Little Big Dance Festival & Symposium

Are you interested in creating or programming intriguing, enthralling and innovative dance performance for Early Years audiences? 

Would you like to join fellow artists, programmers and producers from across the world to see shows, listen to panels and take part in discussions about current trends in the making, presenting and experiencing of contemporary performance for 0 – 5 year olds?

Let’s come together to talk about how child-led creative processes and collaborative partnerships can help us all make exciting work that harnesses the magic of dance to develop fresh approaches and ideas for new audiences.

Presented in partnership with Brighton Dome and featuring a keynote presentation from project evaluator Professor Angela Pickard, Little Big Dance Festival and Symposium is the culmination of the Little Big Dance project. Launched in 2019 Little Big Dance is led by South East Dance in partnership with DanceEast, Take Art and Yorkshire Dance.

Please note this event is now SOLD OUT. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please email kirsty.sulston@southeastdance.org.uk with LBD WAITLIST in the subject line. 

Full timetable and details of performances and speakers below. 

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Date and time
Monday 19 - Tuesday 20 February 2024
Times
Monday 19 February: 10am - 5.45pm
Tuesday 20 February: 9am - 5.30pm
Location
The Dance Space and Brighton Dome
Ticket Price
£50

Delegate Timetable

Monday 19 February 

10-10.30am |  Arrival and coffee | Brighton Dome Founders Room

10.30-10.45am | Welcome by Cath James, Artistic Director South East Dance | Brighton Dome Founders Room

10.45-11.15am | Keynote by Professor Angela Pickard, LBD evaluator | Brighton Dome Founders Room

11.30-12.15pm | Club Origami by Takeshi Matsumoto (public performance) | Brighton Dome Studio Theatre  

12.30-1.30pm | Lunch break  (Optional tour of Brighton Dome from 12.30-1pm)

1.30-2.30pm | Windows on New Work - Hear ideas for new work in development from artists involved in the Little Big Dance lab, facilitated by Little Big Dance partner, Lucy Bayliss | The Dance Space LIMITED CAPACITY

2.30-3.05pm | it's ok by George Fellows (public performance) | The Dance Space  

3.15-3.45pm | Tea break in Village Green and Board Room.

3.45-5.15pm | The Children Know Best - Learning from and with 0-5 Year Olds (panel discussion) | The Dance Space  

5.15-5.30pm | Today's round up | The Dance Space  

 

Tuesday 20 February

9-9.30am | Refreshments | Brighton Dome Founders Room

9.30-10.45am | Now and Next: What’s Happening and How Can we Help (panel discussion) | Brighton Dome Founders Room

11-11.45am | Choogh Choogh by Anusha Subramanyam (public performance) | Brighton Dome Studio Theatre 

12-1pm | Windows on New Work facilitated by Little Big Dance dramaturg, Lou Cope | Brighton Dome Founders Room

1-2pm | Lunch break (Optional tour of Brighton Dome from 12.30-1pm)

2-2.45pm | Skydiver by Xenia Aidonopoulou (public performance) The Dance Space  

2.45-3pm | Tea break |  The Dance Space  

3-4.30pm | Looking Back to Move Forwards - Little Big Dance dramaturg Lou Cope will facilitate a session for all delegates to reflect on the most potent issues and conversations of the festival & symposium | The Dance Space  

4.30-5pm | Little Big Dance legacy and closing remarks with Cath James Artistic Director, South East Dance | The Dance Space  

5pm | Celebration Drinks | The Dance Space 

 

Little Big Dance is funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Arts Council England, and co-commissioned by Dance Umbrella and Strike A Light. 

Image: A sharing of Takeshi Matsumoto's Club Origami. Photo by Summer Dean

Speakers/ Presenters

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Cath James, South East Dance

Cath has had a career in dance for over 40 years, with a wealth of experience as a performing artist, a producer and a leader. 

