Cath James, South East Dance

Cath James (She/ Her) 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

Currently Artistic Director at South East Dance, Cath works closely with Rachel Gibson, Executive Director to lead the team to set and deliver the organisation’s vision, and sustainability. Cath oversees the development and maintenance of South East Dance’s strategic partnerships and networks both nationally and internationally. 

Cath was previously Director of Dance at Take Art in Somerset, and producer for bgroup, a dance company based in the UK and directed by Jerwood Award-winning choreographer Ben Wright. Her performing career began in Australia with Expressions Dance Theatre (now Australasian Dance Collective) and Dance North (Townsville) before moving to the UK to become a leading dancer at Rambert Dance Company under the direction of Richard Alston. She was a founding member of Siobhan Davies Company, and on retiring from fulltime performance, went on to become their Company and Tour manager and finally Head of Special Projects before leaving to join Take Art.

She has curated independent dance festivals for the Royal Opera House Clore Studio Programme and Southbank Centre and written articles for international dance magazines. Cath co-created the UK’s first dance information and directory website in 1994. 


Little Big Dance Festival & Symposium

Two Japanese performers, a man and a woman, in white sleeveless tops fold paper in an origami style. One is knelt down and placing their paper on a long white mat while the male performer stands up behind her. An audience of children and mothers are watching on. They are in a dark room with the stage area lit.

Little Big Dance Festival & Symposium

A two-day conference featuring performances of Little Big Dance commissions, new sharings, panel discussions and more

Monday 19 - Tuesday 20 February 2024
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Little Big Dance Festival & Symposium