AUSTRALIAN BORN CHOREOGRAPHER CURRENTLY CREATING MESMERIZING IMAGERY THROUGH MOVEMENT
Stephen Agisilaou is an Australian-born choreographer and creative director currently living in New York City employed by some of the world's largest companies and organizations.
Stephen began his dance training at the late age of 17, with his only previous movement experience being self-taught improvisation. Stephen would soon graduate from university with his Diploma in Performing Arts, along with his ballet training under the instruction of legend Gelsey Kirkland.
In his early career as a performer and choreographer, Stephen worked for national televised shows, music videos, commercials, and served as a choreographer for So You Think You Can Dance. He would go on to spent 3 years as a principal dancer for MOVE: The Company in Canada. Working alongside acclaimed choreographers Joshua Beamish and Amy Gardner, his exploration of movement would continue to develop.
In 2009, Stephen created Vertical Shadows - a contemporary dance company that crosses genres through it’s direction to create a cinematic theatre experience. Under Vertical Shadows, Stephen directed The White Prince, which brought former principal dancer of The Australian Ballet, Damien Welch, and former Senior Artist, Marc Cassidy, out of retirement. Vertical Shadows has continually created to five-star reviews, and was the driving force that granted Stephen with the opportunity to choreograph world wide. His choreography has been commissioned by some of the world's biggest organizations, such as Samsung, Red Bull, The Australian Open, P&O International, TXU Electricity, The Venetian/Sands Hotel Macau, Stereosonic Music Festival, and Dance2XS.
As a creator of movement, Stephen has been employed extensively in the realm of musical theatre and plays. He choreographed the Melbourne premiere of the Tony Award-winning Spring Awakening, Blood Brothers and the revival of the Green Room Award-winning musical, Prodigal. His choreography has been seen internationally in productions of Good Morning Hong Kong, Black Diva Power, and The Pajama Game. Stephen was employed by Opera Australia to assist them in casting the Broadway revival of South Pacific and worked as choreographer with Berkshire Opera on their 2019 production of Don Pasquale. Additionally, Stephen was brought on as Co-Director and Choreographer of artist Anthony Breslin's immersive experience, TRYBE: An Opera In Paint.
Stephen’s dance film, "New York City”, has been celebrated in over 12 international festivals. Also working in film Stephen directed and choreographed “The Dime Series”- a collection of music videos that demonstrated high quality film visuals on a tight budget.
Throughout his career, Stephen has been bestowed with honors and awards from The Institute of Classical Dance, Short and Sweet Dance Festival, and WIND International Film Festival. He has been reviewed with accolades from such publications as the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Dance Australia Magazine, The Australian Stage, and the ABC National Radio Arts Program.
"He has the beautiful quality of not doubting his creative inspiration. He is able to build something magical on the rehearsal floor while remaining open to director feedback, running with actor's impulses and still managing to reduce the moment down to the most simple and inspired physical interaction."
Musical Theatre Director
"Stephen's attitude to the show, performances, performers and crew has always been exemplary. With respect and confidence he encourages ownership across all facets of the performance, allowing all those involved to bring themselves to the story he is telling without losing the direction and choreography he desires."
Director Boyes Design PTY LTD
" Stephen creates mesmerising images that will stay with the audience forever"
STAGE WHISPERS MAGAZINE
"I have had the pleasure of working with, dancing in and watching works by some of the great choreographers of the world both past and present. I would like to add Stephen to this list."
The Australian Ballet
"His productions are, innovative, soulful, meticulous and visually stunning. His innate eye for detail and passion for his craft renders all dealings with him to be the most professional and invigorating."
Writer / Theatre Manager
"He will have you on the very edge of your seat"
THE AUSTRALIAN STAGE
"Stephen communicates a beautiful story that exudes cathartic moments, abstract enough for an audience to claim their own stake in the performance. These are moments of escape, of excitement and of creative inspiration."
JOSE RIVERA, Jr
Visual Multimedia Artist
"Any preconceived ideas about dance you may have, I’m sure Agisilaou will take great delight in dismantling them."
For Arts Hub Magazine
"Anything less than a worldwide audience now seems inadequate"
DANCE INFORMA MAGAZINE
"Stephen has a unique style that allows for enriched and bold artistic choices that create his signature style and mood."
Adv. Dip ABS, GDEDI
"Stephen created a new benchmark for other independent dance companies throughout Australia"
The Arts Center Melbourne