50:50 Dance Programming debate – Is it time for quotas?

It’s been the elephant in the proverbial green room for decades now. Back in 2013, dance critic Luke Jennings addressed the dominance of male choreographers on the world dance stage in his piece ‘Sexism in Dance: where are all the female choreographers?’. Two years later, Guardian stablemate Judith Mackrell was to lament that despite early innovators and pioneers Martha Graham, Mary Wigman, Twyla Tharp and Pina Bausch powering the evolution of contemporary dance, commissions and productions by women are blindingly absent from our theatres. “Some women feel there is a persistent, lazy bias among programmers, directors and the media towards the promotion of a few predictable male names in the dance world, and some women feel their careers have been thwarted by more direct, deliberate sexism.” The Guardian, 2015

On Tuesday 5th March, as part of The Dome Spring programme celebrating International Women’s Day, South East Dance Artistic Director Cath James will host 50:50 Programming asking if the solution to refocusing the spotlight on choreographers who identify as female is to apply quotas. Cath will be joined by dance artist and artist development manager at The Place; Amy Bell, Artistic Director/CEO of Vincent Dance; Charlotte Vincent, choreographer and dancer Alexandrina Hemsley (Project O, Dad Dancing, Black Holes), Independent Producer (Brownton Abbey) and producer at Dance Umbrella Rob Jones, Laura McDermott, Creative Director at the Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts (ACCA) and Es Morgan, queer dance, curator, writer and producer. The panel will cover a range of issues including the gender pay gap, parental leave, investment and funding inviting a frank debate before opening the discussion to the floor. 

To join the conversation and book tickets, click here.  

Join us before the discussion at 5pm to find out about Brighton Dome's redevelopment, opening in September 2019; and South East Dance's The Dance Space opening in March 2020 and the shared vision for Brighton as Destination Dance. FREE.

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50:50 Dance Programming debate – Is it time for  quotas?