News: DanceEast's Rural Retreat 2015

Wednesday 7 January 2015 by Carmel Smith

DanceEast's Rural Retreat 2015. Photo: Eamonn McCabe

Last weekend DanceEast hosted its eighth Rural Retreat –at the Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich. A diverse mix of 22 aspiring leaders from different parts of the world, dance forms and backgrounds, selected for their potential to inspire and move forward dance leadership took part.

“The Rural Retreats are a unique opportunity for those playing leading roles in dance across the world to come together to discuss the big issues and consider new strategies to drive the art form forward,” said Brendan Keaney, Artistic Director & Chief Executive DanceEast. “This year’s cohort was an exceptional group, interrogating how dance might engage with change to thrive. The quality and rigour of the discussions that took place this weekend was genuinely inspirational and demonstrated that the Retreats are as relevant today as when they were first started in 2003, to consider the future of Ballet in the 21st Century.”

Discussions were led by guest speakers, including leading figures from different industries: freelance dance consultant Assis Carreiro; James (John) Carver, Founder Cunning Management; Christopher Hampson, Artistic Director Scottish Ballet; Major General (retired) John Sutherell and Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp Chief Executive The Place. Topics included following the plan or achieving the mission, the role of management in leadership, creating allies, making good decisions, and exploring the big issues for dance.

This year’s participants were: Christy Bolingbroke, deputy director for advancement at ODC in San Francisco; Charlotte Broom, co-artistic director HeadSpaceDance; Deidre Chapman, teacher The Royal Ballet, Central, Rambert, studying MA; James Cousins, associate artist at DanceEast, founder of James Cousins Company; Rebecca Evans, founder of Pell Ensemble; Amy Hollingsworth, founding member Bonachela Dance Company and Bespoke Movement; Rosie Kay, founder of Rosie Kay Dance Company, lecturer, Research Associate; James MacGillivray, creative partnership and rehearsal director Scottish Dance Theatre; Paolo Mangiola, resident artist Balletto di Roma, university lecturer Malta, ENB; Evan McKie, guest dancer, photographer, choreographer, guest writer for Dance Magazine; Elizabeth Old, associate artistic director Australian Dance Theatre, Australia Council Dance Board; Freddie Opoku-Addaie, associate artist Artsadmin, co-creating/performing Unplugged Bodies; Simone Orlando, Artistic Director and Chief Executive Ballet Kelowna; Mikaela Polley, rehearsal director and choreographer Rambert; Jean-Marc Puissant, set and costume designer for dance, theatre, opera, musicals; Morgann Runacre-Temple, choreographer in residence Ballet Ireland; Ihsan Ristem, freelance choreographer and teacher.

Photo: Eamonn McCabe

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