News: Cath James announced as Artistic Director of South East Dance

Friday 2 November 2018

Cath James, Artistic Director of South East Dance

South East Dance has appointed Cath James as its Artistic Director.

Previously South East Dance’s Programme Director and most recently Acting Artistic Director/CEO, James will co-lead the arts charity as it prepares to take ownership of its new home The Dance Space, opening to the public in Spring 2020.

The appointment comes as part of an organisational restructure following the death of Artistic Director/CEO Jamie Watton in July. The new structure sees joint leadership for the organisation held by an Artistic Director and an Executive Director, recruitment for which will begin shortly.

Judith Hibberd, Acting Chair, says:

“South East Dance is about challenging perceptions of what dance looks like, how it’s made, who it’s for and what it can achieve. Cath presented a compelling vision for realising this whilst establishing The Dance Space firmly in the south east’s dance infrastructure and the local community’s hearts and minds. We are absolutely delighted that Cath will share leadership for South East Dance at this pivotal period in the organisation’s development.”

Cath James has over 35 years of professional dance industry experience. She trained as a dancer in Brisbane and performed with a number of Australian dance companies as well as with Rambert and Siobhan Davies Company, and was a founding member of Jeremy James & Company. Off-stage, she has taught for Company Wayne McGregor, New Adventures, Rambert, Scottish Ballet, The Place and the Dalston School in New York City. She has also curated for the Royal Opera House, and produced for SNAG and bgroup.

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