Jonathan Watkins


Born in South Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Jonathan trained locally before attending The Royal Ballet School. He graduated earning a place with The Royal Ballet Company in 2003 where he danced and created many roles.

He had early choreographic success at The Royal Ballet School when he won the Kenneth MacMillian Choreography Award at the age of 16 with Suppressed Expressions.

Credits as Choreographer include Silent Vision, Stop Me When I’m Stuck (Royal Ballet Clore Studio/The Linbury Studio Theatre); As One (The Royal Opera House); Diana and Actaeon for the production Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 - nominated for New Dance Production South Bank Award (The Royal Opera House/BBC Imagine film); Beyond Prejudice And Free Falling (The Curve Foundation, Edinburgh Fringe Festival); NOW (New York City Ballet); Anger Fix (Sadler’s Wells); From Within (The Royal Ballet School); Together Alone (Ballet Black) and Eventual Progress (Ekaterinburg Ballet Theatre, Russia).

Jonathan worked as Movement Director with Director Sir Nicholas Hytner on People (The National Theatre, UK) and as Choreographer on The Machine (The Manchester International Festival/Donmar Warehouse/New York Park Avenue Armory) and Coriolanus (Donmar Warehouse). On screen credits include The Slice Project, Sofa, which he also directed and Bunker for Channel 4's Random Acts series.

Most recently he created Kes (Sheffield Crucible Theatre, UK) a new full length dance theatre adaptation of the book A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines and Precent Process for Ballet Manila, Philippines.