James Cousins - Choreographer
James has been recognised by Time Out magazine as one of the future faces of dance, called ‘a rising star’ by The Independent and described by Matthew Bourne as ‘one of the UK’s most promising choreographic talents’.
In 2012, he was the winner of the inaugural New Adventures Choreographer Award, selected by Matthew Bourne for his ‘refreshing desire to entertain’. The award culminated in a sold out performance at Sadler’s Wells, London, where his work was critically acclaimed as ‘outstanding’, ‘visually breath-taking’ and ‘spellbindingly beautiful’.
As a freelance choreographer James has been commissioned to create work for companies around the world including National Ballet of Chile, Oper Graz, Royal Ballet of Flanders and Scottish Ballet.
As a dancer James has performed in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake on an international tour including a four-week run at the New York City Centre, and also appeared in the 3D film version of the show. He has also performed internationally including tours with Marc Brew Company, Yorke Dance Project and also appeared in Joe Wright's 2012 film Anna Karenina staring Keira Knightley choreographed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaou.
James is a Work Place artist at The Place and in summer 2015 he was selected to be a part of Sadler’s Wells’ four year Summer University programme.
Wayne Parsons - Choreographer
Wayne Parsons graduated from London Contemporary Dance School with a first-class Bachelor’s Degree (Hons) in Contemporary Dance and a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance. Wayne is a choreographer who creates narrative driven dance-theatre works. He seeks collaborations with people who have an interest in visceral story-telling to create works that deal with narrative through movement, text and stage design.
Works include A Vestige that was a commissioned for Wilton’s Strike! Dance Festival and was premiered at Wilton’s Music Hall in London, the duet Meeting, which was premiered at The Place Theatre, London as a part of Resolution! 2013 and was a finalist at the 6th Copenhagen International Choreography Competition and was performed as part of Big Dance 2016. In 2008, Wayne created and danced the solo Visiting Then for NDCWales. Preceding this commission, he choreographed Publicly Private Me and Chrysalis, which were toured by NDCWales in 2007 and 2006, respectively. Wayne has also made works for London Studio Centre, Intoto Dance Company, London Contemporary Dance School, Arts Active Cardiff and Monmouthshire Youth Dance Company amongst others.
Wayne’s long-term engagements as a performer include five years of domestic and international touring with National Dance Company of Wales (NDCWales), three years with Richard Alston Dance Company and Wayne moved to Australia on an invitation by Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela to join Sydney Dance Company for a year.
Wayne has also worked with Motionhouse, Yorke Dance Project, SmallPetitKlein, Joe Moran Dance, Oguike Dance, Alexander Whitley Dance Company, Mark Bruce Company and Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company and performed works by the likes of Jacopo Godani, Itzik Galili, Stephen Shropshire and Stephen Petronio amongst others.
Wayne is a teacher on the CAT Ipswich programme. He has also taught and led workshops at Codarts Rotterdam, London Contemporary Dance School, Trinity Laban and London Studio Centre. Wayne also teaches regularly for professional companies and open professional platforms throughout the UK.
Joseph Toonga - Choreographer
Joseph is an award-winning choreographer, originally from Cameroon but raised in East End London. He is fascinated with the rawness and precision that Hip-Hop provides, and fusing this with the shaping and structure more commonly used in contemporary choreography. Joseph creates a unique physical vocabulary that also incorporates storytelling and narrative, in order to communicate stories and experiences that a wide-ranging audience can identify with.
Alongside his independent practice, he also leads Just Us Dance Theatre, founded in 2007. JUDT works from an ethos to inspire, nurture and support the next generation of dance artists. We do this by providing the right conditions to create, collaborate, and showcase – such as through our ACE funded ‘Let’s Shine’ Mentorship programme.
Joseph is a resident artist at Greenwich Dance, presenting work nationally and internationally, and has been supported and commissioned by a range of partners. Highlights include:
- Commission for ‘Blueprint Bursary’, supported by East London Dance, Sadler’s Wells and London Youth Dance – invited to be part of Multi-Dance Movement Festival (Amsterdam).
- Winner 2nd place at Concours Choreographique International de Paris (2013).
- Commission for the Germany National Youth Ballet.
- Commission for Edge Postgraduate Company 2015 -16 Tour
- Winner of Best Choreography Award in 2015 at Reverb Dance Festival (New York)
- Commission for The Place and Richard Alston Dance Company’s 20th Anniversary.
Ben Payne - Lighting Design
Ben Payne trained with the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, joining in 1995 as one of its youngest ever technical members. He has lit shows throughout the UK and the world, from Shakespeare to commercial dance and everything in between, and this is his 11th year lighting INTOTO DANCE. His work can be seen at www.benpayne.net
Martina Trottmann - Costume Design
Martina is a London based Swiss costume designer, couturier and textile artist. Her eclectic collection of projects reach over a decade and range from theatre and immersive theatrical events to opera, dance, film and TV as well as textile work and related education.