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…
01/06/20

Ten Minutes with…Maya Inniss

Left: Maya performing in the DanceEast CAT End of Year Show 2019, in The History Of..by Sarah Blanc Right: Maya performing in the DanceEast CAT End of Year Show 2019, in Fierce and Free by Uchenna Dance Photos by Rachel Cherry   Maya is a current student with the DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training (CAT). We asked…
18/05/20

Reminiscing with… Mary Davies

Mary Davies teaching at DanceEast, photo by Rachel Cherry 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…
05/05/20

Body Talk – EncoreEast with Christopher Owen

Throughout Autumn 2019, our performance company EncoreEast were led by guest Dance Artist Christopher Owen. Over ten weekly sessions, the company worked with Christopher exploring movement and created Body Talk – which you can watch below! EncoreEast members, Anna and Jeanette, have shared their experience of working with Christopher on this project: “Each of us…
04/05/20

Ten Minutes With… Gary Avis MBE

Left: Gary as Prince Gremin in Onegin, photo by Peter Saunders Centre: Gary, photo by Andre Uspenski Right: Gary as Dr Coppelius in Coppelia, photo by Bill Cooper. Gary Avis MBE is a member of the Board at DanceEast and we wanted to find out more about his work life within The Royal Ballet, his other passions, and of course,…
14/04/20

Reminiscing with… Arthur Pita

STEPMOTHER/STEPFATHER, ARTHUR PITA. PHOTO BY AMBRA VERNUCCIO 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 artists…
24/03/20

A ray of light amidst the gloom: Experimental new contemporary dance works for under-fives selected for first Little Big Dance national tour

A small ray of light in the midst of a period of devastating news for the arts and cultural sector – two dance artists who have been creating experimental new contemporary dance works for and with under five-year-old children have been selected to take their ideas into production for a two- month national tour this Autumn.…
17/03/20

IMPORTANT UPDATE: The Jerwood DanceHouse is now closed until further notice

In line with new government advice to stop the spread of the coronavirus, we have made the very difficult decision to close the Jerwood DanceHouse in order to protect the health and wellbeing of our audiences, participants and staff. All public activity – including classes, workshops, performances and events will be cancelled until further notice.…
27/02/20

An Interview with Mark Bruce

  Intrepid jungle explorers, epic adventure, Egyptian gods, mummies, burning astronauts; Mark Bruce Company’s new show Return To Heaven sounds like an amalgam of all the great movies of the 70s and 80s brought to the stage. In fact, Mark cites diverse influences from Hammer Horror to Dawn of the Dead via David Lynch, David…
12/02/20

Hansel & Gretel – the classic fairy tale gets a dance makeover

Following on from the 2017-19 touring success of The Head Wrap Diaries, Uchenna Dance are back with a contemporary take on a classic fairy tale. Told from the children’s perspective, our two young heroes brave a big journey and find themselves lost in London, overwhelmed by the sights, sounds and smells. Separated from their kind…
10/02/20

Q&A with Botis Seva

We asked Botis some questions about his dance background, his company, his new work BLKDOG, and his hopes for the future…   Why did you start dancing and what inspired to you to start choreographing? I started dancing at the age of 15. At secondary school, I was lucky enough to have an active dance…
05/02/20

Sue Buckmaster tells us more about Akram Khan Company’s Chotto Xenos

Sue Buckmaster is the Director of Chotto Desh and Chotto Xenos, and told us more about the creation of the two works. In 2015 Akram Khan Company decided to do an experiment. They wanted to see if it would be possible to adapt one of Akram’s adult, solo pieces and turn it into a child-friendly performance…
04/02/20

Dangerous Pockets Project arrives at DanceEast

  The Dangerous Pockets Project is a Community Art Collaboration by Paula MacGregor MA. Paula read a poem called ‘Dangerous Coats’ by Sharon Owens, a light-hearted poem that caught her imagination, and so the Dangerous Pockets Project was born. She asked people to send her pockets they had made; she threaded them onto red cords…
18/12/19

2019 in review

DanceEast has had an extremely busy year celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Jerwood DanceHouse. We’ve already mentioned our top ten moments of 2019, which you can read by clicking here – but here are some more things we’re particularly proud of… SPRING In Spring we presented Host, which celebrated the artistry of the older…
18/12/19

Ten best bits of 2019

Christmas is around the corner and there are only two weeks left until we welcome in the New Year and a brand-new decade! Amidst the celebrations, we’re taking a moment to look back at the 10th Anniversary of the Jerwood DanceHouse and celebrate some of our best moments. Were you involved in any of them?…
03/12/19

Q & A with Arthur Pita

We asked Arthur Pita some questions about his upcoming work, Ten Sorry Tales, which will be premiered at DanceEast on Friday 13 December.         What can we expect from Ten Sorry Tales?   The tales are delightful, surreal, twisted and moving. We are telling them in different ways using different theatrical techniques. We…
31/10/19

An interview with Alexander Whitley

  We asked Alexander Whitley some questions about his company’s new work, Overflow, which premieres here at DanceEast Friday 8th November, with and additional performance Saturday 9th November.   Can you tell us a bit about Overflow and what the audience can expect from the performance? In making Overflow, I’ve drawn inspiration from a wealth of fascinating…
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