Lanre is an award-winning director, choreographer and performance artist working across theatre and film.

He was commissioned by the Camden Peoples Theatre to write, choreograph and perform his solo show ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM which had a sold-out 3-week run at the venue and went on to be picked up by the Roundhouse for a limited run in October 2019.

 

In 2018, Lanre was chosen as the overall winner of the ZEALOUS EMERGE PERFORMANCE PRIZE, a nationwide search championing the UK’s best emerging performance artists. He was selected by industry-recognized judges including: Akram Khan, Peter Higgin (Punchdrunk) and In-Sook Chapp.

In 2016, he was the chosen choreographer for the inaugural OLD VIC 12; a talent group supported by the Old Vic Theatre. He was the choreographer and movement artist on The British Council film ‘DEAR MR. SHAKESPEARE, which aired on the BBC and was selected for the SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL in 2017.
 

In November 2017, a piece Lanre directed, choreographed and performed in entitled ‘I CAN'T BREATHE’, was commissioned to tour four states in USA in association with Sadler's Wells associate company Breakin' Convention, as well as receiving the HOP FESTIVAL Dance-theatre award after performing at Mercat de les Flors in Barcelona.

FIGURE, a movement film Lanre directed, choreographed and features in, has won multiple awards, including the New Renaissance Film Festival BEST DANCE SHORT, Lights Dance Film Festival AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD (Toronto, Canada) and Hackney Shorts BEST NARRATIVE DRAMA. As well as being selected for festivals around the world including Zanzibar Film Festival, Afrika Film Festival & the BAFTA recognised Aesthetica Film Festival.

He was commissioned by the BFI doc society to create his documentary-movement hybrid film THE CIRCLE, which had it's world premiere at Sheffield Doc/Festival and nominated for multiple awards including BEST SHORT FILM (Open City Film Festival) and BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY (International Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam) 2019.

He was chosen and commissioned as one of 20 filmmakers to create his next film THE CONVERSATION, part of the Uncertain Kingdom initiative (in post-production).

Lanre’s work merges text, hip-hop & contemporary dance with physical theatre to create work which aims to enhance and challenge our social and political worldviews. A key element of Lanre’s work stems from Rudolf Laban's movement psychology, which he uses to create dynamic and bold choreography charged with truth.

Lanre is also a trained actor, graduating from Drama Centre London and has worked extensively in theatre and television.

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