Cathy Waller Company is a London based contemporary dance company led by Artistic Director and award winning choreographer Cathy Waller (London Dance Award 2012).
The company began in early 2012 out of a desire to create a unique aesthetic that fully integrates live sound and original composition. Multi-instrumentalist Christopher Preece is an integral part of the company, central to this choreographic vision. Teamed with explosive and dynamic choreography, the work focuses on intricate rhythmical patterns. The company’s unique movement style sees underlying influences of hip-hop and capoeira, making an iconic and innovative choreographic style.
After Cathy received the Blueprint Bursary 2012, the company was propelled into the spotlight, acquiring critical acclaim and recognition. The 16 date tour in 2012 captured audiences of over 100,000 and included performances at Lilian Baylis, Sadler’s Wells Sampled Peacock Theatre, Stratford Circus, and West End Live Trafalgar Square.
In late 2012, Cathy became disabled. Whilst working with other disabled artists and becoming a strong advocate for disability in dance. Cathy featured as a speaker at the Integrated Dance Summit 2014, hosted by People Dancing and Pavilion Dance South West.
Cathy Waller has established herself as one of the most exciting choreographers to watch out for’
Hakeem Onibudi, British Council Ambassador
Cathy Waller Company creates work for both theatres and outdoors. In 2013 the company received their first outdoor commission from Gi20 with performances at National Theatre ‘Watch This Space’ and Stockton International Riverside Festival. In 2015, WCW joined the Without Walls programme co-commissioned by Brighton Festival with a new outdoor work ‘Louder than Words’.
Cathy and the team regularly teach professional class at Greenwich Dance, and the company deliver professional development workshops, Q&A’s and open door rehearsals alongside their tour for dancers and choreographers in training.
Cathy Waller Company has received funding and support from the Arts Council England, Sadler’s Wells, Without Walls, Brighton Festival, Gi20, PDSW, Greenwich Dance, NESCOT, The Place, Wellcome Collection and receives continued support from East London Dance.