Growing up through the eighties and early nineties electronic music subcultures, Darren was heavily influenced by electronic music and performed at iconic events such as Raindance 91 (Jenkins Lane). Pursuing his own distinct blend of performance and choreography,he was awarded a scholarship to study contemporary dance and graduated from the world-renowned LABAN School in 1999 with the Centre’s award for outstanding choreographic achievement.He was awarded first prize at the 2000 International Choreographen Concours in Groningen Holland and at the 1st International Competition for Choreography in Bornam, Belgium. In 2001/2002 he won The Bonnie Bird Choreography Award. In 2005 he was presented with a prestigious Herald Angel Award at the Edinburgh International Festival for his full-scale installation piece,Ren-Sa, which combined an immersive blacked out bus journey,live performance,video and sound interaction in a specially created venue on Edinburgh’s docks. Darren has also been Artist in residence at The Southbank Centre,The Place and The Roundhouse.
Darren’s distinct style of live performance and passion for electronic music has led him to collaborate with a number of established artists including Aphex Twin/ Chris Cunningham, Squarepusher,Jamie lidell and Cristian Vogel.He has made live performance work for The South Bank Centre as well as independent commissions for lV and film,including The BBC and Channel 4.The diversity of his work reaches out beyond conventional spaces into the realms of installation and site specific.Recently Artist in residence at The Roundhouse in Camden Darren created ‘Underdrome’ the first site specific piece for the iconic London space. The production featured a 100 piece choir,music by Warp Records and live music from The London Contemporary Orchestra. Darren has since undertaken a research residency at the Berghain in Berlin,continuing his research on projection environments and immersive audience experience.
Existing in a place beyond the rational, Darren’s work is influenced by surrealism, psychology and the subconscious mind to create a distinctly altered theatrical world. His work has reached wide audiences from Europe to Japan with sell out shows throughout major international auditoriums, galleries and festivals.