Ben is an independent choreographer working in contemporary dance, Opera and Theatre. He trained at The Ballet Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance and worked primarily as a performer between1991 - 2006.
In 2008 he launched his own company bgroup creating The Diminishing Present (2008), About Around (2009 – 2010), The Lessening of difference (2011) and Just As We Are (2013) for the ensemble. In 2017 he will premiere his latest work for the group Point Of Echoes after receiving the first Rural Touring Dance Initiative commission.
His choreographic work for Skånes Dansteater includes Spectrum (2017), To see the world while the light lasts (2016) and The Feeling of Going (2015) - a fully orchestrated staging of Scandinavian pop legend Jonsi’s album GO in collaboration with Malmo Opera. In autumn 2017 this latter work will be filmed for SVT for an international digital release. Other work for the company includes Enhancements of the experience of walking together (2014) for Wånas Sculpture-park and Small Acts, The Ghost Spot and A Summoning (2010)
Choreography Credits in Opera and Theatre include: Boris Godunov (The Royal Opera House); The Insatiable Inflatable Candylion (National Theatre Wales); La Boheme (Washington National Opera); My Night With Reg (Donmar Warehouse/West End); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Privates on Parade (Michael Grandage Company); The Perfect American, Sunken Garden (ENO);The Marriage of Figaro and Knight Crew (Glyndebourne Opera); Don Giovanni (The Metropolitan Opera); Betrothal in a Monastery (Opera- Comique Paris); Cunning Little Vixen and Rigoletto (Grange Park Opera); Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Adventures of Mr Broucek (Opera North); Faust, Dead Man Walking, Macbeth, La Vie Parisienne and La Fanciulla del West (Malmo Opera); Twelfth Night (Donmar West End); Tobias and the Angel and In the Red and Brown Water (Young Vic).
Directing credits include: The Walk from the Garden (Salisbury International Festival); An Audience with Adrienne; A Night at the Opera (Bayerische Staatsoper Festival)
During his performing career Ben toured the USA with Sinner for Stan Wont Dance and has worked for Adventures in Motion Pictures, Ricochet, London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Richard Alston and Amanda Miller’s Company: Pretty Ugly. He danced in work by the likes of Mark Morris, Stephen Petronio, Christopher Bruce, Angelin Prejlocaj, Russell Maliphant, Aletta Collins and Improbable Theatre’s Phelim McDermott.
In 1995 he co-created the Role of the Prince in Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake and performed the role in seasons throughout the UK, London’s West End, Los Angeles, Broadway, Japan and Korea. As an actor, Ben joined Nicholas Hytner’s premiere season of His Dark Materials at The National Theatre in 2004, where amongst other roles he created the part of the Golden Monkey.
Ben is also an experienced independent teacher who regularly mentors younger artists, and teaches nationally and internationally. He has taught throughout the vocational training sector in Britain and for many of the UK”s National Dance Agencies
As a choreographer he has created student and post grad work for Trinity Laban, The Place, Northern School of contemporary Dance, London Studio centre amongst others.