Michael Peter Johnson is an independent creative producer, project coordinator and event manager specialising in contemporary dance, fashion, art and film.
Michael is currently the associate producer for Jean Abreu Dance and is the project coordinator for Luca Silvestrini's Protein, overseeing multiple touring, performance and participation projects including Protein's Real Life Real Dance programme and (In)visible Dancing 2019. He previously worked at Sadler’s Wells in the Producing and Touring department, helping to produce and tour international choreographers such as Carlos Acosta and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Some of his work has also included assisting choreographer Joe Moran (Dance Art Ltd) on casting and managing high profile fashion shows, (Hussein Chalayan, Kate Spade, Royal College of Art)
Michael incorporates collaboration across his creative practices. He works alongside his contemporaries in producing new dance shows, programmes and events. Recent dance works include, As They Are (Working title for Jean Abreu Dance), Circles (Sonny Nwachukwu), South of No North (Lunatics & Poets), 6 Song Soapbox (Lindy Nsingo), Treasure & Tat (Joel O'Donoghue), Belong as part of Art Night 2018 (Lindy Nsingo), ACT 2018, (Mathieu Geffré Dance), Icarus 2016 (Adaire to Dance), Fall Apart 2015 (Lindy Nisngo) and Salon Outré (2015) Michael also manages and represents London based fine artist Nick Hall.
He has extensive experience in arts management and is skilled in festival management, arts administration and producing dance and live art events. In 2015 he was the Dance Manager for Dancing Makes Me Joyful exhibition held at the 56th Venice Biennale. He currently works for festivals at the Southbank Centre as well as, Dance Umbrella Festival, Greenwich + Docklands international Festival and Sheffield Documentary Festival. In 2018 Michael was the artist liaison for Taryn Simon's, An Occupation of Loss, a site-specific work produced by ArtAngel in London. Michael has been a member of the Equity's Freelance Dancers Network, One Dance UK and is currently a member of IDMN, the Independent Dance Managers Network.
He is a passionate advocate for promoting increased access to the arts for disabled artists and audiences. He is interested in community arts and engagement projects that aspire to educate, engage and introduce new audiences to dance. Michael is keen to also develop skills around programming and curating dance programmes for festivals and venues.
Michael was the founder Editor and Creative Director of Mode & Motion – an archive and creative direction agency based in London and briefly studied Fashion Journalism at the London College of Fashion – University of Arts in London.
In 2008 Michael graduated from the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance with a first class BA Hons. Whilst at Rambert School, he worked with Kerry Nicholls (Random Dance), Robert Cohan OBE (LCDT), Mark Baldwin, (Rambert Dance Company). He was influenced by choreographers and dance mentors such as, Darshan Singh Bhuller, Charlotte Kirkpatrick, Darren Ellis, Julie Cunningham and Tiia Ourilla. As a dancer and performer Michael has worked with many choreographers and companies internationally including, Wayne Mcgregor/Random Dance (Big Dance 2012) Adaire to Dance, Lea Anderson & Gary Clarke (Games Time) Tom Dale, Katherine Hollinson, Ascendance Rep, RODA, Hinged Dance Co, The Typewriters and Joseph Mercier.
photo by Nick Eagle Photography