12/06/21

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF DANCEEAST, BRENDAN KEANEY, HAS BEEN AWARDED THE OBE FOR SERVICES TO DANCE

DanceEast is delighted to announce that its Artistic Director and Chief Executive, Brendan Keaney has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, 2021 and awarded the OBE for Services to Dance. The honour is acknowledgement of both Brendan’s contributions to the cultural sector and his support of DanceEast’s work in the community as a…
21/05/21

AFTER A SUCCESSFUL PILOT PROJECT DANCEEAST LAUNCH A NEW PROGRAMME TO SUPPORT RESIDENTS AND CARE STAFF IN LOCAL CARE HOMES

As part of Dementia Action Week DanceEast announce they have been awarded funding to rollout their project, Dance from Home, funded by the Suffolk County Council’s Fairer Health and Wellbeing Project Fund. This will provide the residents of three care homes; Sherrington House (Ipswich), Prince George House (Ipswich), and Cedrus House (Stowmarket) the opportunity to…
20/05/21

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? | EMMA NOVAK

Emma Novak is a University of Suffolk (UOS) BA Hons Dance alumni, and as part of #DAW2021 we caught up with her to talk about her experience and what she’s up to now.   Hi Emma, thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us today. Can you start by telling us…
20/05/21

DANCE FROM HOME | SHERRINGTON HOUSE CARE HOME

Dance From Home | Peggy and Marjorie | Sherrington House Care Home We have all heard on the news about how the COVID-19 pandemic has caused heartbreak for care homes across the country. Sherrington House in Ipswich provides residential care and has specialist registration for those living with dementia. The home was not an exception to the events of the past year and residents living with dementia were…
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14/05/21

5 things you should know about the DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training

Photo by Rachel Cherry   Kate Durrant has been teaching at the DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) for 10 years, so who better to ask for inside knowledge? Read on to find out 5 things you should know about the DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training. The deadline to join the CAT is just around…
19/04/21

An Update from Brendan Keaney

Dear Friends, Without a doubt it has been a challenging 12 months, however, I hope you share the sense that things are about to start improving significantly. On the subject of things improving, I am delighted to announce that DanceEast have been awarded £334,000 from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Arts-Based Learning Fund. This four-year funding…
06/04/21

DANCEEAST RECEIVE FUNDING FROM PAUL HAMLYN FOUNDATION TO EXPLORE EXCITING NEW DIGITAL TERRITORY IN SCHOOLS

Photo by David Parry DanceEast are delighted to announce that we’ve been awarded a grant of £334,000 from Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Arts-Based Learning Fund to support the development of an innovative digital teaching model – using technology to bring exciting learning concepts to life through dance. It is one of our ambitions to transform dance…
08/03/21

Ten Minutes With… Takeshi Matsumoto

Photo by Sophie Stanford   We recently caught up with Takeshi Matsumoto over zoom, who we’ve been working with for a few years now on projects such as Little Big Dance, he also teaches on our BA (Hons) Dance degree. Takeshi creates imaginative performances for children, and we wanted to find out more about his background…
19/02/21

Dickson Mbi and Farooq Chaudhry tell us more about Enowate and what’s next.

“The creative process is as much about destruction as it is about creation.” – Farooq Chaudhry In an alternate universe, Dickson Mbi would have been premiering Enowate at the Jerwood DanceHouse on Friday 19 February. As we’re still unable to open to the public and host performances in our theatre, we wanted to commemorate what…
08/02/21

Ten Minutes With… Bar Groisman

Bar Groisman by Patrik Palm   Bar Groisman is a dancer, choreographer, and writer, based in Cambridge. We first met Bar as a student on our very own DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training (CAT). We wanted to find out more about her work, dancing digitally, and about any favourite projects that she’s been involved in. …
18/12/20

2020 HIGHLIGHTS

Last year we celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Jerwood DanceHouse and we were ready to start 2020 with some exciting new adventures. Although a lot of things didn’t happen quite as we planned, we’re determined to show you that despite the challenges of this year, so many things happened that are definitely worth celebrating…
07/12/20

Ten Minutes With… Rikkai Scott

Rikkai Scott by Luke Das   Rikkai Scott is an independent dance artist and dance theatre maker, and he also teaches our Hip Hop classes here at DanceEast. We asked Rikkai what his favourite things about his jobs are, how he progressed to where he is now, and what it’s been like to teach classes…
30/11/20

DANCEEAST RECEIVE FUNDING FROM JERWOOD FOUNDATION

Photo of Solstice, choreographed by Kwesi Johnson. Dancer Rikkai Scott. Photo by Chris Nash. DanceEast is delighted to have been awarded a grant of £60,000 from Jerwood Foundation in support of work to future proof the iconic Jerwood DanceHouse on Ipswich waterfront, through the creation of a digital suite. The funding will secure the organisation’s…
18/11/20

Ten Minutes With… Lucy Bayliss

Lucy Bayliss, photo by hmdigiart    Lucy Bayliss is Head of Creative Programmes here at DanceEast. Earlier this year, we asked Lucy more about her job, how she progressed to where she is now in her career, and what it means to be a Clore Fellow. Hi Lucy, introduce yourself! Hello! I’m Lucy and I…
20/10/20

Catching up with… Dickson MBI

Photo by Woon-Shik Lee At the beginning of 2020, Dickson Mbi previewed his new work Enowate at the Jerwood DanceHouse to a sold-out audience, he then gave a down to earth post show talk which made our audiences love him even more. We hope to have Dickson back in the theatre soon but, in the meantime, we wanted to…
13/10/20

