Alexander Whitley (CBA ’17) is a London-based choreographer and artistic director of Alexander Whitley Dance Company. He has created work for several of the UK’s leading companies including the Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Rambert, Balletboyz and Candoco Dance Company. Working with filmmakers, designers, digital artists and composers, Whitley creates innovative and wide-ranging work that seeks to broaden the scope of dance and elucidate movement across the many mediums it bears relevance to.
His work has been recognized through nominations for the Critics’ Circle, Arts Foundation and Southbank Awards. Whitley is a New Wave Associate artist at Sadler’s Wells theatre, an associate artist at DanceEast, an associate of Rambert and a member of New Movement Collective. His most recent work, Pattern Recognition, is currently touring in the UK and internationally. Whitley’s commissioned works include: Beheld (Candoco), Frames (Rambert), The Murmuring (Balletboyz) and Kin (Birmingham Royal Ballet) and his collaboration with artists Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen (75 Watt) is now in the permanent collection of New York’s MOMA.
At CBA, Whitley researched ideas for his company production, 8 Minutes, an ambitious new work that premiered at Sadler’s Wells in June 2017 exploring our relationship to the sun in partnership with STFC RAL Space, the UK’s leading space science centre. Building on some preliminary work done in the UK he continued to investigate how ideas from physics can be understood in movement and translated into choreographic principles. His work also largely concerned the development of a choreographic toolkit for use in the creative learning programme for schools which accompanied the production.