Kenneth is a key figure on the contemporary dance scene. He danced with the internationally acclaimed London Contemporary Dance Theatre and other leading companies during a 25 year career as a performer, choreographer, teacher and director.
From September 2007 to November 2016, Kenneth headed The Place, the UK’s leading centre for contemporary dance development. As Chief Executive, Kenneth had responsibility for the overall leadership, strategy and management of the organisation, acting as the public face of the organisation, and as an ambassador for The Place’s work. In May 2018, Kenneth was named as the new Director of the Africa Centre.
He served on the UK Council of the Creative Industries Federation 2015-16. He is a Patron of Akademi. He was a finalist in the inaugural Black British Business Awards (2014), and a judge for the 2016 awards. In recognition of his services to dance, he was awarded an OBE in 2003, and a CBE in 2017.
In September 2015 Kenneth was named among the Evening Standard’s annual Progress1000 list of ‘The 1000 most influential Londoners 2015’ and was named in the 2017 Powerlist of Britain’s 100 most influential people of African and African Caribbean heritage.
In September 2014 he came out of retirement as a dancer to appear in The Elder’s Project at Sadler’s Wells. The cast reunited to perform at the Southbank Centre in April 2015 and in Malmo, Sweden in September 2016. The work was nominated for an Olivier Award.
Since 2018, he has been Director of the Africa Centre.