ADAM BENJAMIN

Adam Benjamin was joint founder and artistic director of CandoCo Dance Company from 1991 – 1998. During this time he choreographed and helped shape the educational work in partnership with Celeste and company dancers – Lee Parkinson, David Toole, Helen Baggett, Kuldip Singh, Victoria Jane Marks, John French.. and Charlotte Darbyshire. Adam’s early works for the company included Christy Don't Leave So Soon (with Celeste and Lee Parkinson) Cantalope Reel, Flying in the Face of,, Resurrection Shuffle (with Paul Newham) and A Flock Apart.

A long time improviser and a founder member of ‘Five Men Dancing’, he has performed and taught with Kirstie Simson, Rick Nodine, Jordi Cortés, Kim Itoh, and Russell Maliphant. His book Making an Entrance. Theory and practice for disabled and non-disabled dancers (Routledge 2002) is considered a seminal text. He has written extensively on integrated practice and improvisation with chapters for Routledge, Intellect, Triarchy, Palgrave etc.

Adam has choreographed for community groups and professional companies around the world including Vertigo Dance Company, Scottish Dance Theatre and StopGap. In South Africa, shortly after the dismantling of apartheid, he founded the award winning Tshwaragano Dance Company, the first South African dance company integrated on both racial and disability lines. In Ethiopia he developed the integrated strand for the Adugna Dance Theatre Company. He is artistic advisor for, Integrated Dance Company-Kyo, in Japan.

He has received numerous awards in dance including a London TimeOut Performance Award, the Sainsbury’s Award for Education and a Prudential Award (with CandoCo). He has been an Associate Artist at The Place, a Wingate Scholar, a Rayne Choreographic Fellow and recipient of an Arts Council International Artist Fellowship. He was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy in 2013 and was named a Change Maker, by the South Bank Centre in 2015. While on the faculty of at Plymouth University (2008-17) he advised on the design of the new, fully accessible theatre The House. Adam continues to teach and make work internationally as well as teach tai chi in his local community.

www.adambenjamin.co.uk