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Christopher Akrill

Artistic Director

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 2013 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 Stijn Celis, Alexander Ekman, Javier De Frutos, Christopher Gable, Rui Horta, Johan Inger, Jirí Kylián, Gillian Lynne, Hans van Manen, Ohad Naharin, Jens Östberg, Crystal Pite, Caroline Pope and Didy Veldman, and directors including Matthew Dunster, Rufus Norris and William Oldroyd. 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 other credits have included Lucky (Waiting for Godot, BeMe Theatre), Emcee (Cabaret, Lyric Theatre), roles in Dr Dee (English National Opera) and 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.

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