Open Stage

Open Stage Regional Platforms

Melvin LeBlanc performing his own solo at Open Stage 6 March 2015 at Pavilion Dance South West, Photo by Roger Barnes

Melvin LeBlanc performing his own solo at Open Stage at Pavilion Dance South West on 6 March 2015  Photo by Roger Barnes

Open Stage is a regular informal platform for choreographic work in progress. We invite artists working within dance of the African Diaspora to present their work in a studio setting to a small audience. The aim of the event is to provide a safe, supportive environment for artists to test out new ideas. The platform is open to artists at any stage of their career, but is particularly useful for emerging choreographers.

As a way to introduce artist to the professional development aspect of the DAD programmes, Open Stage artists have the privilege to receive formal written feedback from a professional panel and additional reactions from the audience through written surveys. Furthermore, each artist receives a copy of their performance as tool to support further investigation of their work.

Anneka Dacres and Melvin LeBlanc by Roger Barnes

Anneka Dacres and Melvin LeBlanc, Open Stage at Pavilion Dance South West on 6 March 2015 Photo by Roger Barnes

Over a span of seven years, Open Stage has featured over 60 artists in 18 different showcases across the nation; including Bawren Tavaziva, Founding Director of TAVAZIVA, Sheron Wray, David Blake of Disney’s The Lion King, Idrissa Camara, Director & Almany Camara of Ballet Nimba, and many, many more.  Kenneth Tharp, Chief Executive of The Place, Eckhard Thiemann, Former Creative Producer of Siobhan Davies Dance, and Namron have served as professional panellists for Open Stage, as well as a range of more than 35 working dance professionals.

One Dance UK works in partnership with venues and other organisations to host Open Stage. Previous partners include Feedback33 at London Studio Centre, Independent Dance at Siobhan Davies Studios, Irie! dance theatre at the Moonshot Centre, East London Dance at Stratford Circus, Contact Theatre, Phoenix Dance Theatre, The Africa Centre, Swindon Dance, Yorkshire Dance, Pavilion Dance South West and Spotlight.

We encourage artists working within all forms of African influenced dance and at any stage in their career to participate. Places on the platform are on a first come, first served basis.