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South East Dance

Generating exceptional experiences in dance.

South East Dance is the national development agency for dance in south east England.

Their mission is to ensure a thriving ecology for dance in the south east, enhancing conditions for more, bolder and better dance. They aim to raise the profile of dance and work with partners within and beyond the region to achieve this.

Artists and audiences are at the heart of all that they do. They listen to, challenge and champion their needs and aspirations.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £595,000
  • 2013-2014: £595,000
  • 2014-2015: £595,000

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Arts Award

Film made by Millstream Productions supported by Artswork South East Bridge South East Dance is an Arts Award Supporter. Arts Award is a unique range of multi-level qualifications for children and young people aged up to 25 years to develop as artists and arts leaders, developing and sharing their creativity, leadership and communication skills. It provides opportunities to connect to the world of professional artists. Check out events on our website and in our season brochure with the Arts Award symbol -- these have been identified as appropriate for helping you complete your Arts Award.

Cie Ubi: Geminus performance

VARIOUS DATES, MAY - JUNE 2014 Geminus is a visually and musically stimulating show, tailor-made for children aged 3-5 years and their families. This beautiful piece touches on themes of identity and reflection, curiosity, awkwardness, vitality and wonder. Dance, rhythm and object manipulation are at the heart of Geminus, combining gestures, sounds and mirrors to create a playful and intriguing dance piece. Artistic Director: Sarosi Nay Choreography: Sarosi Nay and Alessandra Piccoli Dancers: Allessandra Piccoli and Florence Casanave Commissioned by South East Dance, in association with Take Art and Spectacle vivant en Bretagne as part of DanSCe Dialogues 2. DanSCe Dialogues 2 is a cross-Channel cultural exchange project between eight arts organisations in southern England and northern France. Discover more at DanSCe Dialogues 2 is a cross-border co-operation funded by the Interreg IV A France (Channel) -- England co-financed by ERDF.

Plans at Brighton Station

Saturday 10 -- Sunday 11 May 2014, Brighton Station Three Score Dance Company performing 'Plans' at Brighton Train Station. Choreographed by James Finnemore with music by Joel Harries. Plans was commissioned by Hofesh Shechter for this year's Brighton Festival. The site specific event was made possible with the help and coopperation of staff at Brighton Station. A contemporary dance company for older people, Three Score Dance Company is supported by South East Dance and Sport England in association with Brighton Dome.

BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellowship in collaboration with South East Dance - OPEN CALL

We are looking for an emerging artist or an artist transitioning within their career, whose practice embraces movement and the choreographic, to apply with us to the BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellowship. We want to create a Fellowship of innovation, working with someone who is investigating new approaches, trying out new methods of working, creating, or engaging in creative ways within the cultural sector and quite possibly challenging the status quo. We will collaborate with the chosen artist to define a bespoke, yearlong program that will develop, evolve and ignite their career - as well as exploring ways to invigorate what dance can be and do. South East Dance is committed to equality of opportunity. We value a diverse and inclusive team and welcome applications from all sectors of the community. For more information, criteria and application details please visit: APPLICATION DEADLINE: 5 PM on 7 July 2014 CONTACT:

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OF LAND AND TONGUE trailer Theo Clinkard

20 & 21 June 2014 at Circus Street Market, Brighton Rehearsal footage from OF LAND AND TONGUE. An evening of startling and eloquent dance that situates the audience right at the heart of the action. For his stark and poetic duet CHALK Clinkard draws inspiration from the iconic cliffs of his hometown. He is joined on stage by composer James Keane who provides a live score. OF LAND AND TONGUE is a dance of odd sensations and unnameable experiences performed by an exceptional cast. An accumulation of untranslatable words from foreign cultures acts as a springboard for this compelling quintet. Clinkard's brand new double bill delivers a truly visceral dance experience in an intimate setting, where live music and breathtaking dance rips across the floor right at the audience's feet. JUNE TOUR LONDON 19th 7pm + 9pm, Greenwich Dance (preview) 020 8293 9741 BRIGHTON 20th +21st 7pm + 9pm, Circus Street Market (premiere) NOTTINGHAM 24th 8pm, Djanogly Theatre, Lakeside Arts Centre 0115 846 7777 MILTON KEYNES 29th 6.30pm + 8.30pm, The Venue MK 01908677954 Choreographer + Designer Theo Clinkard Composer and performer James Keane Performers Francis Christeller Sofie Burgoyne Luke Divall Leah Marojevic Camilla Brogaard Andersen (Trailer filmed and edited by Malcolm Clarke)

