Sonny Nwachukwu is a writer, director, and founder of Gateway Arts Productions based in London. His work is multi-disciplinary spanning across writing, poetry, dance, theatre and anything that lies beyond. His work primarily focuses on the African Diaspora. Sonny is a storyteller that incorporates dance and literature making his work relevant, unique, vibrant and thought-provoking. His academic background in Psychology informs much of his work and he is keen to tackle issues seen as taboo or ‘different’.
Sonny received his dance training from authentic West African and dancehall teachers. He has performed with numerous Afrobeats and dancehall artists working across the UK and has performed at venues including Sadler’s Wells and SSE Wembley stadium.
In 2019 Sonny was awarded an Unlimited and Spirit of 2012 commission, to create his first full length work entitled Circles, A choreopoem. Other current works and projects include Triple Threat (2019) at Poplar Union, Saturn Returns (2020) for Unlimited Festival, Southbank Centre, (Re)Union (2021) as part of Browntown Abbey at Battersea Arts Centre and new work in progress, Eve and Cain (2021).
Michael Peter Johnson is a creative producer specialising in contemporary dance, live art, fashion and film. Michael currently works for Jean Abreu Dance, Luca Silvestrini's Protein, Lindy Nsingo and has been producer for writer/director Sonny Nwachukwu / Gateway Arts since 2019. He manages multiple touring, performance and participation projects. Michael incorporates collaboration across his creative practice & produces new dance shows, programmes and events. Recent works for Gateway Arts include, Eve and Cain (Sonny Nwachukwu), Saturn Returns (Sonny Nwachukwu, Unlimited Festival, Brixton House)He has extensive experience in arts management and is skilled in festival/project coordination, working for Sadler’s Wells Producing & Touring, Greenwich + Docklands International Festival and Sheffield Documentary Festival.