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…
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…
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