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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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European Aerial Dance Festival 2014

Highlights of the European Aerial Dance Festival held at the Brighton Dome in August, 2014. Produced by Gravity & Levity. Supported by South East Dance and Arts Council England.

Audience Ambassadors

On 3 December 2014, six local ‘audience ambassadors’ were invited to experience a taster of a brand new piece that artist Julian Hetzel and dramaturg Miguel Melgares had started creating only that week. Here’s what they thought…

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Introducing Dan Daw: BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellow 2015 in partnership with South East Dance

South East Dance and Dan Daw are absolutely delighted to announce that we have been selected to receive the BBC Performing Arts Fund (PAF) Fellowship 2015, following the submission of a joint application for the scheme back in the summer. The BBC PAF is a charity committed to developing new performing arts talent from across the UK. Since its inception in 2003 the Fund has awarded over £5m to aspiring musicians and talented performing arts individuals and community groups. Read more here:

Summer of Colour

In summer 2014, Turner Contemporary helped Margate create a festival celebrating the joy of being by the seaside, inspired by artist Piet Mondrian's love of colour (Mondrian and Colour, exhibited at Turner Contemporary 25 May - 21 September 2014). Through events in and around Margate, working with lots of partners including South East Dance, there were over 70 events, including dance, performance, music, art projects and more. This film captures the highlights of the Summer of Colour, which can also be found at

DanSCe Dialogues 2 - Evaluation report

The DanSCe Dialogues 2 (2011 – 2014) project has been selected within the context of the European programme of cross border cooperation Interreg IV A France (Channel) – England co financed by ERDF. DanSCe Dialogues 2 has established a cross-border partnership across eight centres to promote and support the work and growth of contemporary dance artists and companies.

Screen Dance Past, Present, Future

The culmination of South East Dance and British Council’s Forward Motion project. The four year project saw pioneering UK dance and film makers featured in an expertly curated collection of seminal British screen dance. Film by Joe Murray.

American Boy: Hetain Patel

Wednesday 26 November. Brighton Dome Studio Theatre. Delving into American movie and homegrown TV culture, visual artist and performer Hetain Patel once again takes to the stage in his highly anticipated first solo show. With a personal and humorous take on identity shape-shifting, he shakes up our conception of who we are. Through a playful synthesis of vocal and physical imitations, he conjures up film characters from his playground days: see Agent Smith from the Matrix get physical with Spider-Man whilst Eddie Murphy argues with Michael Caine. American Boy follows Hetain’s international success with the TED Talk version of his stage work Be Like Water, recently reaching over 2 million views. Followed by a post-show discussion with Hetain Patel. “Patel is as much entertainer as performance conceptualist… a smooth quick-change artist capable of morphing between accents and characters

Dance Hack 2014

Saturday 27 September, University of Brighton


Tuesday 28 October, Brighton Dome Studio Theatre Chalk About is a show for families which is a playful, funny and sometimes moving look at how we see ourselves and others, featuring dance, chat and one perfect scene containing everything you could wish for… Join Christine and Hendrik on their journey as they find answers to some big questions about identity and the meaning of life. What makes us who we are? Is it where we are from? Is it the way we move, or how we talk? Our pasts or our futures? Or is it about the way we dance? “Brave, honest and delightful … full of a rich sense of the joy of human difference.” The Scotsman A fun-filled programme of MOKO Dance family activities will be available one hour before the show.


25 September 2014 - Brighton Dome Studio Theatre A Casson & Friends collaboration. Performed and Choreographed by Tim Casson Computer Programming and Operation by Tom Butterworth Music: Claude Debussy and Jamie McCarthy Costuming: Jay Barry Matthews Duration: 18 Minutes Supported by dancedigital & University of Bedfordshire, Greenwich Dance, Jasmin Vardimon Company and Arts Council England. 'Fiend' is a solo performance that uses Nijinsky's 'Afternoon of a Faun' as a starting point to explore themes of connection, how we see and how we are seen. The work is the first collaboration between dance artist Tim Casson and video technician Tom Butterworth and uses innovative manipulation of live video to present multiple versions of the same performer that interact through well-timed choreographic action. 'Fiend' questions the idea of a solo performance as projected video reveals a magical world where the performer multiplies. As his actions are relocated in time and re-told in a new context, a very human character emerges, searching for connection in his virtual world. © Tim Casson / Casson & Friends 2014


Tuesday 2 December - Thursday 4 December - The Old Market, Hove Mark Bruce’s company of ten exceptional dancers bring Bram Stoker’s haunting, erotic tale to life in a heart wrenching and magical dance theatre production. With an eclectic mix of music from Bach and Mozart to Ligeti and Fred Frith, Bruce explores choreographic styles ranging from the subtlety of classical etiquette to visceral contemporary dance. Jonathan Goddard plays the infamous Vampire Count, whose sinister and ruthless ambitions challenge the very fabric of Victorian society. As his victims and opponents rally against him they must face the darkness and savagery within themselves. Winner of the prestigious South Bank Sky Arts Award for Dance, this critically acclaimed production should not be missed. “I’d be surprised if I saw a more entertaining piece of dance theatre this year. Kill for a ticket.” ★★★★ The Observer


Friday 21 November 2014 - Brighton Dome Concert Hall Park is an urban oasis, a place of refuge from ordinary life where characters play, fight, fall in love and learn to survive. Their stories intertwine creating a modern day fairytale that is alternately sharp, funny and cruel. A breathtaking collision of acute physical theatre, text, athletic dance and funky music. Post-show discussion with Jasmin Vardimon.


