Graduating from the National Conservatoire of Music and Dance (France) in Contemporary Dance and Ballet, Johnny had the opportunity to work with some incredibly inspiring choreographers. From very early on in his career he went on to perform, choreograph and direct work; experimenting with a range of different styles, from contemporary and street dance to flamenco. He has worked internationally collaborating with choreographers and companies in France, the Netherlands, Norway and Spain, as well as touring work across Europe and South America.
Based in the UK for over 9 years and now living in Birmingham, Johnny has worked with several organisations mainly as a performer and physical theatre practitioner. He is the Creative Director of the professional company Autin Dance Theatre and the Artistic Director of Man Made Youth Company, Birmingham's first independent all-male youth company. He has also worked as a rehearsal director, choreographer and dramaturge for companies including Kompany Malakhi, Tempered Body Dance Theatre, Harnisch-Lacey Dance Theatre, State Of Emergency, SmallPetitKlein, 2Faced Dance Company, Ludus Dance, Gravity & Levity, Panta Rei Danseteatre and Company Decalage.
He has performed works by Darshan Singh Bhuller, Balbir Singh, Tom Dale, Helene Blackburn, Freddie Oppoku-Addaie, Gregory Maqoma and Luca Silvestrini, 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.
A Positive Life is an immersive dance theatre experience, aimed at young people aged 14-24, based around the themes of sex education and self-love.
Autin Dance Theatre is a non for profit organisation that creates issue based work under the genre of Dance Theatre, Physical Theatre and Contemporary Dance. We are working a piece of work called 'A Positive Life' , originally commission by Ignition Festival in 2015. The piece was based around the real stories of 5 people living with HIV/AIDs, and made to challenge stereotypes and stigmas that are often associated with the diseases.
Creative Director of Autin Dance Theatre, Johnny Autin, is keen to develop the piece into an immersive performance experience, where audience members will take an active role in discussing themes, participating physically, and choosing their 'own journey' through the piece, rather than an audience watching work in a traditional seated theatre setting.
After further research on people living with HIV/AIDS Johnny is also keen to explore larger themes like self-worth, body image, sexual health and well-being.
Choreographed by Johnny Autin
Performed by Becca Thomas, Jerome Wilks, Katie Albon, Michael Kelland, Jasmine Gardosi