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Performances & Events


Hofesh Shechter Company: SunLive Performances / Events

3 May - 4 May

'Eye-poppingly packed with wit, energy and ambition’ **** The Telegraph

Perfection becomes warped and harmony gives way to a visceral depiction of antagonism and violence in Shechter’s disruptive new work. From the courtly idyll that sets the scene to the clean, sparce vision of a ‘perfect’ world, Shechter’s choreography embraces frenetic abandon and his signature understated intricacy in a work that confronts the pastoral horror of colonialism with a hint of sharp humour. An expanded company of 14 dancers is accompanied by an eclectic soundtrack that includes original music by Shechter himself.

This highly anticipated work opens Brighton Festival 2014 in the theatrical and thought-provoking style that has made the Israeli-born, Brighton-based Shechter one of the most compelling choreographers to have emerged in recent years.

Produced by Hofesh Shechter Company with generous support from Bruno Wang and The Columbia Foundation fund of the London Community Foundation. Sun is co-commissioned by Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival, Sadler’s Wells London, Melbourne Festival, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Théâtre de la Ville - Paris, Festspielhaus St Pölten (including a working residency), Berliner Festspiele - Foreign Affairs, Roma Europa, with coproduction support from Mercat de les Flors and the Theatre Royal Plymouth.

Sun DustLive Performances / Events

4 May

Hofesh Shechter gives a fascinating insight into his creative process and the crystallization of Sun in this afternoon event. Hosted by Josephine Burton of Dash Arts, the event includes performances by Hofesh Shechter Company of never before seen sections created for Sun that were lost to the cutting room floor during the creation process: a unique chance to experience some extraordinary unseen choreography.

PROBE: RUNNING ON EMPTYLive Performances / Events


6 May - 7 May

Running On Empty is the story of a man, a woman and their encounters over time. Absurd, humorous and sometimes devastating, it journeys from a woman’s loss through her struggle for a future and the emptiness she must overcome to survive. How long will she keep running?
Told through dance, text and song this intrepid new work brings together an extraordinary group of collaborators under the artistic direction of South East Dance Associate Artist Antonia Grove. Suitable for ages 14+.

Co-programmed in partnership with Brighton Festival.


4 – 16 February // Soho Theatre (London)
20 February // Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth
22 February // Merlin Theatre, Frome
28 February // Dance East, Ipswich
13 March // Dance City, Newcastle
14 March // Deda, Derby
19 March // Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury
11 April // MA scène nationale | Pays de Montbéliard, France

Supported by Arts Council England and commissioned by Pavilion Dance South West. Antonia Grove is Associate Artist at South East Dance and at the Merlin Theatre, Frome. Further support from The Point Eastleigh, Nightingale Theatre, Soho Theatre and Greenwich Dance.

Image by Matthew Andrews



10 May - 25 May

Fabrica Gallery in Brighton is presenting the work of artist Jacob Dahlgren in a visually striking, interactive exhibition which celebrates the mass-produced object. We are jointly commissioning dance artist Charles Linehan to respond to the exhibition with a series of choreographed public performances as part of Brighton Festival in May. 

Exhibition details at 

Public performance details:
Saturday 10 May: 3pm and 5pm (followed by meet the artist discussion at 6pm)
Sunday 25 May: 2pm and 4pm

In partnership with Fabrica with further support from Trinity Laban



10 May - 11 May

Brighton & Hove’s first contemporary dance company for people aged 60+ will perform the World Premiere of a brand new commissioned work choreographed for them by former Hofesh Shechter Company dancer James Finnemore. Changing perceptions, challenging expectations and championing the art of contemporary dance, the piece will be performed in amongst the hustle and bustle of Brighton Station.

Co-programmed in partnership with Brighton Festival.

Co-commissioned by South East Dance and Brighton Festival. Three Score Dance Company is supported by South East Dance in association with Brighton Dome with additional funding from Sport England.

