Mani Obeya is a Nigerian-born, British-raised dancer, singer/songwriter and choreographer. He trained at Arts Educational School, Ballet Rambert and Dance Theatre of Harlem before becoming a soloist at Theater der Stadt Heidelberg, Nationaltheater Mannheim and Unterwegs Theater Heidelberg. He spent four years working with Tanztheater Wien under the direction of Liz King with guest choreographers including Catherine Guerin, Nigel Charnock and Simon Frearson. He then became a soloist at the Volksoper Wien where he danced and co-choreographed until 2003. He later was a guest performer with The Forsythe Company. As a member of Michael Keegan-Dolan`s Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre he performed worldwide for over a decade before Michael disbanded the company and reformed it as Teac Damsa. He has been Michael’s assistant and rehearsal director for several years and is currently on a worldwide tour of the multi-award winning work Swan Lake / Loch nHeala. Since 2004 he has been the singer and songwriter with the Viennese electronic/ rock band Sofa Surfers with whom he has won two Austrian Music Awards. He works internationally on youth programmes including projects with young people living in slum areas of Nairobi, Kenya, and creating work with asylum seekers recently arriving in Austria.