Feature: 2015 Dance UK industry-wide conference, The Future: New Ideas, New Inspiration

Friday 30 January 2015 by Clare Evans

Photo: Jevan Chowdhury, Moving Cities

From the 9th – 12th April, Dance UK will host a four day industry wide conference on Dance. The event will bring together the widest possible range of individuals from across the sector offering them the opportunity to shape a healthy future for dance in the UK. It will present a unique opportunity to network, celebrate the achievements of the UK’s dance sector, have fun and enjoy key performances.

More details at Dance UK

Each day of the conference is themed and will focus on specific topics:


Opening Celebration
The Place, 7.30pm
The Opening Celebration features keynote speakers Dame Gillian Lynne and Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair of Arts Council England together with comperes Arlene Philips CBE and Diversity’s Ashley Banjo. There will be a special screening of The Feeling’s Boy Cried Wolf featuring The Royal Ballet’s Ed Watson, choreographed by Arthur Pita, plus a performance of Ocean, choreographed by Jamaal Burkmar and danced by Verve, the postgraduate dance company of Northern School of Contemporary Dance.

*Spaces at this event are included in your conference ticket but are limited, please confirm attendance to avoid disappointment


Brave New Future: Opportunities in the Wider World
The Place & City Hall, 9.00am – 6.00pm
The first day of the conference sets out the challenges and ambitions for the dance sector, both nationally and internationally. Sessions will focus on opportunities for dance in the wider world including panel discussions on the status of dance in education, digital opportunities for dance, Brand UK, fundraising, the creation of dance shows for children, and how dance can make a difference in public health.

Performance – Scottish Dance Theatre
Southbank Centre, 2.00pm
Performance of Scottish Dance Theatre’s interactive dance experience, Innocence, especially for the young ones (and their adults) exploring William Blake’s beautiful Songs of Innocence. Followed by a panel discussion on captivating young audiences
£12, £6 concessions
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Performance – National Youth Dance Company
Sadler’s Wells, 7.30pm
National Youth Dance Company present the world premiere of a new piece by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.
£9, £6 concessions
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Invest, Create, Innovate
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, 9.00am – 6.00pm
The National Dance Network has programmed day two’s sessions which look at the development of ideas in the making of dance. Sessions also include a focus on investing in dancers’ health and wellbeing, looking at career transition and dancers’ pay plus panel discussions: Making Dramaturgy and The Future of African Peoples’ Dance.

Performance – Youth Dance England Young Creatives Programme 2015
The Royal Opera House, Clore Studio 5.00 – 6.15pm
This special performance features the choreographic work of talented young people created as part of the Youth Dance England Young Creatives Programme 2015 and marks a rare opportunity to witness the future of dance. Youth Dance England has partnered with The Royal Ballet School and The Royal Opera House to deliver this high quality training and mentoring programme for very young artists.
£8, £6 concessions

Performance – Uchenna Dance – Our Mighty Groove
Greenwich Dance, 7.00 & 9.00pm (two separate performances)
Included as part of your conference ticket this piece is inspired by choreographer Vicky Igbokwe’s experience of the New York underground club scene and recreates an authentic setting and characters that are based on those she encountered.
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Emerging Artists: Training, Creativity & Choreography
Sadler’s Wells, 9.00am – 6.00pm
National Youth Dance Company and Sadler’s Wells host the final day of the conference, with speakers including Wayne McGregor and Alistair Spalding. The day’s programme will offer an opportunity to discuss dance training and the needs of young people as they prepare for a future in dance. Sessions will culminate in an opportunity for dancers to come together to debate and present their views on the future of youth dance and training.

Full conference tickets from £145 – £400
Day ticket from £50 – £150
Discounts available for Dance UK Members and Students.
To book tickets visit www.danceuk.org or call 020 7713 0730

Photo: Jevan Chowdhury, Moving Cities.

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