Lanre is an award-winning director, choreographer, writer and performance artist working across theatre and film.
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 and unique element of Lanre’s work stems from Rudolf Laban's movement psychology, which he uses to create dynamic and bold movement charged with truth.
Lanre 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 and transferred to the Roundhouse in October 2019.
He was chosen as the overall winner of the ZEALOUS EMERGE PERFORMANCE PRIZE, a nationwide search championing the UK’s best emerging performance artists. Selected by industry-recognized judges including: Akram Khan, Peter Higgin (Punchdrunk) and In-Sook Chapp. As well as being the chosen choreographer for the inaugural OLD VIC 12; a talent group supported by the Old Vic Theatre.
Other work includes:
‘I CAN'T BREATHE’ (Theatre) Director & Choreographer
Commissioned to tour USA in association with Sadler's Wells associate company Breakin' Convention, 2017.
DEAR MR. SHAKESPEARE (Short Film) Choreographer & Performer
Commissioned by: British Council film.
Shared on Guardian Website/BBC I-player
Selected for the SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL, 2017
FIGURE (short film), Director and choreographer
Awards: Best Dance Short, New Renaissance Film Festival
Audience Choice, Lights Film Festival (Toronto, Canada)
Best Narrative Drama, Hackney Shorts.
Selected for the BAFTA recognised Aesthetica Film Festival, 2018.
THE CIRCLE (Documentary hybrid short) Director and choreographer
Commissioned by the BFI
World premiere, Sheffield Doc/Fest, 2019.
Awards: Best ScreenDance, Leeds International Film Festival.
Nominated: Best Short Film, Open City Doc Film Festival.
Best Short Documentary, IDFA, 2019.
THE CONVERSATION (Short film) Director and Choreographer
Commissioned as one of 20 filmmakers to create, as part of the Uncertain Kingdom initiative, 2020.
Movement Direction includes: Othello (English Touring Theatre), Blue/Orange (Birmingham Rep), Karagula (Soho), The Pulverised (Arcola).
Lanre is also a trained actor, graduating from Drama Centre London and has worked extensively in theatre and television.