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Matthew Morris. Digital Dance Lab 2013. Image © Le Clair Obscur

We provide a range of opportunities to support professional dancers, choreographers and teachers.

Experimental Encounters

Experimental Encounters is a new initiative developed by SED to enhance the understanding between our audiences and artists. We want to encourage dialogue between our local audiences and the artists we think are creating intriguing and experimental work. For this new project, South East Dance, along with partners Spring! Utrecht and Pilsen 2015 Pap-rna kulturní centrum have been awarded funding through the SPACE 2 Destinations programme, supported by Creative Europe.

The partners have selected German artist Julian Hetzel, currently based in Amsterdam to be our test pilot for this project. Hetzel will undertake a research residency for his new work Sculpting Fear. Hetzel will work with local people in each city who will act as 'audience ambassadors', through which conversation and sharing will take place about Hetzel's creative process. The Ambassadors will advocate within their communities on behalf of Hetzel and bring community members (those new to or have less experience of contemporary dance) to Hetzel's open sharing. The artist sharing will be live-streamed and followed by Ambassadors in other partners' cities. Finally, the performance work developed through the residences will be presented in each partner's city: Brighton, Utrecht, and Pilsen through spring and summer 2015.

The first residency will take place in Brighton from 26 November – 3 December 2014. Following that, there will be a residency in Pilsen in early 2015 and finally in Utrecht in spring 2015.

If you would like to find out more about Experimental Encounters or are interested in getting involved as an audience ambassador group please contact Madeleine Wilson:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Experimental Encounters is funded by the SPACE 2 Destinations programme.

Artists Consultation: What Do You Think?

We have held a number of artist consultation events across the region, listening to artists' thoughts about the support they need, and how best we might shape our Artist Development programme going forward. Thank you to all of you who attended and offered valuable contributions. Over the next couple of months we will be planning our next steps in direct response to what we've heard - watch this space! For the latest news regarding artist development opportunities, please be sure to sign up to our mailing list and tell us what you'd like to hear about.

The Associate Artists Programme provides a high level of support for artists with a proven track record of producing dance. Artists receive a financial and administrative package over a two year period, working in collaboration with a dedicated Creative Producer and an Administrator to develop and tour their work. Visit our Associate Artists page to find out more about the Associates past and present, including the new South East Dance Fellowship Scheme.

We have a varied programme of professional development opportunities for people who work in dance, from one off workshops and seminars to week long residencies. Please check the What's On > Professional Development section of our website for details of current workshops and other opportunities.

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South East Dance Commissions provide a small number of one-off cash bursaries for the creation and distribution of live or screen based work. These include Artists Leverage  to support early career artists and Creative Investmentwhich encourages a return on a one off investment made by South East Dance. From time to time we also offer larger commissions to artists with whom we intend to develop a longer term relationship and whose work clearly contributes to our strategic aims.

Made in Kent commissions support the creation of four new dance works through cash investments of £1000 and 2-4 week residencies at South East Dance Studios. In 2012, Made in Kent commissions were awarded to Yael Flexer and Nic Sandiland, Theo Clinkard, James Wilton and Ben Wright.

DanSCe Dialogues 2 is a two-year project, running until 2014, which will establish a cross-border partnership across eight centres to promote and support the work and growth of contemporary dance artists and companies. The partners are: L'ODIA Normandie (Rouen and Caen, Normandy); The Point (Eastleigh); South East Dance (Brighton and Hextable); Take Art (Somerset); Spectacle Vivant en Bretagne (Rennes, Bretagne), Le Triangle (Rennes, Bretagne); Le Centre Choregraphique National De Caen (Basse-Normandie); and Le Centre Choregraphique National Du Havre (Haute-Normandie). At the heart of DanSCe Dialogues 2 is the aim to stimulate artistic innovation and co-operation within the art form of contemporary dance, specifically between the UK and France.
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DanSCe Dialogues 2 is a cross-border co-operation Interreg IV A France (Channel) – England co financed by ERDF. Visit the DanSCe Dialogues 2 website for further details about the project and opportunities for artists: www.danscedialogues.eu

This scheme is designed for artists with two to three years of professional experience who are building relationships with organisations and venues to create and present their work. The deadline for applications for 2012-13 has now passed. Check back soon for details about the selected artists.

ChoreoLAB is a series of week long residencies to support selected artists or groups of artists in developing their choreographic practice. This year we will be working with Pavilion Dance South West and GDance to offer an Integrated ChoreoLAB in April, culminating in the Integrated Dance Summit on 16th and 17th May 2014 at Pavilion Dance.  We will also be working with Pavilion Dance South West to offer ChoreoLAB 3, a tailored programme of activity for one  British South Asian dance artist. Both labs offer artists the chance to experiment with ideas, test possibilities with a collaborator, further their work or research and receive feedback from mentors and creative producers. 

We are looking forwards to working with Kate Marsh, Noëmi Lakmaier and Mark Smith with their collaborators Welly O’Brien, Rachel Gomme, Anthony Snowden and Kevin Jewell at the Integrated Lab and Ash Mukherjee with collaborator Shelly Goldstein in ChoreoLAB 3.

ChoreoLAB 3, 2014 - British South Asian dance artists
Following on from ChoreoLAB 1 and 2, ChoreoLAB 3 will provide a tailored programme of activity and financial support for one, possibly two British South Asian dance artists. The focus will be on choreographic and artistic development, with mentors or creative producers from South East Dance and Pavilion Dance South West spending time with the artist in the studio and giving feedback on process, current work or research. In addition, it will be discussed how the work might be taken forward, where possible encouraging partnerships and relationships in the area where the artist is based. Each artist will receive a budget to cover fees, collaborators and expenses. 

Integrated ChoreoLAB, April 7-11th 2014
South East Dance, Pavilion Dance South West and GDance are working in partnership to deliver the first Integrated ChoreoLAB in April 2014, responding to the lack of development and choreographic opportunities for artists working in integrated dance. The LAB is an opportunity for three artists to experiment with ideas, test possibilities or develop new work for a week whilst providing a safe space to debate the needs/wants of the sector. We will also offer the opportunity for artists to bring in a collaborator/mentor of their choice to add value to their creative process. Creative producers from PDSW and SED will also spend time in the studio with the artists, giving feedback and advice on process, current work and research. Alongside an informal sharing at the end of the LAB week, the artists will get the opportunity to present up to 15 minutes of their work as part of the Integrated Dance Summit (16th and 17th May 2014 at Pavilion Dance) to an invited audience of venue promoters and programmers from across the country. In addition, discussions will take place with the artists about how they may develop opportunities for their work to move forwards, where possible encouraging partnerships and relationships in the area where that artist is based. Each artist will receive a budget to cover fees, collaborators and expenses.

Artist Advisories are one to one advice sessions with selected South East Dance staff. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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If you have a question about what we do for artists please view our frequently asked questions or contact us.

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