Outdoor LAB

April 2014 - South East Dance Studios Film by David McCormick

William Forsythe: Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time No. 2 - Brighton Festival 2014

3 - 25 May 2014 at Circus Street Market, Brighton Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time No. 2 was co-programmed and presented by South East Dance & Brighton Festival 2014. The Forsythe Company is supported by the city of Dresden and the state of Saxony as well as the city of Frankfurt am Main and the state of Hesse. The Forsythe Company is Company-in-Residence of both HELLERAU -- European Center for the Arts in Dresden and the Bockenheimer Depot in Frankfurt am Main. With special thanks to the ALTANA Kulturstiftung for supporting The Forsythe Company. Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time No. 2 is supported by the Aisbitt Family. With thanks to Cathedral Group and McLaren. Film by Shy Camera

Compagnie Kafig: Boxe Boxe: Boxing & Dancing

Co-programmed by South East Dance & Brighton Dome - 17-18 April 2014 Film by Dance Consortium The dancers of Compagnie Kafig talk about the similarities between boxing and dancing ahead of their UK tour of Boxe Boxe from March 25th - 18 April 2014.

Live Stream Working Together Does it Really Work

Streamed live on Apr 28, 2014 A roundtable discussion to explore how to make dance happen in your area. Members of Surrey Dance Collective, Oxford Dance Forum, Milton Keynes Open University and the former Movement 12 join Denise Perry (Arts Council England) to interrogate different ways of working together in the current cultural climate. Join us online through Google Hangout and tweet us @southeastdance to be part of the discussion.


Created in Autumn 2014 Staging: Frédéric Deslias assisté and Gael L Choreographer/Performer: Matthew Morris Assistant choreographer: Christine Caradec Video creation: Dimitri Blin Lighting design: Frédéric Deslias et Melchior Delauney Development software/hardware: Olivier Guilerminet et Gael L Set design: Frédéric Deslias and Salem Ben Belkacem Footage and editing: Stéphanie Brault Production: Le Clair Obscur Co-productions and Partners: Le Triangle-Cité de la Danse in Rennes, South East Dance(UK), la ménagerie de Verre Take Art, CDN de Haute-Normandie Festival Automne en Normandie This project is part of DanSCe Dialogue 2, a cross-Channel cultural exchange project, in partnership with les Ateliers Intermédiares (Caen)

Under The Vaulted Sky created by Rosemary Lee Promo for IF Milton Keynes International Festival

Friday 18 - Sunday 20 July Cathedral of Trees, Newlands, Milton Keynes Award-winning choreographer and former South East Dance Fellow, Rosemary Lee has created Under The Vaulted Sky, inspired by Milton Keynes' magical Cathedral of Trees. Performances follow a year-long residency and will feature 100 dancers with live music by Terry Mann. The audience will be invited to promenade, following the performance as it weaves around the atmospheric environment of the Cathedral. Planted more than 40 years ago, the Cathedral of Trees is situated on an ancient ley-line that runs through Central Milton Keynes. Part of IF: Milton Keynes International Festival (18 - 27 July). Commissioned by The Stables for IF: 2014. Supported by an Exceptional Award from Arts Council England, Milton Keynes Council, The Parks Trust and South East Dance. Sponsored by the University of Bedfordshire.

Insight Trailer: Emmanuelle Vo-Dinh

Saturday 5 April 2014, South East Dance Studios To book contact the Studios on 01322 618618 Choreographed by Emmanuelle Vo-Dinh, (Director of Le Phare, National Choreographic Center of Le Havre Upper-Normandy). Four performers create a collection of different situations with multiple narratives, all based on a simple action: kissing each other. From the repetition of this action and its apparent simplicity, the piece develops as if behind closed doors: it is absurd, cynical and a reminder of how we relate to each other as humans. Audiences will have the opportunity to meet the artists after the performance.

