Isaac Ouro-Gnao

Isaac Ouro-Gnao is a Togolese-British dance and writing-based multidisciplinary artist, and freelance journalist. He creates empathetic and thought-provoking work rooted in magical realism and Africanfuturism with a focus on themes of childhood, memory, and mental health.

His impact in the hip hop theatre and contemporary dance world has been multifaceted; working as a performer, voice artist, scriptwriter, and marketer for esteemed dance theatre artists and companies. Credits include award-winning Family Honour (2018) by Spoken Movement; Olivier award-winning BLKDOG (2018) by Far From The Norm; nationally acclaimed Father Figurine (2019) by Body Politic; and Boy Breaking Glass (2021) by Alessandra Seutin and Vocab Dance Company.

Isaac’s movement is rooted in West African Contemporary, Hip Hop, Popping, and House through the inspiration and tutelage of Kwame Asafo-Adjei, Alesandra Seutin, and Thomas Presto, among many others. His practice has also been influenced by Seeta Patel and Tomislav English. He honours them all.

His writing has appeared in the form of features, reviews, and poetry in publications such as Lolwe, The Lancet Psychiatry, The Stage, Dance Gazette (Royal Academy of Dance), BlackInk, Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal, and more. Isaac is a member of Body Politic’s board of directors and is a mental health advocate through Mind charity’s Young Black Men steering group.