Professionals & Artist Development

James is a London based choreographer and creative director, creating work internationally as both a freelance artist and with his company James Cousins Company, which he co-founded in 2014 with producer Francesca Moseley.

James trained at London Contemporary Dance School, graduating in 2010, and has been choreographing professionally since 2011, the year he also won the inaugural New Adventures Choreographer Award and was described by Matthew Bourne as "one of the UK’s most promising choreographic talents”. 

As culmination of the award he presented two new works in a showcase at Sadler’s Wells London, including the duet Within Her Eyes, which went on to be selected as part of the British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2013, and has since toured globally. It is now featured on the GCSE Dance syllabus in England. 

In 2016 James received a commission from the British Council as part of their Shakespeare 400 celebrations to create a new work reimagining the work of Shakespeare. He created ROSALIND, in collaboration with Korean artists, during a two month residency in Seoul. ROSALIND has toured the UK, Indonesia and was supported by The Place to do a month run at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

As well as choreographing for his own company, he has made works for EDge, Verve, Scottish Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Opera Graz, Epic Encounters Dance (Cambodia) and National Ballet of Chile. His commercial credits include Anne Marie, Impulse and Eaves. He has also worked with acclaimed photographers Nadav Kander and Zena Holloway.

James is also a teacher and mentor, regularly teaching and creating works on degree programmes and pre-vocational programmes. James Cousins Company is also committed to providing exceptional experiences for young people to engage with dance and offers a range of workshops including a specific programme to support learning for GCSE dance. 


CURRENT TOURING PRODUCTIONS

Rosalind (2016)

Inspired by Shakespeare's As You Like It. 

"Vivid and alive"  The Guardian

"Hypnotic and beguiling"  The Times

"Takes your breath away"  Everything Theatre

"A miracle of stamina"  Dancetabs

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Commissiones and supported by the British Council as part of Shakespeare Lives. Co-commissioned by Arts Counicl Korea, The Place and Tramways, Glasgow. Supported by Seoul Dance Centre and Seoul Performing Arts Festival. 

 

Within Her Eyes (2012)

A daringly intimate glimpse into a sucluded world of fragile dependency. 
[Formerly titles There We Have Been]

"An abssorbingly emotive, treacle soft, intimately wrought duet"  The Spectator

"Visually Breathtaking"  The Stage 

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Without Stars (2014)

Balanced on the edge of a world without stars, his life unfolds; a complicated web of relationships holds him hostage as he battles with his past and fights for the present.

Duration 40 minutes (approx)

People on road 7 (4 Performers, 1 Technician, 1 Director/Rehearsal Director, 1 Company Manager)

Freight Excess Baggage (TBC)

Wraparound Masterclasses for professional dancers; Youth workshops; Open rehearsals; Insight days; Post-show talks; Mentoring

Supported through public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and by Dance East and The Place. James Cousins is a Work Place Artist and an Associate Artist at Dance East.

 

There We Have Been (2012)

There We Have Been presents a daringly intimate glimpse into a secluded world of fragile dependency. This touching and emotionally charged duet sees the two performers’ intensely folding, wrapping and balancing, with the female character never once touching the floor.

Duration 17 minutes

People on road 5 (2 Performers, 1 Technician, 1 Director). Please note that a third performer is required for the performance for a short section to stand with the female dancers on their shoulders. We are happy to use local talent for this role however if the performer cannot be provided by the venue an extra person will need to travel with the company.

Freight – No freight necessary

Wraparound Masterclasses for professional dancers; Youth workshops; Open rehearsals; Insight days; Post-show talks; Mentoring

Watch There We Have Been Trailer

“Outstanding… visually breathtaking” The Stage

“…simply one of the most stunning contemporary dance pieces I have ever seen.” LondonDance.com

Supported through public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and by Dance East and The Place. Originally produced by Re:Bourne for the New Adventures Choreographer Award showcase. James Cousins is a Work Place Artist and an Associate Artist at Dance East. James was supported through the Escalator programme in 2012.


PAST PRODUCTIONS

Everything and Nothing (2012)

Taste Water Again (2011)

Commissions

Until We Stand (2017)

Adrift (2017)

A Fable of Our Time (2017)

She Painted Flowers (2016)

Smoetimes Even Now (2015)

Photographs and Souvenirs (2014)

With Nothing More Than Hope (2013)

Jealousy (duet) (2013)

Still It Remains (2013)

With Every Goodbye (2013)

As The Dust Settles (2013)

Jealousy (2012)

Dark In The Afternoon (2012)

Commercial 

Impulse Crush (2017)

Karate - Anne Marie (2015)

Eaves (2015)