Catching Up With… Alleyne Dance

Photo by Koonépics Alleyne Dance, founded by sisters Kristina and Sadé Alleyne, last visited the Jerwood DanceHouse to perform A Night’s Game in 2019, leaving our audiences amazed and impressed by their strong and powerful performance. Their choreographic aesthetic reflects their diverse background as both athletes and trained dancers – blending Afro-Caribbean, Hip Hop, Kathak…
12/10/20

DanceEast receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund

DanceEast has been awarded £73,080 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) grants announced today by the Culture Secretary – this will be a vital lifeline to help the organisation face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and ensure a sustainable future. DanceEast is delighted to be one of 1,385 cultural…
05/10/20

Ten Minutes With… Luca Braccia

Luca in the Fuora Dance Project, photo by Michal Nawrocki   Luca Braccia is a performer, choreographer, teacher, and founder and artistic director of BARBERDANCE / lucabraccia&Co. He also teaches on the University of Suffolk BA (Hons) Dance course. We asked Luca what his favourite things about his jobs are, what it was like to teach…
21/09/20

An update from DanceEast’s Artistic Director and Chief Executive

Dear friends, I hope you have been keeping well and are coping with the everchanging set of circumstances. It was back in May when I wrote to you last and a lot has happened in that time so, I thought I’d write to update you regarding DanceEast’s current position. Once again I must start by…
07/09/20

Ten Minutes With… Vasanthi Argouin

Photo by Georgie Weedon.   Vasanthi Argouin is an independent producer and is also currently working with us here at DanceEast as a Programme Manager. At the beginning of lockdown, we asked Vasanthi what her favourite thing about her job is, what’s on her lockdown playlist, and about any performances she’s seen that have affected…
23/08/20

Ten Minutes With… Lee Griffiths

Photo by Camilla Greenwell   Lee Griffiths is a producer within the arts industry. She first visited the Jerwood DanceHouse earlier this year with Botis Seva and Far From the Norm for their performance of BLKDOG. At the beginning of lockdown, we asked Lee what her job entails, what she’s passionate about, and what’s keeping…
09/08/20

Ten Minutes With… Botis Seva

Photo by Camilla Greenwell   Botis Seva is the Artistic Director for his company Far From The Norm. Botis first came to the Jerwood DanceHouse as the Guest Artistic Director for the National Youth Dance Company (NYDC), and returned earlier this year in our spring season, this time bringing his company Far From The Norm…
06/08/20

Let’s Talk About… Going Digital

Let’s Talk About… is our series of zoom meet ups – facilitating and enabling Arts and Culture professionals to share their thoughts, feelings and questions regarding the sectors’ current state and future. On Thursday 9 July, our topic was Going Digital and we wanted to share the discussion with you. Please bear in mind, this…
31/07/20

DANCEEAST ANNOUNCE PLANS TO EXPAND THEIR DIGITIAL OFFER WITH TWO EXCITING DIGITAL DEVELOPMENTS FOR 2020

It was announced on Thursday 30 July that DanceEast will be one of the organisations that will directly benefit from the exciting new funding package from Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) via the 5G Create competition, working in partnership with BT’s Innovation Centre in Martlesham. This will see the development and application…
28/07/20

DanceEast CAT Graduates 2020

The Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) is like a family. It’s no wonder the dancers have such a strong bond, working together multiple times a week for so many years, developing technique and creating performances. This makes it especially difficult to say goodbye to the graduates. We wanted to hear from this year’s leavers to…
13/07/20

Ten Minutes With… James Muller

James Muller teaching the DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training Ballet class, photo by Rachel Cherry. In the lead up to CAT Week 2020, we wanted to find out more about our Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) tutor, James Muller. We talked about the challenges of being a dance tutor, teaching online classes and Doctor Who……
30/06/20

Let’s Talk About… What are the conversations and who should be having them?

On Thursday 11 June, we hosted our first Let’s Talk About… virtual meet up over zoom – facilitating and enabling local Arts and Culture professionals to share their thoughts, feelings and questions regarding the sectors’ current state and future. Our topic of discussion was ‘What are the conversations and who should be having them?’. With…
29/06/20

Ten Minutes With… Kaia Goodenough

Kaia performing with The Yonis at an event she curated – Extinction Underground at The Vaults, photo by Neeq Serene.  Kaia Goodenough is DanceEast’s first Junior Associate Artist. Kaia trained with the DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) before going on to further her training at London Studio Centre, graduating in 2016 with Intoto Dance…
16/06/20

Black Lives Matter

It has been very difficult to know how best to respond to the shocking event in America and the inspiring Global reaction that followed. We have been using this time to reflect as we are critically aware that we need to take responsibility for our actions and indeed, any lack of action in the past.…
12/06/20

Reminiscing with… Valerie Irwin

Construction of the Jerwood DanceHouse by Valerie Irwin. LAST YEAR WE CELEBRATED OUR 10TH ANNIVERSARY IN THE JERWOOD DANCEHOUSE, AND IT’S SAFE TO SAY WE ARE MISSING WORKING AND DANCING TOGETHER IN THE BEAUTIFUL BUILDING ON THE WATERFRONT. NATURALLY, WE’VE BEEN REMINISCING AND WANTED TO SHARE SOME INTERVIEWS YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE SEEN BEFORE WITH…
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