The Culture Chain Podcast: Episode 1

This is the first of a five-part podcast series called The Culture Chain. In these podcasts, recorded before the COVID-19 pandemic, dramaturg Lou Cope hosts a series of conversations with four of the key groups that make up the dance sector’s cultural food chain - namely artists, producers, programmers and funders.


Abi Mortimer, Lanre Malaolu and Pepa Ubera

In Episode 1 of The Culture Chain, Lou asks three different dance artists about the challenges, obstacles and opportunities they experience in the development and presentation of their work. They discuss topics such as how to apply for funding, how to build relationships within the dance industry, and how to manage rejection.

These artists are:

Abi Mortimer

Abi is co-founder of Lila Dance who have made 8 works that have toured nationally, rurally and have been performed international festivals.  Abi received choreographic mentorship from Hofesh Shechter and established collaborations with a range of international artists/ companies from various disciplines including StopGap, Simona Bertozzi, puppetry company Blind Summit and Writer for BBC Nick Walker.

Abi's website

Lanre Malaolu

Lanre is an award-winning director, choreographer, writer and performance artist working across theatre and film. Merging text, hip-hop & contemporary dance with physical theatre, his work aims to enhance and challenge our social and political worldviews.

Lanre's website

Pepa Ubera

Pepa Ubera is a choreographer and a dancer based in London since 2003. Her current research explores narratives of progress in relation to the sensual body, the non human and technology. In the UK she has presented work at Tate Modern and Sadler's Wells amongst others. She co-runs Kimera studio in North London.

Pepa's website


The Culture Chain: Episode 1

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Hosted by Lou Cope.
Concept and Curation: Lou Cope and Janine Fletcher.
Produced by Janine Fletcher for South East Dance.
Music by Kristian Steffes.

These podcasts were originally created as part of The Red Line sessions, funded via South East Dance and Jerwood Charitable Foundation Dramaturg in Residence programme. 


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The Culture Chain Podcast: Episode 2

Three producers discuss tour booking, delegation, applying for funding and more

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Three funders and showcase providers discuss the challenges facing the sector and how they are addressing them

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The Culture Chain Podcast: Episode 5

Lou Cope and Janine Fletcher reflect on everything they’ve heard during the podcast series

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