Artist, choreographer and innovator Ivan Blackstock is Artistic Director of CRXSS PLATFXRM, curating the festival and partnership events and acting as programming consultant to a range of venues and arts organisations looking to reflect contemporary Street Culture.
He began his career training at London Contemporary Dance School, and soon began working on music videos, adverts and dance productions with artists such as Dizzee Rascal, Rita Ora and will.i.am. He worked with many of the leading names in Hip Hop dance including ZooNation Dance Company, Jonzi D and Breakin Convention. His television credits include BBC’s So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars USA and he has worked with brands such as Adidas, Reebok, Guinness and Samsung.
After establishing a successful commercial career, Ivan went on to co-found BirdGang Dance Company and create his own work, including the critically acclaimed production A Harlem Dream at The Young Vic, where he was appointed Associate Artist.
Most recently Ivan has been creating work via his artistic alter ego SWNSNG. His work can be described as intense, highly political and thought- provoking dance theatre. His work has been presented at Sadler’s Well’s, Breakin’ Convention Festival, Latitude Festival, La Villette in Paris and The National Theatre’s outdoor programme in Summer 2017.