2020 Vision: 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

Between and Almost
by Kimberley Harvey

Cath says: "When I saw this film, it was during COVID-19 lockdown. What struck me immediately was the intimacy of the two dance artists, and how we currently can’t work like this. This physical intimacy also felt like a quiet celebration of shared concerns, and support for and of each other. So simple and so affecting. It expresses something of the best of us. The work is delicate yet strong, and gives me hope for the future. Kimberley and Mark have created something truly special."


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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