Escapism ….every now and then, I’m sure we have all indulged in dreams of a far away magical kingdom where British gas bills and National Insurance contributions are absent! The day to day niggles of daily life can easily bring on this daydream; you get a parking ticket, you run out of clean tea spoons or even worse you reach the ‘data’ limit on your phone!
So, when writing about one of the world’s finest choreographers, I find the term ‘escapism’ springing to mind which links nicely to the question; what is it exactly that makes Kevan Allen such an internationally-renowned and successful choreographer?
The answer is, in my eyes, quite simple. Kevan’s work takes you out of your theatre or stadium seat, away from your current state of mind (Did I pay that gas bill or not? Damn, I must check when I get home!) and transports you into the other world he has created for his audience. This world is often a magical one full of mind blowing creative intelligence; a spectacle that you simply can not tear your eyes away from.
Whether working in the worlds of ballet, commercial dance or breakdance; or even in the glamorous world of fashion runway shows, Kevan has the rare ability and talent to create choreography which beautifully considers all the different elements in his shows. From his costume designs to his LED graphic screen imagery, Kevan’s entire stage production takes you down a winding road of wonderful. You are caught in his spell and he has no intention of allowing you to return to reality. You’re his for the entire performance. As you fall further and further down the rabbit hole into a world of pure escapism, your every day cares fade away and you’re happy to surrender to the enchantment.
Like the finest movie directors of our time: Spielberg, Richard Curtis, Tarantino, whose work stays with you long after you have seen their masterpieces, Kevan Allen’s shows remain with you long after you have taken that Uber home. He has the rarest of gifts, which he’s happy to share, and I can’t tell you how completely flattered and grateful I am to have such a wonderfully rare talent as Kevan, choreograph numbers for The IT Girls entertainment shows.
For more info about Kevan please read on…
Kevan Allen’s creative reputation is constantly growing as he continues to conceive, choreograph, style and direct many acclaimed shows for a large number of clients throughout the world. He has made successful ventures into all aspects of the industry from the corporate world to the theatre/music & film industry, always succeeding by bringing his unique and imaginative skills to the relevant project
He made his choreographic & directional debut at the age of 17 with the conception & creation of Beauxartz, the first independent dance company to feature in a ten week television series for Channel 4, UK. Since then he has become one of the most dynamic contributors to choreography today and his extensive body of work can be seen across the board with major recording artists such as Kylie Minogue, Bryan Ferry & Tom Jones, many commercials & corporate events for varied clients such as Nike, Sony, Samsung & Walt Disney and as a much sort after creative director for many live special events and gala’s around the world.
Throughout his career he has had the pleasure of working with Music & Theatre artists such as Elton John, Duran Duran, Josh Groban, Olivia Newton John, Tim Minchin, Maria Friedman, Ruthie Henshall and Idina Menzel, whilst his film work includes “13 going on 30” with Jennifer Garner & Andy Serkis and the Disney animation feature “Chicken Little”.
Kevan’s varied television career has involved work on high profile shows such as Americas Got Talent, So You Think You Can Dance and The Graham Norton Show. Kevan also worked closely with Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber as he searched for a Dorothy on the TV series “Over the Rainbow” for his west End production of The Wizard of OZ – having previously helped Andrew find a Joseph and his Technicolor Dreamcoat on “Any Dream will Do” and a Nancy and an Oliver with “I’d Do Anything” for producer Cameron Mackintosh’s revival of Oliver. Kevan was also the featured choreographer on the British & Russian version of the hit TV Series “Popstars” – leading the winning group in both countries to break records within the music industry and to become triple platinum-selling artists.
Theatre includes Jesus Christ Superstar; The Taming of the Shrew; Chess in Concert; The Winslow Boy; The Wonderful World of Captain Beaky; Titanic; Sondheim Tonight; Urinetown; My One & Only and The Royal Variety Show amongst others.
Hugo Boss chose Kevan to be their featured choreographer & face for their Global Ad Campaign and he has a high profile amongst the media, often being sort after for interviews and contributions for various television shows.