Drew McOnie: ‘It’s not a technical process, it’s instinctual’

The Olivier award-winning choreographer on working with Matthew Bourne, his creative process and his new production of Jekyll and Hyde at the Old Vic

Drew McOnie, 30, is a London-based choreographer whose CV includes work on Chicago, Bugsy Malone and In the Heights, for which he won the 2016 Olivier award for best theatre choreographer. A new production of Jekyll and Hyde, which McOnie has written and choreographed, and which he directs, is at the Old Vic, London until 28 May.

You’ve been dancing all your life. Did you come from a theatrical background?
No, the dancing came as a surprise to my family. My father worked for a plastics company near Birmingham, and my mother was a nurse. But they had eclectic musical tastes, everything from Diana Ross to Meatloaf, and I was always making up routines. I’d push the sofa back and throw myself around. When I was six I was taken to ballet class to work off some of that energy, but I hated every moment: skipping around like a fairy in a roomful of girls. Then my cousin Ruth started freestyle disco classes, and I tagged along.

Creatively Jekyll and Hyde is an interesting knot to untie, because the one thing that everyone knows is the ending

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Source: Guardian Dance News

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