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Cath James, South East Dance
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Professor Angela Pickard, Little Big Dance Evaluator

Professor Angela Pickard is the first Professor of Dance Education in the UK.

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Professor Angela Pickard, Little Big Dance Evaluator

Presenting Artists

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Anusha Subramanyam, Beeja

Anusha Subramanyam is seen as one of the most exciting exponents of bharatanatyam working ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ of its tradition.

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Anusha Subramanyam, Beeja
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George Fellows, Four Hands

George Fellows has 15 years experience working with young children and their families.

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George Fellows, Four Hands
A photo of Takeshi Matsumoto. He has long dark hair and brown eyes and is smiling for the camera. He is wearing a dark shirt and is in front of a white wall.

Takeshi Matsumoto

Takeshi Matsumoto is a Japanese dance artist and a dance movement psychotherapist.

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Takeshi Matsumoto
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Xenia Aidonopoulou

Xenia Aidonopoulou is a dance artist, a dramaturg and a director.

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Xenia Aidonopoulou

Facilitators

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Hannah Robertshaw, Yorkshire Dance

Hannah Robertshaw is the Creative Director for Yorkshire Dance – a charity that champions the development of dance across Yorkshire.

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Hannah Robertshaw, Yorkshire Dance
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Kyla Booth-Lucking, Brighton Dome

Since 2020 Kyla Booth-Lucking has been Director of Programming and Participation at Brighton Dome.

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Kyla Booth-Lucking, Brighton Dome
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Lou Cope

Lou Cope is a Dramaturg and Development Specialist who has worked in Europe, Australia, the Middle East, America and across the UK.

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Lou Cope
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Lucy Bayliss, DanceEast

Lucy Bayliss has been working in the arts sector for the last 20 years, across dance participation, programming, and training.

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Lucy Bayliss, DanceEast

Panellists

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Claire Summerfield, Tandem Works

Tandem Works supports companies and artists developing and presenting performance-based work.

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Claire Summerfield, Tandem Works
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Emma-Jane Benning, Strike A Light

Emma-Jane Benning is the Co founder and Co Artistic Director of Strike A Light.

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Emma-Jane Benning, Strike A Light
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Gerhard Verfaillie, Krokusfestival

Gerhard Verfaillie is the general manager of cultural center Hasselt (Belgium) and artistic director of Krokusfestival and HET LAB. 

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Gerhard Verfaillie, Krokusfestival
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Hannah Lefeurve

Hannah Lefeurve has worked variously with early years children and families since her teens.

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Hannah Lefeurve
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Naomi Draper, GL4 Community Interest Company Matson

Naomi Draper (She/ Her) is the Artistic Director for GL4 CIC based in Matson, Gloucester.

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Naomi Draper, GL4 Community Interest Company Matson
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Sally Chance

Sally Chance is a dance-theatre artist motivated by the power of collaborating with communities.

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Sally Chance

Pitch Artists

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Abigail Huan

Abigail Huan is an internationally acclaimed dancer, choreographer and theatre maker.

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Abigail Huan
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Bethan Peters

Bethan Peters is a Worthing based dance artist who choreographs, teaches and produces for a wide range of people and organisations.

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Bethan Peters
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Carlos Pons Guerra, DeNada Dance Theatre

Carlos Pons Guerra is an independent choreographer.

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Carlos Pons Guerra, DeNada Dance Theatre
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Francesca Matthys

Francesca Matthys is a South African interdisciplinary dance artist, writer, facilitator, and Kundalini Yoga teacher based in London.

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Francesca Matthys
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Jen Grant, aka Dance Theatre

Jen Grant is the co-founder of aKa Dance Theatre.

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Jen Grant, aka Dance Theatre
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Kath Kimber-McTiffen

Kath Kimber-McTiffen is a Dance Artist, Musician, Performer, Maker and Mum.

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Kath Kimber-McTiffen

Partners

Funders

Commissioners

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Little Big Dance

A national initiative changing the face of dance work for younger audiences

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Little Big Dance