News: The Future: New Ideas, New Inspirations - the UK's first ever industry wide conference

Wednesday 3 December 2014 by Clare Evans

Booking opens this week for the UK’s first-ever industry-wide dance conference, The Future: New Ideas, New Inspirations, conceived and developed by Dance UK – the campaiging and lobbying organisation for the dance profession.

Supported by funding from Arts Council England, The Future: New Ideas, New Inspirations will take place at venues across London from Thursday 9 – Saturday 12 April, 2015. The conference will feature contributions by some of the most prominent figures in the international dance world including Dame Gillian Lynne, Akram Khan MBE, Arlene Phillips CBE, Jonzi D, Tamara Rojo, Ruth Little, Kenrick Sandy, David Nixon OBE, and Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair of Arts Council England, amongst many others.

The Future: New Ideas, New Inspirations aims not only to celebrate the achievements and contribution to UK life of the fast-growing dance sector, but more importantly will also focus on finding solutions to and new models for some of the challenges the dance sector faces. “The conference programme has been especially designed to inspire participants through the sharing of new ideas and models, to lay down challenges, take risks and be ambitious,” says Assis Carreiro, Creative Producer. “It has already captured the imagination, and created huge excitement and curiosity, not only in the dance world, but also among politicians, funders and policy makers.

A key aim of the conference is to unite the UK dance industry’s many voices and publish a Dance Strategy on 29 April – International Dance Day – setting out for policy makers and funders the profession’s priorities and ambitions for 2015-2020. Those contributions will come not only from the hundreds of people attending in person, but also from a global audience of an additional 2,000 via the latest in on-line streaming technology.

Director of Dance UK, Caroline Miller said: Ultimately, work done by conference participants will feed into a new dance policy for the next five years, driven by dance professionals from the grassroots upwards, inspiring and influencing those who make decisions affecting us all. Dance UK and our partners very much look forward to giving a warm welcome to delegates from around the world.

The wide diversity of topics and themes means there’ll be something of interest for choreographers, teachers, funders, students, administrators, producers, politicians, philanthropists, and health and medical specialists, amongst others.

The programme includes:

9 April, The PlaceWelcome
Keynote speakers including Dame Gillian Lynne and Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair of Arts Council England will set the scene, by focusing on the Conference’s key themes.

10 April, The Place, and The Mayor of London’s City HallBrave New Future: Opportunities in the Wider World
An open forum discussion on Day One will allow for networking, and enable delegates to identify the key challenges that will inform the content and shape of the Conference. The day will also feature sessions on fundraising, education, public health and digital opportunities for dance.

11 April, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and DanceInvest, Create, Innovate.
Day Two’s focus will be on the creation, production, funding and touring of dance, together with the health, well-being and career development of dance professionals.

12 April, Sadler’s WellsCaution, artists emerging!
The training and future of young dancers will be the focus of the final day of the conference. The wide range of activities will include a World Café led by Roanne Dods, workshops, lectures, film, debate, panel discussion, a special version of TV’s Dragon’s Den, dance’s very own version of TED Talks called the Power Hour which will present four inspirational or provocative talks each day which will be live-streamed to digital audiences, a trade fair, and networking opportunities.

Performance will be a special highlight of the conference, with Verve (the post-graduate company of Northern School of Contemporary Dance) at The Place and the National Youth Dance Company performing a new work by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui at Sadler’s Wells, and the site-specific piece Our Mighty Groove by Uchenna Dance at Greenwich Dance, and Scottish Dance Theatre at Southbank Centre.

There will be a special screening of the music video Boy Cried Wolf, by The Feeling, featuring Edward Watson, Principal Dancer of The Royal Ballet.

Full conference details including a limited number of session and day passes will be released during week beginning 16 January. For more information, please email with the words ‘Industry Wide Conference 2015’ in the subject line.

9 – 12 April 2015
Tickets: From £125 for the full 3.5 days

Conference Partners:
Association of Dance of the African Diaspora, Akademi, Arts Council England, Dancing Times (Media Partner), Beyond Ballet (The Netherlands), Dance Dramaturgy Network, Dance HE, Dance Sport International, Dancers’ Career Development, Dancing Times (Media Partner), Foundation for Community Dance, Greenwich Dance, Harlequin UK, National Dance Network, National Dance Teachers Association, Sadler’s Wells, Southbank Centre, Re:Bourne – New Adventures, London Mayor’s Office, The Place, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Youth Dance England.

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