Blakey’s work as a director and choreographer has featured collaborations with music artists and fashion houses such as Burberry, Dior, Gucci, Rosalia, Yves Tumor and Florence and the Machine. Blakey is a recipient of a UK MVA award for her work on Delilah(Florence and the Machine) for ‘Best Choreography in a Video’. That same year she was also nominated as ‘Best New Director’.
In 2021 Blakey collaborated with Turner Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller in ‘graciechesterbeckyjonnynaomisakeematylor’, a fortyminute film featuring seven dancers and a live improvised score by musicians Gwilym Gold, Dave Okumu, Olly Coates, Neil Charles and Tom Skinner screened at the Purcell Room, Southbank.
Lockdown also saw the arrival of ‘Triptych’, a commission from Cheerio of the Francis Bacon Estate. The film on three screens features dancers Grace Jabbari and Tylor Dean. The film was shot by Daniel Landin BSC before its screening at Koko, Camden 2022.
After the world premiere of ‘Cowpuncher’ in 2018 -a commission to reopen Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall -Blakey then opened ‘Cowpuncher My Ass’ (2020), a sequel to the previous, costumed by Vivienne Westwood and scored by Mica Levi. The work returned in Feb 2023, this time to the prestigious sold out Royal Festival Hall and with 20 incredible musicians from The London Contemporary Orchestra.