C-12 Dance Theatre

C-12 Dance Theatre

Trolleys. Photo: Irven Lewis

Creative Mission

C-12 Dance Theatre creates original, emotionally driven, accessible and highly charged contemporary dance theatre experiences that aim to engage, educate, challenge and entertain audiences of all ages. Their work can be found in outdoor festivals, traditional theatres and community spaces.


C-12 Dance Theatre was established in 2005 by Middlesex University graduates, Annie Lunnette Deakin-Foster, Nasae Evanson and Adam Towndrow. From 2009-2012, C-12 was an associate at East London Dance. In 2013, Nasae Evans moved on to pursue other interests and Adam and Annie have continued to develop the company as a creative partnership.

C-12 is a member of Art in the Community, sharing administrative offices in Canary Wharf, east London. They are also Associate Artists at the Albany in Deptford, London and Company in residence at Hawthorne Theatre, Welwyn Garden City.

Since its inception, the company has performed original dance theatre works in a range of indoor and outdoor venues and festivals including Dance Umbrella, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Greenwich + Docklands International Festival, Southbank Centre, National Theatre and Birmingham Hippodrome, as well as touring to Europe and Australia. In Summer 2012 Trolleys, choreographed by Australian dance artist, Shaun Parker, received the Argus Award for Artistic Excellence at the Brighton Festival.

C-12 provides a range of opportunities for professional development, participation and education in schools, colleges, universities and community settings. The company leads ballet classes for children in Hackney, Deptford and Tower Hamlets and hosts an annual festival for new choreography called Emerge.

C-12’s work has been supported by Arts Council England, the British Council, Without Walls Consortium, Wandsworth Council, bait (Northumberland) and Hackney Council, among others.


Future Plans

C-12 Dance Theatre wants to continue to develop its identity as an innovative and emotionally driven dance theatre company, through choreography, dramaturgy, music and projection collaborations. Their priorities for the next three years are to:

  • Establish a youth dance company
  • Produce new productions, including immersive dance theatre experiences, indoor and outdoor works.
  • Expand their programme of dance classes
  • Increase their national and international presence through touring existing and new repertoire.
  • Develop Emerge as a platform for choreographers to showcase their work


C-12 Dance Theatre offers a variety of bespoke and repertoire based workshops and performances for communities, schools, colleges and universities.

Current Projects

Trolleys (UK, Europe & Worldwide tour)

Award-winning outdoor contemporary dance work choreographed by Shaun Parker, supported by Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster, created in 2012, will be touring across the UK, France, Holland and Belgium in 2014.  In September 2014 Annie-Lunnette will travel to Sydney to teach Trolleys to an Australian cast who will tour the work in Australia, including at the Sydney International Festival.

Market Stall (UK tour)

Choreographed by Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster and Directed by Adam Towndrow, this is an outdoor family show that will get kids eating fruit and the parents will run away and join the circus (or is it the other way round!).  A fun, fruity and family show that features contemporary dance and acrobatics! This will be touring throughout the UK.

Shhh! (UK tour)

Set in a fictional library, Shhh! is an indoor dance theatre production.  A library is closed down by the council, but if the community come together, can they save the library? Aimed towards young people and families, it’s a moving and feel good show featuring contemporary dance and acrobatics.  The show has an original music score written and produced by film composer Jamie Salisbury, with projection by Arnim Friess, and choreography and concept by Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster.

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Trolleys. Photo: Irven Lewis

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“Set to a pulsating score, it was heart warming and heartbreaking at the same time. This was art accessible for the masses.”

(5 stars) ***** The Argus, Brighton.

“C-12 is a company to watch not just for dancing but for interesting, emotive and powerful theatre.”

***** (5 stars) Sky Crawford, Fringe Review 2009

“One thing I admire about C-12 is how accessible the company’s work is.”

Donald Hutera, LondonDance.com


Projects with East London Dance

Associate Company 2009-12
Bolero Remixed
Big Dance 2008, 2010, 2012
Dance+ Circus
Merce Circus
African Currents
I Love Hackney
Paradise Gardens
Dance Currents 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
The Van Man (UK tour 2012)
The Chair (Edinburgh 2009, UK tour 2010-2011)
60×60 Dance
Dagenham Dance School Consortium
Small Dances

Artistic Director:
Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster

Executive Producer & Director:
Adam Towndrow

Creative Development Manager:
Jeanette Bain-Burnett

Tour Booker:
Sarah Trist

Production Managers:
Owen Joseph & Ben Skipworth

Associate Company:
The Albany, Deptford

Company in residence:
Hawthorne Theatre, Welwyn Garden City

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