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James Berkery

 

 

James Berkery is an innovative and creative choreographer and movement director  of BAFTA-nominated and other award-winning projects in film, TV, advertisements, music, and theatre.

Originally from Co. Tipperary, Ireland, James is now based in London where he specialises in commercial and narrative choreography, movement direction and 1-1 movement coaching.

Dedicated to producing inclusive and innovative work, James’ approach is tailored to each project creating original and creative excellence within production timelines.

James Berkery’s combined music video work online has over 10 million views online, recent projects includes choreographing The Fratellis comeback Global Top 5 Album ‘In Your Own Sweet Time’ and resident choreography on Sting’s USA tour of ‘The Last Ship’ (2020).

James was the choreographer of ‘toni_with_an_i’(BFI/BBC) which received BAFTA Nomination in 2020.

Clients including IKEA, SONO, BFI, Film4, Ffilm Cymru, Universal Music, Warner Music UK and Polydor Records. Work has been featured on BBC, CBS, ABC, ITV, MTV, VICE, TikTok, Paper Mag and VOGUE Italia.

At 16 James Berkery was the youngest student to train at CSN Dance, Ireland;
leading to an invitation to Open Ballet 2011 in St. Petersburg.

After being awarded a DADA scholarship he attended Bird College Conservatoire of Dance and Musical Theatre.
He then attained BA (1st class hons) focusing on the choreographic process from Middlesex University.

James is a member of One Dance UK, Movement Directors Association, Dance Ireland, Equity UK,
AEA and Dancer's Career Development (ambassador).

Productions

FILM

CENSOR

Director: Prano Bailey Bond
Film4, Ffilm Cymru & BFI

TONI_WITH_AN_I
(BAFTA Nomination 2020)

Director: Marco Alessi
BFI Born Digital & BBC Four

QUEST FOR FIRE

Director: Patrik Bergh
76 Ltd.

LEASH

Director: Harry Lighton
Reel Issues Films & The Pitch

FOUR QUARTETS

Director: Marco Alessi
4Q Films & Peccadillo Pictures

NATAL

Director: Myriam Raja
National Film and Television School

 

theatre

2019

THE SOUND AFFECT
IKEAxSONOS

Director: Joe Hufton
Les Enfant Terribles
HAMLET

Director: Jake Smith
Petersfield Shakespeare Festival & Brighton Open Air Theatre

ARMADILLO

Director: Sara Joyce
The Yard Theatre

2018

NOTRE DAME

Director: Jake Smith
Alexandra Theatre, Chichester

SHADOW KINGDOMS

Director: Adam Dattis
Theatre503

TIGER

Director: Will Maynard
VAULTS Festival, London

2017

REVOLUTIONARY

Director: Emilie Hetland
Stavanger Arts Council, Norway

GULLIVER'S TRAVELS

Director: Jake Smith
Alexandra Theatre, Chichester

 

Associate/Assistant Credits

THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDON

Choreographer: Lucy Hind
CBS

JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!

Choreographer: Lucy Hind
ABC

GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY

Choreographer: Lucy Hind
Gielgud Theatre

CINDERELLA

Choreographer: Shelley Maxwell
Lyric Hammersmith

THE LAST SHIP
(2019 & 2020 USA Tour)

Choreographer: Lucy Hind
Princess of Wales, Toronto CA

THREE LITTLE PIGS

Choreographer: Ewan Jones
International Tour - Kenny Wax Productions

TALES OF HOFFMAN Choreographer: Ewan Jones

English Touring Opera

 

COMMERCIAL

PUMA
Break the Mold

Director: Alexander Darby
Osiko Films

TOPSHOP
Holographic Jacket

Director: Alexander Darby
Osiko Films

CASEHUB

Director: Vanya Gostev
Studio REC

 

MUSIC

PUNCTUAL
I Dont Wanna Know

Director: James Arden
Polydor Records

THE MAGIC GANG
Take Back the Track

Director: Georgina Cammilleri
Warner Music UK

GIRLI
Up & Down

Director: Vasilisa Forbes
Virgin EMI Records

THE FRATELLIS
Stand Up Tragedy

Director: Alexander Darby
Island Records

NINA NESBITT
Best You Had

Director: Alexander Darby
Cooking Vinyl

ANNA OF THE NORTH
Lovers

Director: Alexander Darby
Atlantic Records