Welcome to our June bulletin, blooming with our latest news and forthcoming events. We are beyond excited about the countdown to the Our City Dances festival taking place over the weekend of 29 & 30 June in venues and spaces across Brighton; gathering a kaleidoscope of performers and artists under an umbrella of global dance for all ages. Be sure to check out the full programme here and read on for high points. 

We announce the South East Dance Fringe award winner and muse on our recent attendance at Surf the Wave, the national programme dedicated to achieving a step change in showcasing dance across the sector. Sit back, take five and catch up with our latest…
Our City Dances Festival
It’s almost here! Our second annual Our City Dances festival brought to you by The Welcome Project, the high point of our lead-in programme introducing the people of Brighton & Hove to the amazing breadth of dance that will be bursting out of every crevice of The Dance Space once it opens in 2020. This year there are back to back performances as well as opportunities to have a go at a multitude of dance styles. 


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South East Dance Surf the Wave
Pavilion Dance South West (PDSW) are hosts to the ambitious national programme Surf the Wave which seeks to achieve a step change in dance programming by forging closer links and networks amongst artists and programmers. The project runs from 2017 to 2020 over three distinct phases and from 16 – 19 May, PDSW staged the highpoint of phase 2; the UK Dance Showcase in venues across Bournemouth and Poole.  


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Announcing South East Dance Fringe award winner: Sullied 
Last month we announced the nominees of the South East Dance Fringe award and after considered reflection, the panel are pleased to announce Sullied by Kristi Leigh Grasse as the 2019 winner.

Sullied is no easy watch. Framed in the Syrian war, Sullied uses spoken word and dance to embrace very challenging themes and question our thinking.   


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Q&A with OCD commissioned artist Olivia Kerr  
Olivia Kerr has an impressive CV which has seen her develop unique dance and movement skills from the UK to Norway and Borneo.  She has a particular interest in working with early years and is training toward becoming a dance movement therapist. Olivia is one of four artists commissioned to create work specially for Our City Dances and has been working with the children at Puffin Nursery to develop her dance play session which takes place as part of the festival on Saturday 29 June at 3pm. We asked her to share a bit about her history and interests… and a favourite joke.


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Our City Dances... Not to be missed
Anna Alvarez, Romeo & Juliet
Join Anna Alvarez to create a performance using masks and movement based on Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet.
  • Tuesdays 11, 18 & 25 June, 5pm - 7pm
  • Brighton Youth Centre, 64 Edward St, Brighton BN2 0JR
Sonia Lisa Dance Co.: 11 Beats
11 Beats celebrates the ancient Kathak dance style, developed by North Indian travelling poets, to perform epic stories through rhythmic footwork and hand gestures.
  • Saturday 29 June, 3.30pm performance and workshop
  • Tarner Park, Sussex St, BN2 0AR
Second Hand Dance: Touch
We are all touched hundreds of times each day by loved ones, by strangers and by inanimate objects. Researched with 13-16 year olds, Touch is about the power of physical contact in the digital age.        
  • Sunday 30 June, 1.30pm performance
  • Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project, 6 Tilbury Pl, BN2 0GY
BitterSuite: Without Touch
Five sensory guides and two musicians lead you through a highly ambient environment where you're encouraged to close your eyes and open your senses to a range of smells, tastes, live music and playful prompts.      
  • Sunday 30 June, 2.15pm & 4.30pm interactive performance 
  • Brighton Youth Centre, 64 Edward St, BN2 0JR
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