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Profile: Ian Spink

Artistic Director at Citymoves

Ian Spink; Photo: Courtesy Ian Spink Ian Spink is Artistic Director at Citymoves in Aberdeen. Originally from Melbourne, Ian trained at the Australian Ballet School, graduating in 1968. He subsequently danced and choreographed with the Australian Ballet, Australian Dance Theatre and the Dance Company of New South Wales, and he won the Ballet Australia choreographic award with Figurescape in 1973 and Duet three years later.

After receiving a grant to tour with Merce Cunningham Dance Company during its Australian tour in 1976, Ian then moved to London where he performed with Richard Alston and dancers before founding the Ian Spink Group in 1978. He briefly returned to Australia in 1979 when he choreographed the dance sequences in Death in Venice, performed by the State Opera of South Australia.

Back in London, along with Siobahn Davies and Richard Alston, Ian co-founded Second Stride, becoming sole artistic director in 1996. He directed nine full-length works with the company and commissioned writers and composers including Caryl Churchill, Sian Evans, Judith Weir and Orlando Gough.

From 1996 onwards, Ian continued with freelance work in theatre, opera and dance. His choreography includes Jesus Christ Superstar (English Theatre, Frankfurt), Lives of the Great Poisoners (Second Stride), Heaven Ablaze in his Breast (Channel 4) Angel Magigk (Channel 4) and Julius Caesar (Royal Shakespeare Company). As part of the celebrations for the centenary of Frederick Ashton's birth in 2004, Ian created a re-interpretation of Ashton's A Tragedy of Fashion for Rambert Dance Company.

Ian has recently begun a creative development project, '26 Solos', working on short solo material with 13 dancers around Scotland.


Citymoves is based in Aberdeen and is the regional dance agency for the North East, promoting a wide range of dance activities for people of all ages. It provides a variety of dance classes, workshops and performance groups as well as being a meeting point for dancers and choreographers. Participants from a 50 mile radius of the city are attracted to the 40+ classes each week.

Citymoves supports local and visiting professional dance artists and companies through its professional dance programme, allowing them to teach, choreograph, create and platform new work professionally in Aberdeen and the North East of Scotland.

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* Citymoves
* Dance homepage
* Dance projects
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