Douglas Thorpe trained at London Contemporary Dance School and then joined Phoenix where, over a twenty year period, he worked with a range of choreographers including the likes of Michael Clarke, Philip Taylor, Tom Jobe, Darshan Singh Bhuller, Henri Oguike, and Javier de Frutos.
Douglas soon began choreographing his own work and choreographed Left-a-lone for RJC’s 2003 tour Soma. 2008 saw the break-through of Douglas’s choreography under the banner of Mad Dogs Dance Theatre. Since its foundation, the company has developed its identity as an extremely explosive, powerful and physical dance and theatre company with its base in Leeds, UK.
The company has focused on the production of new work by Douglas Thorpe including the works Dry Toast, A mind as beautiful and Beast, which was performed by Phoenix as part of the Ignite programme.
Douglas' work was part of Dance3, a tour across the UK showcasing the next generation of makers. Off the back of this tour Douglas was made Associate Artist as part of LIFT at Yorkshire Dance, where he spent 18 months developing and refining his artistic practice throughout 2009-2011.
In 2011 Douglas was commissioned to create a new work for Staatstheater Tanz, Braunschweig, Germany and in 2012 he created a duet for OverWorlds & UnderWorlds, a Cultural Olympiad event in Leeds curated by The Quay Brothers.
Currently Douglas is in a midst of a development period for his first full evening work, Dogs Land, which was previewed to a sold out audience in Leeds, February 2012. Dogs Land will be touring in Spring 2013.