2020 Vision #2: Cath James

Currently Artistic Director at South East Dance, Cath James has had a career in dance for over 40 years, with a wealth of experience as a performing artist, a producer and a leader.

Cath James. Photo Emily Edgar

Graduating from Queensland University of Technology, Cath subsequently danced in Australia for ten years and toured extensively throughout Australia and the Far East before coming to live in England in 1988. On arrival she joined the fledgling Siobhan Davies Dance Company for its first season then became a leading dancer with Rambert Dance Company, where she stayed for six years: Cath then rejoined Siobhan Davies Company where she spent over 12 years, firstly as a dancer and, after the company moved to studios in South London, became the Company and Tour Manager. 

From 2010 to 2013 Cath was Director of Dance at Take Art, Somerset, setting strategy and direction for dance in the county. Cath was on the board at Pavilion Dance South West and Brighton Digital Festival, and was Chair of the Merlin Theatre Trust.

Cath James' Pick for 2020 Vision #2

By Mary Fitzgerald and Eileen Standley

Vestiges is a dance film choreographed by Mary Fitzgerald and Eileen Standley in collaboration with dancers Taimy Miranda and Joan Rodriguez. Incorporating digital animation by Casey Farina and visceral camerawork by filmmaker Dmitri von Klein, this piece uses live performance, animation and film to map and transform the fleeting nature of movement.

Cath James says: "This new work captures some of the ephemeral quality of dance - the traces in the air that the moving body leaves behind. Particles disturbed, energy released then dissipating."


2020 Vision is our celebration of screen dance curated by the artists who will take part in the opening programme of The Dance Space next year, as well as the South East Dance team and our Welcome Project Community Steering Group.  

Read an introduction to 2020 Vision from Cath here.


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