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South East Dance - The I Am issue

As the challenge of fathoming what climate-appropriate clothing to wear continues to test us to destruction, we’re at least glad to welcome in spring and the longer days. One thing you can rely on is a bustling South East Dance newsletter; here are some of our recent highpoints and important info we’d like to share.

Not another Privacy Updates email...

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We know, you’re fed up with those four letters that keep appearing in the email title of your inbox; GDPR, as much as we are!!! General Data Protection Regulation comes into force on Friday 25 May and every organisation that holds your personal data is required to demonstrate receipt of consent or a legitimate interest to contact you. At the risk of causing you even greater data management fatigue, we wanted to let you know that we’ll be contacting you in the near future with a request to respond to our call for consent.


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undisciplined
 

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Our inaugural micro-festival undisciplined took place over three dizzying days of performance, discussion and sharings, across city-wide locations and venues and to sold-out audiences. The theme of identity was central to the festival, exploring and testing our preconceived ideas about gender, ethnicity and sexuality, about our strengths and vulnerabilities and laying bare in the raw...  


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Building The Dance Space
 

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On Wednesday 18 April, construction on The Dance Space commenced with our acting Chair of South East Dance Trustees, Judith Hibberd, joining Brighton and Hove Councillor Warren Morgan and Deputy Director of U+I construction, Richard Upton, in breaking ground on the site’s footprint. Circus Street has been transformed over the last six months with the neighbouring student accommodation and residential home blocks reaching full height.

 


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The Red Line Sessions with Luke Pell and Lou Cope
 

We’re about to launch the second season of our Red Line sessions with our guest dramaturg Luke Pell; a series of four podcasts exploring the process behind making work, building concept and choreographic narrative. Over the next four weeks, Luke will take turns with our resident dramaturg, Lou Cope, to share their respective approaches, the challenges they typically come up against and their methodologies for resolution.
 


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Dance to Health: Angela Conlon
our lead dance artist in Oxford

 

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South East Dance in partnership with Aesop (Arts Enterprise with a Social Purpose) and NHS Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group have been delivering Dance to Health in centres across Oxford for over four months now. Dance to Health is a pioneering older people’s falls prevention programme combining evidence based physiotherapy with the creativity and energy of dance.
  

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Barbie Dolls, Rage Against the Machine and Ketchup: Q&A with Jan Martens

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Jan Martens is one of Europe’s most exciting choreographers known for his exploration of contemporary social dynamics through perceptive humour and by poking a mischievous finger at controversy. 

Q: Who is your greatest hero?
A: Oh my god. Am I going to write: my mom? Yes. My greatest hero is my mom. 
My mom and Virginia Woolf.  


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  From Our Friends

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Raquel Meseguer, South East Dance Research Associate

Dreams of Resting Spaces: Conversation 2
I have an invisible condition (chronic pain), and I need to lie down (a lot).
Could our cultural spaces also be a network of safe Public Resting Spaces? Join the conversation. This is a free workshop open to artists, venues and organisations.


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Balletboyz: Fourteen Days & Fallen

Connaught Theatre | Sat 19 May, 7.30pm

Returning to Worthing after their 2016 sell out performance of LIFE, Balletboyz bring a new piece of work, in which world renowned choreographers teamed up with composers and were given just Fourteen Days to produce a masterpiece. Fallen forms the second half of the evening, winner of the National Dance Award for Best Modern Choreography.


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Vincent Dance Theatre: SHUT DOWN Film Installation

Vincent identifies, with forensic precision, the different ways in which men react to changing times’ **** The Observer

Movement, spoken word, rap and striking visual imagery collide in the premiere of Charlotte Vincent’s powerful and darkly funny new film installation. Played across six screens, with an outstanding cast of seven performers including three talented teenagers, SHUT DOWN investigates the pressures, contradictions and confusions of being a man.


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#FundFringe: Save Brighton Fringe crowdfunder

What could you give to help secure the future of Brighton Fringe? Their crowdfunding campaign aims to raise the £20,000 deficit left in our budget from the loss of our headline sponsor. Pledge before the 8 May and pick from a great range of rewards including tickets, experiences, merchandise packs, picnics and private parties.

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