About Adesola

Dr. Adesola Akinleye (pro-nouns They /Theirs), is an interdisciplinary artist-scholar and choreographer. They began their career as a dancer with Dance Theatre of Harlem Workshop Ensemble (USA) later working in UK Companies such as Green Candle, and Carol Straker Dance Company. Over the past twenty years they have created works ranging from  films, installation and texts to live performance that is often site-specific and involves a cross-section of the community as well as acting as guest choreographer for university programs and professional company repertoire. Their work is characterized by an interest in glimpsing and voicing peoples lived experiences through creative moving portraiture. A key aspect of their process is the artistry of opening creative practices to everyone from women in low wage employment to ballerinas to performance for young audiences. Akinleye foundered and is co-artistic director of DancingStrong Movement Lab.  Working with Dancingstrong Movement Lab co-director, Helen Kindred, their new work Concrete-Water-Flesh, a hybrid physical-web-based live performance piece, seeing performance art as living across geographic location and across time. DancingStrong Movement Lab. also includes triip Lab (turning research ideas into practice) to cultivate a unique multi-generational, multi-disciplinary nurturing and practice-based ensemble space.

Akinleye has been a Research Fellow with Theatrum Mundi and visiting lecturer at Central School Saint Martins, Spatial Practices Department. They were Visiting Artist 2020–2022 at Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) MIT   and Research Affiliate at Art, Culture and Technology (ACT), MIT

Akinleye has published in the field of dance scholarship as well as cultural and social studies. Their work includes the editing and curation of Narratives in Black British Dance: embodied practices (2018), for which they were  shortlisted for One Dance UK’s Impact in Dance Writing Award (2018). Recent publications include editing and curating the  anthology (re:)claiming ballet  (2021) and  Akinleye’s first monograph Dance, Architecture and Engineering (2021).

For their choreographic work, Akinleye has been awarded ADAD Trailblazer, Bonnie Bird, New Choreography Award and One Dance UK Champion Trailblazer. For their work in community dance and education they were  awarded Woman of the year in Community Dance by the Town of Islip, New York. They are a Fellow of Fellow of the Higher Academy  (FHEA)   Royal Society of Arts (RSA).   They hold a PhD from Canterbury Christ Church University, MA (distinction) in work-based learning Dance in Community and Education (2007), and an MA in Film (distinction) 2020 from Middlesex University. Akinleye is also a certified GYROTONIC®  and GYROKINESIS® instructor*. They currently live between London and Texas.

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