201 Dance Company is a diverse-led company founded in 2014 by Choreographer and Artistic Director Andrea Walker. 201 strives to create daring, cinematic dance theatre that challenges social prejudices and engages audiences in topical social issues.
The company's productions of SMOTHER and SKIN’ have toured to dozens of UK theatres and internationally, reaching 14,000+ people. The Guardian has called Walker an artist with “considerable gifts as a storyteller and dance-maker”, while the Huffington Post has described 201's work as “one of the year’s finest treats”. In 2019, Walker and 201’s team reached 20,000 audiences at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre, headlining Joffrey Ballet’s ‘Across the Pond’ season with HOME, exploring queer immigrant identity. HOME received nightly standing ovations (“Hauntingly Effective” - Chicago Sun Times). 201 Dance Company's latest production - SAD BOOK'- is an adaptation of Michael Rosen's award-winning book and will premiere at the 2022 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
"Walker is taking Hip-Hop into thrillingly new terrain" - The Guardian
"A talent to watch" - The Evening Standard
"Walker seeds expressive meaning into a movement vocabulary where we expect the head, not the heart, to go spinning" - The Herald
"This is the new generation of street dance" - The Times
"A showcase for rising talents ... Hauntingly effective" - Chicago Sun Times on Joffrey Ballet’s “HOME”
"HOME is a story ballet for our xenophobic times, an uncomfortable and moving work" - Chicago Stage Standard on Joffrey Ballet’s “HOME”
"HOME is unabashedly political ... Walker finds all the words he needs to persuade in mere — and magnificent — movement" - Stage and Cinema on Joffrey Ballet’s “HOME”
"In what can only be described as a brave work of art, Walker mixes raging intensity and a clear passion for "Dreamers" and their cause with a complex and unnerving take on what "acceptance" really means" - Chicago on Stage on Joffrey Ballet’s “HOME”
"Stand-Out Dance of the Summer" - The Guardian on "SKIN"
"CAPTIVATING and frankly ingenious" - Scotsgay on "SMOTHER"
"UNPARALLELED BEAUTY...A striking dystopian fairytale reminiscent of Jamie Brittain's Skins" - EdFest Magazine on "SMOTHER"
"SUPERB CHOREOGRAPHY. Electric, emotional and empowering, not to mention visually spectacular" - The 730 Review on “SKIN”
Andrea Walker’s unique inspiration from cinema, hip-hop and contemporary movement has seen him choreograph all over the world.Click To View Work