AUTHORS: Adam Benjamin
Adam Benjamin is a choreographer and improviser. A founder member of ‘Five Men Dancing’, he has performed and taught with Kirstie Simson, Rick Nodine, Kim Itoh, Jordi Cortés and Russell Maliphant.
He was joint founder/artistic director of CandoCo Dance Company (with Celeste Dandeker) and has made work for community groups and professional companies around the world including Vertigo Dance Company and Scottish Dance Theatre. In South Africa, shortly after the dismantling of apartheid, he founded Tshwaragano Dance Company and also choreographed for Remix Dance Project in Cape Town.
In Ethiopia he developed the integrated strand for the Adugna Dance Theatre Company. Adam has been a Wingate Scholar, an Associate Artist at The Place and a Rayne Fellow (2006-8). In 2013 he was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship.
Adam has received numerous awards; while at CandoCo he collected a TimeOut London Performance award for Flying in the Face of..., and the Sainsbury’s Award for Education. In his final year CandoCo collected the Prudential Award. With Tshwaragano he received Best Ensemble at the FNB Vita Dance Indaba Awards. Remix Dance Company were awarded the Arts and Culture Trust Awards: Cultural Development Project of the Year, 2002 following his production of ‘Taking Care of Small Things’. He is a Wingate Scholar, was an Associate Artist at The Place and has received an International Artists Fellowship from Arts Council England. In 2006 he became one of the first choreographers to be awarded a Rayne Foundation fellowship.He now lectures at Plymouth University (UK).