201 DANCE COMPANY
201 Dance Company brings together experienced artists and producers to create daring new work that is socially responsive and accessible. Our artists share a drive to tell stories that matter and give a voice to underrepresented groups, while bringing striking and original dance to diverse audiences. 201 was founded in 2014 by choreographer and director Andrea Walker, producer Patrick Collier, and a team of 6 experienced and emerging urban and contemporary dancers.
The company's ethos centres around creating challenging dance-theatre that crosses hip-hop and contemporary genres. We are driven to confront controversial issues and challenge social prejudices, and partner with advocacy and outreach charities to use exceptional dance theatre as a vehicle for engaging audiences in topical social issues.
ANDREA WALKER: CHOREOGRAPHER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Andrea Walker is the founder and Artistic Director of 201 Dance Company, and choreographer of 201's award-winning SKIN ("A masterpiece of human sensitivity" - ★★★★★ Ed Fringe Review) and SMOTHER ("Taking Hip-Hop into thrillingly new terrain" - ★★★★ The Guardian). Walker's style is inspired by hip-hop and contemporary movement, and a huge passion for film, which translates to a highly cinematic experience on stage.
Based in Brighton (UK), Walker began dancing aged 14 in Rome, Italy, and continued his study and exploration of dance at The Metropolitan Arts Institute in Phoenix, Arizona (USA), and at The Broadway Dance Center in New York City. He graduated from Broadway Dance Center with a Certificate of Excellence, and was awarded BDC's Outstanding Student Award in June 2014. Walker is also the recepient of a BA in Film & Television Production from the University of Westminster.
Described by The Times as "Taking Hip Hop into promising new avenues", Walker recently choreographed HOME, a world-premiere for the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago ("Hauntingly effective" - Chicago Sunday Times)
Other credits include Coldplay, Aggro Santos, Ebony Bones, Kimberly Walsh, Xbox, T-Mobile, Martini and D&G.
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PATRICK COLLIER: PRODUCER AND ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
PATRICK COLLIER PRODUCTION COMPANY make cutting edge theatre and dance with some of the UK’s most exciting companies, and are driven to confront issues that challenge social prejudices. Patrick is currently producing Graeae Theatre Co’s Re:Imagine India project as part of the UK/India Year of Culture, and has worked recently as a producer and director with Theatre Témoin, Access All Areas, Theatre Re, and Sparkle and Dark.