English dancer and choreographer Alexander Whitley is a Choreographic Affiliate with The Royal Ballet, a New Wave Associate with Sadler’s Wells Theatre and holds an Associate Company position with Rambert. In the 2013/14 Season he creates The Measures Taken for his company of five dancers in the Linbury Studio Theatre and a new piece for The Royal Ballet. He has created two works for the Company's Draft Works (All that is solid melts into air, 2013, and Entropy, 2011) and commissions for ROH2's Summer Collection (2009) and Exposure Dance (2012).
Whitley was born in Penrith and trained at The Royal Ballet School. He was with Birmingham Royal Ballet 2000–04 and Rambert 2004–10, where he worked with choreographers including Rafael Bonachela, Christopher Bruce, Michael Clark, Javier de Frutos, Siobhan Davies, Garry Stewart, Emanuel Gat, Karole Armitage, Itzik Galili and Mark Baldwin. He was a guest artist for the Michael Clark Company’s New York tour (2008) and a member of Sydney Dance Company before joining Wayne McGregor | Random Dance 2010–13. Choreographic commissions include for ArtsCross Taipei (2011). He regularly participates in Sadler’s Wells’ Summer University choreographic course with Jonathan Burrows.
Whitley has twice been nominated in the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards, was shortlisted for the Arts Foundation choreographic fellowship in 2011 and nominated as a Breakthrough Artist in the 2014 Sky Arts South Bank Awards. Film work includes a Discovery Channel film directed by Tim Meara and a short film with DuckEye.
News and features
14 May 2014
The choreographer's new programme stars Eric Underwood, Melissa Hamilton and Marcelino Sambé of The Royal Ballet.
23 April 2013
First Artist Nathalie Harrison on swapping performing for choreographing.
10 April 2013
Helpful links and information on booking for forthcoming performances.
1 February 2012
We take a look at four of the acts involved in this year's Exposure:Dance.