Tony Adigun started his career in the commercial dance industry where at 19 he choreographed and toured the world with many leading recording artists. He is now a man of many more hats: Creative director, curator, choreographer, dancer, educator and mentor; all worn with the same signature passion and style.
In 2001, Tony founded Avant Garde Dance in order to fulfill his creative needs as a choreographer with ethos "Innovate, Never Replicate". As the founder and Artistic Director of the cutting edge hip-hop company Avant Garde Dance, Tony continues to steer his ship into uncharted creative territory. Tony has a razor sharp eye for composition, musicality and form, which has allowed him to develop a unique dance vocabulary unique that has gained respect and admiration from the highest echelons of the dance industry. Music is Adigun’s first passion and major influence, and dance is the way he show’s his appreciation.
With his original style of abstract street dance theatre the company have performed works at Sadler's Wells (Breakin' Convention), Stratford Circus, Brighton Dome, The Place, Barbican, Southbank Centre, Hackney Empire and the Royal Opera House and created a variety of site-specific work including in an abandoned bunker in Dalston Junction in London.
Avant Garde Dance Company also offers a broad education and youth programme and has established Avant Garde Youth hot on the heels of the main company.
As a dancer Tony has worked extensively with artists such as Whitney Houston, Usher, Ashanti and many other leading UK artists.
Fagin’s Twist (2018)
A tale you think you know unravels and explodes.
Fagin’s Twist is the untold story of a notorious and complex villain. It imagines Fagin's youth, driven by greed and ambition in the face of overwhelming poverty. The streets are a place of little comfort and fairy-tale endings are hard to find in this poignant coming-of-age tale.
This is a full evening dance work suitable for families with a popular, classic text at its core.
The narrative tells the story of Fagin and Bill Sykes’ childhood, imagining how it may have resembled Oliver’s. They are corrupted by greed, and worn down by poverty. When the audience meets Oliver - a vulnerable child - it seems impossible that he will be able to break out of this cycle, and indeed in Avant Garde Dance’s version there is no fairy tale ending. Oliver is heir to Fagin and Bill’s criminal enterprise, and it is ambiguous whether Oliver is more victim or victor.
The show illuminates character and story through dynamic, textured duets and group choreography. The style is influenced by hip hop but it has a distinctive contemporary edge.
The company has worked with Adam Peck (Varmints, Sadler’s Wells; My First Ballet, English National Ballet), a dramaturg, throughout the process; the show uses lyrical, spoken word style text by Maxwell Golden (Bouncing Cats and Boom Boom Pups) sparingly to add texture and precision. The show has been designed by Yann Seabra (Little Match Girl, May Contain Food). Music is comprised of both popular music (e.g. Olafur Arnauds) and specially commissioned music (e.g. Seymour Milton, Benji Bower).
Age suitability: 8 years+
Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes including interval
24 & 25 Sept
The Place, London
28 & 29 Sept
Warwick Arts Centre
2 & 3 October
Winchester Theatre Royal
9 & 10 October
18 & 19 October
25 & 26 & 27 October
Back to Ours Festival, Hull
30 & 31 October
Northern Stage, Newcastle
2 & 3 November
Liverpool LEAP Festival
Fagin’s Twist is co-produced by The Place. Fagin’s Twist is commissioned by Theatre Bristol, East London Dance, Pavilion Dance South West, Dance East and The Place. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Tony Adigun is a Work Place artist.
Thanks to Rosie Neave, Sheila Turley, Joanna Brendon, Paul Johnsen, Michael Dowd, Luka Vardiashvili, Anonymous, Marion Jones, Julia Hawkins and Simon Buckingham for their support. Additional thanks to Eddie Nixon, Polly Risbridger, Brendan Keaney and Ian Abbott as well as Rosalie White, Tia Hassan, Dwain ‘Talent’ White, Sara Gordon, Sharlene Carter, La’mel Clarke, Danielle Elden, Latoya Smith and Giulia Scrimieri.
Table Manners is a choreographic feast by Tony Adigun in classic Avant-Garde style exploring human relationships through our cultural connections with food and dining, with a thought provoking social subtext. Set around, on and underneath a long dining table, AG will invite audiences to join in the play, banter and feasting as we turn the tables on what is assumed to be the ‘right’ way to behave in various dining contexts. The differences between us is where the beauty lies…not the threat.
Duration 40 minutes, the show can be performed twice a day
People on road 4 (3 performers, 1 stage manager)
Freight Please contact directly
Wraparound Masterclasses for professional dancers in how to create work for the outdoors
Table Manners is commissioned by Without Walls, Hat Fair, Out There International Festival of Circus and Street Arts and Stockton International Riverside Festival.
Open up the sleeve of The Black Album to find a line-up of effortlessly stylish dance. A triple-bill weaved together like your favourite concept album. Taking you on a soulful journey through the truly classic and powerful coolness of black. Using innovative cutting-edge dance, you will experience a musical awakening.
The Black Album is a triple-bill in which three distinctly different hip hop choreographies are woven together like a concept album.
In Omega five dancers use five columns to improvise and respond to experimental DJs Jazzanova.
A Classical Break presents a humorous and cheeky partnership between break dance and the music of Beethoven, Mozart and Prokofiev. The language of breaking and the detailed choreography accentuate the orchestral score resulting in a number of magical musical moments.
Dark Matter is abstract and visually captivating, and unleashes the inner darkness of eight powerful dancers. Prowling the perimeter of the stage and playing amongst the shadows, the dancers make you see the music you cannot hear.
Duration 65 minutes
People on road 10 (8 Performers, 1 Company Manager, 1 LD/PM)
Freight Excess baggage
Wraparound Masterclasses for professional dancers; Creative Residencies with local talented dancers, curtain raisers, post show talks
“At the forefront of innovative hip-hop/contemporary dance theatre… With a penetrating electronic score and digital stage installation, this ensemble piece plays with the sound of space itself.” Londondance.com
“Bold inventive dance, an adventure in hip hop.” The Stage.
“Such powerful and intense dancers, the lighting and music was fantastic – it makes me want to go out clubbing!” Audience Member
As Avant Garde Dance
Romeo and Juliet (2015)
DAER SKOOB (2013)
Monteverdi Ballets (2013)
Beatific Vision (2012)
Illegal Dance (2011)
The Bunker Thing (2010)
Silver Tree (2009-2011)
Roll or Die (2009)
Attack of the Bandstand (2008)
As Tony Adigun
Area Squared (2017)
Wilderness Bob Cohan 90 (2016)
The Lake (2012)
Copperfield Mills (2011)
Collabo (2007-present) (Platform)