PATRICIA OKENWA

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An independent choreographer with 12 years of performance and choreographic experience with Rambert, Patricia premiered her first commission for the company repertoire Hydrargyrum in March 2016, earning her a mention in Dance Europe's Critic's Choice 2016 as a new name to watch. 

Hydrargyrum is a large scale work in which she was able to collaborate with composer Aleksandra Vrebalov and designer Jon Bausor to create a uniquely powerful work for six of Rambert’s most versatile dancers and the Rambert Orchestra.

In 2015, Patricia was commissioned to create Ride, a solo for the grand final of BBC Young Dancer performed by the eventual winner Connor Scott, at Sadler’s Wells and broadcast on BBC2. 

Having left Rambert Patricia recently collaborated as a movement director on Torn by Nathaniel Martello-White directed by Richard Twyman at Royal Court Theatre. 

Future commissions in 2017 include Edge Dance Company and Music Art London. 

Previous  works include II. Void (2015), commissioned by Dance West for Ignition Dance Festival 2015, No.1 Convergence (2014), Solo (2013), Three Pieces (2014). Ensemble works include Memoria (2013) and Hold Me (2010). Patricia has collaborated with composers Cheryl Frances- Hoad, Kate Whitley, Mark Bowden, Troy Banarzi, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Gabriel Prokofiev, the rock band Big Linda, Geoff and James Holroyde as well as  designers Georg Meyer-Wiel and Hyemi Shin. 

Patricia’s work has been performed as part of Rambert’s Evenings of New Choreography at the Place, the Lilian Baylis Theatre at Sadler’s Wells, the Linbury Studio and Paul Hamlyn Hall at the Royal Opera House, Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre, Ignition at Rose Theatre Kingston and the Royal Ballet Studio as part of Draft Works National, and in Spain. 

Patricia is a founding member of New Movement Collective, a visionary collective of choreographers in search of revolutionary ways to create work in unusual collaborations and challenging locations. In 2013 and 2014 New Movement Collective were nominated for a Critics Circle National Dance Award for best independent company. 

As a dancer, Patricia has 14 years of professional experience working with some of the world’s most prolific choreographers. Before joining Rambert, Patricia danced for Rafael Bonachela , Andile Sotiya, Kim Brandstrup’s Ark Dance company and Emilyn Claid.

 

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