26/11/21

DANCEEAST LAUNCHES OPEN CALL FOR ASSOCIATE ARTISTS PROGRAMME

  DanceEast has a longstanding reputation for working closely with a range of dance artists and companies across the UK and beyond. Artists and professionals are at the heart of the organisation and DanceEast is committed to supporting the development of artistic practices. The DanceEast Associate Artists programme is one such bespoke way of working,…
12/11/21

DIDY VELDMAN talks about @HOME, on tour Autumn 2021

Photography by Foteini Christofilopoulou Your new touring show is called @HOME – what’s it about? The work questions what feeling ‘at home’ means and how rarely we find that safety and sense of belonging, especially in our global world. We pretend borders do not exist and at the same time defining our identity has become more…
25/10/21

MOVE | TALK | PRIDE

Earlier this year, DanceEast and The Hold came together to create MOVE | TALK | PRIDE. Inspired by the Pride in Suffolk’s Past exhibition at The Hold, the aim was to provide a safe virtual space for participants to explore their inner creativity and share their own own experiences as LGBT*QIA+ and queer people in Suffolk. Led by dance artist Stuart Waters,…
14/09/21

Soldiers in the Studio, Ten Minutes With Botis Seva

BLKDOG, Far From the Norm, photo by Camilla Greenwell 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 department and we regularly had guest choreographers teaching, such as Tony Adigun from…
10/08/21

STATELESS CHILDREN… 10 MINUTES WITH EMILIA RAMSAY

Emilia teaching children at the Rainbow School in Thailand via Zoom   My name is Emilia Ramsay and I am a final year student on the BA (Hons) Dance Degree at the University of Suffolk in partnership with DanceEast. I have been fortunate enough to have been exposed to many opportunities as a result and…
06/08/21

WHAT’S ON THIS AUGUST WITH DANCEEAST

Joseph Toonga’s Born to Protest | Photo by Harrison Dante   Here at DanceEast we have some exciting plans for this month, with plenty going on outside in the sunshine and at the Jerwood DanceHouse! If you’re looking for ways to occupy the kids or just want to see some great arts and culture then…
29/07/21

SUMMER SCHOOLS FOR AGES 4 – 11 YEARS

Photography by Rachel Cherry   This summer we have an exciting opportunity to join our Summer Schools for free. We have two sessions available, suitable for those in receipt of free school meals aged 4-7 years and 8-11 years. Our Summer Schools will be taking place Monday 9 – Friday 13 August, 9.00am – 1.00pm.…
28/07/21

DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training Graduates 2021

Ben, a 2021 Centre for Advanced Training Graduate – Photograph by Alicia Clarke   Many students at the DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) are with us for a significant number of years, spending weekends and evenings together forming friendships for life and honing their craft. As we approach the CAT End of Year Show…
20/07/21

DANCEEAST ANNOUNCES A NEW CHAIR OF BOARD AND APPOINTMENT OF TWO NEW TRUSTEES

Shreela Ghosh – DanceEast’s new Chair of the Board Photography by George Torode   After 11 years serving on the Board and 7 as Chair, Anthony Hilton is stepping down. At the same time, the organisation is delighted to welcome Shreela Ghosh, who takes over as Chair, joined by two new trustees, Margaret Holder and…
15/07/21

From our Friends: Alleyne Dance

Photo: A Night’s Game by Lidia Crisafulli, Arts & Movement Ltd Alleyne Dance is seeking strong, passionate, expressive dancers to cast in the Research & Development period and for our new production, Far From Home. They are looking for individuals from all genres, experiences and cultures who are comfortable in their skin and love to…
30/06/21

SAVE THE DATE: CHILDREN & THEIR GROWN UPS SHOWCASE

We are proud to be one of the national partners working with Pavilion Dance South West on their industry-focused CHILDREN & THEIR GROWN-UPS, taking place from Wednesday 29 September to Saturday 2 October this year. The dance-based showcase offers a UK-wide programme of discussion, live and livestreamed work and pitches.  Artists and companies will be invited to present…
30/06/21

A CROSSROADS BETWEEN THE DANCE AND QUEER COMMUNITIES… 10 MINUTES WITH ESTHER ALCOCK

Photography by Malcolm Tam   Esther Alcock is a new member of our team here at DanceEast and also volunteers with Suffolk Pride. We wanted to get her insight about the crossroads between the dance world and the queer community, and to find out more about her journey into dance. Hi Esther, thank you for…
16/06/21

Pride, dance and the future. Ten minutes with Stuart Waters

Photos by Rosie Powell   Stuart Waters is a dance artist who has worked with DanceEast on many projects and classes, as well as presenting his own work as part of our theatre programme. Most recently we’ve worked with Stuart on MOVE | TALK | PRIDE, which we talk more about in this interview. Stuart…
15/06/21

RETURN TO THE THEATRE IN AUTUMN 2021

BLKDOG, Far From the Norm. Photo by Camilla Greenwell. DanceEast will finally be able to welcome audiences back to its Studio Theatre in Autumn 2021 – with a staggering Season that, after over a year of closure, promises to be well worth the wait. DanceEast will showcase an exciting collection of truly brilliant artists and…
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…
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