South East Dance launches Autumn Season of free screen dance

23 Sep 2020

Image: Liz Aggis

As part of its Autumn Season 2020, the arts charity currently building The Dance Space in Brighton & Hove is kicking off a free screen dance programme that showcases the history and diversity of this developing hybrid artform.

Highlights of the Autumn Season include:

· 2020 Vision – international dance films curated by the 20 artists who will feature in the inaugural programme when The Dance Space opens next year. In the programme are UK premieres including Sue Healey’s Weereewa – Portrait of a Landscape with choreographer, performer and Founder of Australian Dance Theatre Elizabeth Cameron Dalman; Moments of Looking by American choreographer Bebe Miller; and Tanzerische Pantominen by Valeska Gert, presented in collaboration with the Centre National de la Danse. Find out more here.

· South East Dance digital commission Glitch/Giselle – a multidisciplinary research project responding to the almost 180-year-old ballet Giselle. By digging deep into the archives, reading widely and interviewing notable dance scholars, Glitch Projects has created a series of original films and a digital tarot deck, which will premiere at an online event and discussion at 4pm on 22 Oct. Together they provide a way of travelling in time and space, to look back to the origins of Giselle in myth and forward to its potential futures. Find out more here.

· Vincent Dance Theatre’s In Loco Parentis Online – Critically acclaimed for translating real-life testimonies into beautifully crafted performance work, Vincent’s In Loco Parentis sheds light on the extraordinary resilience of care-experienced young people, demanding that their stories be seen and heard. Three adult and two extraordinary young performers combine movement, strong visual imagery and spoken word to explore the cycles of rupture and repair that drive children into care. To accompany this screening, South East Dance will be hosting an online discussion with the Artistic Director of Vincent Dance Theatre, Charlotte Vincent, about her socially engaged work with care-experienced young people. Find out more here.

Cath James, Artistic Director of South East Dance, says: “Like many arts organisations we’ve had to rethink and adapt how we present our dance programme during the pandemic. So this Autumn we’re returning to our roots to present a diverse programme of digital dance created specifically for the screen.

From filmic studies of the epic landscape of Aboriginal land in Australia, to shorts exploring the objectification of Black women and their bodies, this is a selection that offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of dance on film.”

Those already familiar with South East Dance will notice a new look when they access the Autumn programme via the organisation’s new website. South East Dance is launching a new brand identity that they feel better reflects the charity’s personality and desire to welcome the whole community into The Dance Space when it opens next year.