Avant Garde is a London based company pushing the boundaries of hip-hop and contemporary dance. Our dynamic performances have musicality at their core and explore a myriad of styles, themes and media. Our mantra ‘Innovate Never Replicate’ is evident throughout our portfolio of work, and led by Artistic Director Tony Adigun we are committed to producing artistic work that is entertaining and challenging.

The company was formed by Tony in 2001 as a creative release from the world of commercial dance that he was working in. He wanted bring together a group of like-minded dancers to explore more unusual, abstract and artistic ideas away from the mainstream. So ‘Avant Garde’ felt like right name to represent those intentions.

We are intrigued by a sense of difference and rebellion against what other people are doing and we celebrate individuality and uniqueness. Our creative ambition is boundless and we are passionate about making work no matter what. We are always enterprising in our approach and imaginative in our ideas. We pioneered the confluence of contemporary and hip-hop dance and we have created a new style, with no rules or limits, which fuels our desire to be truly artistic.

As a result of bringing the commercial industry and artistic world together we are now highly respected in both hip-hop and contemporary dance circles. We have performed and produced work both in the UK and internationally including at The Place, Breakin’ Convention, Sadlers Wells, Pavilion Dance, SouthBank Centre, Barbican, DanceXchange, Greenwich Dance, Latitude Festival, British Dance Edition 2012, Greenwich & Docklands International Festival, Brighton Dome, East London Dance at Stratford Circus, Barcelona Festival and Madison Square Gardens New York. Avant Garde Dance are an East London Dance Associate Company.

Tony Adigun / Artistic Director

Tony Adigun is a man of many hats: creative director, curator, choreographer, dancer, educator and mentor, all worn with the same signature passion and style.

Tony has a razor sharp eye for composition, musicality and form, which has allowed him to develop a unique dance vocabulary that has gained respect and admiration from the highest echelons of the dance industry. His iconic choreography and style has resulted in workshop and performance commissions worldwide, including from Vietnam, America, Poland, Russia, Portugal and many other countries. Commercially he has choreographed and performed with top artists from the UK and the US including Janet Jackson, Usher, Ashanti, Mel B, JoJo, Cheryl Cole and Whitney Houston.

As a freelance choreographer Tony was a semi-finalist in The Place Prize 2012 and was also commissioned by The Place to remake Richard Alston ‘Wildlife’ as part of Dance Umbrella 2011, which subsequently went on tour with Edge graduate company. In 2012 he was invited by Breakin’ Convention to research and develop a new work in conjunction with Parc de la Villette in Paris. As part of Big Dance 2008 he choreographed The Big Chair Dance. He was co-choreographer on the Royal Opera House Education and East London Dance production of The Last Genie. He was guest choreographer for The Exhibitionists, an international ensemble of acrobats and dancers brought together for the Road Show festival on Exhibition Road.

Tony is currently a Work Place Artist at The Place, Associate Artist at East London Dance and is the Creative Director for Sky 1’s ‘Got To Dance’.

Sara Gordon / Assistant Director

Sara Gordon trained at the Theatre School of Dance and Drama Edinburgh and since graduating has developed a diverse career that has seen her travel the world and work with a wide range of musicians, artists and dance styles that all inform her creative practice. Sara’s keen interest in design is also something that underpins the work she creates.

She has worked in many different dance scenes from contemporary to commercial work and musical theatre to cruise liners performing with artists such as Robbie Williams, Sophie Ellis Bexter, Cheryl Cole, Diana Ross and in adverts for the BBC and Hits TV.

Since 2003 Sara has been Assistant Director of Avant Garde Dance Company working closely with Director Tony Adigun. In 2006 Sara took a natural step into the world of contemporary dance and was invited to be part of Dance Lines, a project run by the Royal Opera House and led by Kim Banstrup and has since worked with choreographers such as Freddie Opoku -Addaie (Jagged Antics), Saju Hari, Mikaela Polly (Rambert Dance Company) and Teddy Forance.

In 2012 Sara also became a Bikram Yoga teacher and teaches regularly all over London.

Lisa Hood / Creative Collaborator

Lisa born in England raised in Scotland began her professional dance training at Edinburgh’s Telford College before continuing her training at London Contemporary Dance School where  in 2005 she completed a BA Hons in Contemporary dance. Since leaving LCDS Lisa has worked for various companies and choreographers both nationally and internationally.

