Birmingham Based Innovative & Interdisciplinary Dance Company

Welcome to Autin Dance Theatre

Our Story

Autin Dance Theatre is an innovative touring dance company, established since 2013 under the helm of acclaimed choreographer & West Midlands dance leader Johnny Autin. Our mission is to inspire, educate & instigate positive social changes by delivering socially relevant, highly responsive, multi-disciplinary arts activities to communities, in theatres, outdoors and non-traditional spaces.

Featured Productions

Out of the Deep Blue

Out of the Deep Blue is a large-scale performance, featuring 1 female contemporary dancer and a 4-meter tall sea giant puppet operated by 5 puppeteers. This outdoor spectacle is designed specifically for family and festival audiences and is inspired by the themes of the climate emergency and the biodiversity crisis.

A Posi+ive Life

A Positive Life is an immersive theatre experience inspired by the interpersonal stories of five characters around sex, love and relationships. Featuring dance, physical theatre and spoken word, the original scenography of the piece and elements of the audience interactions will move you and transport you to the heart of the story.

Big Brum Boogie

Big Brum Boogie is a participatory community project bringing together older, younger folks and anyone in between in Birmingham. The participants developed, learnt and performed the Big Brum Boogie FLASHMOB across Birmingham in August and September 2021!


Dystopia is a dance theatre duet for the outdoors and unusual spaces that is performed in the round. This jaw-dropping and thought-provoking performance is exploring the themes of our human need for connection and belonging, in opposition with our modern anxieties based on fear and violence.

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Loved by Many

“Out of the Deep Blue brought a giant - sized touch of magic to Weston’s streets.  EKO is a wonderfully dynamic puppet whose stature causes jaws to drop and eyes to roll skywards, only to be found a breath later at ground level patting a dog.  A puppet full of vitality, humor, and wonder with an important message to share.  The dance duet captivated a large audience of all ages and will I’m sure linger long in Weston’s collective memory.  The company too were great to work with and interacted with the audience with genuine warmth and playfulness”
Fiona Matthews, Creative Director - Theatre Orchard
“It’s great to see A Posi+ive Life create such a safe, supportive space for young people to talk and share their thoughts as part of a live performance.”
Peter Knott - Area Director for Arts Council England
"The genuinely likable trio onstage give voice to observations, feelings, and self - admissions that add up to an open - minded and activist depiction of queer pride."
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Meet the Autin DT Team

Meet the people who keep Autin Dance Theatre running, day to day. Use the buttons below to meet the full Autin DT team and the board.