UK Dance Showcase 2019 full programme announced

UK Dance Showcase 2019 full programme announced

Surf The Wave, a project run by Pavilion Dance South West (PDSW) has today announced the full programme and schedule for the UK Dance Showcase, 16 – 19 May 2019.

The showcase is aimed at programmers who currently present, or who would like to present, dance in their venue, festival, museum, gallery space or any other context, with an emphasis on touring in the UK.

The full schedule includes a total of 43 artists and companies who will present and pitch work for a range of contexts and audiences. They will perform in venues at Pavilion Dance South West, St Peter’s Church, Halo nightclub and outdoor locations around Bournemouth, as well as at the Lighthouse in Poole, where they will use the venue’s studio, concert hall, main stage and even the car park. There will be opportunities for networking, talks and pitching sessions in which artists and producers will present new ideas.

Several shows in the showcase will be open to the general public to purchase tickets. These shows all take place at the Lighthouse in Poole and tickets are available through the Lighthouse’s box office. The first on Friday 17 May at 7.30pm is a double bill by “Strictly” favourites Candoco Dance Company who will perform Yameen Godder’s Face In, and Scottish Dance Theatre who present Ritualia by Colette Sadler. On Saturday 18 May at 4.30pm, Surf The Wave present a mixed bill of short dance works featuring Agudo Dance Company which sees Jose Agudo perform with kathak dancer Mavin Khoo, Kloe Dean’s Myself UK Dance Company who present RED and Tom Dale Company who will perform SURGE featuring Jemima Brown.

Audiences in Bournemouth will also have a chance to experience some of the performances on offer at the showcase. On Saturday 18 May, there will be a programme of free outdoor work on the Terraces outside Pavilion Dance South West, in Bournemouth’s Lower Gardens, at The Clock on Old Christchurch Road, in The Square in central Bournemouth and on Pier Approach. Companies performing in this programme include Joss Arnott Dance, Company Chameleon, Vanessa Grasse and Mickael Marso Riviere.

 The showcase will also feature a number of talks ranging in subject matter from marketing and audience engagement, to getting the most out of the showcase opportunity, to making work for children and family audiences. These have been curated using feedback from the projects intensives programme which started in 2018.

The talks will be complemented by facilitated networking events, a recharge and connect area for laptop and phone charging, and meeting spaces available for reservation in places such as beach huts on Bournemouth beach and the Swan Pedalos in Poole.

Speaking about the programme, Sheila Creevey, Director of Surf The Wave said

“We’re really excited that we have managed to programme so many artists and companies at the showcase and that we have been able to curate talks that will continue conversations started at our intensives. The showcase will represent the crest in the wave of events that make up the Surf The Wave project and we can’t wait to see the effect that this momentum will have on the dance industry.”

Surf The Wave is the major project led by Pavilion Dance South West (PDSW), on behalf of the National Dance Network (NDN).

Surf The Wave costs are supported by Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence fund, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Jerwood Arts with further support from Arts Council Wales, Creative Scotland, the National Dance Network, DanceXchange, South East Dance, The Place, and Yorkshire Dance.

The Showcase is supported by our venue partner Lighthouse, Poole and sponsored by Mayflower Theatre, Southampton and Arts University Bournemouth

Registration for tickets is open: surfthewaveuk.org.uk/showcase-registration

The full programme of events can be seen here: surfthewaveuk.org.uk/programme

UK Dance Showcase programme announced

UK Dance Showcase Programme Announced

Surf The Wave, a project run by Pavilion Dance South West (PDSW) has today announced the first wave of artists and companies to be programmed as part of the UK Dance Showcase, 16 – 19 May 2019.

The showcase is aimed at programmers who currently present, or who would like to present, dance in their venue, festival, museum, gallery space or any other context, with an emphasis on touring in the UK. It is an opportunity for programmers to experience dance works by new and established artists in both theatre and unconventional settings, with work being shown in Pavilion Dance South West and Lighthouse Poole theatres, as well as in churches, nightclubs and outdoors. There will be opportunities for networking, talks and pitching sessions in which artists and producers will present new ideas.

25 companies will perform in Bournemouth and Poole across the four days with a further 12 pitching to programmers for commissions and developmental funding for new and existing work.

