Wilkie Branson is an interdisciplinary dance artist and film maker. Self taught in both dance and film, which form the main focus of his work, the roots of his practice lie in BBoying. Wilkie’s dance style has developed into a unique fusion, with expression, accessibility and integrity at it’s heart. He received the Arts Foundation Choreographic Fellowship in 2012 and was most recently the recipient of several awards for his latest dance animation, Little Dreams. Wilkie is also a New Wave Associate Artist at Sadler's Wells.
Over the past 12 months Wilkie has toured works both nationally in the UK and internationally in Europe and North America as a choreographer, movement director and film maker. He is currently in the early development stages for a new work with which he seeks to push further the boundaries between cinematic art forms and live movement based works.
Wilkie Is currently begining work on a new Project for Sadler's Wells, TOM.
TOM is an integrated dance for camera installation that will be presented as a projection mapped 3D visual and sound experience.
The project will bring together cutting edge technology in film, animation, projection mapping and sound design to create an immersive choreographic world for the protagonist to inhabit and the audience to be absorbed within.
TOM is not purely an attempt to demonstrate technical possibility, but furthermore to present a story where the tools used by Wilkie as an award-winning filmmaker are brought together in a holistic approach.
The work will be a continuation of Wilkie’s exploration into bboying based narrative manifested in a metaphorical world that presents itself inside the mind of the protagonist, Wilkie. Wilkie will perform in the work alongside a younger version of himself played by his nephew.
Underpinned by universal themes framed through Wilkie’s personal experiences, the work will question: what do we abandon, lose and hide as we journey into adulthood? What of the loss of innocence and self as these identities are replaced by the fabricated layers of a new character? And where do these parallel identities begin and cease to exist?
In looking at this journey Tom aims to address ideas of what it is to struggle with a false sense of identity and how we might view this changing sense of self.
TOM is currently seeking partners, if you are interested in supporting this project please get in touch
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