  • £Free

William Forsythe in conversation with Hofesh ShechterLive Performances / Events

10 May

An inspiration to many, including our Guest Director, this is a special Festival encounter with one of the world’s foremost choreographers.

Acrojou: FranticLive Performances / Events

10 May

Love, freedom, blood, sweat and rain-storms: our relentless devotion to busyness and our quest to find tranquillity within it are pulled apart in the breathtakingly choreographed story of one man’s thirst for escape. This fusion of circus, dance and visual design creates a physically dynamic world, in which vibrant movement and arresting imagery provide the language of storytelling. In Frantic, this world is encompassed within the confines of a large German Wheel – a bubble in which dance transforms into aerial acrobatics and fleeting moments of rest, as the performers attempt to stop their frantic preoccupation and find stillness.

A film by Wim Vandekeybus: BlushLive Performances / Events

12 May

Alongside his work as a choreographer, Wim Vandekeybus is a bold film-maker noted for video adaptations of his stage works. This film, adapted from his 2004 performance, features music by David Eugene Edwards and Woven Hand and texts by the Flemish author Peter Verhelst. Swinging between Corsica’s sublime landscapes and Brussels’ slummiest depths, it explores the savage subconscious in dance sequences of attraction, confrontation and repulsion.

Still House: Ours Was the Fen CountryLive Performances / Events

12 May

Created by Dan Canham and the company
‘One of the most original talents around’ Independent

For two years Dan Canham captured conversations with people of East Anglian fens. Eel–catchers, horse–breeders and young farmers have all been interviewed. In this ethereal piece of documentary dance-theatre Dan and his team fuse movement and sound with the words and memories of their native collaborators to get to the heart of the fens – a beautiful, bleak and mysterious expanse of flat land.

Ours Was the Fen Country is a celebration of and eulogy to universal stories of rural communities that are fading from view; a poetic look at the inevitability of change from the voices of those who still know the old words.

‘Harsh, bleak and richly beautiful’ The Guardian

Ultima Vez (Brussels): Talk to the DemonLive Performances / Events

13 May - 14 May

UK Premiere
Directed and choregraphed by Wim Vandekeybus
‘ Vandekeybus’s dances combine startling and often extreme imagery with highly physical and dangerous-looking movement that is almost as exhausting for the audience to watch as it is for the dancers to perform’ Financial Times

Witches, magicians, demons. You find them in every culture, but they always signify something different.

An inspiration and collaborator of Guest Director Hofesh Shechter, choreographer Wim Vanderkeybus relishes taking his audiences of both his live and filmed works on a wild ride. Through tense and strident choreography that plays with light and dark, percussion and silence, he'll leave you with your heart racing.

Not afraid to face up to difficult topics, Talk to the Demon ponders the innocence of children and the multifaceted ways it is understood, presented and manipulated by society and the media in different cultures. As he probes notions of innocence and evil, Vandekeybus’s research into the witch-children of the Congo is just one of the starting points for a dance dissection of demons and demonising, ideals and idealising.

Co-programmed in partnership with South East Dance

COMPAGNIE UBI: GEMINUSLive Performances / Events


14 May - 4 June

Geminus is a visually and musically stimulating show, tailor-made for children aged 3-5 years and their families. This beautiful piece touches on themes of identity and reflection, curiosity, awkwardness, vitality and wonder. Dance, rhythm and object manipulation are at the heart of Geminus, combining gestures, sounds and mirrors to create a playful and intriguing dance piece.

Commissioned by South East Dance, in association with Take Art and Spectacle vivant en Bretagne as part of DanSCe Dialogues 2.

