Mavin Khoo is internationally recognised as a dance artist, teacher, choreographer and artist scholar. His initial training was at the Temple of Fine Arts, Sutra Dance Theatre and Sri Wilayah Ballet School in Malaysia. He the pursued his training in Bharata Natyam intensively under the legendary dance maestro, Padma Shri Adyar K.Lakshman in India, Cunningham technique at the Cunningham studios in New York and Classical Ballet under Marian St. Claire, Michael Beare, Nancy Kilgour, Paul Lewis, Ayumi Hikasa, Raymond Chai and Tory Jestyn. As a contemporary dance artist he has worked with Wayne McGregor, Akram Khan, Shobana Jeyasingh and many others. His commissioned works include creations for the Venice Biennale and Canada Dance Festival to name a few. ‘Images in Varnam’ (2001) was commissioned by the Royal Ballet Artists Development Initiative and was followed by another ROH2 commission ‘Let me…with’ Royal Ballet dancer Kristen McNally.
Khoo is considered one of the few Bharata Natyam male soloists to have carved a niche for himself as an international touring solo artist, whilst still regularly dancing at all major venues in India, including the Music Academy and Kalakshetra in Chennai.
His own company, mavinkhooDance, was founded in 2003. Productions include ‘Parallel Passions’ (2003), ‘Chandra/Luna’ (2004-2005), ‘Devi: The Female Principle’ (2006), ‘Strictly Bharata Natyam’ (2006), ‘Devi: In Absolution’ (2008), ‘Dancing my Shiva’ (2010), ‘00.00 – 00.01’ (2011), ‘Akasha’ (2012), ’I am with you, Muruga’ (2013) and ‘Intoxicating the Blue Lord’ (2016).
Khoo holds a MA in Choreography from Middlesex University. He was faculty member of the Dance Studies Department (at the School of Performing Arts) at the University of Malta. In 2014, he was appointed artistic director of ŻfinMalta Dance Ensemble, where he also choreographed and danced until 2017.
Khoo now maintains his touring work as a mature artist with a focus on solo Bharata Natyam performances and specifically commissioned contemporary duet works. He continues to act as Rehearsal Director to Akram Khan (Company) working on productions such as ITMOI, Giselle with English National Ballet and others. In 2019, Mavin was appointed Creative Associate of the Company.