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South East Dance - The Election Issue

Welcome to The Election Issue.

This month is the General Election. We've seen a huge shift in the political landscape over the past decade and this inevitably has implications for the arts. It has never been more crucial to shout about how important the arts are, so this month we have invited some reflections on democracy, leadership, representation and having a say.

For an impartial roundup of arts and culture policies, visit The Art Council's website.

Click on the images below to enjoy the full articles, and join the conversation on Twitter #SEDelectionissue

A Call to Arms for Creativity

calltoarmsThe Creative Industries Federation launched in November 2014. It exists to act as a powerful single voice for its members across the arts, championing great art and promoting creative success.

Policy Director Sara John shared with us what they do and how we can all help.

We have a very ambitious goal to place arts, cultural education and creative industries right at the heart of the policy agenda, and to make sure that we pack more of a punch.


Hagit Yakira - Snap Shot

hagitHagit Yakira was commissioned by Respond (2014) to create Air Hunger. She was chosen by public vote to receive the funding. She shared with us a little about the work and the image above.

For hours a day they improvised different ways of contact, of breathing together, of holding each other's breath, of fighting, of surrendering, feeling exhausted, and mostly getting out of breath...


Dancing Through Difficult Times

tessTess Howell is a highly experienced arts manager, having worked with two of the UK's leading female choreographers, Jasmin Vardimon and Charlotte Vincent. She now works with Eleesha Drennan and runs a dance-based leadership development programme for young women.

Here she contemplates what dance leadership might learn from the studio...


Q&A with Dan Daw

dandawDan Daw is a Self-Producing Independent Dance Artist and an emerging Artistic Director. He is also South East Dance's BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellow.

Through his work, Dan examines the body as a political structure. He is interested in what audiences expect when viewing the moving body.

Q: What is the best thing about an election?

A: The people standing united.


The Dance Manifesto

manifestoDance UK are well-known for their invaluable work lobbying the government and raising the profile of dance.

They recently presented the 2015 Dance Manifesto to Parliament with a class led by Strictly Come Dancing stars Jenny Thomas and Robin Windsor. It was written to help explain why dance is important to politicians who may not know anything about dance.

Please take a moment to download the Dance Manifesto and send it to your local MP candidates, to let them know why dance is important to you.

Claire Cunningham in Brighton Festival

clairecunninghamMay is also the month of Brighton Festival, which brings the city to life with a plethora of performances and events.

Claire Cunningham's Give Me a Reason to Live is one such performance, which scrutinises the representation and treatment of disabled people, both past and present.

To read a little about her inspiration for the piece click here. And visit the Brighton Festival website for tickets and further information.

Keep in touch...

Please e-mail comms@southeastdance.org.uk with your feedback, and let us know if you'd like to get involved.

You can also keep in touch with us via Twitter and Facebook - we'd love to hear from you.

From all at South East Dance.

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Photographic Credits
  • Header: Image © Zoe Manders.
  • A Call to Arms for Creativity: Image © Ian Watts.
  • Hagit Yakira - Snap Shot: Image © Takako Hasegawa.
  • Dancing Through Difficult Times. Image © Natasha Bidgood.
  • Q&A with Dan Daw: Image © Graham Adey.
  • The Dance Manifesto. Image © Elliott Franks.
  • Claire Cunningham in Brighton Festival: Image © Ben Nienhuis.
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