2016 DAD Lifetime Achievement Award Winner: Beverley Glean
Beverley Glean has worked in the field of dance, in particular African People’s Dance, for over 20 years, and is Founder and Artistic Director of IRIE! dance theatre. Her additional work involves researching and acting as choreographer, artistic director, trainer and a mentor to several dance companies and individual artists. Her commitment has moved appreciation of African People’s Dance (APD) from a community activity to its recognition as an art form in its own right.
Beverley founded IRIE! dance theatre in 1985. It has been her life’s work to make everyone ‘feel good’ about the dance forms of the Caribbean and to share her artistic excellence and physical joy with the rest of Britain. At the early stage of what is now called ‘fusion choreography’, Beverley was a pioneer who brought value and validation to APD, maintaining a strong Caribbean focus throughout the company’s lifetime.
Beverley’s work has enhanced black identity and strengthened her community’s pride in their own dance culture. She developed a range of creative, educational and artistic activities based on stimuli derived from African and Caribbean heritage. She has explored the origins of the traditional dance forms of the Caribbean, their cultural significance but most importantly she committed to improve access to these forms in the UK. She has been tireless in her effort to give respect to the movement and choreographic styles of the people of Caribbean descent.
2016 DAD Lifetime Achievement Award Selection Committee
Ukachi Akalawu, Peter Badejo OBE, Jackie Guy MBE, CD, Judith Palmer, ‘H’ Patten
The 2016 DAD Lifetime Achievement Award was supported by
Derrick Anderson CBE, Robyn Durie, Lance Moir, Jackie Guy MBE CD, Judith Palmer, Mercy Nabirye, Ian Abbott, and Carolene Hinds