European Aerial Dance Festival, Brighton, 2013

European Aerial Dance Festival 2014 Monday 4 August - Sunday 10 August In association with South East Dance and Brighton Dome and Festival, Gravity & Levity are delighted to be hosting their fifth annual EADF in 2014 at the Corn Exchange, Brighton, a unique and intensive festival for all things aerial dance. Keep your eyes on the Gravity and Levity website for details of this year's exciting line up and to view a short film from the 2013 EADF.

Brighton Festival 2014 Teaser Inside the Mind of Hofesh Shechter

A unique glimpse into Brighton Festival 2014 with Guest Director Hofesh Shechter. Find out more about this year's Brighton Festival and Guest Director Hofesh Shechter at Hofesh Shechter is also Ambassador for The Dance Space, a new home for dance connecting professional artists to local communities at the heart of the proposed Circus Street Market regeneration project in the vibrant city of Brighton & Hove Brighton Festival is thrilled that our 2014 Guest Director is the critically-acclaimed choreographer, musician, composer and performer Hofesh Shechter. Recognised as one of the UK's most exciting contemporary artists, Shechter is renowned for creating raw, physical live contemporary dance pieces set to his own, highly-charged, atmospheric musical scores. His eponymous Company is a Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival resident company, and their brand new work Sun -- co-commissioned by Brighton Festival -- will open the three week arts extravaganza on Sat 3 May 2014 when it comes 'home' at the conclusion of its first world tour. Film by FatSand

Brighton Festival 2014: Dance

Discover the full Brighton Festival programme at Cath James is Programme Director at South East Dance and leads Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival Dance Programming Brighton Festival is an annual celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature, debate, outdoor and family events, which takes place in venues both familiar and unusual across Brighton & Hove for three weeks each May. Now in its 48th year, Brighton Festival is an innovative commissioning and producing festival, which continues to win critical acclaim for its ambitious and daring programme. As England's largest annual event of its kind, Brighton Festival attracts some of the best artists and companies - and most adventurous audiences - from the UK and around the world. In May 2013, we welcomed poet, writer, broadcaster and former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen as our fifth Guest Director, who presided over a record-breaking year. In 2014 we welcome acclaimed choreographer Hofesh Shechter as Brighton Festival Guest Director.

Geminus Lab UK 2013

Touring venues across Kent and Somerset in May - June 2014 - visit for full details. Geminus by Compagnie UBI is a visually and musically stimulating show, tailor-made for children aged 3-5 years and their families. This beautiful piece touches on themes of identity and reflection, curiosity, awkwardness, vitality and wonder. Dance, rhythm and object manipulation are at the heart of Geminus, combining gestures, sounds and mirrors to create a playful and intriguing dance piece. Commissioned by South East Dance, in association with Take Art as part of DanSCe Dialogues 2, a cross --border co-operation funded by the Interreg IV A France (Channel) -- England co financed by ERDF.

Dance Mix 2012 at South East Dance Studios, Kent

Kent Dance Mix 2012 was our first young people's dance event at South East Dance Studios, Hextable, and we were blown away by the talent and creativity of the young dancers who participated. Our whole building was buzzing with rehearsals and workshops all day and a big thanks is due to Zoielogic Dance Theatre choreographer Zoie Golding who created an inspiring curtain raiser with all of the groups. Congratulations also to LoopED Dance Company who won our audience choice award. We hope you enjoy this snapshot of the day!

Probe: Running On Empty - TRAILER

For information about Running On Empty and Tour Dates please visit: Running On Empty is the story of a man, a woman and their encounters over time - travelling through dreams, fears and jagged memories. Absurd, humorous and sometimes devastating, Running On Empty journeys from a woman's loss through her struggle for a future and the emptiness she must overcome to survive. How long will she keep running? Running wild Running out of time Running on Empty Dance, text and song combine in this intrepid new work from Probe. Artistic Director Antonia Grove (twice Critics Circle and Time Out National Dance Awards nominee) brings together an extraordinary team of creative collaborators including: director Jo McInnes (Royal Court), writer Brad Birch (Soho Theatre, Royal Court), choreographer Charlie Morrissey (Siobhan Davies), songwriter Lee Ross, designer Fabrice Serafino, lighting designer Beky Stoddart, devised with performers Greig Cooke, Antonia Grove and composer Scott Smith.

