Director/Writer/Choreographer/Lyricist: Kate Prince
Kate is the Artistic Director of ZooNation Dance Company which she founded in 2002. In May 2010 she became an Associate Artist at Sadler’s Wells and ZooNation became a Resident Company.
Kate has choreographed for two seasons of So You Think You Can Dance (BBC) and for the movie StreetDance 3D. She recently choreographed a special performance at the Laurence Olivier Awards to music from West Side Story played by the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Kate also choreographed for Shoes directed by Stephen Mear.
In 2008 Kate directed and co-choreographed Into the Hoods at the Novello Theatre which became both the first ever Hip Hop dance show to open in the West End and the longest running dance show in the West End’s history. She also choreographed the cast of Into the Hoods for a special performance at Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday Celebrations in Hyde Park.
Kate was lead choreographer for the Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Handover Ceremonies with dancers from ZooNation, CandoCo and The Royal Opera House.
Television includes: So You Think You Can Dance (BBC), Laurence Olivier Awards (BBC), Top of the Pops (BBC), CD:UK (ITV), Smash Hits Pollwinners Party (Channel 4), Strictly Dance Fever (BBC), Blue Peter (BBC), When Will I Be Famous (BBC), Sport Relief (BBC), Discomania (ITV), The Album Chart Show (Channel 4), Whatever (Sky), Popworld (Channel 4), The Paul O’Grady Show (Channel 4).
Music Video includes: Duck Sauce – Anyway, Utah Saints – Something Good 08, Diagram of the Heart – If I Were You, The Saturdays – Up!, HtwoO ft. Platnum – What’s it Gonna Be, Sam Obernik – Baditude, Matt Willis – Hey Kid, V - Can You Feel It.
Kate is a board member of Dance UK and a graduate of Edinburgh University with an MA in General Arts.
Writer : Felix Harrison
Felix is a graduate of the London Film School and has been working in the film and theatre worlds for several years. Most recently he has had a feature film script developed through Hothouse, a scheme for first-time filmmakers, directed a short in association with the Old Vic and completed a series of music videos for the rapper Baba Brinkman.
He has been lucky enough to be involved with ZooNation since its early days, and is delighted to be working with them again. Felix was one of the co-creators and original Producers of Into the Hoods.
Composer : DJ Walde
Danilo “DJ” Walde is a classically trained musician. He works as a freelance musician, a musical consultant and a teacher. He is a Music (BA Hons) graduate of Brunel University. He is Musical Director of ZooNation Dance Company and as well as making his own music and touring with his band, DJ is currently Choir Master for the Experimental Choir at The Roundhouse.
Credits include: Musical Director for Into The Hoods at the Novello Theatre (ZooNation & Phil McIntyre Entertainment), Musical Consultant/Arranger for The Big Dance (Arts Council/ Mayor of London) & Dancing In The Street (BBC), Musical Supervisor/Arranger for Bounce: The Streetdance Sensation 2006 and more recently Blaze (Anthony Van Laast), Musical Arranger for Mission Re-Position: Rosa Moments (State of Emergency).
Composer and Musical Supervisor : Josh Cohen
Josh's previous work with ZooNation includes Into The Hoods (Novello) and Sampled (Sadler's Wells). He's written two musicals: (Oz King of Clubs and This Is Our Youth Centre) and performed in the original London cast of RENT (Shaftesbury Theatre). His acting credits include The Graduate (Gielgud), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (The Almeida), Smash (The Menier Chocolate Factory). Recent Film & TV includes: X-Men: First Class (Fox), The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox Searchlight) and The Impressions Show (BBC). With D.J Walde, Josh runs the music production company, mochimusic (mochimusic.com).
Set Designer : Ben Stones
Ben trained in stage design at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design and went on to win a Linbury prize commission to design Paradise Lost for Rupert Goold.
Designs include; Kiss Of The Spider Woman (Donmar Warehouse) Creditors (Donmar Warehouse and Harvey Theatre BAM New York), An Enemy of the People, My Dads a Birdman (Sheffield Crucible), Beautiful Thing (Sound Theatre, Leicester Square), Paradise Lost (Headlong Theatre), The Arab Israeli Cookbook (Tricycle Theatre), The Mighty Boosh, Mitchell and Webb Live! (Phil McIntyre national tour); When Five Years Pass (Arcola Theatre), Speaking in Tongues (Duke of Yorks Theatre), Crocodile (Frank McGuinness premiere for Sky Arts), Ingredient X (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs), The Lady in the Van (National tour), The Herbal Bed, The Real Thing (Salisbury Playhouse); Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeares Globe), Doctor Faustus, Taste of Honey, Salt (Royal Exchange Manchester), Ben most recently designed the performance space for the new Arcola theatre and their opening production The Painter by Rebecca Lenkiewicz.
