News: Dance Umbrella's new Artistic Director in waiting

Monday 25 March 2013 by Carmel Smith

Emma Gladstone

Dance Umbrella has a new Artistic Director. Emma Gladstone, currently Artistic Programmer and Producer at Sadler’s Wells, takes up the role when Betsy Gregory steps down after this year’s festival in October.

Andrew Hochhauser, Dance Umbrella’s Chair said: “There was a great deal of interest in the post of Artistic Director, both from the UK and overseas. After a rigorous recruitment process, we are delighted to have appointed Emma Gladstone to take Dance Umbrella into a new era. Emma brings a wealth of experience from across the dance sector – first as a dancer and, more recently, as a programmer and creative producer both with The Place and Sadler’s Wells. Her vision for Dance Umbrella is an exciting one and will no doubt build on the huge success of Betsy Gregory.”

Emma has been at Sadler’s Wells since 2005. She leads the Jerwood Studio there, which was set up to develop creative opportunities for dancers and choreographers to experiment and take risks. She started her dance career training at Laban, and was a co-founder of Adventures in Motion Pictures with Matthew Bourne and David Massingham. She later danced with Lea Anderson’s The Cholmondeleys and went on to become Associate Director of The Place Theatre. She says: “I am so excited and honoured to take up this position. I cannot think of a better time to run Dance Umbrella than now, when the UK dance scene is so vibrant. Having had the pleasure of eight extraordinary years at Sadler’s Wells, it feels right to take on a new adventure, and I really look forward to working with the Dance Umbrella team later this year.”

Betsy Gregory joined Dance Umbrella in 1997 and has lead the organisation for the last seven years. She said: “I am thrilled that Emma has been appointed to succeed me as Artistic Director of Dance Umbrella. Emma is a woman of great intelligence, curiosity, knowledge and creativity. I can think of no one better to lead Dance Umbrella into its next 35 years and I look forward to her artistic programme with great anticipation.“

Dance Umbrella 2013 will run this October at venues across London. More details of the festival programme will be released soon.

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