Born in London, Aletta Collins studied at the London Contemporary Dance School and was a dancer and choreographer for London Contemporary Dance Theatre.
For Headlong: The Effect.
Her recent work includes: Magical Night, the world premiere of a dance theatre piece to the music of Kurt Weill, Duet for One Voice, inspired by the work of Jean Cocteau to music specially commissioned from Scott Walker, and an original stage version of The Red Balloon based on the book by Albert Lamorisse (ROH2 at the Linbury); Awakenings (Rambert Dance Company); Anna Nicole (Royal Opera House); Maybe Yes Maybe Maybe No Maybe (Phoenix Dance Company); and directing This Is The Place, a celebration of 40 years of contemporary dance (The Place).
Other work as a choreographer includes: Bloom (Rambert); Les Noces (Berlin PO conducted by Rattle); The Tempest (Royal Opera); Stand By Your Man (London Contemporary Dance Theatre); and His Dark Materials (National Theatre).
Work as a director and choreographer includes: Carmen (Salzburg Festival); Dido and Aeneas and Les Noces (Opera North); and Phillip Pullman’s Aladdin (Bristol Old Vic).
She created The Big Dance, a public event for 2,008 people (Trafalgar Square, 2008). Her short film The Girl In The Red Dress with Shirley Henderson was selected for Cannes Director’s Fortnight and screened at many festivals including Edinburgh and London.
Most recent music videos include Losing Myself by Will Young, for which she has just been nominated for a 2012 UK Music Video Award.
Future work includes directing La Voix Humaine / Dido and Aeneas for Opera North.