Lewis Major is an award-winning choreographer with a background in sheep shearing and foreground in contemporary dance theatre. Growing up in the deep south of regional South Australia, he’d not set foot in a theatre until his mid-teens, and now finds it ironic to be working in the most maligned and misunderstood sector of the arts industry: contemporary dance. He’s the only artist he’s ever heard of who can reverse park a tractor and has travelled to all three axis-of-evil countries. As a performer and maker, he has worked with Akram Khan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Russell Maliphant, Shaun Parker, Hans van Den Broeck/Cie Soit, Hofesh Shechter and was a founding member of Aakash Odedra Company. Unabashedly audience-driven, he has created 11 major works, several of which remain in repertoire in companies across Europe and Asia. His work has been presented by, amongst others, Aarhus (Denmark); Sadler’s Wells, The Royal Opera House, The Place (UK); Festival de Mayo (Mexico); La Comete, Centre des Arts Enghien Les Bains, La Maison de la Musique de Nanterre, Maison des Arts de Creteil (France); Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg (Luxembourg), PUSH Push Festival (Canada); Impulstanz Festival, Ars Electronica Festival (Austria); TED Global (Brazil) and TEDx London; Esplanade Theatres (Singapore); Lyric Theatre (Hong Kong) and the Baryshnikov Art Centre (NYC).
Lewis is grateful for the time and space he has been afforded as a resident artist at the ICC. He has worked there to develop several works, including ‘Epilogue’ (which also had its world premiere at the Odeon in 2019 and was followed by an international tour to Sweden, France, Hong Kong and the UK), ‘Platypus’, ‘Body Is What Remains’ and his forthcoming piece, ‘S/WORDS’. Lewis has also worked extensively alongside Chris Dyke at the ICC on an as yet untitled duet, for presentation in 2021.