Chinese Arts Now have put artists at the centre of the organisation with the creation of three new Associate Artistic Director including choreographer and theatremaker Si Rawlinson.
Si is a British Chinese choreographer, born in Hong Kong with English and Chinese heritage. A theatre-maker with a background in hip hop dance, he creates interdisciplinary work that seeks to explore identity, foster compassion and question our dissonant relationship with a rapidly-changing world. After performing with the National Youth Theatre, he studied performance at university and discovered hip hop dance. Since then he has trained with different hip hop communities across the UK and internationally, participating and performing with renowned dancers on the hip hop scene. He has worked with artists such as Marso Riviere, John Berkavitch, Alesandra Seutin, Requardt and Rosenberg and Gary Clarke. In 2016 Si set up the company Wayward Thread to engage with urgent contemporary issues as a choreographer.
More recently his practice has become more interdisciplinary, based on a foundation of hip hop dance styles but also drawing from contemporary dance, physical theatre, spoken and recorded audio narratives and film. His work has been performed at leading venues in the UK including The Place, Sadler’s Wells, Southbank Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome, Curve Theatre and Nottingham Playhouse. He has been supported by Dance4, Breakin’ Convention and the British Council, amongst others. He is currently a resident artist at Curve Theatre in Leicester where he also lectures at De Montfort University. waywardthread.co.uk
Hi work for CAN includes performances and choreography for Every Dollar is A Soldier/With Money You’re A Dragon and Home X.
Si says: “It’s really important to me as an artist of mixed heritage to be able to create space for different British Chinese perspectives, to foster understanding and connection between cultures, and present innovative Chinese art that deconstructs barriers and creates a lasting impact on audiences across the UK. I’m really excited to become one of the new associate artistic directors at CAN, working with the team to showcase artists who represent the diverse contemporary voices of the Chinese diaspora and to build CAN as a leading organisation showcasing Chinese art.”