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NEW MOVEMENT COLLECTIVE: CASTING TRACESLive Performances / Events

NEW MOVEMENT COLLECTIVE: CASTING TRACES

28 August - 30 August

Inspired by Paul Auster’s seminal novel, The New York Trilogy, this promenade performance invites the audience into a unique dance experience set within a paper labyrinth at Circus Street Market.

Dance, architecture, film and specially commissioned music meet to create a world of illusion, mystery and shadow play, where nothing is as it seems.

Touching on popular themes of detective novels and modern issues of ever-present surveillance, the audience becomes involved in the performance, influencing the transformation of their surroundings.


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Image: Casting Traces. Dancers: Patricia Okenwa, Joe Walkling & Renaud Wiser. Image © Ignius Pupinis.

This event has been made possible with support from Arts Council England, Cathedral Group (Holdings) Ltd and McLaren, Richard Thomas Foundation and The Marina Kleinwort Trust. Commissioned by Will Alsop and co-commissioned by InTRANSIT Festival and Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea 2014.

BLACK DANCE ARCHIVES PROJECT: EXHIBITIONLive Performances / Events

BLACK DANCE ARCHIVES PROJECT: EXHIBITION

11 September - 8 October

Celebrating the contribution made by Black dance artists to dance development in the UK.

This unique project is led by Deborah Baddoo MBE, Artistic Director of State of Emergency. It catalogues archive collections from 28 celebrated individuals and organisations from the 1960s to 2000s.

A 2-year programme of dynamic participatory activity will animate the archive and a brand new website, will ensure that it becomes available for all to experience and enjoy.

Dance for Life: State of Emergency Productions (1991). Image © David Corio.

The Black Dance Archives project is managed and delivered by STATEOFtrust. Made possible with generous support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.


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  • £FREE
  • South East Dance Studios, 39 Egerton Avenue, Hextable, BR8 7LG
  • 01322 618618

FLEXER & SANDILAND: GRAVITY SHIFTLive Performances / Events

FLEXER & SANDILAND: GRAVITY SHIFT

22 September - 26 September

Gravity Shift is a video installation that looks at how we might read gravity through witnessing another body. It aims to decentre the viewer’s relationship to the installation through presentation of a dancer whose movement is affected by a moving pull of gravity.

Image: Gravity Shift: Flexer and Sandiland. Image © Nic Sandiland.

Co-programmed in partnership with Brighton Dome. Supported by CueSim, Lansdown Centre for Electronic Art, Staffordshire University and Arts Council England.


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  • For opening times please visit the venue website
  • £FREE
  • Brighton Dome Founders Room, Brighton, BN1 1UD
  • 01273 709709
  • brightondome.org

FRÉDÉRIC DESLIAS / LE CLAIR OBSCUR: GØL4M [PREVIEW]Live Performances / Events

FRÉDÉRIC DESLIAS / LE CLAIR OBSCUR: GØL4M [PREVIEW]

23 September

A pioneering work in the final stages of development. Visionary French artist Frédéric Deslias and his company collaborate with UK choreographer Matthew Morris to create a disconcerting solo. GøL4M: a hybrid form of Man where the digital body meets the physical being – and comes to life...

Frédéric will lead a discussion after each performance.

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

Co-programmed in partnership with Brighton Dome. Supported by ODIA Normandie, Région Basse-Normandie, Conseil Général du Calvados, Ville de Caen, CDN Haute-Normandie, Ménagerie de Verre, Ateliers Intermédiaires, South East Dance, DanSCe Dialogues 2.


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  • 1.30pm, 6pm & 8.30pm
  • £6
  • Brighton Dome Corn Exchange, Brighton, BN1 1UD
  • 01273 709709
  • brightondome.org

DANCE ON SCREEN: PAST, PRESENT, FUTURELive Performances / Events

DANCE ON SCREEN: PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE

23 September

Join us for the culmination of South East Dance and British Council’s Forward Motion project. The five year project saw pioneering UK dance and film makers featured in an expertly curated collection of seminal British screen dance. Tonight’s event features the first screening of the documentary tracing this journey of dance on film.

Prior to GøL4M in the Corn Exchange at 8.30pm

Still from boy: A film by Rosemary Lee & Peter Anderson.

Co-programmed in partnership with Brighton Dome. Forward Motion was co-produced by British Council and South East Dance and supported by Arts Council England.


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  • 7.45pm for 8pm screening
  • £FREE
  • Brighton Dome Café-bar, Brighton, BN1 1UD
  • 01273 709709
  • brightondome.org

DANCE DOUBLE BILLLive Performances / Events

DANCE DOUBLE BILL

25 September

Cutting-edge work by two artists with distinctly different perspectives - exploring the creative collisions between dance and digital technology.

