Alexander Whitley Dance Company presents innovative and highly-crafted productions working with leaders in digital design and technology. Whitley's rich and intricate choreography draws on his background in classical and contemporary dance and is noted for its strong musicality and striking visual design.
Recent work has explored the potential for human movement and choreographic thinking to be extended into the digital realm. Whitley's ongoing investigation focuses on the increasingly ubiquitous presence of technology in our day-to-day lives and engages artists who explore the creative possibilities afforded by new technologies, with the aim of charting new territory for dance and choreography.
With these works, Whitley aims to engage traditional and new audiences, broadening the scope of dance as an artform and elucidating the meaning and value of movement in relation to other mediums such as music, science and new technologies.
Alexander Whitley is a New Wave Associate at Sadler's Wells Theatre, an Associate Artist at DanceEast, Associate Company at Rambert and a former Affiliate Choreographer of the Royal Ballet Studio programme (2012-14). He has twice been nominated for the UK Critics' Circle National Dance Awrds and was a shortlisted Breakthrough Artist in the 2014 Sky Arts South Bank Awards.
8 Minutes is Alexander Whitley Dance Company's first major work created for the main stage at Sadler's Wells Theatre. The project was two years in the making, and is about to embark in its first tour this autumn 2017. The work is available for touring through 2018 and is suitable for both dance and science programmes.
It takes just eight minutes for sunlight to travel 93 million miles to earth. In this unique collaboration with scientists from STFC RAL Space, choreographer Alexander Whitley takes inspiration from solar science research and its stunning imagery.
Dance, film and music take us on a journey through the universe, revealing the drama of the burning ball of plasma that illuminates our planet and exploring the numerous ways in which we relate to our home star. With an installation of high-definition imagery from visual artist Tal Rosner and a specially created score by the electroacoustic music innovator Daniel Wohl, 8 Minutes captures our curiosity and wonder for this unimaginably vast subject.
"Whitley's choreography establishes its own enriching animating narrative: the burnished pulsing duet that feels like the heartbeat of the universe, the languid. insouciant ensemble where the dancers look like a freebooting drift of cosmic matter." The Guardian
8 Minutes is a Sadler's Wells commission, DanceEast and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance co-commission.
As part of the 8 Minutes touring activity, AWDC offers Meet the Artist & Scientist talks, dance technique workshops based on 8 Minutes for professional and student dancers, workshops for families as well as a Creative Learning Programme for schools aimed at students aged 9–10 years. Developed with input from STFC RAL Space scientists, these week-long residencies combine concepts of choreography and space science to explore the parallels between the two. For more information please contact Rachel Evans, Creative Learning Programme Manager.
How do we remember in the digital age?
In this visually arresting new work, choreographer Alexander Whitley and digital artist Memo Akten join forces at the cutting edge of dance and motion responsive technology.
Opening up questions about learning and memory in relation to artificlal intelligence, Pattern Recognition furthers a line of enquiry drawing on Whitley's interest in philosophy, technology and design which seeks to redefine the boundaries between dance and other art forms. The work uses a responsive system of moving lights which can track, learn from and intelligently respond to the two dancers it observers.
With music by Scanner and Oliver Coates and costumes by Jean-Marc Puissant.
Commissioned by Sadler’s Wells, co-commissioned by DanceEast and co-produced by Hessisches Staatsballett/Staatstheater Darmstadt & Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden and MA Scène Nationale–Pays de Montbéliard with support from Arts Council England, Panalux, the PRS Foundation for Music, Laban Theatre, Jerwood Space, South East Dance and Prettybird UK.
In addition to performances, the Alexander Whitley Dance Company offers Meet the Artist discussions, technique/choreographic workshops based on the themes and vocabulary of the work and lecture/demonstrations on the dance/digital creative process.
"Alexander Whitley's poetic and playful creation captures the alien unknowableness of the universe, as well as its visual magic."
The Guardian (UK)
"Alexander Whitley has been an 'up and coming' talent for a while now, his work always intellectually engaged and technically skilled... I think we can say, however, that he has now arrived, in some style..."
London Evening Standard (UK)
"These are sophisticated games to play with an audience... Whitley himself looks like a real choreographic talent."
The Observer (UK)
Whitley...has a fecundity of ideas, the skill to make them theatrical and he floods the stage with feelings and vivid, stimulating dance."
The Financial Times (UK)
"Whitley is a choreographer of quiet distinction"
The Guardian (UK)