Image by Zoe Manders

Friday 16 May
Applause Rural Touring
St Barnabus Primary School, Quarry Rd, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 2EY

Tuesday 20 May (11am and 2pm)
Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre
School Road, Taunton, Somerset, TA2 8PD

Wednesday 21 May (10am and 1pm)
Yeovil College
Mudford Rd, Yeovil, Somerset BA21 4DR

Monday 2 June (9.30am)
Williams Hall
Dark Lane, Stoke St Gregory, Somerset, TA3 6EU

Monday 2 June (2pm)
Venue TBC

Tuesday 3 June (10.30am and 1.30pm)
Merlin Theatre
Bath Rd, Frome BA11 2HG

Wednesday 4 June (9.30am)
Knight's Templar School
Liddymore Road, Watchet TA23 0EX

Wednesday 4 June (2pm)
St Peters First School

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Morning After: Wim Vandekeybus In conversation with Hofesh ShechterLive Performances / Events

14 May

‘ Vandekeybus’s dances combine startling and often extreme imagery with highly physical and dangerous-looking movement that is almost as exhausting for the audience to watch as it is for the dancers to perform’ Financial Times

A special opportunity to hear from Wim Vandekeybus, director and choreographer of Talk to the Demon, in conversation with Guest Director Hofesh Shechter.

In Good Company 2014Live Performances / Events

14 May

 New work created by the dancers of Hofesh Shechter Company:

Brighton Festival Exclusive
'An evening of experiment and enterprise' The Guardian

Dancers become choreographers as members of Hofesh Shechter Company present their own works in the third edition of the Company's acclaimed dance programme. With carte blanche to explore their own ways of creating movement and dance, these six gifted artists provide a showcase for new ideas and new inspirations tailored to their own outstanding performing talent. It adds up to an intriguing mixed bill comprising a brand new short work by each dancer/choreographer.




15 May

Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s short story Lappin
and Lapinova.

On a night in a city a man and a woman meet, have sex and fall deeply in love. Each night the lovers slip away from their real lives and disappear into a world that exists only in their shared imagination. A world in which they are not their normal selves, but King of the Rabbits and Queen of the Hares. But what begins as a game soon becomes a battleground, and the couple hurtle towards a tragedy of the quietest, saddest and most ordinary type. Suitable for ages 14+.

Co-programmed in partnership with Brighton Festival.

Commissioned by Brighton Festival and The Place. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Additionally supported by South East Dance and CCN de Caen/Basse-Normandie through DanSCe Dialogues 2. Originally commissioned by the Almeida Festival. Ben Duke is a South East Dance Associate Artist, a Work Place Artist and former Place Prize winner (2011).

Image by Katherine Leedale

Charlotte Spencer Projects: Walking StoriesLive Performances / Events

17 May - 18 May

'Epic and intimate... a truly unique and beautifully crafted experience.' Audience Member

This event is fully booked but returns may be available nearer the time

You don't come to watch Walking Stories: you live it, breathe it, build and dismantle it. A walk in the park becomes an interactive and completely immersive audio journey in this innovative outdoor experience that removes you from the clutter of life.

Equipped with an mp3 player and a set of headphones, you'll embark on a journey: original music, text and sound design will guide you through a series of spontaneous interactions with your surroundings and your companions. Moving between watching, listening and following instructions, your perceptions of the landscape are enhanced.

This inclusive and inviting experience is suitable for all ages (7+) and all fitness levels.

Co-programmed in partnership with South East Dance. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and co-commissioned by Greenwich Dance, Patrons of Charlotte Spencer Projects, The Point and CCN Caen/Basse-Normandie through DanSCe Dialogues 2 funded by Interreg IVA. Further support from South East Dance, Stour Valley Arts and Le Pacifique|CDC - Grenoble.

Zoo (Brussels): Enhanced Dance to Disguised MusicLive Performances / Events

17 May - 18 May

Choreographed by Thomas Hauert
Performed by Mat Voorter
Nothing is normal here. Or rather: Everything is extraordinary! Dance as you've never seen it before. A piano as you've never heard it before. A performance that defies physical constraints.

