Body Politic

A hip hop theatre company – Body Politic – is raising awareness about mental health problems in men and boys through its show Father Figurine. Spring will see a UK tour, combining spoken word poetry with hip hop dance. The tour will include Omnibus Theatre, Clapham; Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot; Mill Arts Centre, Banbury; Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough; and Stratford Circus, London. Continue reading Body Politic

Costumes and artwork from Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes

Stories from the Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes, told through costumes, programmes and objects, will be shown together for the first time in the UK at Worcester City Art Gallery and Museums, alongside a Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition, Matisse: Drawing with Scissors from 2 February until 27 April. Continue reading Costumes and artwork from Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes

Yorke Dance Project celebrates its 20th anniversary

2019 sees Yolande Yorke-Edgell’s contemporary ballet company Yorke Dance Project celebrating its 20th anniversary. Yorke-Edgell set up her company in Los Angeles in 1999, relaunching it when she returned to London 2009. Since then, the company has attracted increasing acclaim for presenting dance by past masters and emerging artists from the UK and the USA, performed by exceptional dancers. Continue reading Yorke Dance Project celebrates its 20th anniversary

Akram Khan’s goodbye to Until the Lions

Akram Khan is one of the most celebrated and respected dance artists today. In just over 18 years he has created a body of work that has contributed significantly to the arts in the UK and abroad. His reputation has been built on the success of imaginative, highly accessible and relevant productions such as Xenos, Until the Lions, Kaash, iTMOi (in the mind of igor), DESH, Vertical Road, Gnosis and zero degrees. Continue reading Akram Khan’s goodbye to Until the Lions

What Brexit means for dance

A report published by One Dance UK claims that Brexit will have a detrimental effect on dance in the UK without the right safeguards in place. The report, titled Movement Beyond Borders – The UK Dance Sector Outlook on Brexit, is the result of research, conversations and discussions with One Dance UK members and stakeholders that have taken place since the June 2016 EU Referendum, and it draws on insights gained through a recent survey of major dance organisations and individual dance artists. Continue reading What Brexit means for dance

Equity launches Dance Passport

6 November saw a new Dance Passport launched, following the final event of the European project Dance Futures – Creating Transition Schemes for Dancers and Promoting Sustainable Mobility in the Dance Sector, the European group of the International Federation of Actors. This project has received the financial support of the European Union. Continue reading Equity launches Dance Passport

The benefits of dance competitions

There is much to be learnt from dance competitions as a young, aspiring dancer. However, it is sometimes hard to see it amongst all the craziness that preparing for a competition can bring. Dance competitions can teach many lessons, much more than just dancing on stage in a costume, but it can be difficult to remember this at more challenging moments. Continue reading The benefits of dance competitions

Training not travelling

Many young dancers may choose to undertake further dance training and kickstart their career, rather than take a gap year and travel, for example, like many of their peers at school might. Further to that, some dancers may choose to travel abroad to train, or even to a different city, but for some dancers they might prefer to continue training much closer to home. Continue reading Training not travelling