News: Dance Umbrella launches new initiative to support up and coming choreographers

Thursday 21 June 2018

Everything That Rises Must Dance - Sasha Milivic Davies. Photo by Sarah Ainslie for Dance Umbrella.

London’s flagship festival of international dance has launched Four by Four, a new initiative to support up and coming choreographers, in celebration of its 40th anniversary year.

All three of Dance Umbrella’s Artistic Directors – Val Bourne CBE, Betsy Gregory and Emma Gladstone – have invited an established artist from their time at the helm to nominate a ‘choreographer of the future’.

Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Stephen Petronio, Akram Khan and Rocío Molina will each nominate four young, up-and-coming choreographers to receive funding from Four by Four to create a show that will be performed in future Dance Umbrella festivals. The selected recipients will be announced during this year’s festival, which takes place from 26 September – 21 October in venues across London.

Emma Gladstone, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Dance Umbrella, said:

“We are delighted to announce our Four by Four nominators today. Through this new development programme we are able to continue to support and nurture exceptional talent, which is what Dance Umbrella has always striven to do. For this special anniversary year I wanted to find a way to acknowledge the history of DU whilst still looking to the future, and asking the wisdom of artists who have had a significant impact on the festival and the wider contemporary dance scene felt a good way to do that. ”

Dance Umbrella has an established track record in supporting pioneering dance artists. In the festival’s first decade, choreographers including Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Trisha Brown, Merce Cunningham, Compagnie Cré-Ange, Steve Paxton and Mark Morris were among the international artists invited to perform in London, together with the UK’s Siobhan Davies, MAAS Movers, Rosemary Butcher, Richard Alston, Michael Clark, Jonathan Burrows and Shobana Jeyasingh.

Explore the full Dance Umbrella 2018 programme.

Photo: Everything That Rises Must Dance by Sasha Milavic Davies, which receives its world premiere at Dance Umbrella this autumn. Photo by Sarah Ainslie.

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