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South East Dance news update - January 2015

Hello and welcome to the January edition of our newsletter. We’re very much back in the swing of things here at South East Dance and looking forward to a busy and exciting year ahead. Read on to take a look at some of our recent news, plus highlights of forthcoming events and activity to keep an eye out for. Enjoy!

Latest News

Follow our Fellows

fellowsWendy Houstoun (Established Artist Fellow) and Dan Daw (BBC PAF Fellow) have now begun working with us to develop the focus of their Fellowships. Later in 2015, Dan will lead In Construction, an event featuring discussions, debates and performances that explore and propose a new 21st Century aesthetic for dance as an art form. Follow Dan’s progress on this as he explains more about the beginning of this journey in his recent blog post. Meanwhile, as part of her Artists Against Admin campaign, Wendy will be celebrating her 35 years of working in the arts by questioning why her working situation still feels so precarious. We see this as valuable work to support – how can organisations best support those artists who have had the commitment and guts to remain freelance and independent? Discover more in her initial manifesto here.
 

First U.Dance event gets things off to a great start

udancejan15Our first event of 2015, regional U. Dance platform Target Dance-Bodies in Motion got things off to a great start on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 January at the Congress Theatre in Eastbourne. Organised by South East Dance and the University of Brighton, the event featured over thirty different new dance pieces by young people, showcasing the breadth and diversity of youth dance in the South East. We are delighted to announce that Penny & Jules Youth Dance and Stopgap Dance Company's youth company SG Troop were selected to represent the South East region at U. Dance 2015, Youth Dance England’s national youth dance festival, 22 to 25 July 2015, in Plymouth. Both groups are extremely excited as one group leader said “This is fantastic news! We are thrilled to have been selected and want to say a huge thank you.” Congratulations!
 

Support for artists in 2015 – what’s on the cards

artistscardsAs ever, we’ll be working hard this year to find the best ways we can to support the development of the artists we work with and in 2015 there will be lots of opportunities to connect with us in this way. The Flourish Fund, specifically designed to support artists’ individual needs, is open once again for applications (find out more on our website here). We’re currently supporting Brighton Dance Network to develop their own professional development programme in Brighton and they’re preparing for their next scratch night at Brighton Dome Studio in March. Plus, we’ve had a good response to the application process for Hip Hop Choreolab, which we are running with our partner Pavilion Dance. The two successful artists will be announced imminently – keep your eyes peeled for more on this and the rest of the programme very soon.

Upcoming highlights

Evolving in Conversation at Jubilee Library

einccharlotteEvolving in Conversation is a new venture for us, working with partners Brighton & Hove Library Service, Photoworks and New Writing South (NWS) to deliver an innovative cross-artform project within Brighton & Hove; it explores the theme ‘how can individuals change society?’. With the activity taking place in phases, our phase is the last, and kicks off at the celebration event for NWS’s activity on 7 February at Jubilee Library. We’re working with local artist Charlotte Spencer as our facilitator and this first event will include performances, talks, exhibitions and workshops. Acclaimed local poet John Agard will be there, plus there will be an unexpected and totally unique opportunity for you to get involved with the dance performance you watch on the day. Read more about the wider project here, or better still, come and see us at Jubilee Library between 11am-5pm on 7 February and take advantage of this fantastic free event for the whole community! We hope to see you there.
 

A quieter spring season

springseasonThose of you in receipt of our twice yearly season brochures will notice in weeks to come that we’re exploring a bit of a shift in our usual approach. Our performance programme has been scaled back a little and as such there will be no brochure this spring. As The Dance Space moves closer, we’re making the space to take stock, fundraising to make The Dance Space the best it can be, and working hard to develop our very busy artist development and community projects in particular. But fear not, our broader public programme, including performances, will be back with a bang in the autumn, with a focus on the politics of perfection and reframing how we see dance. More on that in the weeks and months to come!
 

Audience Ambassadors at animal / vegetable / mineral

michaelclarkComing to Brighton Dome on 11 March, Michael Clark Company’s animal / vegetable / mineral offers up Clark's trademark mixture of technical rigour and experimentation, intense and fine-tuned choreography intersecting with music by artists including Relaxed Muscle, Scritti Politti and Sex Pistols. As part of our Experimental Encounters programme we’ll be inviting our Audience Ambassadors along, encouraging curiosity and debate around dance, its possibilities, and what it means to the people who watch or experience it. We’ll be recruiting for more Audience Ambassadors later in the year, this time specifically those aged 16-20. To find out more and register your interest please contact our Programme Administrator Sarah Kearney. Watch this space for further news.

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Photographic Credits
  • Header: Image © Pari Naderi.
  • Follow our Fellows. Image © Hugo Glendinning
  • First U.Dance event gets things off to a great start. Image © Bob Seago.
  • Support for artists in 2015 – what’s on the cards. Image © Tyson Josey.
  • Evolving in Conversation at Jubilee Library. Image © Pari Naderi.
  • A quieter spring season. Image © Zoe Manders.
  • Audience Ambassadors at animal / vegetable / mineral. Image © Jake Walters.
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