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May 2020

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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Reggie Wilson Masterclass

May 13 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Curve, 60 Rutland St
Leicester, LE1 1SB United Kingdom
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£20 25 tickets left
Reggie Wilson corrects the arm placement of a student in a class

This masterclass offers a unique opportunity to learn alongside choreographer Reggie Wilson. Wilson will teach this class in his particular movement idiom, merging contemporary technique and post-modern structures with rhythmic folk traditions. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with his specific approach to choreographic research and understandings of the body and of performance, as conceived and employed by Fist and Heel Performance Group. LDIF masterclasses are designed to be suitable for all ages and dance abilities/experience levels.

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Autograph

May 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Guildhall, Guildhall Lane
Leicester, LE1 5FQ
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£16 – £18 49 tickets left
Yinka, a young Black woman, wears a traditional flamenco dress, holding the skirts to show her shoe.

Autograph is a developmental platform that supports established artists as they progress further in their careers. With the support of Serendipity and Dance4, the artists have developed their work to create new pieces for LDIF20. The artists presented in Autographs represent the exciting future of Black dance and highlight up and coming artists to watch. This year, autograph presents the work of Akiem Toussaint Buck  and Yinka Esi Graves. Akeim Toussaint Buck: Sib Y Osis Serendipity commissioned Sib Y Osis…

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PHILADANCO! Masterclass

May 14 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Curve, 60 Rutland St
Leicester, LE1 1SB United Kingdom
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£20 20 tickets left
A group of Black dancers in red trousers and headwear, grouped together crouching and leaping

Take part in a two-hour master masterclass with PHILADANCO! company members. Explore the Horton technique and work alongside expert dances to learn more about PHILADANCO's renowned dance style. The session will feature a series of codified exercises, isolations, movement patterns and progressions across the floor, to improve the dancer’s physical limitations. LDIF masterclasses are designed to be suitable for all ages and dance abilities and experience levels, so anyone can take part. One Private Masterclass Available Suitable for a group…

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Biography: Reggie Wilson

May 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
All Saints’ Church, Highcross Street
Leicester, Leicestershire LE1 4PH United Kingdom
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£16 – £18 59 tickets left
Reggie Wilson stands in front of a blue wall. He has a white shirt on.

Biography is a platform that recognises and celebrates the work of experienced dance practitioners. This year, LDIF is delighted to showcase Reggie Wilson, Artistic Director, choreographer and founder of the Brooklyn-based Fist and Heel Performance Group. Taking place in All Saints’ Church, Wilson will perform a very personal recount by about his experience of the Spiritual Baptists religion in Trinidad and Tobago. This is an example of his field research of Black Shout traditions into contemporary experimental performance theater.  …

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PHILADANCO!

May 15 @ 7:45 pm - May 16 @ 9:15 pm
Curve, 60 Rutland St
Leicester, LE1 1SB United Kingdom
£16 – £18 98 tickets left
Joe Gonzalez is mid leap, legs stretched wide and hands held up to frame his face

Celebrating their 50th anniversary, the award-winning Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO!) return to Let’s Dance International Frontiers, having made their UK debut at the festival in 2017.

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