Johnny Autin
Graduating from the Conservatoire of Music and Dance of Poitiers (France), Johnny had the opportunity to work with some incredibly inspiring choreographers and went on very early on in his career to choreograph and direct work experimenting with a range of different styles, from Contemporary Dance and Opera to Physical Theatre. He has worked internationally collaborating with choreographers and companies throughout Europe, as well as touring work worldwide. Johnny has worked with several organisations including 2Faced Dance Company, Gravity & Levity and Panta Rei Danseteater mainly as a performer and physical theatre practitioner. He has performed works by Darshan Singh Bhuller, Balbir Singh, Tom Dale, Freddie Oppoku-Addaie, Gregory Maqoma and Helene Blackburn, to name just a few. Johnny is also an experienced dance teacher and workshop leader; some of his freelance teaching credits include The Place London, the Royal Opera House, the Wales Millennium Centre, DanceXchange, Southbank Centre and Sadler's Wells. He has also worked extensively as a rehearsal director and dramaturg. Now living in the UK, Johnny works regularly as choreographer and movement director for Birmingham Opera Company, and is the Creative Director of Autin Dance Theatre (est. 2013) currently developing 'A Positive Life' their immersive dance theatre experience around sex, love and relationships for young people and their new outdoor duet 'Dystopia (A Cautionary Tale)'.

Get involved in our Big Brum Boogie Flash Mob!

Now, summer’s finally arrived. Longer days are here. Maybe you’re keen to try something new but not sure what. We have the thing for you. It’s time for some joy, fun, and light-hearted outdoor dancing! It’s called Big Brum Boogie! We are looking to bring together older, younger folks and anyone in between that are keen to learn and perform our Big Brum Boogie FLASHMOB across Birmingham in August and September 2021! Why? To celebrate lockdown easing, give our fancy-footed participants a sense of excitement and connection and champion official health messaging. You don’t have to be a dancer. You …

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Out of the Deep Blue – 2021 Tour Dates

Eko, a sentient Sea Giant, pads onto dry land. There he encounters a young girl called Violet. And that’s where the story begins… Autin Dance Theatre’s new outdoor show is a tale told in two parts – an interactive promenade and a physical theatre duet. It’s a tale that transports its audiences into another world, to tell a story about our own. Through dance, movement and masterful puppeteering, Out of the Deep Blue dives into the themes of the climate emergency and the biodiversity crisis. It’s an outdoor spectacle featuring a 4-metre tall Puppet operated by 5 world-class puppeteers and …

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The Big Brum Boogie is on its way!

You ready to boogie?! Fun Zoom sessions for youths and older adults to get together with our team of incredible performers to create a Dance & Movement routine.

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Get on Autin Dance Theatre Board!

Autin Dance Theatre (AutinDT) is seeking 2 additional board members to help support its development and steer the company strategically into the future. We are also particularly looking for trustees with skills in finance & accounting, marketing, entrepreneurial skills and those working in commercial sectors. AutinDT is an award-winning innovative and interdisciplinary touring dance theatre company, based in Birmingham (UK) and established since 2013 under the helm of Director/Choreographer Johnny Autin. The Company is a collaborative and project-based organisation that produces engaging and aspirational artistic performances for indoor, outdoor and unusual spaces, and provides an extensive learning and education programme …

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A Posi+ive Life 2021 UK tour dates

Autin Dance Theatre announces 2021 UK tour dates of newly adapted production ‘A Posi+ive Life‘ for teenagers around sex, love and relationships. Autin Dance Theatre announces 2021 UK tour dates of the first socially distanced live performance about sexual health, sex education and wellbeing coinciding with World AIDS Day 2020. ‘A Posi+ive Life‘  is an accessible, digitally immersive and interactive dance theatre experience led by six contemporary performers featuring dance, physical theatre, spoken word and BSL interpretation. Choreographer and Creative Director Johnny Autin talks about his experience of living with HIV in a blog interview for Birmingham LGBT on World AIDS Day and how it …

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‘Square One’ is going live at Attenborough Arts Centre!

    🗓 Thursday 17 December at 7pm 🖥 Online with Facebook live 📍@Attenborough Arts Centre Join the event       ‘Square One’ is going live at Attenborough Arts Centre as part of the ‘Unexpected Tales’ programme and streaming on Facebook a week later!📣   Square One is a bold and original solo dance theatre performance featuring captivating movements and patterns, striking lighting visuals and a hypnotising score. Join choreographer Johnny Autin as he delves into his own personal journeys through mental, physical and spiritual changes and our increasing need for higher levels of consciousness.       “I am …

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Mawimbi – Shifting frequencies,Tanzania 2020

    Choreographic Commission in Tanzania – September 2020 🇹🇿 Mawimbi – Shifting Frequencies was a creative exploration of the human vibrations in urban setting. The piece was inspired by Johnny’s birthplace of La Rochelle, a coastal city in southwestern France and capital of the Charente-Maritime department, and by Dar es Salaam, the largest city in East Africa and former capital of Tanzania. The Creative Team of French and Tanzanian artists researched, devised and created a multidisciplinary performance combining video projections, soundscapes and choreography presented at Alliance Française of Dar es Salaam during the 14th edition of the Time 2 Dance festival on 17-19 September 2020. This project was the continuation of AutinDT’s exciting East African …

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Out of the Deep Blue Residency at 101 next week!

    Next week, the creative team of Out of the Deep Blue will be in residency at 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space in Newbury for our very first week of Research and Development in the studio. Check out this behind the scene from Dani Bower filmed in Leicester (UK) on Sunday 11 October 2020 during Eko’s first outdoor photoshoot with the cast the puppeteers.       Out of the Deep Blue is an outdoor physical theatre performance featuring a large-scale Sea Giant Puppet operated by 5 puppeteers and a female contemporary dancer, inspired by the themes of the climate emergency and the biodiversity crisis. This …

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Call out for volunteers!

We are seeking volunteers to join our team at AutinDT!     We are seeking volunteers for our future programmes of work, particularly for our new outdoor show ‘Out of the Deep Blue’ and the immersive performance ‘A Posi+ive Life’ as well as  our Education Programme. No front of house/usher experience needed, only an interest to play an active role in supporting our audiences and performance team, and share our passion for live dance theatre experiences!     If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with Autin Dance Theatre, please send an email with your contact details and a couple …

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Man Made Youth Company at Elmhurst Ballet School!

  We were so thrilled to have been able to dance together in a studio during our October half-term intensive! Thank you Elmhurst Ballet School for the beautiful space and to our Man Made members for bringing all the energy!! 💪 Everyone worked so hard, it was absolutely brilliant and so inspiring to have everyone safely, physically and socially-distanced being creative in the studio!           Coming soon!   Man Made Youth Company‘s online programme of regular training sessions and interactive residencies inspires the young male participants’ creativity and supports their psychological and emotional wellbeing during lockdown! It’s a chance …

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