JOURNEY: Koen De Preter

JOURNEY (part of SICK! Festival) Co-programmed by South East Dance and The Basement - 14 March 2014 A man and a woman are on stage. Two dancers, two generations. Koen is a 31-year-old choreographer and performer, Alphea an 87-year-old dancer and pedagogue. J O U R N E Y brings two generations closer. For further information, go to: Choreography: Koen De Preter Dance: Alphea Pouget & Koen De Preter Dramaturgy: Annette van Zwoll Lighting and scenography: Klaar Vermeulen Soundtrack: Koen De Preter & Tom Herteweg Costumes: Elisabeth Kinn Svensson Production Manager: Jana Debruyne Distribution: Vincent Van den Bossche Executive producers: Koen De Preter & Klein Verzet Coproduction: Arts Centre Vooruit Ghent, C-Mine Cultuurcentrum Genk and TAKT Neerpelt With the support of the Flemish government, CDC Les Hivernales Avignon, Vélo Théâtre Apt, Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek Brussels, ccBe Berchem, Campo Gent and 30CC Leuven


This is a short overview of #Dancehack, put together by Genevieve Smith-Nunes. This event was part of Brighton Digital Festival 2013 and ran in partnership with South East Dance. The 24 hr dance meets data hack took place at the University of Brighton.

Jonzi D speaks about Lyrikal Fearta - autumn 2013

Sadler's Wells Associate Artist Jonzi D launches out on the road with a special bill of new choreopoetry works. This programme sees Jonzi D, arguably the best-known figure and advocate of UK hip hop dance, return to his creative roots to perform his Lyrikal Fearta. Created during autumn 2012 and touring autumn 2013, the evening will have live music, poetry, movement, politics and wit. Co-programmed by South East Dance and Brighton Dome for Brighton Dome Studio Theatre: 18 November 2013 Commissioned and produced by Sadler's Wells Also supported by Pavilion Dance Southwest, Warwick Arts Centre, Jonzi D Projects & Breakin' Convention


What happens when you mix a group of movement artists and computer programmers together for a hack? Then add free pizza and beer? Surely dancers don't Drink and Dance. And would programmers do Pizza and Programming? What about the grease on their fingers? On the 21/22 September 2013, 18 dancers and programmers got together for the first ever 24 hour DANCE HACK in Brighton, run by South East Dance. This film clip, created by South East Dance's resident digital creative Benji Anker features footage from @.3:PU_P3TS, LeClairObscur. and the music was taken from recordings from the Live Streaming of Dance Hack. South East Dance would like to thank everyone involved in the Dance Hack.

South East Dance Studios - SPACES AND PLACES

Here is a short film made by our Digital media Apprentice as part of a college project. The Footage was taken at the South East Dance Studios and features dancers from Pagrav Dance Company. Filmed and Edited by Benji anker Live Performers; Parbati Chaudhry Effie McGaured Katie Cambridge Choreographer; Urja Desai Thakore

Jonzi D: Lyrikal Fearta (double bill) - TRAILER

A Sadler's Wells commission. Co-programmed by South East Dance in partnership with Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival - 18 November 2013 Hip Hop creative force Jonzi D presents Lyrikal Fearta, a double bill, including acclaimed solo The Letter and new work Broken Lineage. The Letter explores responses to Jonzi being offered an MBE, through the eyes of an animated cast of characters. Broken Lineage explores the trajectory of hip hop, bringing Jonzi's unique perspective, including his trademark wit, humour and style, to evolving social issues. The Letter Choreographer & Director: Jonzi D Associate Director: Dawn Walton Rehearsal Director: Jane Sekonya Composer & Music Director: Kwake Bass Costumes: Mimi Fresh Lighting Designer: Lee Curran Broken Lineage Co-Director & Co-Choreographer: Jonzi D Co-Director & Co-Choreographer: Ivan Blackstock Composer & Musical Director: Kwake Bass Costume Designer: Mimi Fresh Lighting Designer: Adam Carree Production Manager: Adam Carree

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