News: New Associates, Commissions & a Fellow for South East Dance

Monday 11 June 2012 by Carmel Smith

South East Dance Associate Artists Antonia Grove (top) & Ben Duke and Fellow Rosemary Lee.

South East Dance, the agency based in Brighton, with studios in Kent, have announced new Associate Artists, commissions and a new Fellowship.

Choreographers Antonia Grove and Ben Duke will be Associate Artists for the next two years. They have been performing together recently in Probe’s production May and are both based in the South East. An award winning dancer and choreographer, Antonia is the co-founder [with Theo Clinkard] of Probe. She said: “I am so excited about being made an Associate Artist. It has come at exactly the right time in my career, and will enable me to realise the ideas and artistic vision I have for Probe through supporting me as the artist at the heart of that.” Ben Duke, one half Lost Dog [with Raquel Meseguer] who won The Place Prize with It Needs Horses in 2011, said: “It is an amazing opportunity for me to develop my work and to enable me to turn Lost Dog into a company with a national and international presence but based here, in my home, in the South East”. They will receive a package of financial and administrative support and collaborate with Creative Producer Chris Fogg.*

South East Dance’s Artist Development Programme aims to offer a range of professional development entry points for dance artists – and this year is offering a new one year Fellowship to established artists. Choreographer Rosemary Lee, whose large scale Square Dances filled four London squares as part of Dance Umbrella last year, is the first recipient and will use the time to reflect on her creative practice and explore new ways of working over the next phase of her career. She said “I am thrilled and delighted with this opportunity and I should like to use my fellowship to explore the relationship between art and ways of behaving within communities with a view towards creating cultures of kindness”.

Four Made in Kent commissions have also been announced, to support new dance works created in residence at South East Dance Studios in Kent. Yael Flexer and Nic Sandiland, Theo Clinkard, James Wilton and Ben Wright all receive commissions, which have been made possible by investment from Kent County Council.

They succeed *Ben Wright, Lucy Cash, Charlie Morrissey and Subathra Subramaniam as Associate Artists.

Photo credits: Antonia Grove by Matthew Andrews; Ben Duke by Bill Knight; Rosemary Lee by Richard Oliver

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