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Marcus Jarrell Willis

Choreography Fellow

Marcus Jarrell Willis has worked professionally with RIOULT, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, Tania Pérez- Salas Compañía de Danza and Ailey II. Willis performed with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater from 2008-2016.

He has presented choreographic works in festivals across the United States and Europe. Commissions include works created for Ailey II, TU Dance, Company Danzante, The Juilliard School, The Ailey School, University of Minnesota, Lucia Marthas Institute for the Performing Arts, Satellite Collective, Dance Gallery Festival Level Up and 92nd Y Dance Introduction Series, among others.

Willis is the Founder of MJ Willis Project-Inc, which made its debut in Wales in 2017, premiering “My Brother, Dear Sister”. Willis was named Best Choreographer for TU Dance creation, Sensible Existence in City Pages 2018 Best of the Twin Cities.

About the Choreography Fellowship

The Leverhulme Choreography Fellowship was launched in 2016 as part of Rambert’s commitment to developing future generations of artists. Rambert’s talent development programme also includes a successful music fellowship and a long running choreographic development programme that nurtures emerging dance-makers from both within the company and the wider dance sector.

This fellowship programme, supported by a grant from the Leverhulme Trust, helps professional dancers make the transition to become full-time working choreographers. The first Leverhulme Choreography Fellow was Julie Cunningham, who has since been appointed a Rambert Associate.

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