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DJ Walde



British musician Danilo ‘DJ’ Walde is musical director of ZooNation Dance Company. He made his Royal Opera House debut in 2014 with ZooNation’s The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, revised in 2016 for the Roundhouse.

Walde grew up in London and studied at Brunel University. He joined ZooNation as musical director in 2003 and has created and performed music for ZooNation’s shows Into the Hoods, Groove on Down the Road and (with Cohen) Some Like it Hip Hop and the short dance film The Holloway Laundrette, as well as further work for ZooNation Academy of Dance and ZooNation’s Youth Company. Walde’s other theatre and dance credits have included Pericles for the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Little Mermaid for Bristol Old Vic and Funk Da Cirque at Circus Fest 2012 at the Roundhouse. He is leader of the Roundhouse Experimental Choir, through which he has collaborated with ensembles including the London Contemporary Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and with artists Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Ghostpoet, Deptford Goth and Ana Silvera.

Walde is a founding member of the band Royal Treatment Plant, whose releases include Hope is Not Enough and Halfway to the Sun. His DJ appearances have included at the London Paralympics Opening Ceremony.


News and features

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party dance highlight: ‘Find your groove’

17 January 2017
<em>The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party</em> dance highlight: ‘Find your groove’

Share the joy in ZooNation’s infectious, hip-hop celebration of embracing all the things that make us who we are.

Dance Essentials: ZooNation’s The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

9 December 2016
Dance Essentials: ZooNation’s <em>The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party</em>

Our quick introduction to this fabulous hip-hop take on favourite characters from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, remixed for the unique space of the Roundhouse.