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South East Dance - The Risk Issue

Welcome to The Risk Issue.

This month we are focusing on one of the values outlined in our business plan: applauding risk. We think there are infinite ways of making, showing and experiencing dance. We're more interested in the joy of discovery than the fear of failure, and know that to achieve this, risks need to be taken.

We have invited six local individuals who work in various facets of the sector to share their thoughts on risk; how might we decide what is worth risking, and what might we achieve by doing so?

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

What do you get when you cross an artist with an office?

jultoniAs a period of research and development, artist Antonia Grove is spending two weeks in residence in our Brighton office. She has been taking risks, asking questions, offering insights, inviting creativity and causing (the right kind of) chaos.

She shared with us her thoughts on being in the office environment, some things she has observed and some of the results.

South East Dance have taken a risk by allowing me into their office to disrupt their space, observe their working patterns and habits, encourage them to allow the practice of making art to always be alive and present within the organisation, to invite creativity into all layers of their activity, and to engage the right side of their brains on a daily basis...


The Thrills and Spills of Flying

julyeadfNext month sees the European Aerial Dance Festival come to Brighton. Lindsey Butcher, artistic director of Gravity and Levity, is responsible for this thrilling annual fesitval.

We chatted to her to find out a little more, not only about the risks involved in aerial dance, but also in making work which can, at times, be hard to categorize.

There have been times that I've experienced the heart stopping, gut churning queasiness that makes me question what I do for a living...



Q&A with Dick Knight

julydkqaTo many people in Brighton & Hove, Dick Knight is a 'legend'. He was Chairman of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club between 1997 and 2009, and was instrumental in turning around the fortunes of the club. Against all the odds, he oversaw the creation and led the long and ultimately successful campaign for the American Express Community Stadium in Falmer; an invaluable asset to the city and local community, and a sure sign of his steadfast belief in taking risks to achieve something worthwhile. Dick is a champion of South East Dance and our ambitions to create The Dance Space in his home town of Brighton & Hove. 

Q: What is your favourite word?

A: Imagine.


Edinburgh Fringe
What Do You Risk?

julybenArtistic Director of Lost Dog, Ben Duke, is taking his one man show, Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me) to Edinburgh Fringe Festival this August.

We asked him what he risked by doing so.

In this case I think failure would look like this - a slightly desperate, financially ruined, middle aged man dressed like God performing to a crowd of three people who came in hoping I was in some way connected to Paradise Lost, the UK gothic rock band...


A Critical Friend

julylouSouth East Dance has embarked on a new Dramaturg in Residence Programme. We are particularly excited to be leading this pioneering project in collaboration with Brighton-based Dramaturg Lou Cope.

Hear from Becky Edmunds, our Producer of Artist Development, and Lou herself about the project.

Getting it right while not playing it safe is more important than ever in these times of cuts and cash-strapped audiences, and offering dramaturgical support is a fantastic way to ensure that happens.



The Hiccup Project
Snap Shot

julyhiccupThe Hiccup Project are a young and bold Brighton-based comedy dance theatre duo.

They performed their first work MAY-WE-GO-ROUND? in Brighton Fringe Festival this May, and won South East Dance's inaugural Space to Dance Award.

They shared with us a little about the work, their inspiration for it and how it has challenged them.

The work is an insight into our romantic encounters, swinging wildly between hilarious truths and intimate vulnerabilities.


Keep in touch...

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Photographic Credits
  • Header: Image © Zoe Manders.
  • What do you get if you cross an artist with an office?: Image © Zoe Manders.
  • The Thrills and Spills of Flying: Image © Zoe Manders.
  • Q&A with Dick Knight: Image © Paul Hazlewood.
  • Edinburgh Fringe - What Do You Risk?: Image © Zoe Manders.
  • A Critical Friend: Image © Lou Cope.
  • The Hiccup Project - Snap Shot: Image © Jamie Christos.
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