CASSON & FRIENDS: FIEND


Nijinsky’s fabled dance solo L’après midi d’un faun (Afternoon of a Faun) is the starting point for this exploration of how we see and how we are seen in today’s digital world. A collaboration between dance artist Tim Casson and video technician Tom Butterworth, Fiend uses live video to enable the dancer to interact with multiple versions of himself as he searches for connections in his virtual world.


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Dance and data collide in an experimental collaboration with Battle Abbey students that derives its movements from computer science theory. Aiming for a perfect fusion of art and technology, this unique visualisation creates images triggered by dancers’ data, wearable technology and the choreography itself, using ballet to break down the theories and concepts that underpin computer science.


A collaboration between dance students and computer science students at Battle Abbey School.


Image: Fiend: Casson & Friends. Image © Alisa Boanta.

Co-programmed in partnership with Brighton Dome.
[arra]stre: supported by Arts Council England and Google.
Fiend: Supported by dancedigital & University of Bedfordshire, Greenwich Dance, Jasmin Vardimon Company and Arts Council England.

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  • 7.30pm
  • £10/£7.50 concessions
  • Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, Brighton, BN1 1UD
  • 01273 709709
  • brightondome.org

ALEXANDER WHITLEY DANCE COMPANY: THE MEASURES TAKENLive Performances / Events

ALEXANDER WHITLEY DANCE COMPANY: THE MEASURES TAKEN

26 September

Leading new British choreographer, South Bank Award nominee 2014 and Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associate, Alexander Whitley presents The Measures Taken, commissioned by The Royal Opera House in collaboration with digital artists Marshmallow Laser Feast.

“When we look to technology to deliver us from accidents, from choice and even from mortality we are asking from it something it cannot give: a deliverance from the conditions that make us human. We are seeking from technology...salvation from ourselves.” John Gray

Visually striking and kinetically charged, The Measures Taken explores our interdependent relationship with technology. With the choreographic process rooted in the digital collaboration,
the work is both a dialogue and a duet between human movement and the digital world.

The Measures Taken: Alexander Whitley. Image © Simon Annand.

Supported by: the Royal Opera House, Arts Council England, Sadler’s Wells, Dancers Career Development Fund, Clay Paky, Quercus Trust, Dance East, Charles Glanville, the GDA/Trinity Laban Partnership, The Old Market, South East Dance, artsdepot, ResCen Middlesex University, Queen Mary University of London, Jerwood Space and the Jerwood Choreographic Research Project.


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  • 7.30pm
  • £12 / £10 concessions
  • The Old Market, Hove, BN3 1AS
  • 01273 201801
  • theoldmarket.com

DANCE TOURING PARTNERSHIP PRESENTS BOY BLUE ENTERTAINMENT IN: THE FIVE & THE PROPHECY OF PRANALive Performances / Events

DANCE TOURING PARTNERSHIP PRESENTS BOY BLUE ENTERTAINMENT IN: THE FIVE & THE PROPHECY OF PRANA

7 October - 8 October

Five young troublemakers are drawn into a power struggle that has divided a secret group of warriors. Given a chance to redeem themselves and to restore peace, their action-packed adventure becomes a celebration of camaraderie and the triumph of the human spirit.
Set in modern Tokyo, The Five & the Prophecy of Prana sees dazzling visuals frame a dynamic fusion of hip-hop and martial arts in an explosive tribute to manga – Japan’s popular graphic novel form.

Kenrick ‘H20’ Sandy and Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante, the Olivier award-winning team behind Pied Piper and choreographer and composer for the film Streetdance 3D, have worked with the monks from the Shaolin Temple Warrior School, Japanese manga artist Akio Tanaka, and award winning video animation studio Yeast Culture, to create this electrifying show.
Followed by a post-show discussion with the Company on Tuesday 7 October only.

“Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy’s choreography… flows like water, one minute silky smooth, the next fast and furious, b-boying, tutting and krumping, and requires little narrative, but narrative there is.”
British Theatre Guide

“A mash-up of superhero comics, Japanese manga and kung fu movies. Hip-hop and fighting moves mesh wonderfully.”
The Independent

The Five & the Prophecy of Prana: Boy Blue Entertainment. Image © Hugo Glendinning.

Co-programmed in partnership with Brighton Dome. Production co-commissioned by the Barbican, London and Derry-Londonderry UK City of Culture. Produced by Boy Blue Entertainment. Co-produced by the Barbican and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg. Additional support from The Great British Sasakawa Foundation and Laban Theatre, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance. Original creation and UK tour supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Arts Council Wales.


