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February 2020

BlackChat: Jean-François Manicom

February 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Serendipity, 21 Bowling Green Street
Leicester, Leicestershire LE1 6AS United Kingdom
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£10 – £12 13 tickets left
A silhouette of a person standing in front of a large painting

Jean-François Manicom, curator at the International Slavery Museum, will lead a roundtable discussion exploring his personal curatorial vision, and sharing views from the perspective of the museum. This intellectual exchange seeks to explore curatorial practices around challenging and emotive topics. Blackchat is a year-round forum, hosted by Serendipity, to exchange ideas and explore key issues affecting the Black community. The conversation is open to all, so we can live and work together with more understanding and respect. Blackchat aims to…

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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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Short Film Showcase Screening and Discussion

May 8 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Serendipity, 21 Bowling Green Street
Leicester, Leicestershire LE1 6AS United Kingdom
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£10 25 tickets left
A still from The Man Who Travelled Nowhere In Time, two women stand back to back against the backdrop of a living room, their arms extended with anguish

Join us for a diverse programme of short films exploring dance, storytelling, identity and expression. Through flamenco, street and contemporary dance forms, these short films use dance to express fear, sadness, joy, pride and more. Following the screening, take the opportunity to delve deeper through a discussion of the work. Featuring: The Man Who Travelled Nowhere In Time (2019) A captivating short from dancer-choreographer Kyra Jean Green and director Vincent René-Lortie. Made in collaboration with Montréal-based dance company Trip The…

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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 – 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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