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…
22/10/19

RICHARD ALSTON DANCE COMPANY RETURN TO SNAPE MALTINGS FOR FINAL PERFORMANCE

Richard Alston Dance Company returns to Snape Maltings as part of the company’s farewell tour, which has been taking place across the UK.  After 25 years, the tour is providing the company’s loyal audiences with a last chance to see a live performance by what is undoubtedly one of the world’s best dance ensembles. Over…
04/10/19

CHOREOGRAPHER JONATHAN GODDARD AND DIRECTOR LILY MCLEISH PRESENT THE UK PREMIERE OF PLAYWRIGHT EVE LEIGH’S PLAY FOR DANCE, WHILE YOU ARE HERE.

  Following a recent and extended history of collaborating together at the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, Lily McLeish and Jonathan Goddard present While You Are Here, a compelling new play for dance written by Eve Leigh. In an exciting combination of dance, text and film, While You Are Here questions the connections,…
14/09/19

Outdoor dance call out!

Stomping Ground Commission Stomping Ground is seeking proposals for a bold and original dance work made for outdoor spaces for presentation in either summer 2020 or 2021.   Stomping Ground is a commissioning group comprised of The Place, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, DanceEast and DanceXchange.  We are interested in supporting compelling ideas that are visually striking…
21/02/19

DANCEEAST ASSOCIATE ARTIST PREMIERES NEW HIP HOP DANCE PERFORMANCE ABOUT IDENTITY AND MENTAL HEALTH

  Born to Manifest is a powerful new hip hop dance double bill that illuminates the experience of young black British men. After the success of Daughter, Daughter in 2018, DanceEast are looking forward to premiering Born to Manifest at the Jerwood DanceHouse on Friday 4 October, 7.30pm. Joseph Toonga aims to bring to light…
21/02/19

DANCEEAST PARTNER WITH GLASS HOUSE DANCE AND LOWESTOFT MUSEUM FOR LOWESTOFT DANCEMAP PERFORMANCE Copy

  Glass House Dance and members of the local community will come together on Saturday 15 June to unearth stories from exhibitions of Lowestoft Museum and share them through dance. DanceEast and Glass House Dance have worked with a number of groups over the last few months including an open call group, Clock Work Dance…
21/02/19

Major new national dance programme launched to create a new blueprint for working with pre-school children

Press release 23 July, 2019   Applications now open for Little Big Dance: offering four dance artists specialist support to develop high quality touring dance work with and for under five year olds – an age group historically overlooked and undervalued in the arts.   Little Big Dance is a major three-year national initiative created…
21/02/19

DANCEEAST CELEBRATE TEN YEARS OF THE JERWOOD DANCEHOUSE WITH COMMUNITY DANCE PERFORMANCE

  House to Home will be an exciting performance featuring over 100 community dancers. It will be inspired by the story of how the Jerwood DanceHouse has been and will be a home to so many.   The event will follow a documentary style including live dance performances from DanceEast’s performance companies, as well as…
21/02/19

DANCEEAST WELCOME TAP DANCE GROUP, OLD KENT ROAD TO THE JERWOOD DANCEHOUSE

  OSCiLLATE is a ground-breaking tap dance experience choreographed by Avalon Rathgeb and Dre Torres that explores human interaction and the effects of miscommunication in relationships. OSCiLLATE is influenced by original electronic dance music and its coordination between light and sound. The piece reveals an eclectic group of individuals who display a range of human…
21/02/19

STUART WATERS AND PULSE FESTIVAL PRESENT COMPELLING PERFORMANCE AT DANCEEAST

  ROCKBOTTOM is a personal piece that explores one man’s journey into and out of the deep end of human existence. The performance which comprises themes of mental health and addiction, aims to ignite discussion, challenge preconceptions and invite reflection. Stuart Waters tells the tale of how he hit his own ‘Rockbottom’ through physical choreography…
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