Announcing Cath James as Artistic Director of South East Dance

We are very happy to announce that we have recruited Cath James to the role of Artistic Director here at South East Dance.

Previously our Programme Director and most recently Acting Artistic Director/CEO, Cath James will co-lead South East Dance as we prepare to take ownership of our new home The Dance Space, opening to the public in Spring 2020.

The appointment comes as part of an organisational restructure following the death of Artistic Director/CEO Jamie Watton in July. The new structure sees joint leadership for the organisation held by an Artistic Director and an Executive Director, recruitment for which will begin shortly. 

Judith Hibberd, Acting Chair, says: “South East Dance is about challenging perceptions of what dance looks like, how it’s made, who it’s for and what it can achieve. Cath presented a compelling vision for realising this whilst establishing The Dance Space firmly in the south east’s dance infrastructure and the local community’s hearts and minds. We are absolutely delighted that Cath will share leadership for South East Dance at this pivotal period in the organisation’s development.”

Cath James has over 35 years of professional dance industry experience. Originally trained as a dancer at the conservatoire in Brisbane before performing with a number of Australian dance companies, Cath has danced with Rambert Dance Company and Siobhan Davies Company and was a founding member of Jeremy James & Company. Off-stage, she has taught for Company Wayne McGregor, New Adventures, Rambert Dance Company, Scottish Ballet, The Place and the Dalston School in New York City; curated for the Royal Opera House; and produced for SNAG and bgroup.  Cath will take up her role at South East Dance with immediate effect.

Announcing Cath James as Artistic Director of South East Dance