Alexander Whitley is a London based choreographer working at the cutting edge of British contemporary dance where he has developed a reputation for a bold interdisciplinary approach to dance making, producing technologically innovative and thought-provoking stage productions as well as exploring the creative possibilities being opened up by new digital platforms. His intricate choreography draws on his background in classical and contemporary dance and is noted for its strong musicality and striking visual design.
Alexander has created work for several of the UK’s leading companies including The Royal Ballet, Rambert, Balletboyz, Candoco, Gandini Juggling and Birmingham Royal Ballet. Alexander is a founding member of New Movement Collective and a tutor on the Design for Performance and Interaction Masters programme at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. He is also a New Wave Associate at Sadler’s Wells Theatre and a former Choreographic Affiliate of Rambert and The Royal Ballet.
Founding Alexander Whitley Dance Company in 2014, his works have toured the UK and internationally including Sadler’s Wells commissions: Overflow, Strange Stranger, 8 Minutes, Pattern Recognition and The Grit in the Oyster; and Royal Ballet commissions: The Measures Taken and Noumena. Working in partnership with The Guardian’s VR studio he created the virtual reality experience Celestial Motion which has recently been extended into Celestial Motion II in collaboration with HTC Vive Arts.
During the Covid-19 lockdown Alexander launched the Digital Body project, using motion capture technology to remotely collaborate with digital artists and composers in the creation of digital dance films. This has developed to include an augmented reality filter for Instagram and is being extended in a triptych of films called Chaotic Body, the first of which will premiere in October at Roma Europa Festival.
Most recently, Alexander has been commissioned to create a new stage production for Hessisches Staatsballett, which will premiere in Darmstadt, Germany, in October. He is also working on a new Virtual Reality experience based on the seminal ballet The Rite of Spring as part of this year’s cohort of Creative XR.