduating with a Bachelor of Dance. During this time she also achieved the Royal Academy of Dance Solo Seal Award. Tia joined Alexander Whitley Dance Company for the creation and Sadler’s Wells premiere of 8 Minutes, soon followed by the Royal Opera House premiere of Noumena. She has since been involved in other new creations including Strange Stranger, Between Two Fires and Overflow. Tia has also expanded her artistic vocabulary in an innovative collaboration with esteemed contemporary circus company, Gandini Juggling, for Spring. With these companies, Tia has toured to various theatres and festivals extensively nationally and internationally.
As a London-based freelance artist, Tia has also worked for shoots, films, other experimental projects and taught workshops with Alexander Whitley Dance Company, James Cousins Company, Richard Chappell, Ballet Works, Sister’s Grimm and The Bartlett School of Architecture, 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.
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.
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.
TRAVIS CLAUSEN-KNIGHT DANCER
Travis Clausen-Knight was born in Cape Town, South Africa. After moving to England he graduated from the Arts Educational School, Tring Park in 2009. He toured internationally with Matthew Bourne's New Adventures, Company Wayne McGregor and danced for Michael Clark, Tavaziva, A.D. Dance, Combination Dance and M&T Motion in Dance. Travis has also pursued creative work in fashion, featuring in several collections for upcoming brands such as Kawakey, Jamie Elwood and DEMO Fashion as well as in campaigns for Cerruti 1881 and Cos. During his time with these companies Travis has pursued a creative career in choreography, having been commissioned to create works that have been performed internationally in Australia, Japan and around Europe. His work explores a deep connection to the question of “What it is to be human?” and is inspired constantly by the many facets of human nature. Alongside his ambitions to choreograph, Travis commits to mentoring and teaching young creatives.
JOSHUA ATTWOOD DANCER
Joshua Attwood, originally from Nottingham, trained at the London Contemporary Dance School. In 2013, Joshua got the opportunity to work for a Changing Perceptions Research Project, looking into the progression routes for young disabled dancers; working as an integrated dance company under the direction of Stopgap Dance Company. In the same year he joined the National Youth Dance Company for 2 years, working with Guest Artistic Directors Akram Khan and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. The works premiered at Sadlers Wells Theatre before touring the UK. Since then, Joshua has performed works by Robert Cohan, James Cousins, Julie Cunningham and Hofesh Shechter among others. Joshua has spent the last year as a dancer for Rambert2 touring repertoire from Benoit Swan Pouffer, Rafael Bonachela, Ohad Naharin and Sharon Eyal. Currently he is completing his Masters Degree researching anarchy, artistic transgression and rhizomatic structures, whilst also continuing to develop and integrate this research into his practice as a choreographer and dance performer.