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Generating Exceptional
Experiences in Dance

Summer/Autumn 2013

The Dance Space

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Plans are moving rapidly ahead with The Dance Space (TDS), our new home for dance in the centre of Brighton & Hove. Following recent consultation with artists and local communities, we are overwhelmed by the goodwill received for TDS, including letters of support from a range of people including local residents, artists and MP's. Expressions of support are a great way for us to demonstrate to potential funders and decision makers how vital this new home for dance will be. Add your voice to the mix by emailing us at hello@southeastdance.org.uk More...


Programming partnership with Brighton Dome


South East Dance is delighted to be joining forces with Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival, bringing together the expertise of both organisations to develop a world class dance programme for the City with the shared goal of developing new and existing audiences for dance. At SED, we recognise the huge value of working with partners in this way and the benefits that come from pooling expertise and sharing creative ideas. This new relationship, alongside our other partnerships, enables us to extend our reach beyond our valued loyal dance audiences and participants, and develop new relationships for the future. Visit What's On for details of the new programme.

ChoreoLAB 2


Following the success of ChoreoLAB 2011, South East Dance joined forces with Pavilion Dance South West (PDSW) to bring ChoreoLAB to Bournemouth in spring 2013. Bringing together British South Asian choreographers at various stages of development, ChoreoLAB 2 saw a week of exploration and discourse, with work-in-progress performances at PDSW's South Asian Dance Summit in May to an invited audience of producers, programmers and guests. More...


Kent Dancing


Between 6-8 September, South East Dance in partnership with the Gulbenkian, University of Kent, launches Kent Dancing - a new outdoor dance festival for the county. Kent Dancing features innovative UK artists, unique outdoor works, an evening of dance films and live performances curated by young artists. The festival aims to showcase new dance work alongside opportunities for the local community to get involved. Featured artists include ZoieLogic Dance Theatre, Freddie Apoku-Addaie and Second Hand Dance. Read our blog for behind the scenes news or visit What's On for details of the programme.


2012-13: A busy year


In 2012/13 we engaged over 100,000 people with our work; our development team secured €400,000 European Interreg funding as part of DanSCe Dialogues 2, a cross-Channel dance partnership; we commissioned artists to create 26 new works and, outside of our Big Dance activity, we increased audience and participation figures by 134% on the previous year. A busy but productive year which will help propel us onwards, armed with the inspiration that comes from knowing what can be achieved with passion, a great team and some really solid partnerships.

Aakash Odedra               


Trained in Kathak and Bharat Natyam, Aakash Odedra's contemporary dance debut was in Rising (2011), a touring production of works by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Russell Maliphant and Akram Khan. Having undertaken choreographic commissions for God's Little Solider (Freiburg, Germany) and The James Brown Projects (Apollo Theater, New York), Aakash is currently exploring the subject matter of dyslexia in collaboration with Australian choreographer Lewis Major and digital research institution ARS Electronica Futurelab in Linz, Austria. The research and development phase will end in September 2013 with creation periods and the premiere in spring 2014. www.aakashodedra.com


Art of Movement/Dark Rain


Art of Movement and Dark Rain is a new forty-minute double bill choreographed by Billy Cowie and commissioned by Kyoto Experiment Festival and South East Dance. Filmed in Japan and Brighton the work features a mixture of real and virtual 3D dancers immersed in the dazzling world of German artist Silke Mansholt's visual imagery. The work was previewed at the British Council Showcase in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, premieres in Kyoto in September, and Art of Movement will feature as part of Digital Futures in Dance/Brighton Digital Festival on 20-22 September. An additional purely virtual presentation will be at this year's Dance Umbrella. www.billycowie.com

And Finally...

Did you know that you can support South East Dance's work, for example commissions or community projects, whilst doing your online shopping? Many big-name shops are committed to charitable giving through websites such as Easy Fundraising. All donations will be doubled thanks to our participation in Arts Council England's 'match funding' scheme Catalyst. More...


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Photographic Credits
  • Header: Running on Empty. Probe. © Matthew Andrews.
  • Architect's impression of what The Dance Space might look like - view from North West. © Shedkm.
  • 50 Acts. Wendy Houstoun. Image © Chris Nash.
  • The Art of Defining Me. Seeta Patel, participating ChoreoLAB 2 artist. © Seeta Patel.
  • Absent Made Present. Freddie Apoku-Addaie. © Benedict Johnson.
  • Library project commission as part of Big Dance 2012. Avant Garde Dance. © Elaine Mayson.
  • Aakash Odedra. © Lewis Major.
  • Still from Dark Rain. © Billy Cowie. 
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