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Christopher Akrill

Biography

Christopher Akrill in action.
Charlotte Broom and Christopher Akrill in Three & Four Quarters ©Urban Jören/ROH 2012

Christopher Akrill is Co-Artistic Director of HeadSpaceDance with Charlotte Broom. HeadSpaceDance has presented two programmes in the Linbury Studio Theatre: Three and Four Quarters and If Play is Play…. Akrill has danced regularly in the Linbury, in roles including Captain Alving (Cathy Marston's Ghosts) and the title role in Will Tuckett's Pinocchio. In the 2013/14 Season he danced Badger (Tuckett's The Wind in the Willows) in the Duchess Theatre, in the Royal Opera House's first West End transfer.

Akrill was born in York and trained at Northern Ballet School. He has worked with companies including Scottish Ballet, Northern Ballet, Malmö Ballet, Hannover State Ballet, Deutsche Oper am Rhein and Cullberg Ballet (1998–2010). Roles have included Prince Siegfried (Mats Ek’s Swan Lake), Mercutio (Romeo and Juliet), Ebenezer Scrooge (A Christmas Carol) and Carabosse (The Sleeping Beauty). He has worked with choreographers including Jirí Kylián, Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, Alexander Ekman, Stijn Celis, Johan Inger, Didy Veldman, Rui Horta, Jens Östberg, Javier de Frutos, Gillian Lynne, Caroline Pope, Hans van Manen and Christopher Gable, and directors including Rufus Norris, William Oldroyd and Matthew Dunster. His awards include the Christer Holgersson Award from the Carina Ari Foundation and a Riksteatern Award for his artistic contributions and excellence in dance.

Akrill's recent credits have included Lucky (Waiting for Godot, BeMe Theatre), Emcee (Cabaret, Lyric Theatre), roles in Dr Dee (English National Opera), The Most Incredible Thing (Sadler's Wells), in film Anna Karenina and Muppets Most Wanted and on television 'Mr Selfridge'.

Videos

News and features

HeadSpaceDance on how film and theatre have influenced their creative process

HeadSpaceDance on how film and theatre have influenced their creative process

20 March 2014

Charlotte Broom and Christopher Akrill return to the ROH with a trio of dance-theatre collaborations in April 2014.

Dancer-led collaboration features a trio of world premieres

Dancer-led collaboration features a trio of world premieres

24 August 2012

HeadSpaceDance debut in the ROH’s Linbury Theatre with a diverse programme of new work.

Photos

Christopher Akrill, Charlotte Broom and Clemmie Sveaas in new work by HeadSpaceDance © HeadSpaceDance

Christopher Akrill from HeadSpaceDance in rehearsals © HeadSpaceDance 2014

Christopher Akrill, Charlotte Broom and Clemmie Sveaas in new work by HeadSpaceDance © HeadSpaceDance

Christopher Akrill, Charlotte Broom and Clemmie Sveaas in new work by HeadSpaceDance © HeadSpaceDance

Christopher Akrill, Charlotte Broom and Clemmie Sveaas in new work by HeadSpaceDance © HeadSpaceDance

Christopher Akrill, Charlotte Broom and Clemmie Sveaas in new work by HeadSpaceDance © HeadSpaceDance

Christopher Akrill, Charlotte Broom and Clemmie Sveaas in new work by HeadSpaceDance © HeadSpaceDance

Christopher Akrill, Charlotte Broom and Clemmie Sveaas in new work by HeadSpaceDance © HeadSpaceDance

Christopher Akrill, Charlotte Broom and Clemmie Sveaas in new work by HeadSpaceDance © HeadSpaceDance

Christopher Akrill, Charlotte Broom and Clemmie Sveaas in new work by HeadSpaceDance © HeadSpaceDance

Christopher Akrill, Charlotte Broom and Clemmie Sveaas in new work by HeadSpaceDance © HeadSpaceDance

Christopher Akrill as Badger and Kayleigh Gore as Rabbit in The Wind in the Willows. © Johan Persson

Christopher Akrill © Urban Jörén, 2013

Charlotte Broom and Christopher Akrill in Three & Four Quarters ©Urban Jören/ROH 2012

Charlotte Broom and Christopher Akrill in Three & Four Quarters ©Urban Jören/ROH 2012

Charlotte Broom and Christopher Akrill in Three & Four Quarters ©Urban Jören/ROH 2012

Clemmie Sveaas as Young Mrs. Alving, Charlotte Broom as Mrs Alving in Ghosts. ©Dee Conway/ROH 2006

Charlotte Broom as Mrs Alving and Christopher Akrill as Mr Alving in Ghosts. ©Dee Conway/ROH 2006

Christopher Akrill as Lampwick in Pinocchio ©Johan Persson/ROH 2006