Danse étoffée sur musique déguisée (Enhanced Dance to Disguised Music), created by the Brussels-based Swiss choreographer Thomas Hauert, is his first piece for younger audiences. Mat Voorter's performance is accompanied by John Cage's Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano. A prepared piano is a piano whose sound is altered by all sorts of objects placed between its strings: screws, pieces of plastic or an eraser.

With vigorous choreography, elemental music and strange balloon figures descending from above, this is weird and witty dance that stretches the limits of movement and unleashes the imagination. It's about metamorphosis and adaptation; about how the balloons, blankets and broomsticks that encase the dancer redefine physical reality, just as the objects with which the piano is 'prepared' create entirely new acoustic possibilities.

This is a rare opportunity to hear Cage's important piece performed live by Daan Vandewalle, unmissable for music fans and discerning young dance audiences alike.

COMPAGNIE UBI: GEMINUSLive Performances / Events


23 May - 24 May

Geminus is a visually and musically stimulating show, tailor-made for children aged 3-5 years and their families. This beautiful piece touches on themes of identity and reflection, curiosity, awkwardness, vitality and wonder. Dance, rhythm and object manipulation are at the heart of Geminus, combining gestures, sounds and mirrors to create a playful and intriguing dance piece.

Commissioned by South East Dance, in association with Take Art and Spectacle vivant en Bretagne as part of DanSCe Dialogues 2.

Image by Zoe Manders



24 May

As part of our DanSCe Dialogues 2 programme, we are delighted to welcome one of our French partners – the Centre Chorégraphique National in Caen, to our studios in Kent for a performance of the award-winning works Husaïs / Solstice (REMIX). Do join us for these performances followed by a discussion with the artists and members of the South East Dance programming team.

DanSCe Dialogues 2 is a cross-Channel cultural exchange project between eight arts organisations in southern England and northern France. Discover more at DanSCe Dialogues 2 is a cross-border co-operation funded by the Interreg IV A France (Channel) – England co-financed by ERDF.

SOLSTICE (REMIX). Héla Fattoumi/Eric Lamoureux. Image © Virginie Meigne

  • 7pm
  • £Free
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Tanzfuchs PRODUKTION (Cologne): Munch!Live Performances / Events

24 May - 25 May

Delicious Dance for under 4s

UK Premiere
Directed and choreographed by Barbara Fuchs
Most shows are for watching and listening. Not this one: it’s for sniffing, swallowing, nibbling, enjoying, digesting and, of course, munching. On the floor, the longest table cloth you’ve ever seen becomes a stage on which utensils and ingredients come to life right under your nose, animated by two dancers accompanied by a musician and a sound collage that sums up mealtimes in all their lip-smacking, tummy-rumbling, burping, slurping glory.

As the smells, sounds and tastes of cooking entice the senses, dancing plates, a wandering hiccup and chatty dishes make this a recipe for wonder and delight. Having enjoyed the preparation, the young audience will be able to sample some of the Belgian waffles made during the show. If only all mealtimes were this fun!

Les Slovaks (Brussels): Opening NightLive Performances / Events

25 May

Brighton Festival Exclusive
‘The stories these marvellous movers tell are ever mutable. Nothing definite is said. And yet something very certain and specific to time and place is communicated’ New York Times

Five friends. Five dancers. Five relationships that can fragment and reform each opening night. Opening Night is also our closing night, and a joyous way to bring this year’s Festival dance programme to an end. Les Slovaks is a dance collective made up of five Slovakian friends who, since regrouping in Brussels in 2006, have sought to find themselves again and redefine their relationship through moving and thinking collectively. Remembering what was then and taking pleasure from what is now, they use improvisation and spontaneity to create breathtaking choreography that combines charm, zest and humour.

As with all close friendships, with Les Slovaks little things mean a lot: gestures, glances and nuances are enough to unleash their physical creativity, allowing them to form and adapt their choreography in the moment. The result is a brand of movement rooted in shared experience and understanding. And with every performance created anew, each night is opening night.

