2020 Vision #3: Lou Rogers

Currently Senior Producer, Artist Development at South East Dance, Lou worked first as a performer and maker, and then a producer and has worked in the arts professionally for over 25 years.

Lou Rogers. Photo Georgina Harris

Lou graduated from The University of Birmingham with a degree in dance and continued her training in performance at ALRA in London. After a successful performance career Lou realised that producing was much more fun than touring. She was previously producer with Rifco Arts and Stopgap Dance Company

Alongside her role at South East Dance Lou is a freelance producer and currently works with Lila Dance, Flexer & Sandiland, small performance adventures and MakeAMPLIFY. She also runs her own production company – Hubble Bubble Productions which focusses on integrated work made with disabled and non disabled performers.

Lou Rogers' pick for 2020 Vision

Time to Leave
by Danny Smith and Roly Carline

Danny Smith’s new Dance for Camera film continues his interest into ancestral memory and the cultures of prehistory. Working with visual artist Roly Carline he created a fish-god costume with iconography portraying the frustrations in his life. The dance moves from the chaos he sometimes feels in his everyday life to the soothing calm of a waterfall where his fish-god is invoked. (Filmed in Oxford and at Henrhyd Falls in South Wales).

Lou Rogers says: “Time to Leave by Danny Smith was showcased as part of the 2019 Oska Bright Film Festival run by Carousel; the world’s leading festival for films made by or featuring people with learning disabilities, autism or Aspergers. 

“It was the winner of the South East Dance Stand Out Dance Film. As part of this award we are programming Danny’s film and also supporting him with mentoring sessions. The 2019 festival ran Weds 23– Sat 26 October and included 99 films from 15 different countries and had 3,000 audience members. We chose Time to Leave as we loved the creative and inquisitive nature of the film, the different backdrops of 70’s glam rock against the calming and panoramic cinematic outdoor nature sections with a glamourous costume to tie it all together. 

“Since working more closely with Danny I have discovered that he is also a brilliant visual artist with a great sense of humour and has an exciting new creation up his sleeve – watch this space for Mx Trixie Pixie Locks!" 


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 our Artistic Director, Cath James, here.


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