What we're all about
aKa Dance Theatre Company was co-founded by dance mad Jen Grant and Joe Garbett in early 2014. Based in Taunton as company in residence at Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre. aKa are excited to be a small-scale company that creates works that are adaptable for a variety of performance surroundings, indoors and out. They are fiercely interested and invested in ensuring that the arts are accessible and enjoyable to all and love nothing more than bringing communities together.
Since starting in 2014, they've been having a cracking time creating bright and playful dance theatre works that are loaded with colour and craziness, taking them out and about to visit a variety of audiences in a variety of places and spaces.
They have had an absolute blast visiting an eclectic mix of venues across the UK - Glastonbury Festival, The Place, Rich Mix, The Book Club, Thimblemill Library, Grittleton Village Hall to name a few, receiving audience feedback such as "wow, wow, wow" Casson & Friends and "Infinitely interesting" Anna Rachael McBridge.
Want to know more? Then check out the projects page or drop aKa a line via the contacts us link on the home page.
Meet the Team
Jen Grant - Artistic Director
Jen co-founded aKa Dance Theatre Company in 2014 after gaining her MA in choreography from Trinity Laban. Prior to this she trained at The University of Chichester. Her work has received a great response from both audience members, participants and those working in the industry, such as "Best thing I've seen... So clever..." and "it appeals to all."
Alongside aKa, Jen facilitates numerous community dance classes, working
with a vast age range, expanding opportunities to those interested in
participating in the arts. In 2017, Jen gained a distinction in the Dance for
Parkinson's course. Jen has a passionate determination to create through play and is driven to find what yet is to be found.
Joe Garbett - Associate Director
Joe Garbett is a choreographer, teacher and international performer. Under the direction of renowned choreographers, Joe has performed at the Tate Modern, Glastonbury Festival, Sadler's Wells, World Stage Design Festival, museums, pubs, clubs and everything in between.
You will find Joe choreographing and performing outdoors and at unconventional places advocating the importance of positive, playful and accessible art in public spaces.
Joe enjoys directing work that explores the importance of unity and engages people in the exhilaration that can come together to achieve a common goal.
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