Maxine Doyle has a BA in Dance and English from the Roehampton Insitute and an MA in choreography from the Laban Centre, London. In 1996 Maxine formed First Person Dance Company and began creating small scale touring works which drew on the cinematic by layering multiple narratives. Maxine’s work combines an intense physicality with an obsession for character and non-linear storytelling.
In 2003 Maxine began her collaboration with Felix Barrett – Artistic Director Punchdrunk – and together they created the original Sleep No More with sound designer Stephen Dobbie. This was the beginning of a collaboration which has produced a multiple of large scale site-based, choreographically driven works including Faust (2006), Masque of the Red Death (2007) and The Drowned Man. Currently Sleep No More is running in New York City and as was awarded an Obie for design and choreography. In December 2016 – the fourth iteration of Sleep No More will open in Shanghai. Maxine is currently Punchdrunk’s associate director and choreographer. (Link to Punchdrunk website.)
In 2016 Maxine returned to creating work for the stage with After Lethe – a work for an ensemble of 15 dancers for Johannes Wieland at Staastheater Kassel, Germany.
Her work for theatre includes Evening at the Talk House (NT), Electra (Old Vic), The Changeling (Young Vic), Hamlet (Young Vic), The Children’s Hour (The West End), Timon of Athens (The Globe) and Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (National Theatre). Opera includes Faust (Baden Baden) and The Cunning Little Vixen (Glyndebourne).
Recently Maxine was a principle artist at Springboard Danse Montreal where she began the first part of a new work Electric Sheep . She is regularly a guest teacher and choreographer at schools and festivals across Europe, North America and Australia.
Future projects include a new creation with Strut Dance, Perth Australia for 2018. Maxine’s international workshop series Tension States : Amplifications of the Human Condition will begin autumn 2016.
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