James Wilton

James Wilton

Choreographer, Artistic Director and Producer.

Winner of the Sadler's Wells Global Dance Contest with The Shortest Day, 2010

Winner of the Audience Award for Best Choreography at 16 MASDANZA with The Shortest Day, 2011

Winner of 3rd Prize at the Hannover 26th International Choreographers Competition with The Shortest Day, 2012

Winner of 3rd Prize at the Berner Tanzprize with the 1st section of Last Man Standing, 2014

After graduating in 2009 from LCDS James was commissioned to re-work his second year student choreography Drift for Scottish Dance Theatre for touring throughout 2010-2014. In 2013 the work went on to be staged on Ballett Hagen, Germany, as well as being re-staged on students at The London Contemporary Dance School for performance at The Beijing Academy's 60th Celebreation Gala 2014.

In 2010 James created his first professional work The Shortest Day. Following this the work was toured both nationally and internationally. In 2010 The Shortest Day  won the Sadler's Wells “Global Dance Contest”. The Shortest Day was performed twice at Sadler's Wells as part of “Sadler's Sampled” in January 2011. In 2011 The Shortest Day  won the “Audience award for best choreography” at the 16 Masdanza choreography competition, as well as winning 3rd prize at the Hannover International choreography competition ( 2012). 

Since forming James Wilton Dance, the company has toured extensivley nationally and internationally with works The Shortest Day ( 2010), Cave ( 2012), Falling Unknown ( 2012), In cycles ( 2012), Last Man Standing ( 2014) and LEVIATHAN (2016).

James has created works for Scottish Dance Theatre ( 2010), EDge (2012), Tanz Compagnie der Oper Graz (2012, and 2013), Verve ( 2013), Ballet Hagen ( 2013), and Stadttheater Geissen ( 2015 and 2016).

In 2013 James choreographed ' The Rite of Spring' for Oper Graz for the 100 year celebrations of the work, resulting in 10 performances will a full orchestra.

In 2013 James was commissioned to create a work for the Rugby League 2013 World Cup. The work was created on 50 dancers and was performed as part of the opening ceremony at The Millennium Stadium, Cardiff and also at TheWembely Stadium.

James was a recipient of a BBC Performing Arts Fellowship award in partnership with Swindon Dance. He also was the winner of the Blueprint Bursary through Sadlers Wells, East London Dance and London Youth Dance.

James is an associate company at The Hall for Cornwall Theatre, Truro.