Co-programmed in partnership with South East Dance

Breakin’ ConventionLive Performances / Events

27 May - 28 May

International Festival with Hip Hop Dance Theatre
We welcome dance in from the streets as the venue is transformed into a hip-hop festival of jaw-dropping performances by companies from around the world and around the corner. Hosted and curated by UK hip hop pioneer Jonzi D, Breakin’ Convention is more than just a show: DJs, dancers, demonstrations and workshops take over Brighton Dome’s spaces in the ultimate celebration of hip hop culture.

Alongside performances from local crews, Breakin’ Convention includes ILL-Abilities, an international b-boy company that challenges misconceptions about people with disabilities; Ukweli Roach, a founding member of UK’s BirdGang Dance Company and star of the film StreetDance 3D; and Wanted Posse, one of France’s leading crews. The perfect excuse for all ages to experience hip hop culture, Breakin’ Convention brings some of the best poppers, lockers, b-boys and street dancers on the planet to your doorstep. Take part in freestyle sessions with DJs in the Café- bar and workshops from top international artists such as Bright Soul - Brighton’s finest b-boys.

Co-programmed in partnership with South East Dance



20 June - 21 June

Following the success of his inaugural work Ordinary Courage, choreographer and designer Theo Clinkard returns with Of Land and Tongue. From nuanced dance that capitalises on the intimacy of the setting, to visceral physicality that rips across the floor at the audience’s feet, it is a breathtaking experience. Join us in the atmospheric setting of the Circus Street market for what will be an extraordinary evening.

Theo Clinkard is an Associate Artist at Dance4 and a Resident Artist at Greenwich Dance. Presented by South East Dance in partnership with Cathedral PLC.

Images by Zoe Manders

  • Performances at 7pm and 9pm
  • £10 / £7.50

KENT DANCING: FESTIVALLive Performances / Events


7 July - 13 July

South East Dance is delighted to present the second Kent Dancing festival, our flagship event for dance in Kent. The highlight of the festival will be Protein’s entertaining and unusual street show (In)visible Dancing. Performances and activity will be taking place in Canterbury and across Kent. Check back soon for full details.

Kent Dancing is co presented with Gulbenkian, University of Kent. Part of Big Dance 2014. Kent Dancing is supported in part by DanSCe Dialogues 2.

Image by Francesca Moseley

  • Various venues across Canterbury and Kent,

BIG DANCE 2014Live Performances / Events


12 July - 13 July

Big Dance is the UK’s largest festival of dance participation and performance. Since 2006, Big Dance has taken place in the UK every two years. Big Dance in 2014 includes the Big Dance Pledge on 16 May and Big Dance Weekend from 12-13 July. Visit to find out how you can get involved and get dancing.

‘Dance is about celebration, life and makes people happy, it keeps people well and it unites communities. That is what Big Dance does.
’ Big Dance South East England Partner ( 2012)

Image by Kathryn Evans

  • Venues across the South East,



18 July - 20 July

Award-winning choreographer and former South East Dance Fellow, Rosemary Lee has created Under The Vaulted Sky, inspired by Milton Keynes’ magical Cathedral of Trees. Performances follow a year-long residency and will feature 100 dancers with live music by Terry Mann. The audience will be invited to promenade, following the performance as it weaves around the atmospheric environment of the Cathedral. Planted more than 40 years ago, the Cathedral of Trees is situated on an ancient ley-line that runs through Central Milton Keynes. Part of IF: Milton Keynes International Festival (18 - 27 July).

Commissioned by The Stables for IF: 2014. Supported by an Exceptional Award from Arts Council England, Milton Keynes Council, The Parks Trust and South East Dance. Sponsored by the University of Bedfordshire.

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  • 5pm & 7.30pm on Friday 18 July 2pm, 4.30pm & 7pm on Saturday 19 July 2pm, 4.30pm & 7pm on Sunday 20 July
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