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Dance Arts Faculty > Artists and Teachers > John William Watson

Country: UK

John-William Watson is a dance theatre maker from Leeds UK. They are a Young Associate Choreographer at Sadler’s Wells, Northern Connection Artist 2021/22, the co-founder of Another Collective and alumni of The Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp. Drawing influence from Surrealism, Watson’s work abstracts and plays with every-day, utilitarian and pedestrian movement. With a focus on the tragicomedic, their work explores narratives that deal with the relationship between existentialism, the comedy of the mundane, nostalgia and time. As an artist that emerged from the pandemic their work has been hued significantly by a surrealist ethos – that existential themes can lie beside the everyday and the mundane not only beautifully and humorously but purposefully. As a result, their work aims to tell the stories around us in the way they are actually presented to us daily; often without sense, or reason.