CHOREOGRAPHER // MOVEMENT DIRECTOR

 

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY PANEL - HARLEM, NYC


As part of the recent U.S tour with Breakin' Convention, Lanre was asked to take part on an artists panel talk for Columbia University, NYC, alongside world renowned artists Jonzi D, Salah, and BeeD. Chaired by Leitner Professor of African Studies and Member of the Committee on Global Thought, Mamadou Diouf, the talk explored the global conversation on hip-hop and social consciousness in line with their work.

Full feature here: http://cgt.columbia.edu/cgt-events/hiphop/

 


'HAPPIFUL' MAGAZINE
 FEATURE


A filmed extract of Lanre's solo "Elephant in the Rom" has been featured by Happiful magizine on their website. The film (Shot by Canvas Arts) which is choreographed & performed by Lanre, explores the stigma attached mental illness, through the perspective young man. 
Lanre is currently developing this into a full length dance-theatre production, supported by the Michael Grandage Company and the Camden's People's Theatre.

Happifull Magazine feature here.

 

"MAC FESTIVAL" BARCELONA COMMISSION


Protocol have been commissioned to perform at the renowned MAC Festival in Barcelona, their biggest annual festival which takes place September of every year. Performances will take place every day between the 22nd - 25th September, 2017.
Protocol will be performing an extract from Lanre's duet piece "I Can't Breathe".

 

 


PROTOCOL TO TOUR THE USA


Protocol will be going stateside with Sadler's Wells associate company "Breakin' Convention" , who pick the best dance-theatre companies/performers from around the world, which use hip-hop dance in interesting ways and take them on their annual 3-week U.S tour.
Protocol will be performing an extract of Lanre's duet piece "I Can't Breathe"

Locations include: NYC, Miami, Charlotte and Denver.
Full details here: 

 

MICHAEL GRANDAGE BURSARY 


On behalf of the Michael Grandage Company, Lanre was recently chosen as a 2017, MGC futures award recipient. He will receive financial and ongoing mentoring support from the MGC futures team. 

His chosen project will be to hold an R&D development week on "Elephant in the Room", a solo production which explores the complexities of experiencing mental illness as a man and dissecting the stigma attached to it.  Official press release on the award here.

 

 

BRITISH COUNCIL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

Lanre has been chosen as a recipient of the British Council’s Edinburgh artist development program. This program is part of the British Council’s Edinburgh Showcase, alongside the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and is a professional development opportunity aiming to encourage diversity in performing arts. 

Out of an outstanding amount of applications, 8 artists were chosen and will gain special access to the Edinburgh Showcase, the British council’s platform of UK performance for an audience of international promoters. Official press release here.

 

 
 

ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

Protocol have been selected as artists in residence at the renowned Oxford Playhouse Theatre!

The Evolve Artists in Residence scheme supports three artists or companies each year with seed funding for projects or research and development, the provision of free rehearsal space, and mentoring, advice and support from the Playhouse team.

Full press release here: https://www.oxfordplayhouse.com/artist-development/evolve/

SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL


Lanre was the movement artist and choreographer on The British Council film ‘Dear Mr Shakespeare’, which was featured on The Guardian website, screened by the BBC and selected for the renowned Sundance Film Festival this year.


Dear Mister Shakespeare, questions Shakespeare on the inherent racial tensions within Othello, and how these tensions continue to resonate today.

 

 

ARTS COUNCIL GRANT


Lanre recently received an Arts Council grant to fund a two-week Research and Development process on his dance-theatre piece 
‘I Can’t Breathe’.


 “I Can’t Breathe” takes an in-depth and uncompromising look at racism in our society. From the epidemic of black killings by police officers in America to the reality of being a young black man living in London.

 The R&D took place in February 2017 with Protocol Dance Company, and is currently in development to be made into a full length production.


 

LEICESTER COMMISSION


Lanre has been commissioned to take his new solo "Elephant in the Room" to Leicester as part of the Lets Dance international Frontiers festival 'Autograph'.

'Autograph' is a platform that supports and nurtures emerging artists, commissioning them to develop new work to be performed in Leicester. (In association with Dance4 and Attenborough Arts Centre.)  More details here.


THE OLD VIC 12

Lanre was a choreographer as part of The renowned "Old Vic 12" scheme (2016). The Old Vic is one of the leading theates in the UK.
Artistic Director Matthew Warchus said of The Old Vic 12: “The selected 12 artists who will take part in our new programme, The Old Vic 12, are exceptionally talented people who we hope will benefit from the vitality and creativity of this unique theatre. We are excited to have them participate in the new season and to offer our assistance as they develop their practice in proximity to the great artists we have involved here at The Old Vic. .” 

Official press release here.

 

 

MOVEMENT DIRECTION


Lanre was the movement director and choreographer for the UK premier of 'The Pulverised' at the Arcola Theatre.

"The Pulverised is a vital new play about escaping the rat race, overcoming borders and discovering new life. 

Following an explosive premiere at the Strasbourg National Theatre and winner of the Grand Prix de la literature, Alexander Badea's timely and captivating drama arrives in the UK with a new English translation. "


Played at the Arcola Theatre & York Theatre Royal.

4* Evening Standard review.

 

INTERNATIONAL DANCE AWARD


In December 2016, Protocol Dance Company were awarded first place international winners for 'Festival HOP', an annual dance-theatre festival held in Barcelona, in one of their largest theaters
 (Mercat De lefloras).


The winning piece in 2016 was an extract performed from 'I Can't Breathe',  directed and choreographed by Lanre.