In Episode 5, Lou chats to Janine Fletcher from South East Dance and they reflect on everything they’ve heard during the podcast series and what actions we can all take to help improve the dance sector. Subjects covered include the sector’s need to become more diverse, how venues, funders, and programmers can improve communication with artists, and how artists and the sector can generate conversations of meaning with communities through participation.
Lou Cope is a UK-based dance & theatre dramaturg who has worked across the UK, Europe and in the Middle East. She is the founder of CoAD - The Centre of Applied Dramaturgy and specialises in collaborative practice.
Recent/current collaborations include: Garry Stewart & Australian Dance Theatre, Aakash Odedra, Gary Clarke, Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet; Rhiannon Faith, Stopgap Dance. Lou also offers Practice Dramaturgy – working with artists outside of productions, and has a podcast called Downtime.
Past collaborations include: Phoenix Dance Theatre; Scottish Dance Theatre; les ballets c de la b; Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui & Damien Jalet.
Janine is a Brighton-based choreographer, performer and movement director working across theatre, dance and cabaret. She creates performances for both indoor spaces (theatres, club-nights, cabaret venues) and outdoor spaces (public squares, parks, on the streets, promenade performances).
Alongside her creative practice, Janine is Assistant Producer Artist Development (currently on maternity leave) at South East Dance.