Photography Chris Wade
Watkins Dance Company is a contemporary dance company, formed in 2011 by Artistic Director/Choreographer Anna Watkins. Her work is very physical, technical and demanding.
Delivering performances, education programmes across the UK and Internationally. The strong technical dancers excite you with their strength and emotion. The choreography detailed, and complex. Introducing a raw, contemporary dance company
Work has been shown across the UK at various events/venues including international performance in Italy, Las Spezia, solo performance from Anna of an extract of her 2012 work ‘Forget – me – not’ at the Dance Again Foundation Gala Evening, venues on tour in 2012 funded by Arts Council England - Grants for the Arts, Tottenham Civic Day 2011, ADAD open stage event 2012, Ella Thiele Arts 2012, ‘Inseparable’ performed for the F.C.C – the launch of the Female Choreographers Collective, Resolutions 2013, AEDA VIP Opening Night, Musical Mayhem, - raising funds for the Stella Louise Children's Hostel in India.
As part of the international commission in Italy, Anna choreographed two pieces for the students at Studio Danza 82 .
In 2014, awarded funding from Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England for a Research and Development project to create new work for a future National tour.
In 2017 Anna joined in collaboration with choreographers Neus Gil Cortés and Salah El Brogy to form a triple bill. For this production we have been awarded funding from Arts Council England and East London Dance Ideas Initiative Fund. Commissioners also include: The Garage, DanceEast, Swindon Dance and South East Dance. Performances taking place in London, Norwich and Oxford.
In April 2017 we were awarded Associate Artist at Swindon Dance for 2017 - 2018. A new project including commissions from Swindon Dance and Pegasus Theatre, Oxford. The project has now been awarded funding from Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts presenting the work in Spring 2018.
In 2018, Anna was selected as one of the four choreographers for the Cohan Collective mentorship with Robert Cohan and Eleanor Alberta, at Pavilion Dance South West. Directed by Yolanda Yorke-Edgell (Yorke Dance Project). Mentorship also from renowned choreographer Kim Brandstrup and composer Kenneth Hesketh. Guest speakers including Shobana Jeyasingh and Mark Bowden.