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  • 7.30pm
  • £10 - £17.50 Under 16s half price, under 26s £10, family ticket (best seats) £45
  • Brighton Dome Concert Hall, Brighton, BN1 1UD
  • 01273 709709
  • brightondome.org

CURIOUS SEED IN ASSOCIATION WITH MOKO DANCE PRESENT: CHALK ABOUTLive Performances / Events

CURIOUS SEED IN ASSOCIATION WITH MOKO DANCE PRESENT: CHALK ABOUT

28 October

Chalk About is a show for families which is a playful, funny and sometimes moving look at how we see ourselves and others, featuring dance, chat and one perfect scene containing everything you could wish for…

Join Christine and Hendrik on their journey as they find answers to some big questions about identity and the meaning of life. What makes us who we are? Is it where we are from? Is it the way we move, or how we talk? Our pasts or our futures? Or is it about the way we dance?

“Brave, honest and delightful … full of a rich sense of the joy of human difference.”
The Scotsman

A fun-filled programme of MOKO Dance family activities will be available one hour before the show.

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Chalk About: Curious Seed. Image © eoin carey.

Co-programmed in partnership with Brighton Dome. Chalk About was commissioned by Imaginate, supported through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund. Produced by Catalyst Dance Management and co-produced in association with Tanzhaus NRW [Dusseldorf] and The Work Room [Glasgow]. Supported by Fresh Tracks Europe and Artspace.


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  • 1.30pm & 4pm
  • ££7 / £5 concessions, £22 family ticket
  • Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, Brighton, BN1 1UD
  • 01273 709709
  • brightondome.org

THE URBAN PLAYGROUND: MICRO CHOREOGRAPHY WORKSHOPLive Performances / Events

THE URBAN PLAYGROUND: MICRO CHOREOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

29 October - 31 October

Take part in a 3-hour workshop with The Urban Playground team to learn the fundamentals of performance parkour and then create short choreographies for presentation alongside Steam on Friday 31 October.

To find out more or to apply for this opportunity, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it explaining why you wish to take part and confirming you are available to attend the stated days.

Urban Playground. Inner City. Image © Zoe Manders.

This event has been made possible with support from Cathedral Group (Holdings) Ltd and McLaren.
  • Wednesday 2-5pm or Thursday 2-5pm Performances: Friday 12pm & 3pm
  • £FREE
  • CIRCUS STREET MARKET, Brighton, BN2 9QF
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THE URBAN PLAYGROUND: STEAM [WORK-IN-PROGRESS]Live Performances / Events

THE URBAN PLAYGROUND: STEAM [WORK-IN-PROGRESS]

31 October

Urban explorers enter an empty industrial space and beneath canvas tarps discover the skeletal remains of a machine that changed the world. Captivated, they open a furnace and shovel coal on the fires of the past. An elegant model of efficient motion, it is monstrously utilitarian and gracefully refined. In the ghostly light of the hungry engine images of epic journeys appear. Engineers and drivers, station guards and porters hurry back to work at the sound of a whistle blast; and the passengers, the passengers begin to dance…

From revolutionary Russia to Buster Keaton’s Old West and from the Europe of Holmes and Poirot to the futuristic Asia of a James Bond movie, this train will take you on journey you’ll never forget.

This work-in-progress showing will be accompanied by two ‘Micro-Choreographies’ performed by local participants.

Urban Playground. Inner City. Image © Zoe Manders.

Co-commissioned by South East Dance and Pavilion Dance South West. This event has been made possible with support from Cathedral Group (Holdings) Ltd and McLaren.


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SCRATCH NIGHT: A BRIGHTON DANCE NETWORK EVENTLive Performances / Events

6 November

An evening of new contemporary dance performances by local dance artists. An exciting mixed bill of works-in-progress open to everyone: turn up, watch and enjoy the atmosphere and conversations over a drink.

Brighton Dance Network is an open network of dancers, choreographers, teachers and creative producers. It supports weekly professional classes, regular master class workshops, sharing events, discussion platforms and other opportunities to connect face to face – all facilitating and expanding the dance scene in Brighton.

Co-programmed in partnership with Brighton Dome. Brighton Dance Network have received invaluable support from South East Dance & Brighton Dome
to make this event happen.
  • 8pm
  • £5
  • Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, Brighton, BN1 1UD
  • 01273 709709
  • brightondome.org

FACE TO FACE: CONFERENCELive Performances / Events

FACE TO FACE: CONFERENCE

7 November

Face to Face, the biennial conference for the dance sector, provides a space for all those working in dance to share ideas, opportunities, working practices and challenges, and foster a sense of community through face to face conversation. Join peers, colleagues and potential partners, and contribute to the development of a connected and flourishing dance sector.

