Lanre Malaolu

Lanre Malaolu is a director, choreographer, writer and performance artist. His work uses a unique fusion of physical theatre, hip hop dance, movement psychology and text to create impactful performance work for theatre and film. In 2018 he was overall winner of the  Zealous Emerge performance prize, a nationwide search championing the UK’s best-emerging performance artists.

Lanre’s film FIGURE has won multiple awards, including Best Drama (Hackney Shorts film festival) and Best Dance film (New Renaissance film festival), and has been screened at festivals around the world including: Zanzibar, Texas, Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal, as well as being selected for the BAFTA recognized Aesthetica Film festival, 2018. His film THE CIRCLE (funded by BFI Doc Society), had its world premier at the Sheffield Doc/fest this year, and was nominated for the BEST UK SHORT award at the Open City Documentary film festival. Lanre was commissioned by the Camden Peoples Theatre to write, choreograph and perform his solo show Elephant in the Room, which went on to be performed at the Roundhouse.

The Jerwood New Work Fund will support SAMSKARA, a work which untangles the questions, challenges and contradictions of what it means to be a black man in 21st century Britain. Through a fusion of physical theatre, hip-hop dance and text, the work follows the journey of four generations of black men and explores how cycles of fatherhood affects masculinity, concepts of vulnerability and the harboring of emotional pain.

Lanre Malaolu's The Elephant in the Room. Image: Camilla Greenwell.