News: DanceEast's Rural Retreat 2012

Tuesday 7 June 2011

DanceEast Rural Retreats

Future Directors and Creative Producers for Ballet and Dance

DanceEast’s 6th Rural Retreat will be taking place over the weekend of 6 – 9 January 2012. Focusing on the role and challenges of ‘artistic direction’ the Rural Retreat will be hosted at the Ufford Park Hotel near the market town of Woodbridge, Suffolk and will feature 26 current, emerging and aspiring artistic directors and creative producers from the worlds of ballet and dance.

DanceEast Director Assis Carreiro said “The role of artistic director is the most highly coveted and yet is the position which has had little or no rigorous review. There is no training or preparation for the biggest job in dance. More often than not, former dancers and choreographers are handed the top job with no qualifications or previous directorial experience. Not even football managers get away with this.”
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Assis Carreiro added “We established the rural retreats in 2003 to not only debate issues facing dance leadership but more importantly to offer insights into the top job to aspiring dance leaders and to give them a reality check. DanceEast’s visionary retreats are a first step to meeting a massive gap in international support for artistic leadership and in providing professional development at the highest levels of dance”

The guest speakers for Rural Retreat 2012 will be announced later this year.

The 26 emerging and aspiring artistic leaders and producers are:
Nova Bhattacharya the Artistic Director at Ipsita Nova Dance Projects in Canada, Head of Academic Studies at Rambert School of Ballet & Contemporary Dance Amanda Britton and Mathias Bruehlmann from Germany who is the Ballet Master and Choreographic Assistant at Staatsoper Hannover.

Also attending will be Brazilian Daniela Cardim who is a former Dutch National Ballet dancer, Independent Choreographer and BA Arts Management undergraduate. Independent Choreographer Claire Cunningham, Robert Curran – a Principal Artist & Bachelor of Business Studies undergraduate with Australian Ballet, and Joce Giles the Head of Learning & Participation at Rambert Dance Company.

Emma Gladstone the Artistic Programmer and Producer at Sadler’s Wells, Christopher Hampson Independent Choreographer, Gabor Kapin a Principal Dancer with Carolina Ballet, Royal Ballet Principal & Business Management-Leadership undergraduate Steven McRae, Bastian Manders a Theatre Production Management undergraduate, Independent Choreographers Jorden Morris and Matjash Mrozewski will also be at the retreat.

In addition Etta Murfitt Associate Director for Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Robert Parker Birmingham Royal Ballet Principal and Independent Choreographer and Associate Artist of DanceEast Cameron McMillan. Artistic Director of Ballet BC Emily Molnar, Tamas Nagy Principal Dancer with the Dutch National Ballet, Cultural project manager Christina Polychroniadou will also be attending.

Completing the group are Keith Roberts a former dancer with American Ballet Theatre and Twyla Tharp, Royal Ballet Principal Viacheslav Samadurov, Clara Barberá Tomas Independent Choreographer and former Rambert dancer, Beate Vollack Independent Choreographer and former Munich Ballet Principal dancer, Jessica Ward Principal at Elmhurst School for Dance and Alexander Whitley dancer for Wayne McGregor | Random Dance.

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