This year Face to Face will be facilitated by Improbable Theatre using open space.

Image: Connect Conference 2013. Image © Pari Naderi.

Supported and delivered by the Dance Strategy Group with additional support from Pavilion Dance South West.

JASMIN VARDIMON COMPANY: PARKLive Performances / Events

JASMIN VARDIMON COMPANY: PARK

21 November

Park is an urban oasis, a place of refuge from ordinary life where characters play, fight, fall in love and learn to survive. Their stories intertwine creating a modern day fairytale that is alternately sharp, funny and cruel.

A breathtaking collision of acute physical theatre, text, athletic dance and funky music.

Post-show discussion with Jasmin Vardimon.

Park: Jasmin Vardimon Company. Image © Ben Harries.

Co-programmed in partnership with Brighton Dome.


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  • 7.30pm
  • £10 - £18.50, Under 26s £10
  • Brighton Dome Concert Hall, Brighton, BN1 1UD
  • 01273 709709
  • brightondome.org

HETAIN PATEL: AMERICAN BOYLive Performances / Events

HETAIN PATEL: AMERICAN BOY

26 November

How much do movies influence us?

Delving into American movie and homegrown TV culture, visual artist and performer Hetain Patel once again takes to the stage in his highly anticipated first solo show.

With a personal and humorous take on identity shape-shifting, he shakes up our conception of who we are.

Through a playful synthesis of vocal and physical imitations, he conjures up film characters from his playground days: see Agent Smith from the Matrix get physical with Spider-Man whilst Eddie Murphy argues with Michael Caine.

American Boy follows Hetain’s international success with the TED Talk version of his stage work Be Like Water, recently reaching over 2 million views.
Followed by a post-show discussion with Hetain Patel.

“Patel is as much entertainer as performance conceptualist… a smooth quick-change artist capable of morphing between accents and characters with engagingly comic ease.”
The Times

American Boy: Hetain Patel. Image © Hetain Patel.

Co-programmed in partnership with Brighton Dome. Co-produced and commissioned by Sadler’s Wells, London. Co-produced by BDE London 2012 Consortium. Development supported by Mercy, Liverpool, and Penned in the Margins, London. American Boy is supported with public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Hetain is a Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associate and a Live at LICA supported artist.

  • 8pm
  • £12 / £10 concessions
  • Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, Brighton, BN1 1UD
  • 01273 709709
  • brightondome.org

THREE SCORE DANCE COMPANY: WINTER FESTIVALLive Performances / Events

THREE SCORE DANCE COMPANY: WINTER FESTIVAL

30 November

Three Score Dance Company is three years old.

It was created to offer contemporary dance opportunities for women and men aged 60+. The Company commissions work that engages, entertains and captures the imagination; delivering performances that change perceptions, challenge expectations and champion the art form of contemporary dance.

Come to Three Score’s Winter Festival to celebrate these first three years. There will be a rich mixture of dance companies, some with experience and some newly formed – the only connection being that all dancers will all be over the age of 55.

Plans: Three Score Dance Company. Image © Victor Frankowksi.

Co-programmed in partnership with Brighton Dome. Three Score Dance Company is supported by South East Dance in association with Brighton Dome with additional funding from Sport England.
  • 4pm
  • £5
  • Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, Brighton, BN1 1UD
  • 01273 709709
  • brightondome.org

MARK BRUCE COMPANY: DRACULALive Performances / Events

MARK BRUCE COMPANY: DRACULA

2 December - 4 December

Mark Bruce’s company of ten exceptional dancers bring Bram Stoker’s haunting, erotic tale to life in a heart wrenching and magical dance theatre production. With an eclectic mix of music from Bach and Mozart to Ligeti and Fred Frith, Bruce explores choreographic styles ranging from the subtlety of classical etiquette to visceral contemporary dance.

Jonathan Goddard plays the infamous Vampire Count, whose sinister and ruthless ambitions challenge the very fabric of Victorian society. As his victims and opponents rally against him they must face the darkness and savagery within themselves.

Winner of the prestigious South Bank Sky Arts Award for Dance, this critically acclaimed production should not be missed.

“I’d be surprised if I saw a more entertaining piece of dance theatre this year. Kill for a ticket.”
The Observer

Dracula: Mark Bruce Company. Image © Colin Hawkins.

In association with Tobacco Factory Theatres, Pavilion Dance South West and Wilton’s Music Hall. Supported by Arts Council England and the National Lottery.

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