“The Future: New Ideas: New Inspirations” by Dance UK

Posted: February 2, 2015

9 – 12 April 2015. Dance UK will host an inspiring four day industry wide conference.



This conference will look to the future. It will be an opportunity to focus on new models, new partnerships and to challenge how we work by being provocative and celebrating the diversity of dance in the UK today.

Each day of the conference is themed and will focus on specific topics:

Thursday evening, The Place 

Welcome

Star studded celebratory opening with keynote speeches from Dame Gillian Lynne and Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair of Arts Council England and compered by Arlene Phillips CBE with Ashley Banjo of Diversity. The evening will feature the video of The Feeling’s Boy Cried Wolf featuring Ed Watson choreographed by Arthur Pita and a performance of Ocean, choreographed by Jamaal Burkmar and danced by Verve, the postgraduate dance company of Northern School of Contemporary Dance.

NB. The opening night of the industry wide conference follows the Dance HE Annual Symposium which also takes place on Thursday 9 April, hosted by De Montfort University, Leicester, and titled Resilience: Articulating Dance ‘Knowledges’ in the C21st. To find out more about this event, click here. These events have been organised to enable you to attend both.

Friday, The Place / London Mayor’s Office / Southbank Centre

Brave New Future: Opportunities in the Wider World

The first day of the conference sets out the challenges and ambitions for the dance sector, both nationally and internationally, with Roanne Dodds leading a speed World Cafe session.  Sessions will focus on opportunities for dance in the wider world including panel discussions on the status of dance in education, digital opportunities for dance with Charlotte Sexton, Brand UK, fundraising, the creation of dance shows for children, and how dance can make a difference in public health, with Jan Burkhardt and a talk by Claire Cunningham.

Conference attendees will have the option of attending a performance of Innocence by Scottish Dance Theatre, a beautiful and engaging dance experience for young ones (and their adults) exploring the imagination of poet, William Blake, followed by a panel discussion on captivating young audiences.

In the evening, the National Youth Dance Company will present a world premiere from choreographer, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui at Sadler’s Wells Theatre. (this is an additional cost at a special discount for conference delegates)

Saturday, Trinity Laban

Invest, Create, Innovate 

The National Dance Network has programmed a day of sessions looking at how ideas grow in the journey to the making of dance. Other sessions include a Healthier Dancer Programme (HDP)strand focused on investing in dancers health and wellbeing, with talks by Liane Simmel, Glenna Baston, Roger Wolman, Moira McCormack, Natalie Walker and Nicola Stephens as well as looking at career transition and dancers pay. A panel discussion on Making Dramaturgy will take place with Ruth Little, Akram Khan MBE, Patricia Doyle, David Nixon OBE, Lou Kemp and Helder Seabra. The identity and creativity in a range of art forms will be debated with a specific focus on ballroom, South Asian Dance, ballet, and musical theatre. A panel discussion, Future of African Peoples’ Dance will give a snapshot of the themes that emerged from the discussions at the recent Re:generations 2014 International conference, featuring Funmi Adewole, Jonzi D, Dr. Patricia Noxolo, Yassmin Foster and Freddie Opoku-Addaie.

Sunday, Sadler’s Wells Theatre

Emerging Artists: Training, Creativity & Choreography

A day focusing on training and education and the next generation of dancers and dance makers. Speakers include Wayne McGregor CBE. This day is being curated and run by the National Youth Dance Company at Sadler’s Wells.

Highlights on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday include Power Hour- the dance sectors very own “TED-talk” inspired presentations by some of the leading figures in dance and beyond. This is an opportunity to be provoked and for exciting new models of working to take centre stage.

Ticket prices

NB: Dance UK Members receive heavily discounted rates on conference tickets. If you would like to join Dance UK to receive a discount on this event and many more, click here

Full Conference tickets (Earlybird rates until 1 February 2015)

Dance UK Student Member:  £128 plus service fee

Student Non-Member: £180 plus service fee

Dance UK Individual Member: £193 plus service fee

Individual Non-Member: £286 plus service fee

Dance UK Corporate Member (annual turnover £150,000 +): £260 plus service fee

Corporate Non-Member (annual turnover £150,000+):   £352 plus service fee

NB* All prices displayed are Earlybird rates (12% off standard full price tickets) These rates will be available until 1 February 2015 so book now to avoid disappointment.

Sign up today for Dance UK membership and save at least £50 on full-conference tickets. Student membership and ticket rates are available to recent graduates who have completed studies within the past year.

Click here to buy FULL CONFERENCE TICKETS

Full Conference ticket prices include the following:

– Access to all three conference days

– Optional access to the Opening Celebration on Thursday 9 April. (places limited so early booking recommended)

– Optional access to Saturday evening performance and party. Vicky Igbokwe will perform Our Mighty Groove followed by drinks and dancing at Greenwich Dance

– Conference programme and delegate pack

– Refreshments and catering on all conference days

Day Conference tickets valid on ONE of the three full conference days (Earlybird rates until 1 February 2015)

Dance UK Student Member: £44.00 plus service fee

Student Non-Member £66.00 plus service fee

Dance UK Individual Member: £75.00 plus service fee

Individual Non-Member: £110.00 plus service fee

Dance UK Corporate Member (annual turnover £150,000+): £92.00 plus service fee

Corporate Non-Member (annual turnover £150,000+): £132.00 plus service fee

NB* All prices displayed are Earlybird rates (12% off standard full price tickets) These rates will be available until 1 February 2015 so book now to avoid disappointment.

Sign up today for Dance UK membership and save at least £50 on full-conference tickets. Student membership and ticket rates are available to recent graduates who have completed studies within the past year.

Click here to buy FRIDAY TICKETS

Click here to buy SATURDAY TICKETS

Click here to buy SUNDAY TICKETS

Day ticket prices include the following:

– Access to the full programme that day

– Refreshments and catering on the day

– Optional access to the Opening Celebration on Thursday 9 April (places limited so booking early recommended)

– Optional access to Saturday evening performance and party. Vicky Igbokwe will perform Our Mighty Groove followed by drinks and dancing at Greenwich Dance.

– Conference programme and delegate pack

Optional extra performance tickets to purchase:

– Subsidised tickets (£9/£6) to the world premiere of the National Youth Dance Companyperformance of a new piece by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, at Sadler’s Wells Theatre on Friday 10 April, 7:30pm

– Tickets (£12/£6) to afternoon performance of Scottish Dance Theatre’s children’s showInnocence at Southbank Centre on Friday 10 April, 2pm

– Tickets (£8/£6) to Youth Dance England Young Creatives 2015 performance at The Clore Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House on Saturday 11 April, 5 – 6:15pm