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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

FACE TO FACE: CONFERENCELive Performances / Events


7 November

*Face to Face 2014 is now SOLD OUT - but you can still join the conversation live on the day via Twitter using the hashtag #facetoface14*

The future of dance: can we afford to take risks?

The Dance Strategy Group presents: Face to Face 2014 on Friday 7 November at Sadler's Wells, London

Dance Strategy Group is a collection of people committed to working together to share ideas and drive forward the development of dance in the South East. That may make it sound as though we've got it all worked out. We haven't.

We want to explore our ideas, interrogate tough questions and collectively work out how we can make a change.

Face to Face is a biennial gathering of people working in or with dance. We've run it three times before, and this time we're doing things differently. We will be meeting for one day in November when Improbable will facilitate an Open Space event. We will think, talk, work and share ideas. Most importantly we will all take responsibility for driving the conversations in the way that each of us feels is important, and we will commit to taking action, individually and together.

If we are going to make significant and lasting changes, we've got to do some radical thinking and share the creative expertise among us. This is our chance to embrace the power of thinking and working together – one enormous melting pot of thoughts, perspectives, inspiration, entrepreneurship and innovation...

On the day, we will be making a tangible record - a big report - of where we are now and where we want to go, of what we need to do collectively and what we can do individually. This will be created there and then by everyone who is there and sent out so that we can all begin putting conversations into action.

Whether you are a dance lecturer or teacher, a programmer or producer, an artist struggling to get programmed, a passionate audience member, a student wondering which way to go next, a local authority arts officer facing further cuts or someone who just wants to get involved – join the conversation.

It is time to make a change. Do you want to be a part of it?

Join us via Twitter using the hashtag #facetoface14 to contribute to the conversation and find out the key themes emerging from the day.

Eventbrite - Face to Face 2014

Image: Connect Conference 2013. Image © Pari Naderi.

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



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.


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

HETAIN PATEL: AMERICAN BOYLive Performances / Events


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



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

MARK BRUCE COMPANY: DRACULALive Performances / Events


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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