Born in West Glamorgan, Nigerian/Welsh choreographer Henri Oguike studied at the London Contemporary Dance School and in 1994, became a founder member of the Richard Alston Dance Company performing with them until 1998. Later the same year, a snapped achilles tendon almost saw him bring his career to an end.
In late 1999, he formed Henri Oguike Dance Company (HODC) which quickly made an impact, picking up the Time Out Live Award for the ‘Most Outstanding New Company’ in 2001.
Oguike has been dubbed one of the most musical choreographers of his generation. He has been drawn to a wide range of composers from Scarlatti to Shostakovich, Steve Martland and Ali Farka Toure. His adventurous spirit and passion for live music has seen him collaborate with internationally renowned musicians and music ensembles including Pedro Carneiro, Iain Ballamy, Taiko Meantime, Pavou and the Britten Sinfonia orchestra.
Oguike has been commissioned to make pieces for Phoenix Dance Theatre, Holland Dance Festival, Southbank Centre, Ballet Black, Wired Aerial Theatre, Companhia Nacional de Bailado (Portugal), Rambert Dance Company (UK) and Aterballetto (Italy). Films include 'Second Frame' for the Arte channel and 'Falling' for Channel 4.
The last decade has seen the Company flourish and carve out a place for itself at the heart of the British contemporary dance scene while continuing to make advances in the international arena. The Company has won many plaudits, most notably the award for ‘Outstanding Repertoire (Modern)’ from the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards.
Henri has now relaunched himself as a freelance artist after twelve years as Artistic Director of HODC. Current projects include a unique collaboration with Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
National Youth Dance Wales
Henri and his team of international dancers ran a series of open, regional workshops that gave young people a chance to be selected for a two-week long summer residency. The annual course and open workshops offered the most talented dancers the opportunity to live and work alongside professional dancers and culminated in a production by the students under the direction of Henri Oguike.
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