Avant Garde Dance Company is at the forefront of London’s innovative Hip hop/ Contemporary Dance scene. The company was founded in 2001 and is led by Artistic Director Tony Adigun.
Having gained extensive experience in the world of commercial dance, Tony set out to transform a group of hip hop dancers into a unique company that could also explore contemporary influences and create a more unusual, abstract and artistic practice. The company’s dynamic performances explore a myriad of styles, themes and media, whilst embracing different genres and forms of music, dance, literature, circus and digital work.
The mantra ‘Innovate Never Replicate’ is evident throughout the work as the company embraces a sense of difference, individuality and uniqueness.
Avant Garde Dance has performed in the UK and internationally at venues and festivals including: The Place, Breakin’ Convention, Sadler’s Wells, Pavilion Dance, Southbank Centre, The Barbican, DanceXchange, Greenwich Dance, Latitude Festival, British Dance Edition, Greenwich & Docklands International Festival, Brighton Dome, East London Dance at Stratford Circus, Barcelona Festival and Madison Square Gardens New York.
Since 2015, Avant Garde Dance Company has reached over 170,000 audiences and engaged over 2000 young people in learning opportunities.
Tony is a choreographer, director, curator, dancer, educator and mentor with a razor sharp eye for dance composition, musicality and form. His unique dance vocabulary has gained respect from the highest echelons of the dance industry.
His iconic choreography and style has resulted in commissions to choreograph work for Cirque de Soleil in Andorra, Fontys in Tilburg, and for festivals in Vietnam, America, Poland, Russia and Portugal, as well as in the UK with Breakin Convention, The Place/Alston Takes Over and Greenwich and Docklands International Festival.
Tony was a semi-finalist in The Place Prize 2012 and was also commissioned by The Place to remake Richard Alston’s ‘Wildlife’ as part of Dance Umbrella 2011, which subsequently went on tour with graduate company Edge. In 2012 he was invited by Breakin’ Convention to research and develop a new work in conjunction with Parc de la Villette in Paris. He was co-choreographer on the Royal Opera House Education and East London Dance production of The Last Genie. He was guest choreographer for The Exhibitionists, an international ensemble of acrobats and dancers brought together for the Road Show festival on Exhibition Road.
Commercially he has performed with internationally recognised artists including Janet Jackson, Usher, Ashanti, Mel B, JoJo, Cheryl Cole and Whitney Houston and was the Creative Director for Sky 1’s ‘Got To Dance’.
James has worked in the arts for 17 years, predominantly in performing arts venues, including as General Manager at Chelsea Theatre on the King’s Road and Chief Executive of Jacksons Lane in Highgate. During this time he has been lucky enough to work across varied art forms including theatre, dance, live art, music and contemporary circus.
Emma started her AG journey as a student in training, she used this time to gain a refined skill set to put to practice as she worked her way up the ranks of the company and agency: training student to professional dancer to choreographer to creative assistant. Her close working relationship with the agency allows her choreography to coincide with the creative vision telepathically.
Lisa trained at London Contemporary Dance School and has a BA Hons in Contemporary dance. She has performed internationally with companies including: Rosie Kay Dance Company, The Generating Company, Ffin Dance, Ijad Dance Company, Arthur Pita, Sheron Wrey, Smallpetitklein, Rachel Lopez De La Nieta and Ben Ash.
More recently Lisa was Assistant Choreographer for The Generating Company and Ffin Dance. Lisa has worked with Avant Garde Dance Company as a lead performer (Nancy in Fagin’s Twist), and works as the company’s associate director and choreographer.
Sara Gordon trained at the Theatre School of Dance and Drama in Edinburgh and has worked in many different dance scenes from contemporary to commercial work, musical theatre to cruise liners. Sara has performed with artists such as Robbie Williams, Sophie Ellis Bexter, Cheryl Cole, Diana Ross and in adverts for the BBC and Hits TV.
Sara has worked as an Assistant Director at Avant Garde Dance Company for 7 years and has also worked with choreographers: Freddie Opoku -Addaie (Jagged Antics), Saju Hari, Mikaela Polly (Rambert Dance Company) and Teddy Forance.
Avant Garde Dance is a not-for-profit arts company limited by guarantee, governed by a Board of Directors:
AG also works with a range of freelance producers, managers and artists to deliver its exciting programme of work.
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