South East Dance Fringe Bursary winner announced!

We are delighted to announce the winner of our first ever Fringe Bursary award. The fund seeks to support professional artists and companies with movement at the core of their performance, including circus, burlesque, cabaret and performance theatre as well as dance. We had a superb response to our call out with a number of really high calibre submissions.

After much discussion and deliberation, the panel were persuaded by the incredibly powerful production As a Tiger in the Jungle, a collaboration between Creative Producer Ali Williams (nofitstate, Wales), Director Sverre Waage (Norway) and Circus Xanti, a pan Asian-European company who fuse a range of styles, spoken word, ceremony and movement.  As a Tiger in the Jungle tells the personal and deeply moving story of three of the company’s Nepalese performers who were trafficked into the circus industry as children. The production brings the story of their enslavement, liberation and reconciliation of lost childhoods vividly to life; juxtaposing the engulfing menace of the predators of the rainforest with traders in bonded child labour.

"There was a tiger in the jungle behind her mother’s house.

Crocodiles were hiding in the muddy river.  Human sharks passed by in lorries on their way to India, leaving behind a trail of lost children.”

The bursary prize includes a £300 cash prize, two days with our dramaturg in residence Lou Cope, payment of Fringe registration fees as well as marketing and artist advisory support from the South East Dance team. The Brighton Fringe runs from Friday 3 May – Sunday 2 June 2019.  Check listings or our website for further details on performance venue and times.

© Cirkus Xanti (Norway) & Ali Williams Productions (Wales)
South East Dance Fringe Bursary winner announced!