CHOREOGRAPHER & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
James has been recognised by Time Out magazine as one of the future faces of dance, called ‘a rising star’ by The Independent and described by Matthew Bourne as ‘one of the UK’s most promising choreographic talents’.
In 2012, he was the winner of the inaugural New Adventures Choreographer Award, selected by Matthew Bourne for his ‘refreshing desire to entertain’. The award culminated in a sold out performance at Sadler’s Wells, London, where his work was critically acclaimed as ‘outstanding’, ‘visually breath-taking’ and ‘spellbindingly beautiful’.
As a freelance choreographer James has been commissioned to create work for companies around the world including National Ballet of Chile, Oper Graz, Royal Ballet of Flanders and Scottish Ballet. He has also worked with across a range of genres and mediums with artists including Anne-Marie, Nadav Kander, Zena Holloway and Beatrice Gibson. He is associate choreographer to Arlene Phillips and in 2020 will be associate director to Nicholas Hytner on the new production of La Belle Sauvage.
As a dancer James perfomed in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake on two international tours including a four-week run at the New York City Centre, and also appeared in the 3D film version of the show. He has also performed internationally including tours with Marc Brew Company, Yorke Dance Project and also appeared in Joe Wright's 2012 film Anna Karenina staring Keira Knightley choreographed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaou.
'COUSINS'S CHOREOGRAPHY IS A WHIRLWIND OF DEMANDS ON HIS DANCERS AND THEY RESPOND WITH GRACE, ENERGY, PRECISION AND PROWESS'
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James Cousins Company delivers bespoke choreography to meet any need.
James has created new work on companies around the world including Scottish Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders and National Ballet of Chile.
James has also undertaken creative projects and created works on students at universities including London Contemporary Dance School, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore, and Zurich University of the Arts.
If you would like more information about commissioning a new work or reviving existing rep please contact Hannah Gibbs
James has worked on a range of film projects, choreographed music videos for artists includng
Anne-Marie and movement directed for photographer Nadav Kander.
We offer carefully crafted, bespoke choreography featuring world class performers for music videos, corporate events, adverts and more.