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VOXED makes compelling genre-led dance-theatre works for physical and digital stages.

We seamlessly blend bold new writing with distinctive choreography to create high-quality work for audiences to experience in person, on film, and online. Our storytelling explores and tussles with the world we live in, and our interdisciplinary approach welcomes new and diverse audiences through work that can be accessed in multiple ways.

Throughout our existence, what has driven us is a passion for storytelling, a belief that everyone is a creative, and a desire to represent the diverse world we live in through the stories we tell and the people we engage with to produce them.

VOXED has a clear focus on the development of new writing as well as choreography. Each new creation for the company starts with the development of a script from which our dance-theatre productions are created.

Collaboration is key to what we make. Music, sound, design, spoken text, new writing and choreography all come together to tell stories. Each reliant on the other, all layering the story to create a fully immersive experience.

VOXED started its journey in 2013, when founder and Artistic Director Wayne Parsons began a choreographic journey looking specifically at the relationship between text and movement in narrative dance-theatre works. Since then, VOXED has grown into a company that create genre-led dance theatre that challenges what we think dance should look like, who does it and where we find it.

Artistic Director, Wayne Parsons

Wayne Parsons is a director, choreographer, movement director and facilitator with over 20 years of experience working in the dance and theatre.

Wayne graduated from London Contemporary Dance School before embarking on a performance career that spanned 13 years working for some of the world’s leading dance companies and choreographers. During his time as a performer he worked with National Dance Company Wales, Sydney Dance Company, Richard Alston Dance Company, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance and many more.

Since establishing VOXED Wayne has guided the company through multiple indoor and outdoor creations through his collaborative and inclusive approach. VOXED have since been the recipient of multiple grants and commissions. He has secured partnerships with organisation across the UK including The Place, East London Dance, Swindon Dance, Stephen Joseph Theatre and Pavilion Dance South West. Wayne has secured commissions for VOXED’s work from organisations like BBC Arts, One Dance UK and Arts Council England.

Alongside the work he creates for VOXED, Wayne receives commissions from a large variety of groups from youth theatre and dance groups, undergraduate, post-graduate students right through to community dance collectives for the over 60’s.

Wayne regularly teaches in a variety of context. More permanent engagements have been with the Centre For Advanced Training, where he spent five years across the Ipswich and Trinity Laban Schemes. He has been a guest lecturer at conservatoires and universities across the Uk including London Contemporary Dance School, Rambert School of Contemporary Dance, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Cumbria University and Beijing Dance Academy. He has also taught classes for companies including New Adventures and National Dance Company Wales.

As a movement director for theatre Wayne has worked on plays at Shakespeare’s Globe, Hampstead Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Associate Director, Ankur Bahl

Ankur Bahl is a writer, performer and arts sector innovator.

For VOXED, Ankur has written Vestige#GOGGLEDANCE and Out Late. His other writing for dance has included The Art of Defining Me for Seeta Patel & Kamala Devam. Ankur also conducted interviews and edited scripts for DV8 Physical Theatre’s most recent verbatim productions To Be Straight With YouCan We Talk About This? and John.

Ankur has performed on stage and screen in works for DV8, HBO, National Theatre, Rifco, RSC, Shakespeare’s Globe, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, and Tara Arts.

Until recently, Ankur was the Director of Digital Stage & Studio at Sadler’s Wells, where he built the platform and led on commissioning, producing and distribution.

 

Ankur is a former Marshall and Fulbright scholar with a unique cross-section of experience in theatre, dance, journalism and management consulting, who has a deep passion for providing leadership and strategic vision to mission-driven and audience-focused arts, culture, media and entertainment organisations.

Ankur is currently working as a freelance digital consultant for Arts Council England.

What participants are saying

“Through his unique style of teaching, beautiful stories appeared from investigating the most basic stimulus; eye contact, breath, weight, and tension revealing complex narratives of things which impact us in our everyday life.”

CAT DanceXchange student Tristan

“Most of this was very new to me, and I believe it has helped me expand my artistic skills and abilities.”

CAT Swindon student Liliom Valter

“He’s (Wayne) really good at exploring the combination of dance and drama in new ways.”

Qilin Zhang, Theatre Making Student, University of Kent

“The experience was thought provoking, inspiring and full of smiles.”

Melanie Smith, Dance Student, Falmouth University

#GOGGLEDANCE

‘If you could measure the success of it from the smiles on people’s faces, then oh my it was an absolute hit! ‘

‘I would just like to thank you so much again for letting us be a part of it.’

‘Ah, what a blast! Just so nice to do something different. The dancer was amazing too’

‘Wow! That was just brilliant. I was crying with laughter watching our episode. Thank you’

‘10 out of 10’

What the press is saying

On Out Late

“The performers, Folu Odimayo, Caldonia Walton and Stuart Waters, masterfully portray their characters with commitment and realism”

Dance Art Journal

“The physicality of the performers is impressive and absolutely justified within the story”

Dance Art Journal

“Honestly the perfect balance between movement and text”

Isaac Ouro-Gnao, reviewer for The Stage

 

 

On Vestige

‘a skilful elision of speech and movement’ 

Luke Jennings The Guardian ★★★★

‘Riveting’

DANCETABS

 

On Meeting

“with clever knottings and unravellings”

★★★★ The Guardian

“…works exquisitely well…great connection between performers and audience.”

Lise Smith, London Dance

“audience members around me are palpably affected and it’s partly because of his conversational, visceral movement style”

DANCETABS

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