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Wilkie Branson

Biography

My work as a film-maker and choreographer began as a breakdancer in my teens and early 20s. Driven by a passion to tell stories and push boundaries I have developed my own movement vocabulary, which is a fusion between breakdance and contemporary, choreographed live dance and film productions that have toured the UK and the world, and I continue to work internationally as a movement director.

In 2012 I presented a hybrid live and film work White Caps for Bristol Old Vic at British Dance Edition (BDE) 2012. As a result of BDE, the live dance and film production toured the UK North America, Asia and Europe. The film element was additionally screened and broadcast in over 50 countries winning multiple awards including the 2012 Arts Foundation Award for choreography.

After White Caps I collaborated with theatre director Sally Cookson on two productions for young audiences: Boing! (Offie Award winner for Best Production for Young People aged 1-7) still touring after 200+ performances, and Varmints, a dance and projection mapped production co-commissioned by East London Dance, Sadler’s Wells and Stratford Circus. Varmints toured nationally twice in 2013 and 2015. In 2013 I became New Wave Associate with Sadler’s Wells. In summer 2017 I became Playtime Artist at Pavilion Dance South West (PDSW).

Little Dreams, my most recent dance short, which reinvents past live and film works in a short dance for camera format, has received multiple awards including the Best Film and Animation prize at IMZ Dance Screen 2016. It has since been licensed in 37 territories, and been viewed online over 135,000 times. My work continues to explore the meeting point between dance, animation and film.

What will you be working on during your time at PDSW?

I will be developing my latest work TOM; an integrated dance-for-camera installation combining cutting edge technologies in film, animation & sound design that the audience will watch end-on with immersive surround sound.

In this emotive choreography and handcrafted digital world we follow TOM on his daily commute as he struggles to remember what life was like as a boy & how he became the man he is now. Set in a hinterland between the civilised world & the wild, TOM tells the story of one man’s journey to rediscover who he really is.

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Read our Q&A with Wilkie here >>>

TOM Workflow RnD from Wilkie Branson on Vimeo.

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