Hawk Dance Theatre is a dance company based in Manchester that creates, explores and inspires audiences by offering work that is engaging & accessible. Directed by Josh Hawkins, HDT develops visually dynamic and powerful productions for various platforms – theatres, festivals and digitally.

"Josh Hawkins is certainly one of the brightest new voices in contemporary dance theatre" – Luca Silvestrini, Artistic Director, Protein

"Josh is an exceptional and talented young artist and I highly suspect will be one to watch for the future" - James Mackenzie-Blackman, Executive Director, New Adventures.

Founded in 2015, Hawk Dance Theatre have been on a mission to develop a range of exciting dance projects over the past few years, connecting with many audiences and participants along the way! HDT creates physical and dynamic contemporary dance work for conventional and unconventional spaces. HDT have been supported as Artists in Residence at The University of Salford since 2016 - 2019.

The company are currently working on a variety of creative projects, including; ‘Outside The Igloo’, ‘Getting From A to B’ and a brand new show 'The Box'.


Our aim is to create exciting, accessible, thought provoking and, most of all, inspiring work that can connect with audiences from all backgrounds. HDT are committed to creating and touring high quality professional and original productions to audiences nationally and internationally.


Hawk Dance Theatre are proud to be supported by Arts Council England's Grants for the Arts / Project Grant Lottery Funding on a range of our projects. In the past 4 years HDT have received 9 Grants for the Arts awards to support the research, development and creation of (we)SINK, Fish Tank, The Chit Chat Chalk Show, HandsON and most recently Eyes On Me.

Hawk Dance Theatre won an award for ‘Best Experimental Short’ at the 2017 London City Film Awards for their Random Act’s film ‘The Blackest Day’ (Broadcast on Channel 4, TV platform in 2016). Throughout 2017/18, the company have received support from Random Act’s Centre North to commission 2 new short film series.

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