25 Mar 2020

Let’s Dance International Frontiers (LDIF) 2020 is the annual dance festival in Leicester, bringing diversity to the forefront with a programme of performances, workshops, films and discussion featuring dancers and choreographers from around the world.

Due to the current restrictions imposed on mass gatherings as a result of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the physical festival for LDIF20 will be postponed. However, to mark LDIF’s tenth edition, LDIF will continue to acknowledge and be creative in supporting artists, showcasing high quality dance and bringing the international dance ecology together.

Serendipity, the producers of LDIF, are therefore very proud to present Alternative LDIF20, a 10-day digital festival of dance. Content will be available to everyone for 24 hours to enable people from around the world to view, share and support. Alternative LDIF20 will be completely free to view, with the option to make a donation to support the festival going forward.

The digital festival will feature renowned speakers, an online exhibition, film screenings, online performances, the launch of Serendipity’s podcast, and an enticing look behind the scenes with select LDIF20 artists.  The finale will be a collaborative programme culminating in a collective dance short film which will allow dancers from around the world to come together and showcase the power of movement. In celebration of LDIF’s ten-year history, the festival will also see the launch of a brand new publication LDIF: 10 Years in the Making.

Dance Dialogues is a daily programme featuring archival footage from past conferences. These artists, choreographers and academics present thinking and practices of those from the African and African Caribbean diaspora who have made a significant impact in shaping the international dance ecology. Talks will be aired daily throughout the festival at 11.00am BST.

Artists originally scheduled to appear in person at LDIF20 will be sharing more about their work in advance of their rescheduled performances. Alice Sheppard, award-winning disabled dancer, will present a short video of her work in progress, Where Good Souls Fear, on Thursday 7 May 2020 at 7.00pm BST. Annabel Guérédrat and Henri Tauliaut, of the Martinique-based Artincidence, will share their documentary Annabel the Rebel. This short film explores Guérédrat’s practice and work, as well as discussing the importance of establishing creative dialogue within and beyond the Caribbean. This will be presented as a double bill with Thoughts from FIAP, created by Serendipity CEO and Artistic Director, Pawlet Brookes, on Saturday 9 May 2020 at 7.00pm BST.

Yinka Esi Graves is sharing her developing work in progress, Disappearing Act, with a series of short films captured via performances and residencies undertaken within the last 12 months. There will be a performance of a new piece of work by Tabanka Dance Ensemble, shared online for the very first time, seamlessly merging ancestral movements, culturally contextualised vocabulary and Africana movement sensibilities, on Friday 8 May 2020 at 7.00pm BST.

The festival will culminate with the debut of a collective dance short film. The collaborative work, 30 Seconds of Freedom, will be comprised of thirty-second bursts of movement submitted by dancers, artists and enthusiasts from around the world. This is an opportunity to be part of the festival, and to take a step outside of reality to breathe, move and connect at a time of social distancing.

Pawlet Brookes, Artistic Director and CEO of Serendipity, says, “LDIF is all about connections. For the last nine years, this festival has fostered creative collaborations and brought together the international dance ecology. We are excited to embrace the technologies that allow us to stay connected globally, and to continue sharing the incredible work of these artists in the face of an unprecedented situation that is impacting people around the world. We hope that Alternative LDIF20 will enable those missing out on cultural experiences to enjoy a diverse programme celebrating international dance, that can be access safely and for free, wherever you are in the world.”

The festival will return in its physical format in October 2020 for the LDIF20 Finale.