Mavin Khoo

Mavin Khoo

Artistic Director

Mavin Khoo is internationally recognised as a dance artist, teacher, choreographer and artist scholar. He studied Bharata Natyam with the legendary dance maestro, Padma Shri Adyar K.Lakshman in India, Cunningham technique at the Cunningham studios in New York and Classical Ballet under Marian St. Claire, Michael Beare, Nancy Kilgour, Paul Lewis, Ayumi Hikasa, Raymond Chai and Tory Jestyn. As a contemporary dance artist he has worked with Wayne McGregor, Akram Khan, The Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company and many others. His commissioned works include creations for the Venice Biennale and Canada Dance Festival to name a few. 'Images in Varnam' (2001) was commissioned by the Royal Ballet Artists Development Initiative and was followed by another ROH2 commission 'Let me...with' Royal Ballet dancer Kristen McNally.

Khoo is considered one of the few Bharata Natyam male soloists to have carved a niche for himself as a touring artist, while still regularly dancing at all major venues in India, including the Music Academy and Kalakshetra in Chennai.

His own company, mavinkhooDance, was founded in 2003. Productions for this company include 'Parallel Passions' (2003), 'Chandra/Luna' (2004-2005), 'Devi: the Female Principle' (2006), 'Strictly Bharata Natyam' (2006), 'Devi: In Absolution' (2008), 'Dancing my Shiva' (2010), '00.00 - 00.01' (2011), 'Akasha' (2012) and 'I am with you, Muruga' (2013).

Khoo holds an MA in Choreography from Middlesex University. He was faculty member of the Dance Studies Department (at the School of Performing Arts) at the University of Malta. He acts as Rehearsal Director to Akram Khan Company and, in 2014, was appointed artistic director of the ŻfinMalta Dance Ensemble, where he also choreographs and dances with the company.