The Culture Chain Podcast: Episode 1

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.  


These discussions will be focused around the question ‘What do we need to do in order to thrive?’ and will explore what works and what doesn’t in our attempts to make and tour new dance work.  



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. 

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

Podcast Credits:

Hosted by Lou Cope.
Concept and Curation: Lou Cope and Janine Fletcher.
Produced by Janine Fletcher for South East Dance.
Recorded and Engineered by Daniel Falvey.
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: Episode 1