South East Dance

November 2018


Welcome to our November newsletter, heralding in the shorter days and longer nights. As we hunker down for the winter months, we take stock after a busy summer, reflect on our great loss and celebrate burgeoning talent with two exciting opportunities that can’t be missed. It may be cold outside but we’re warming up for a bustling season supporting artists, young dancers and the life-affirming power of keeping on moving!



Launching The Jamie Watton Fund

On Friday 19 October we said goodbye to our dear friend and colleague, Jamie Watton, Artistic Director and CEO of South East Dance since 2009. Luminaries from the dance and arts sector came together with members of Jamie’s family at the Sallis Benney Theatre in Brighton to celebrate his life and incredible achievements.

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Jump Start: Move - Applications for U.Dance South East regional platform have opened

South East Dance is hugely excited to announce that we’re inviting applications for the U.Dance south east regional platform for the 2019 National Festival. We’re keen to hear from dance groups aged 11 – 19 years and up to 25 years for those with disabilities, who would like to participate in Jump Start: Move, a fantastic showcase of young dance talent taking place in February next year. If you’re a school group or a youth company with a passion for dance of any style, we’d love to hear from you! 

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Fanfare: The inaugural South East Dance Fringe Bursary is announced!

Brighton Fringe is one of the cultural high points in the city’s calendar and we’ve been is the thick of it for a number of years, presenting our Space To Dance Award to dance artists who rejoice in risk, pushing boundaries and making bold statements. This year and in advance of the festival, we are delighted to announce our first ever South East Dance Fringe Bursary.  

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Dance to Health: From Improvement to Maintenance

We’ve been delivering Dance to Health with lead partner, arts and health charity Aesop, for over a year now across Oxfordshire, Kent and Warwickshire. Dance to Health combines evidence-based falls prevention techniques with the creativity, expression and energy of dance to empower our older generations to stay fit, healthy and mobile.

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From Our Friends

Rachael Young: Nightclubbing

Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts | Thursday 8 November, 8.30pm

Don’t miss Rachael Young and her badass band of super-humans as they embrace Afrofuturism and the cult of Grace Jones in NIGHTCLUBBING; an explosive new performance bringing visceral live music and intergalactic visions together to start a revolution.


There is an allocation of Pay What You Decide (PWYD) tickets available to guests on a first-come, first-served basis.


Suitable for age 12+
This performance will be BSL interpreted


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The Knot

Worthing Theatres | Friday 16 November, 7.30pm

You’re invited to a completely different wedding celebration where the bride, groom, best man and bridesmaids are all world-class dancers and audience members are the wedding guests. The Knot, about ritual, doubt, nerves and the sheer magic of weddings is choreographer and director Didy Veldman’s latest dance creation and follows the huge success of The Happiness Project.


★★★★ - “The Happiness Project is terrifically enjoyable and, marking the long-awaited launch of Veldman’s own company, it promises even better things to come”



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The Hiccup Project: It's Okay, I'm Dealing With It

The Old Market | Wednesday 28 November, 8pm


Through their multi-award winning combination of dance, comedy and chat, The Hiccup Project ask what we do when things aren’t ok. There are just a few tickets left for this performance, so advance booking is essential! #SEDsupported


★★★★★ - “Their dance is skilled, their timing is spot-on, and their comedy is hilarious”

Fringe Guru


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Prior to the show, join members of the South East Team and our resident dramaturg Lou Cope for a Brighton & Hove Indie artist consultation about how our new home for dance, The Dance Space, will provide a valuable new resource for the city’s creatives. From 5.30pm in the TOM bar. Free to attend, register here





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Photographic Credits

  • Three Score Dance Company with Ceyda Tanc Dance. Kusak. Image © Zoe Manders
  • TRIBE//. Still I Rise. Image © Zoe Manders
  • Drishti Dance. U.Dance 2018. Image © Alex Harvey-Brown
  • Brighton Fringe Logo. Image © Brighton Fringe
  • Dance To Health. Image © Helen Murray


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