Born in West Glamorgan, Nigerian/Welsh choreographer Henri Oguike (O-gwee-k) studied music, drama and dance at Swansea College. He went on to train at the London Contemporary Dance School and danced with 4D, its postgraduate performance group. In 1994, he became a founder member of the Richard Alston Dance Company and danced with the Company until 1998. Later the same year, a snapped achilles tendon almost saw him bring his career to an end. On finding his focus, he formed Henri Oguike Dance Company in 1999 which quickly made an impact, picking up the Time Out Live Award for the ‘Most Outstanding New Company’ in 2001.
Oguike has been dubbed one of the most musical choreographers of his generation. He has been drawn to a wide range of composers from Purcell and Scarlatti to Steve Martland and Ali Farka Toure. His adventurous spirit and passion for live music has seen him collaborate with internationally renowned musicians including Iain Ballamy, Pedro Carneiro and Taiko Meantime.
As well as impressing with his own Company, Oguike has been commissioned to make pieces for Phoenix Dance Theatre, Holland Dance Festival, Southbank Centre, Transitions Dance Company, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Companhia Portuguesa de Bailado Contemporaneo and Companhia Nacional de Bailado. Most recently, he received commissions from the UK's flagship contemporary dance company Rambert Dance Company, ROH2 based company Ballet Black and Wired Aerial Theatre.
Henri was also the Artistic Director of National Youth Dance Wales from 2004 - 2007.