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South East Dance ‘A Space to Dance’ Brighton Fringe award

This year’s Brighton Fringe Festival included an array of vibrant talent across the dance genre that made shortlisting for South East Dance’s annual ‘A Space to Dance’ fringe award an ordeal with a minefield of contrasting invention, wit and visual captivation.

Four acts made the nomination list and included ‘Check Out My Shirt’ by Sidonie Carey-Green and Rebecca Thompson from Outset Dance, ‘My Feminist Boner’ by Sarah Blanc, ‘Still I Rise’ by dance troupe TRIBE and ‘Out’ by Rachael Young. 

After much deliberation, we were pleased to announce that Rachael Young’s work, a defiant proclamation of self-expression performed with co-creator Dwayne Anthony, took the prize at the awards ceremony held at The Warren by Brighton Fringe Festival organisers.   Part of the prize offers Rachael bespoke mentoring sessions with South East Dance’s artistic team to assist in honing her creative and operational skills and so nurture a remarkably fresh talent.

South East Dance Programming Director Cath James declared:

'The South East Dance Brighton Fringe award is for the 'most surprising dance event'. The fringe is a great place to take risks; physically, artistically and politically. This award is not about perfectly produced and virtuosic dance but risk, and we want to celebrate risk takers who surprise and challenge. Rachael and Dwayne's performance was exactly that. Huge congratulations to both of them, and we look forward to getting to know Rachael over the next 12 months

Rachael’s reaction to winning the prize;

I’m so chuffed to be nominated let alone win the award. Sometimes you just need that little bit of recognition to let you know that you are doing alright and that all the hard work and determination will eventually pay off.

Having support from South East Dance in the form of dramaturg Martin Hargreaves has been invaluable to the process. I feel like he understood what we wanted from the work right from the beginning, he was great at questioning and really helped us interrogate the movement, so that it was absolutely doing what we needed it to do. Though this has been a tough project, I have found using the movement in my practice incredibly liberating, it has allowed me to say things I never thought I would be able to say on stage and inspired me to think in completely different ways about how I approach making performance.


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