About Temujin

Background

With over 20 years involvement in dance, performance and education Temujin has built up a rich and varied bank of experiences to draw from. 

He trained at London Contemporary Dance School and after spending four years as a lead member of the Jiving Lindy Hoppers, went on to establish his own touring company, Temujin Dance, in 1993. Productions include: Cutting The Rug, Skindeep, Rhythm Breakdown, Hip Swing Club Dance Party and Club Universal.

"... not only a skillful piece but an entertaining one too... innovatively dovetailed"

The Stage

 

Resident Artist at Greenwich Dance

In 2006, as a result of a long legacy of work with Greenwich Dance, gDA, and in response to their support on the South Bank Centre's co-commissioned production of his fifth full length programme of work Club Universal, Temujin was invited to be one of the Greenwich Dance resident artists. Since then he has continued to be involved in a variety of gDA's performance and education projects, from Big Dance events, monthly cabarets, delivering dance courses and community programmes to a site specific commission at The O2 arena and the development of new work with top UK female breaker Sunanda Biswas. 

Collaborations, Development & Other Recent Highlights

Over the last few years Temujin has explored other dance and performing arts genres such as Breakin' and Contact Improvisation. He has been rehearsal director and mentor for the pioneer all female breakin' company, Flowzaic, at a number of events including B-Supreme at the South Bank Centre and Breakin' Convention at Sadlers Wells, and delivered Contact Improvisation and Choreography modules on the Performing Arts Degree course at London Metropolitan University.

Temujin was movement consultant and choreogapher for the Young Vic on Colin Teevan's adaptation of Kafka's Monkey, working with director Walter Meierjohann and the talented Kathryn Hunter. He also performed alongside Daniel Radcliffe in the critically acclaimed play Equus, by Peter Shaffer, working with choreographer Fin Walker and director Thea Sharrock. Other ventures into theatre include a collaboration with director Angela Micheals for Halfmoon Theatre's Exchange For Change series and co-directing a young people's play, Thamesmead Travelled, written by Catherine O'Shea for Greenwich & Lewisham Young People's Theatre.

 

 

"... reel and shove like a series of animated notes on the taut lines of a stave of music... the audience clearly appreciated the play on exercises of frame and connection"

Dance Today

 

 Club Universal. Photo credit - Benedict Johnson

Club Universal. Photo credit - Benedict Johnson 

Education & Research

Temujin undertook a three months long residency at a Greenwich primary school as a creative  learning consultant and researcher working closely with four teachers looking at new ways to deliver curriculum and also collaborated with designer Sophia Lovell Smith and visual artist Steve Lobb on a project using different art forms to consult with pupils on ideas for a design to develop their outdoor play area into into a creative learning play space.

More recently Temujin has begun a process of research, training and collaboration with the National Maritime Museum and Understanding Slavery Initiative on a variety of creative and movement projects exploring issues of heritage and identity. The programmes have involved working in local schools on a Big Dance schools support project, as well as work with the Young Cultural Ambassadors and the Youth Advisory Group of the National Maritime Museum, culminating in The Message event for the International Slavery Rememberance Day 2010.

"I have now decided when I'm older I'd like to do something to do with dance"

Helen Riley (work experience student)