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April 2020

LDIF20 Packages

April 29 @ 6:00 pm - May 16 @ 9:30 pm
£100 – £400 19 tickets left
A female dancer in red leans in to a standing split supported by three men in red

LDIF20 International Delegate Package - £400 Provides access to every event in the LDIF20 programme, 29 April – 16 May. There are a limited number of LDIF20 International Delegate Packages available, saving over £50 on standard price tickets. LDIF20 First Week Package - £270 Provides access to every event in the LDIF20 programme from 4 May – 19 May. This package includes: Conference - 10 Years, 10 Countries, 10 Voices: Black Classics LDIF+ Workshops (four days) Signatures Alice Sheppard: Where…

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LDIF20 Launch featuring Kyle Abraham: Cocoon

April 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Vijay Patel Building, De Montfort University, 8 Newarke Close
Leicester, LE2 7BJ United Kingdom
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£16 – £18 58 tickets left
Black dancer Kyle Abraham is leaping with arms spread and one leg kicked out behind him. He wears a colourful costume with loose tassels that flow out as he moves.

Against the backdrop of the exhibition Black Men in Dance in The Gallery at De Montfort University, LDIF20 launches with a rare solo performance by Kyle Abraham. Abraham, Artistic Director of A.I.M, will present his newest solo piece, Cocoon. Cocoon premiered in October 2019 at The Joyce Theater, features costume design by couturier Giles Deacon and musical accompaniment by Nicholas Ryan Gant and his gospel choir, performing arrangements of Björk songs. A celebrated choreographer, Abraham, has also created work for…

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May 2020

Conference – 10 Years, 10 Countries, 10 Voices: Black Classics

May 5 @ 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Curve, 60 Rutland St
Leicester, LE1 1SB United Kingdom
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£60 – £85 67 tickets left

Celebrating Let’s Dance International Frontiers’ tenth birthday, 10 Years, 10 Voices, 10 Countries: Black Classics showcases the legacy of Black dancers, choreographers and practitioners who have paved the way. Changing the dialogue around how dance from the African and African Caribbean Diaspora is perceived and presented by the mainstream, Black Classics explores the pioneers who have broken down barriers with their creativity and tenacity. They have developed and codified new techniques, setting a benchmark for culturally diverse dance training and…

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LDIF+ Workshop

May 6 @ 9:30 am - May 9 @ 6:00 pm
Curve, 60 Rutland St
Leicester, LE1 1SB United Kingdom
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£85 – £225 25 tickets left
Dancer Lena Blou in on one knee with her leg stretched out to the side, leaning forward with her arms bent above her like wings

LDIF+ offers a unique opportunity to work with three esteemed choreographers and gain insight into three distinct techniques rooted in the African and African Caribbean Diaspora, whilst presenting innovative contemporary aesthetics. Participants will work with Thomas Prestø (Norway), Lena Blou (Guadeloupe) and Makeda Thomas (Trinidad/USA) over three days, receiving a thorough introduction to each choreographer and their technique, with the course culminating in a performance opportunity for participants to showcase their work. The LDIF+ workshop series provides a fantastic opportunity…

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Signatures

May 6 @ 7:45 pm - 9:45 pm
Curve, 60 Rutland St
Leicester, LE1 1SB United Kingdom
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£10 – £12 100 tickets left
A dancer wearing light coloured shorts stands amidst book pages o the floor, stretching his arms up

Signatures will showcase several excepts of work in development; thought-provoking, explorative and always innovative, this is a unique opportunity to see rising stars of dance.

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Alice Sheppard – Where Good Souls Fear

May 7 @ 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm
Curve, 60 Rutland St
Leicester, LE1 1SB United Kingdom
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£16 – £18 99 tickets left
Dancer Alice Sheppard, balances on her hands, arms straight, and on a pair of silver crutches, lifting her lower body and wheelchair high. Alice's head is tucked and her short curly hair peaks out from behind her strong arms. She is wearing a shimmery gold bodysuit. She is set against a black background and light reflects off her costume, chair, and crutches. Photo by Mengwen Cao.

Award-winning choreographer, Alice Sheppard, creates movement that challenges conventional understandings of disabled and dancing bodies. Engaging with disability arts, culture and history, Alice attends to the complex intersections of disability, gender, and race by exploring the societal and cultural significance of difference. Where Good Souls Fear is an investigation of colonial excess, provoking questions about who or what is too much. Ranging from spoken memories of growing up to lyrical floorwork to an explosion of furious movement, Good Souls challenges…

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LDIF+ Showcase Performance

May 9 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Curve, 60 Rutland St
Leicester, LE1 1SB United Kingdom
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£5 40 tickets left
A Black woman in a white dress holds out her hands, palm to palm with two men crouched down before her

Bringing together the work of three contemporary choreographers, see LDIF+ participants present their learning from three days of intensive training in an exciting showcase performance. The LDIF+ Showcase Performance is a unique opportunity to experience dance that fuses African traditions, Caribbean movement, urban dance and contemporary practice.   Image: Tabanka Dance Ensemble, photograph by Noah Williams

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ArtIncidence – Nu Descendant L’Escalier (Nude Descending A Staircase)

May 9 @ 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm
New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk
Leicester, LE1 7EA
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£16 – £18 18 tickets left
Annabel Guérédrat and Henri Tauliaut stand defiantly hand-in-hand in the middle of a street, both wearing red mesh clothing and looking directly ahead.

Annabel Guérédrat and Henri Tauliaut present a new version of their piece, Nu Descendant L'Escalier (Nude Descending A Staircase), at LDIF20. The Martiniquais duo, Guérédrat, a dancer and choreographer, and Tauliaut, a visual artist, have been engaged in a creative partnership since 2015 when they presented the first iteration of the piece.  Inspired by the title and controversial side of Marcel Duchamp’s painting Nu Descendant Un Escalier (1912), the pair’s ever-evolving work occupies as space where dance meets visual art.…

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Film Screening – STEP (2017)

May 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Phoenix, 4 Midland Street
Leicester, LE1 1TG United Kingdom
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£7.50 – £9.20 30 tickets left
Three Black teenager girls stand in a line, all wear white shirts and defiant expressions with their fists raised in the air

This documentary film follows Baltimore’s all-female high-school step team as they fight for their dreams to win a step championship, and be accepted in to college. Empowered by their teachers, teammates, counsellors, coaches and families, these students from Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women are reshaping their futures through dance.

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Film Screening – The Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen (2016)

May 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Phoenix, 4 Midland Street
Leicester, LE1 1TG United Kingdom
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£7.50 – £9.20 30 tickets left
Angela Bowen, a Black woman with short hair, wears a white top and stands with one arm extended, and her other hand on her heart

Directed by Jennifer Abod, Angela Bowen’s partner of more than 30 years, this award-winning documentary explores Bowen’s life as a Black lesbian, feminist activist, classical ballerina and renowned dance teacher. From her childhood in inner-city Boston during the Jim Crow era, the film crosses the decades as she became a legendary figure in her pursuits. With historic footage, photographs and interviews with key people from her past, the film explores how race, class, gender and sexuality influenced her. Abod began…

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