Lisa has performed with Rosie Kay Dance Company, The Generating Company, Ffin Dance, Ijad Dance Company, Arthur Pita, Sheron Wrey, Smallpetitklein, Rachel Lopez De La Nieta and Ben Ash. More recently was Assistant Choreographer for The Generating Company and Ffin Dance and for Avant Garde Dance her valuable contribution has been varied from performer, to assistant choreographer, rehearsal director and on The Black Album assistant producer.

 

Antony Hately – Lighting Designer

Regularly collaborating with AGDC since 2010 producing lighting design for ‘The Lake’ The Place Prize 2012 and ‘Milk +lus’
www.antonyhateley.com

Alto Grye – Creative Consultant

 

Irven Lewis – Photographer

Irven has photographed AGDC since 2008 and the relationship continues to grow.
www.irvenlewisphotography.com

Tamassy Creative

Tamassy is a digital design studio based in east London who designed and developed the brand new AGD website.
www.tamassy.co.uk

Support us

SUPPORT AVANT GARDE DANCE

As an independent arts company we thrive on public support. If our company resonates with you we would welcome any contribution towards helping us expand and develop. Supporting Avant Garde Dance will enable us to continue growing, creating and being in a position to develop the contemporary/hip-hop genre in the UK.

Whether you feel able to give £1, £100, £1000 or more as a one off gift or a regular annual commitment, all donations are gratefully received and help us to keep producing innovative work and developing young artists.

By joining one of our Avant Garde Dance Guardian Circles you can support our work and develop a close relationship with Avant Garde Dance with exclusive benefits.

One Off Donation

Bronze Guardian £50 p/a

Updates on current and upcoming productions
Quartely newsletter
Exclusive Avant Garde Dance T-shirt

Silver Guardian £100 p/a

Bronze benefits plus
Signed company image
One pair of tickets to first night performance

Gold Guardian £500 p/a

Silver benefits plus
Unprecedented access behind the scenes during the creative process for new productions.
Two pairs of tickets to first night performances and invite to first night party
Name credit in the programme and complimentary copy

Avant Garde is a London based company pushing the boundaries of hip-hop and contemporary dance. Our dynamic performances have musicality at their core and explore a myriad of styles, themes and media. Our mantra ‘Innovate Never Replicate’ is evident throughout our portfolio of work, and led by Artistic Director Tony Adigun we are committed to producing artistic work that is entertaining and challenging.

The company was formed by Tony in 2001 as a creative release from the world of commercial dance that he was working in. He wanted bring together a group of like-minded dancers to explore more unusual, abstract and artistic ideas away from the mainstream. So ‘Avant Garde’ felt like right name to represent those intentions.

We are intrigued by a sense of difference and rebellion against what other people are doing and we celebrate individuality and uniqueness. Our creative ambition is boundless and we are passionate about making work no matter what. We are always enterprising in our approach and imaginative in our ideas. We pioneered the confluence of contemporary and hip-hop dance and we have created a new style, with no rules or limits, which fuels our desire to be truly artistic.

As a result of bringing the commercial industry and artistic world together we are now highly respected in both hip-hop and contemporary dance circles. We have performed and produced work both in the UK and internationally including at The Place, Breakin’ Convention, Sadlers Wells, Pavilion Dance, SouthBank Centre, Barbican, DanceXchange, Greenwich Dance, Latitude Festival, British Dance Edition 2012, Greenwich & Docklands International Festival, Brighton Dome, East London Dance at Stratford Circus, Barcelona Festival and Madison Square Gardens New York. Avant Garde Dance are an East London Dance Associate Company.

Tony Adigun / Artistic Director

Tony Adigun is a man of many hats: creative director, curator, choreographer, dancer, educator and mentor, all worn with the same signature passion and style.

Tony has a razor sharp eye for composition, musicality and form, which has allowed him to develop a unique dance vocabulary that has gained respect and admiration from the highest echelons of the dance industry. His iconic choreography and style has resulted in workshop and performance commissions worldwide, including from Vietnam, America, Poland, Russia, Portugal and many other countries. Commercially he has choreographed and performed with top artists from the UK and the US including Janet Jackson, Usher, Ashanti, Mel B, JoJo, Cheryl Cole and Whitney Houston.

