AUSTRALIAN BORN CHOREOGRAPHER CURRENTLY RESIDING IN NEW YORK CITY CREATING MESMERIZING IMAGERY THROUGH MOVEMENT

Coined “Australia’s bad boy of dance”, Stephen’s refusal to conform and follow is exactly what manifested his innovation and thus his popularity, propelling him to international status as an artistic director and choreographer.

 

Stephen began his dance training at the late age of 17, with his only previous movement experience being self- taught hiphop and 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. 

Merging his routes as a hiphop dancer with his later contemporary ballet training, Stephen was one of the first choreographers in Australia to merge genres under his contemporary company Vertical Shadows and break the mold held by so many traditional dance companies. Under Vertical Shadows, Stephen directed ten years of exemplary dance theater including 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, LoL Surprise Dolls, 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 theater, opera 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. Additionally, Stephen was brought on as Co-Director and Choreographer of artist Anthony Breslin's immersive experience, TRYBE: An Opera In Paint. And most recently as choreographing of Don Pasquale for the Berkshire Opera Festival. 

 

Throughout his career, Stephen has been bestowed with incredible honors and awards from The Institute of Classical Dance, Short & Sweet Dance Festival, and WIND International Film Festival. Stephen’s film, "New York City”, has been celebrated at over 12 international film festivals. Stephen also directed and choreographed “The Dime Series”- a collection of music videos that demonstrated high quality film visuals on a tight budget. 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. 

Stephen is currently working for countless companies and organizations as a freelance choreographer. Directing a feature dance film premiering in March of 2022 and is Artistic Director and curator for The The Palm Springs Dance Project in California.

TESTIMONIALS

"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."

 

CHRIS PARKER

Musical Theatre Director

"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."

 

DAMIEN WELCH

The Australian Ballet

"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."

 

CRAIG BOYES

Director Boyes Design PTY LTD

"He will have you on the very edge of your seat"

THE AUSTRALIAN STAGE

"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."

 

RACHEL FOTHERGILL

Writer / Theatre Manager

"Any preconceived ideas about dance you may have, I’m sure Agisilaou will take great delight in dismantling them."

 

ROBERT CHUTER

For Arts Hub Magazine

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"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

"Stephen created a new benchmark for other independent dance companies throughout Australia"

 

KARA BERTONCINI

The Arts Center Melbourne

"Stephen has a unique style that allows for enriched and bold artistic choices that create his signature style and mood."

 

KALMAN WARHAFT

Adv. Dip ABS, GDEDI

" Stephen creates mesmerising images that will stay with the audience forever" 

STAGE WHISPERS MAGAZINE

"Anything less than a worldwide audience now seems inadequate"

DANCE INFORMA MAGAZINE