Tuesday 7 October - Wednesday 8 October 2013 - Brighton Dome Concert Hall Five young troublemakers are drawn into a power struggle that has divided a secret group of warriors. Given a chance to redeem themselves and to restore peace, their action-packed adventure becomes a celebration of camaraderie and the triumph of the human spirit. Set in modern Tokyo, The Five & the Prophecy of Prana sees dazzling visuals frame a dynamic fusion of hip-hop and martial arts in an explosive tribute to manga – Japan’s popular graphic novel form. Kenrick ‘H20’ Sandy and Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante, the Olivier award-winning team behind Pied Piper and choreographer and composer for the film Streetdance 3D, have worked with the monks from the Shaolin Temple Warrior School, Japanese manga artist Akio Tanaka, and award winning video animation studio Yeast Culture, to create this electrifying show followed by a post-show discussion with the Company on Tuesday 7 October only. “Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy’s choreography… flows like water, one minute silky smooth, the next fast and furious, b-boying, tutting and krumping, and requires little narrative, but narrative there is.” British Theatre Guide “A mash-up of superhero comics, Japanese manga and kung fu movies. Hip-hop and fighting moves mesh wonderfully.” The Independent


Friday 26 September - The Old Market, Hove Leading new British choreographer, South Bank Award nominee 2014 and Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associate, Alexander Whitley presents The Measures Taken, commissioned by The Royal Opera House in collaboration with digital artists Marshmallow Laser Feast. “When we look to technology to deliver us from accidents, from choice and even from mortality we are asking from it something it cannot give: a deliverance from the conditions that make us human. We are seeking from technology...salvation from ourselves.” John Gray Visually striking and kinetically charged, The Measures Taken explores our interdependent relationship with technology. With the choreographic process rooted in the digital collaboration, the work is both a dialogue and a duet between human movement and the digital world.

Reckless Sleepers: A String Section

12 July at Circus Street Market, Brighton as part of Big Dance 2014. Big Dance 2014 made an impact in Brighton with the return of Reckless Sleepers' raw and splintering A String Section. Armed with over 100 wooden chairs, 15 performers including 10 local volunteers, all armed with saws, performed to an intrigued audience at Circus Street Market. Commissioned by South East Dance for Big Dance 2014. This film documentary from Shy Camera was taken over the duration of the rehearsals and the resulting performance. Performers: Lisa Kendall Rachel Rimmer Caroline D’Hease Orla Shine Leen Dewilde Sofie Vandersteede Rowena Price Emma O’Donovan Kirsty Sulston Rachel Porter Kim Barrett Vicki Crowther Danielle Christopher Kate Ormond Bernie Sweatman Lisa Sang A co-commission by South East Dance, the Foundation for Community Dance and Coastal Currents for the Big Dance Weekend 2014. Supported by Cathedral Group (Holdings) Ltd and McLaren.

Kent Dancing 2014

Some of the highlights from the 2014 Kent Dancing festival - we took to the high street, libraries and galleries across Kent for 11 days of fantastic dance events in unusual places. Film by David McCormick

Robin Dingemans - The Door

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.

gê - Compagnie Lola Gatt

12 July 2014 as part of Kent Dancing 2014 & Big Dance 2014. Film by David McCormick Choreographer Gaël Sesboüé’s solo gê, plays with ideas of science and politics to probe the historical consequences and encounters of humankind co-existing with the earth. This international premiere invites you to shift your perspective on how we live in the world. 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.

Saffy Setohy - Invisible Lines

A durational performance for public space, galleries and outdoor events Film by David McCormick Two people traverse time, space and site, connected mouth to mouth by an almost invisible thread. Invisible Lines is an intimate, meditative and sometimes playful exploration of co-operation and vulnerability through unspoken negotiations. Narratives emerge and fade through images that transform as soon as they have settled. An antidote to traditional street theatre, this unusual work promises to be a powerfully engaging yet understated performance encounter about humanity. Co-commissioned by South East Dance and Le Phare Centre Chorégraphique National du Havre Haute-Normandie, as part of DanSCe Dialogues 2 Mentored by Henrietta Hale and Emmanuelle Vo-Dinh 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.

Cie Ubi - Geminus

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.

Theo Clinkard

Website: Email: Facebook: /theoclinkarddance Resident Artist at Greenwich Dance and Associate Artist at Dance4, Theo formed his 7-strong company in 2012 to develop a portfolio of eloquent and visually arresting works that explore the communicative potential of the body. ‘Of Land and Tongue’, his new show for unconventional spaces and 60 audience members premiered this June will tour November 2014 and Spring 2015.

New Movement Collective - Casting Traces

Circus Street Market - 28 - 30 August 2014 Book via: Inspired by Paul Auster's seminal novel, The New York Trilogy, this cross genre 45 minute promenade performance invites the audience into a unique dance experience set within an architect designed paper labyrinth. Dance, architecture, film and specially commissioned music meet to create a world of illusion, mystery and shadow play, where nothing is what it seems. Touching on the popular themes of detective novels and the modern issues of ever-present surveillance in our cities, the audience explore a giant paper maze, becoming directly involved within the performance and influencing the transformation of their surroundings. Live camera feeds enable participants to meet themselves around every turn as they are free to explore the hidden corners of these unique spaces.

Dansce Dialogues 2 Outdoor LAB 2 - Le Phare

16 - 20 June 2014 Outdoor Lab was co-programmed by Le Phare and South East Dance as part of Dansce Dialogues 2 - a cross border co-operation funded by the Interreg IV A France (Channel) - England, co-financed by ERDF.

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