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South East Dance news update - December 2014

Hello and welcome to the December edition of our newsletter. Our monthly news update is coming to you earlier than usual this month as we prepare to take a short break over the festive period. Read on to take a look at some of our recent news and also some of our highlights looking back at 2014. Enjoy!

Latest News

What a Fellowship means to an artist

Dan Daw dancingYou may already have seen the recently announced news that Dan Daw and South East Dance have been selected to receive the prestigious BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellowship 2015. Dan, one of the UK's most experienced disabled dance artists, has shared with us what this Fellowship means to him as we embark on a year of creative challenges and development together. We recently popped down to Circus Street, the site for our future home The Dance Space, to capture Dan's thoughts - check out the video here. One part of Dan's Fellowship will see him undertake mentoring with performance artist Wendy Houstoun. We're delighted to share that Wendy will also be joining us in a separate development journey, as our new Established Artist Fellow for 2015. For more about what we do for artists please take a look at our website here.

Behind the studio doors:
local meets international

Experimental Encounters sharingA group of Brighton residents, who have had no prior engagement with dance, worked with performance maker Julian Hetzel and dramaturg Miguel Melgares for the very first time last month. Our new 'Audience Ambassadors' began the six-month Experimental Encounters project by spending time with Julian and Miguel both in and out of the studio as they worked on their new piece Sculpting Fear. Exploring the theme of fear, the Ambassadors contributed thoughts and ideas to the crafting of the work as the creative process was exposed. This pioneering new peoject will continue in tandem with similar groups in the Netherlands and the Czech Republic and we'll be capturing the process and personal stories from the participants along the way. Take a look at our blog for the first of these insights and check back in the coming months for more.

Sold-out community show at South East Dance Studios

Community performanceTo celebrate another year of fantastic dance classes over at our Studios in Hextable, Kent, we welcomed participants from our entire community classes programme last Saturday as they put on a wonderful show to a sold-out audience. This was the first time participants from the entire programme had joined together for a smorgasbord of performances which included street dance, Irish dancing, tap, and country dancing. It was a wonderful opportunity for everyone to meet, share their enthusiasm for dance and showcase their talents. The leader of 50+ group, Dance-On said: "We owe you so much! Thank you for the encouragement, new ideas and opportunities". For more about our community classes in the New Year, check out the dance classes page on our website.

Highlights of 2014

A giant leap for The Dance Space

Of Land and Tongue performance2014 has been a huge year for The Dance Space. Building on the work we began in 2013, we have been getting to know the communities around Circus Street Market, where The Dance Space will be located, encouraging them to get involved in dance and bringing the derelict market site alive with dance. William Forsythe's installation was one of the biggest hits there as part of Brighton Festival back in May - watch a film featuring this along with many other highlights here. Behind the scenes, we've also reached some important building milestones this year, securing an Arts Council England grant towards the project and the wider development being granted planning permission. In 2015 we'll be working to raise much needed funds to ensure The Dance Space is the best it can be - thank you for your support so far and we'll keep you posted on how you can get involved going forwards. 

Highlights from the team

A String Section performanceWe've had a very busy 2014 at South East Dance, with many highpoints over the course of the year. So, to mark the end of a year that's been fun, challenging, and rewarding in equal measure, we've asked members of our staff team to share their personal highlights to give you an insight into the work we do from the people that make it happen. Face to Face 2014: Can We Afford to Take Risks? at Sadler's Wells back in November, working with Brighton Oasis Project, and filling Circus Street Market with dance throughout the year are just a few of the things we've been up to. Take a look at the video here and let us know what your dance highlight of the year has been. Tweet us @southeastdance using the hashtag #dancehighlight2014, Facebook us at SouthEastDanceUK or share your thoughts in the comments section below the video.

What's in store for 2015

Brighton PavilionWe have some great projects coming up in 2015 where much of our work will focus on making strong connections between our local communities and the artists we work with. Experimental Encounters will continue through to May; dance artists Anne Colvin and Laura Woods will start their work with the women and families at Brighton Oasis Project in January. We're due to start work with community groups and partners on new venture Evolving in Conversation, which aims to foster creativity between communities, public services and arts organisations in Brighton. Plus, watch this space for news of surprising rogue choreographic events presented right across Brighton over the next 12 months. And of course it's full steam ahead with The Dance Space, so roll on the New Year! 

Keep in touch...

Finally, please note our Christmas operating hours:

  • South East Dance Head Office (Brighton) will be closed from 24 December to 4 January inclusive, reopening on 5 January 2015
  • South East Dance Studios (Hextable, Kent) will be closed from 25 December to 1 January inclusive, reopening on 2 January 2015

With warmest wishes for the festive period from all at South East Dance - see you in 2015!

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Photographic Credits
  • Header: Image © Zoe Manders.
  • Dan Daw in Imperfect Storm (2010) choreographed by Wendy Houstoun for Candoco. Image © Hugo Glendinning.
  • Sculpting Fear by Julian Hetzel and Miguel Melgares. Image © Janina Karpinska.
  • Community performance at South East Dance Sudios. Image © Katy White. 
  • Of Land and Tongue by Theo Clinkard. Image © Zoe Manders.
  • A String Section by Reckless Sleepers. Image © Zoe Manders.
  • I Charleston dancers at Brighton Pavilion. Image © I Charleston Brighton
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