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. 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 recipient 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 Kylie Minogue for Brighton Pride, Coldplay, Aggro Santos, Ebony Bones, Kimberly Walsh, Xbox, T-Mobile, Martini and D&G.
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PRESS FOR WALKER AND HIS WORK
"Walker is taking Hip-Hop into thrillingly new terrain" - The Guardian
"A talent to watch" - The Evening Standard
"Walker seeds expressive meaning into a movement vocabulary where we expect the head, not the heart, to go spinning" - The Herald
"This is the new generation of street dance" - The Times
"Stand-Out Dance of Summer 2017" - The Guardian on "SKIN"
"CAPTIVATING and frankly ingenious" - Scotsgay on "SMOTHER"
"UNPARALLELED BEAUTY...A striking dystopian fairytale reminiscent of Jamie Brittain's Skins" - EdFest Magazine on "SMOTHER"
"SUPERB CHOREOGRAPHY. Electric, emotional and empowering, not to mention visually spectacular"- The 730 Review on "SKIN"
Courtesy of The Joffrey Ballet