As a freelance choreographer Tony was a semi-finalist in The Place Prize 2012 and was also commissioned by The Place to remake Richard Alston ‘Wildlife’ as part of Dance Umbrella 2011, which subsequently went on tour with Edge graduate company. In 2012 he was invited by Breakin’ Convention to research and develop a new work in conjunction with Parc de la Villette in Paris. As part of Big Dance 2008 he choreographed The Big Chair Dance. He was co-choreographer on the Royal Opera House Education and East London Dance production of The Last Genie. He was guest choreographer for The Exhibitionists, an international ensemble of acrobats and dancers brought together for the Road Show festival on Exhibition Road.

Tony is currently a Work Place Artist at The Place, Associate Artist at East London Dance and is the Creative Director for Sky 1’s ‘Got To Dance’.

Sara Gordon / Assistant Director

Sara Gordon trained at the Theatre School of Dance and Drama Edinburgh and since graduating has developed a diverse career that has seen her travel the world and work with a wide range of musicians, artists and dance styles that all inform her creative practice. Sara’s keen interest in design is also something that underpins the work she creates.

She has worked in many different dance scenes from contemporary to commercial work and musical theatre to cruise liners performing with artists such as Robbie Williams, Sophie Ellis Bexter, Cheryl Cole, Diana Ross and in adverts for the BBC and Hits TV.

Since 2003 Sara has been Assistant Director of Avant Garde Dance Company working closely with Director Tony Adigun. In 2006 Sara took a natural step into the world of contemporary dance and was invited to be part of Dance Lines, a project run by the Royal Opera House and led by Kim Banstrup and has since worked with choreographers such as Freddie Opoku -Addaie (Jagged Antics), Saju Hari, Mikaela Polly (Rambert Dance Company) and Teddy Forance.

In 2012 Sara also became a Bikram Yoga teacher and teaches regularly all over London.

Lisa Hood / Creative Collaborator

Lisa born in England raised in Scotland began her professional dance training at Edinburgh’s Telford College before continuing her training at London Contemporary Dance School where  in 2005 she completed a BA Hons in Contemporary dance. Since leaving LCDS Lisa has worked for various companies and choreographers both nationally and internationally.

Lisa has performed with Rosie Kay Dance Company, The Generating Company, Ffin Dance, Ijad Dance Company, Arthur Pita, Sheron Wrey, Smallpetitklein, Rachel Lopez De La Nieta and Ben Ash. More recently was Assistant Choreographer for The Generating Company and Ffin Dance and for Avant Garde Dance her valuable contribution has been varied from performer, to assistant choreographer, rehearsal director and on The Black Album assistant producer.

 

Antony Hately – Lighting Designer

Regularly collaborating with AGDC since 2010 producing lighting design for ‘The Lake’ The Place Prize 2012 and ‘Milk +lus’
www.antonyhateley.com

Alto Grye – Creative Consultant

 

Irven Lewis – Photographer

Irven has photographed AGDC since 2008 and the relationship continues to grow.
www.irvenlewisphotography.com

Tamassy Creative

Tamassy is a digital design studio based in east London who designed and developed the brand new AGD website.
www.tamassy.co.uk

Support us

SUPPORT AVANT GARDE DANCE

As an independent arts company we thrive on public support. If our company resonates with you we would welcome any contribution towards helping us expand and develop. Supporting Avant Garde Dance will enable us to continue growing, creating and being in a position to develop the contemporary/hip-hop genre in the UK.

Whether you feel able to give £1, £100, £1000 or more as a one off gift or a regular annual commitment, all donations are gratefully received and help us to keep producing innovative work and developing young artists.

By joining one of our Avant Garde Dance Guardian Circles you can support our work and develop a close relationship with Avant Garde Dance with exclusive benefits.

One Off Donation

Bronze Guardian £50 p/a

Updates on current and upcoming productions
Quartely newsletter
Exclusive Avant Garde Dance T-shirt

Silver Guardian £100 p/a

Bronze benefits plus
Signed company image
One pair of tickets to first night performance

Gold Guardian £500 p/a

Silver benefits plus
Unprecedented access behind the scenes during the creative process for new productions.
Two pairs of tickets to first night performances and invite to first night party
Name credit in the programme and complimentary copy

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