Ben Wright

Ben is an independent choreographer and performer working in contemporary dance, opera and theatre. He has been appointed as Associate Artistic Director at Skånes Dance Theatre, with effect from spring 2014. He trained with Eve Leaveaux and at Rambert School and worked primarily as a performer from 1991 - 2006.  During his performing career he toured the USA with Stan Wont Dance and has worked for Adventures in Motion Pictures, Ricochet, London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Richard Alston and Amanda Miller’s Company: Pretty Ugly. He danced in work by the likes of Mark Morris, Stephen Petronio, Christopher Bruce, Angelin Prejlocaj, Russell Maliphant, Aletta Collins and Improbable Theatre’s Phelim McDermott. In 1995 he co-created the role of the prince in Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake and performed the role in seasons throughout the UK, London’s West End, Los Angeles, Broadway, Japan and Korea. Ben was also seen in the Adventures in Motion Pictures’ production of Cinderella in the West End and Los Angeles. As an actor, Ben joined Nicholas Hytner’s premiere season of His Dark Material’s at the National Theatre in 2004.

In 2008 he launched his own company bgroup creating a number of works for the ensemble. He’s also created works for a number of companies, theatres and commissions, including Teatro Real Madrid/English National Opera; Michael Grandage Company; Glyndebourne Opera; Bloomberg, Verve; The Metropolitan Opera, Toulouse Opera/Opera-Comique (Paris); Skanes Dance Theatre (Sweden); Ludus Dance; Glyndbourne Youth Opera, Grange Park Opera; mapdance Company; Donmar Warehouse; The Young Vic; Opera North; Garsington Opera; Malmö Opera; Wyndhams Theatre and Danspace Project. As a director Ben recently directed works at the Salisbury Festival and Bayerische Staatsoper Festival.

Ben was a founding member of Movement 12, the Brighton based dance-artist collective. Over the three years he shared responsibility for curating both professional development programmes and performances for regional based artists in the South East. He is also an experienced teacher and has taught company class for ensembles including New Adventures, Random Dance and The Cholmondeleys and The Featherstonehaughs. He regularly mentors younger artists and has taught for many National Dance Agencies and vocational schools in the UK including: Dance East, Dance 4, Dance City, The Place, London Contemporary Dance School, Laban, Rambert School and Northern School of Contemporary Dance.