Dane Hurst

Artistic Director

Dane Hurst

Dane Hurst is a multi-award-winning Director, Choreographer, Dancer and Actor based in the UK since 2003.

Born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, he joined the Rambert School in London, supported by a Nelson Mandela/Linbury Trust scholarship in 2003. He later joined Rambert Dance Company as the first recipient of the Sally Gilmour memorial trust bursary in 2004, was nominated for ‘Best Emerging Dancer’ of the year in 2006 and in 2007 received the ‘Spotlight Dancer of the Year Award’ by the Critic’s Circle National Dance Awards, UK. He has travelled nationally and internationally having made guest appearances with Rambert Dance Company, Phoenix Dance Theatre, National Dance Company of Wales, Mad Dogs Dance Theatre, Humanoove, Yorke Dance Project, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, Mark Bruce Company and Company Wayne McGregor. He was voted 3rd in Dance Europe Magazine’s Top 100 Dancers of the Year 2012, nominated for Outstanding Modern Performance in 2013 and in 2014 received the Best Male Dancer of the Year award by the Critic’s Circle National Dance Awards, UK.  

As a choreographer Dane has received commissions from The Place, Barbican, RichMix, Wilton’s Music Hall, Dulwich Picture Gallery and since 2007 regularly choreographed for Rambert’s evening of New Choreography. His work has been performed at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town, the National Arts Festival in South Africa, The Genocide Memorial Theatre in Kigali – Rwanda, and in the UK at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Linbury Theatre – Royal Opera House, Beyond Barbican, Wiltons Music Hall, Peacock Theatre/Lilian Baylis – Sadler’s Wells, Wilderness Festival, RichMix and Dulwich Picture Gallery. In 2014 Dane graduated with MA Choreography from University of Kent and Central School of Ballet and later starred in and choreographed the Aesthetica Film Festival ‘Best Dance Film’ award winner, ‘Primitive’ by Director Tom Rowland with world premieres screened in London and New York at the 43rd Dance on Camera Festival, Lincoln Centre, Jan 2015. Dane directed and choreographed the opera’s ‘Sacred Mountain’ by Shirley Thompson and ‘Citizens of Nowhere’ by Anna Appleby, commissioned by Téte a Téte Opera Festival in London and starred in the NPO Dutch Television Network premier of ‘Voices of Finance’ directed by acclaimed film-maker Clara Van Gool. He choreographed and performed a solo for ‘Shakespeare Live’ filmed for BBC 2 in collaboration with Hip-Hop artist Akala and Nitin Sawhney in 2016. Dane created his first full-length choreographic work ‘EXODUS’ with Dane Hurst Company for Dulwich Picture Gallery in 2016 after sell out shows of his first commission, Prud’Hon: The Moving Body for the gallery in 2015. In 2016 Dane founded the Moving Assembly Project charity to use dance as a means to uplift and inspire young people and creating a cross-cultural bridge between South Africa and the UK. 

In 2018 Dane starred in the feature film, ‘The Beast in The Jungle’ by Clara Van Gool, collaborated with AKALA on his Ruins of Empire BBC Performance Live film and created ANIMALIS for Dulwich Picture Gallery in response to ‘The Art of Violence’ exhibition 2018/19. He worked with Yorke Dance Project on their 20th Anniversary Programme performing new work by Sir Robert Cohan, joined Company Wayne McGregor as guest artist on the ‘Tree of Codes’ production with Paris Opera Ballet and performed in ‘Staging Schiele’ a new work by Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company in 2019. He joined the Mark Bruce Company for the ‘Return to Heaven’ production and tour, appointed as Associate Artist in Residence at the Jazzart Dance Theatre in Cape Town, South Africa and nominated for Outstanding Male Performance by the Critics Circle National Dance Awards in 2020. Dane was appointed as Artistic Director to Phoenix Dance Theatre and joined the company in February 2021.