The artists and companies that will be performing represent a wide spectrum of talent from across the industry. They are:

Agudo Dance Company, ALTERED SKIN / Shane Shambhu, Amy Bell, Anjali Dance Company, Candoco Dance Company, Company Chameleon, Gracefool Collective, Humanhood, Janine Harrington, Joss Arnott Dance, Kaleider, Light Ladd & Emberton, Lanre Malaolu, Luca Silvestrini’s Protein, Mischief Company, New Art Club, Scottish Dance Theatre, Seeta Patel, Thick & Tight, Tom Dale Company, Uchenna Dance, Vanessa Grasse and ZoieLogic Dance Theatre.

The remaining performances will be announced in the coming weeks. 

Chair of the Curatorial Committee Eckhard Thiemann commented:

As the chair of the committee, it was my job to hold a wide range of viewpoints from the committee members and find consensus.

Whilst looking through the nearly 200 applications, I observed how dance reflected on important issues and themes in current society. I feel in our deliberations we encountered a real urge from artists to reflect on the world around them. This felt like ‘real’ dance for a real and often complicated world.”

Pitches will be presented by Alexander Whitley Dance Company, AΦE, Curious Seed, Duwane Taylor, Flexer & Sandiland, Just Us Dance Theatre, Keira Martin, Lîla Dance, Liz Aggis, Second Hand Dance and Umanoove/Didy Veldman.

More artists and companies will be announced in the coming weeks. All of the showcase delegates will be invited to attend the pitching sessions to hear about new and existing work that is being developed and find out how they can get involved. 

Surf The Wave Project Director Sheila Creevey said:

We are thrilled to be announcing the programme that will be presented at the showcase this year. We had a lot of applications to perform from right across the dance industry, so the selection process was tough. We wanted to make sure we were presenting a balanced programme that was a snapshot of where dance is at today, and I think we have achieved that. This will be a showcase to remember.

The UK Dance Showcase is supported by Lighthouse Poole, and is sponsored by Mayflower Theatre Southampton and Arts University Bournemouth.

Surf The Wave is the major project led by Pavilion Dance South West (PDSW), on behalf of the National Dance Network (NDN).

Surf The Wave costs are supported by Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence fund, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Jerwood Arts with further support from Arts Council Wales, Creative Scotland, the National Dance Network, DanceXchange, South East Dance, The Place, and Yorkshire Dance.

Registration for tickets is open now open: surfthewaveuk.org.uk/showcase-registration

Messaging in Marketing - How It Made A Difference

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Messaging in Marketing - How It Made A Difference

By VICKI IGBOKWE
UCHENNA DANCE

Vicki Igbokwe is the creative director, choreographer and founder of Uchenna Dance.

When Vicki Igbokwe, Creative Director of Uchenna Dance, needed PR and marketing support for the company’s upcoming touring of The Head Wrap Diaries and Our Mighty Groove she contacted PR and marketing specialist Carol Ann Walters.

Carol Ann’s first task was to tackle the company’s messaging.

The idea was to deliver "consistent, ongoing relevant information" so that people could cut through the jargon whether they were a dance specific audience or not.

We wanted to reach a wider non-dance audience

We’re great at what we do but we weren’t always great at communicating it.

We were trying to say everything, all at the same time, and sometimes the same thing, but in loads of different ways! Working with Carol taught us to be consistent in our messaging so that everything we say adds up and contributes to the overarching idea of what we want to convey i.e. that we are a dance company, that this is what we do, this is how we’re different, this is how we do it, these are our shows, etc.

You must work out who you are, what you stand for, why you do what you do, and who for

Our strapline is ‘empowering, entertaining and educating through dance’. It’s everything we do, all in one line. From there we can break it down further. Empowering, here’s how we empower (through our mentoring, support and coaching programmes), these are the things we do (workshops and teaching), and so on.

‘Just Do It’ is one of the simplest, most recognisable slogans of all time – a line Nike has used for the past 20 years.

We want ‘Uchenna’ to be recognised for all things dance and leadership on a global scale. Watch this space!

*Uchenna is currently touring two productions, The Head Wrap Diaries and Hansel & Gretel – A fearless dance adventure. In 2019 the company will celebrate its 10th successful year. For more information, visit www.uchennadance.com