Awards; 2011 MEN award for best design for Doctor Faustus at the Royal Exchange.
Forthcoming designs include Edward II (Royal Exchange) and The Kitchen Sink (Bush Theatre).
Costume Designer/Guest Choreographer: Ryan Chappell
Ryan Chappell has a broad spectrum of experience in choreography, dance direction, styling, artist development and production. Working on both sides of the industry as a choreographer and a dancer, he also brings an extensive knowledge of fashion, styling and costume design. He has worked in many different areas of the entertainment industry, developing music artists, choreographing events, pop promos, TV, theatre and musicals. Ryan was most recently Associate Director and Choreographer for international streetdance show Blaze. Other credits include Janet Jackson, Rhianna, Kylie, Black Eyed Peas, Lily Allen, Leona Lewis, Hot Chip, Pet Shop Boys, Jamelia, Gokboet (Bounce Streetdance Company, Sweden), Insane in the Brain (Bounce Streetdance Company, Saders Wells), Bounce (UK/Europe), Beijing Olympics Handover Ceremony 2008 with ZooNation Dance Company.
Lighting Designer : Johanna Town
Johanna’s international theatre credits include Haunted (Manchester Royal Exchange/ New York/ Sydney Opera House); Rose (National Theatre/Broadway); My Name is Rachel Corrie (Royal Court/West End/New York); Guantanamo Bay (Tricycle/West End/New York); Arabian Nights, Our Lady of Sligo (New York); The Steward of Christendom (Out of Joint/ Broadway/ Sydney); Macbeth (Out of Joint World Tour/Arcola); The Permanent Way (Out Of Joint/ National Theatre/ Sydney); Shopping & F**king (Out Of Joint/ West End/ Sydney).
Theatre credits in the UK include Betrayal, Speaking in Tongues, Fat Pig, Hello and Goodbye, Top Girls, Via Dolorosa, Beautiful Thing (West End); The Overwhelming, She Stoops to Conquer, A Laughing Matter (Out Of Joint/ National Theatre); Feelgood, Little Malcolm (Hampstead/West End); Band Bang Bang (Out Of Joint); Deep Blue Sea/ Nijinsky, In Praise of Love (Chichester Festival Theatre); Re-Charged (Soho Theatre); Fatherland (Gate Theatre); The Pride, That Face (Sheffield Crucible); Beautiful Thing, A View From The Bridge, Private Lives, A Raisin in the Sun, The Glass Menagerie (Royal Exchange, Manchester); The Game of Love and Chance, Les Liaisons Dangereuses and The Herbal Bed (Salisbury); Romeo and Juliet, The Importance of Being Ernest (Royal Lyceum Edinburgh); Pride and Prejudice (Tour); The Tragedy of Thomas Hobbes (Royal Shakespeare Company); Dreams of Violence (Out Of Joint); Llwyth (Tour); For King and Country (Tour); Mad Forest (BAC); The Hounding of David Oluwale (West Yorkshire Playhouse/ tour); Pirates, The Ride of your Life (Polka); Small Craft Warnings (Arcola); Dead Funny, To Kill A Mockingbird (West Yorkshire Playhouse); ID (Almeida/BBC) and over fifty productions for the Royal Court including Faces in The Crowd, The Arsonists, Rhinoceros, My Child
Opera includes productions for Scottish opera, Classical Opera, Nice Opera House, Opera 80, Almeida Opera Festival and Music Theatre London.
Choreographer: Carrie-Anne Ingrouille
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, Carrie-Anne studied at The Centre for Performing Arts College in London. Carrie-Anne was in the cast of Blaze and was Dance Captain on the show, she was also Resident Director for ZooNation’s Into the Hoods at the Royal Festival Hall.
Choreographer : Tommy Franzén
Born in Sweden, he began dancing at the age of 11. He performs in a variety of styles, from contemporary, jazz, tap and ballet to b-boying, locking and house. After dancing professionally in Sweden, he won a scholarship to The Urdang Academy in London. He then started dancing in international shows, from musicals to hip-hop dance theatre.
Tommy Franzén appeared on BBC’s So You Think You Can Dance , in which he came second and has starred in Hip Hop dance shows including Blaze, Insane in the Brain and Bounce.
Recent performance credits include the film Mamma Mia!, handover ceremonies for the Olympics and Paralympics in Beijing, music videos for Duffy and Goldie Looking Chain, and TV adverts for various companies including Pepsi Max. He also performed in a dance show called Goldberg where he danced in various duets and solos including a duet with Tamara Rojo from The Royal Ballet. Tommy was also nominated for Best Male Dancer in this role in the 2011 National Dance Awards.