MOVING BETWEEN WORLDS
I have been constantly moving between the worlds of ballet, theatre, contemporary dance, opera, film, circus, television, events and fashion throughout my whole professional life.
As an artist I have always defied categorization. When I began I was a young black dancer in New York doing classical ballet but never wanted to do Le Corsair or wear white tights. My contemporaries in Harlem played basket ball and dreamed of breaking into a white ballet company or a gig in Hollywood. Neither of these directions seemed interesting to me. I was looking for an alternative. I read Paul Bowls and Andre Gide, Baudelaire,and Jack Kerouac. Went dancing at studio 54 and Le Palace all the while keeping up my ballet class every day. Born in Antigua, I studied at and began my career with Dance Theater of Harlem in New York following the Balanchine line, with Mr. B’s muse Tanaquil Le Clercq as one of my head teachers. At the age of 14 I knew all the parts of The Four Temperaments and Agon. This was not only because I enjoyed it. It was required.FROM FAME TO EUROPE
In 1979 I was casted by Alan Parker and Louis Falco to dance in the original film FAME. Concluding the filming I began touring the world as a dancer with the Louis Falco Dance Co. In 1982 I made Italy and Europe my home where I performed alongside the dance stars of the moment which included Patrick Dupond and Noella Pontois - étoiles of the Paris Opera. I choreographed and starred on prime-time television with the RAI television and created my first full evening dance performance at the main theater for dance at the time: Teatro Olimpico in Rome. After years of performing and creating for the main theatres in Italy, combined with filming with cinema greats Bolognini and Zeffirelli, modelling for Armani, Versace and Missoni and recording a pop-song, I left Italy for Sweden to join Cullberg ballet where I worked with the leading choreographers of the day: Forsythe, Duato, Kilian and amongst other roles danced the principal role Albrecht in Mats Ek' seminal ballet Giselle. After touring Europe, South America and Japan with Cullberg Ballet I left the company. I however, remained in Sweden choreographing for Dansens Hus, Göteborgsoperan and MalmöbalettenARTISTIC DIRECTOR
1995 I was appointed the founding Artistic Director of Skånes Dansteater in Malmö, Sweden where I built a world class dance company in two seasons. Taking a break from the institutions after my tenure in Malmö, I created and performed for The Norwegian Royal Family, Valentino, FENDI, The Venice Film Festival and World Pride, and shared the stage with personalities as diverse as Roberto Bolle and Naomi Campbell.CIRQUE DU SOLEIL AND BEYOND
In 2003 I was on the creative team of Cirque du Soleil’s cabaret-style show Zumanity in Las Vegas, where I was also a featured artists performing the ground -breaking and controversial male duo 2Men. Back in Europe, in Berlin, I then created the Show-Experience Ambrosia, tracing the vibrancy and decadence of Berlin from the 1920’s to the eclectic Berlin of today. At Friedrichstadtpalast, Europe’s biggest show-palace, I choreographed several scenes and performed the now renowned duo act 2Men with my life partner partner Johan King Silverhult in the extravagant show Qi.
In recent years I have worked extensively in Norway. For the Trondelag Teatret I choreographed the musical HAIR. For the Nasjonal Scene in Bergen Brecht's Mother courage.
In the season 2013-14 I have created two commissioned pieces for the Norwegian National Ballet in Oslo: At the Summer Palace, a site specific itinerant piece and Intimate Distance, a dance, video, sound and light installation. This season also brought back a revival of the previous season's success : Kingwings vs Nasjonalballetten, the National Ballet’s first Concept show.
I am presently the Creative Director of King I.D. productions and Salon K in Berlin. King I.D. productions bis a production company providing and producing creative concepts and content for cultural institutions.
Salon K ’Show-Experiences’ provides and produces creative concepts and content for corporate, private and cultural events.