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April 2019

LDIF19 LAUNCH: AYIKODANS

April 29 @ 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
LEICESTER CATHEDRAL, St Martins House, 7 Peacock Lane
Leicester, Leicester LE1 5PZ United Kingdom
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£15 – £18

In the historic and reflective setting of Leicester Cathedral, Let’s Dance International Frontiers 2019 will launch with an exciting new commission by Haitian choreographer Jeanguy Saintus and his company Ayikodans. Ayikodans highlight the emergence of a new, contemporary Haitian aesthetic that, while rooted in folkloric tradition, reflects a modern Caribbean culture and creativity. The company present work that showcase tenacity and survival against the odds. Those who attended LDIF18 will be familiar with Jeanguy Saintus’ unique cross-cultural body language that…

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Black Dance: A Contemporary Voice

April 30 @ 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Curve, 60 Rutland St
Leicester, LE1 1SB United Kingdom
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£75 – £85

Black Dance: A Contemporary Voice is a one day conference exploring the processes behind creating choreography that blends techniques from the African and African Caribbean diaspora to create new vocabularies. The conference will feature a panel of leading dance practitioners and academics who will each provide their own reflection on contemporary dance practices, whilst examining what ‘Black dance’ means today. Ronald K. Brown (USA) will be the keynote speaker for Black Dance: A Contemporary Voice. Ronald is the founder and artistic…

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Networking Event

April 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Queen Victoria Arts Club, 41 Rutland Street, Cultural Quarter
Leicester, LE1 1RD
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Free

An opportunity for industry professionals to come together and share knowledge, learn and meet new people. Serendipity Connect aims to build an international network of artists, arts administrators and academics to open the door for innovative collaborations, talent development and idea exchange. This event is included in with a ticket to the conference Black Dance: A Contemporary Voice, once you have purchased you ticket please RVSP to the event below.

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May 2019

LDIF19 Workshop Programme

May 1 @ 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:30am, repeating until 3rd May 2019

Dupont Dance School, Memory Lane
Leicester, Leicestershire LE1 3UL United Kingdom
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£140 – £250 11 tickets left

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. The LDIF+ workshop series provides a fantastic opportunity for continued professional development for dance practitioners. The course expands over three days to provide a thorough introduction to each choreographer and their technique, culminating in a performance opportunity for participants to showcase their work. Jeanguy Saintus (Haiti) 9:30am – 11:30am Jeanguy Saintus…

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Never Stand Still

May 1 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Phoenix, 4 Midland Street
Leicester, LE1 1TG United Kingdom
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£9.20 24 tickets left

Legendary dancers and choreographers Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Suzanne Farrell, Mark Morris, Judith Jamison and Bill Irwin appear alongside new innovators. Filmed at the iconic Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, founded in the 1930s by visionary dance pioneer Ted Shawn, the festival is a haven for artists and audiences from around the world, a place where dance is studied, created, performed and celebrated. This documentary weaves interviews, performances and archival footage and narrated by Bill T. Jones.   This screening in…

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Bill T.Jones: A Good Man

May 1 @ 7:45 pm - 8:30 pm
Phoenix, 4 Midland Street
Leicester, LE1 1TG United Kingdom
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£9.20

A window into the creative process and the creative crisis of Bill T. Jones, one of America’s provocative artists. A two-time Tony® Award winner for best choreography, the documentary follows Bill as he leads the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in the creation of Fondly Do We Hope…Fervently Do We Pray, in honour of Abraham Lincoln’s bicentennial. Bill explores what it means to be a good man, to be a free man, to be a citizen. This screening in will be…

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LDIF19 Workshop Programme

May 2 @ 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:30am, repeating until 3rd May 2019

Dupont Dance School, Memory Lane
Leicester, Leicestershire LE1 3UL United Kingdom
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£120 – £200

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. The LDIF+ workshop series provides a fantastic opportunity for continued professional development for dance practitioners. The course expands over three days to provide a thorough introduction to each choreographer and their technique, culminating in a performance opportunity for participants to showcase their work. Jeanguy Saintus (Haiti) 9:30am – 11:30am Jeanguy Saintus…

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Signatures

May 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Curve, 60 Rutland St
Leicester, LE1 1SB United Kingdom
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£12

Signatures, a collaboration between Serendipity and Dance4, is a platform that provides opportunities to nurture and support undiscovered talent. The platform works with emerging dancers and choreographers based locally, nationally and internationally, enabling them to realise their creative potential. Signatures will showcase several excerpts of work in development; thought-provoking, explorative and always innovative, this is a unique opportunity to see rising stars of dance. https://www.curveonline.co.uk/whats-on/shows/signatures-2019/

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LDIF19 Workshop Programme

May 3 @ 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:30am, repeating until 3rd May 2019

Dupont Dance School, Memory Lane
Leicester, Leicestershire LE1 3UL United Kingdom
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£120 – £200

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. The LDIF+ workshop series provides a fantastic opportunity for continued professional development for dance practitioners. The course expands over three days to provide a thorough introduction to each choreographer and their technique, culminating in a performance opportunity for participants to showcase their work. Jeanguy Saintus (Haiti) 9:30am – 11:30am Jeanguy Saintus…

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Urban Jazz Dance Company

May 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Curve, 60 Rutland St
Leicester, LE1 1SB United Kingdom
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£15 – £18

Returning after their LDIF18 debut, Urban Jazz Dance Company will present a mixed bill of work exploring issues affecting the international Deaf community. The company interweave American sign language with urban jazz rhythms to create thought-provoking performances that capture the imagination. Deaf’s IMPRISONED explores what it means to be living in a “prison within a prison” as a D/deaf person in the criminal justice system. The evening will explore the tension between Deaf utopia and Deaf diaspora. The company, featuring Deaf…

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LDIF+ Showcase Performance

May 4 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Curve, 60 Rutland St
Leicester, LE1 1SB United Kingdom
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£5

Bringing together the work of three contemporary choreographers, Jeanguy Saintus, Alesandra Seutin and Thomas Talawa Prestø, LDIF+ participants will present their learning from three days of intensive training in an exciting showcase performance. The LDIF+ Showcase Performance is a unique opportunity to dance that fuses African traditions, Caribbean movement, urban dance and contemporary practice. https://www.curveonline.co.uk/whats-on/shows/ldif-performance-showcase/

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Dance for Film

May 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Vijay Patel Building, De Montfort University, 8 Newarke Close
Leicester, LE2 7BJ United Kingdom
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Free

A platform for dance film makers from around the world showcasing innovative choreography and creativity. This collection of short films juxtaposes drama, beauty and rhythm with experimental concepts and narrative dance. The films will be also screened throughout the festival (Monday 29 April – Saturday 11 May) on Vijay Patel Building screen.

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Masterclass with Ronald K.Brown/ Evidence: A Dance Company

May 8 @ 4:00 pm
De Montfort University Leicester, Leicestershire LE1 9BH + Google Map
£20

A unique opportunity to work with Ronald K.Brown/Evidence: A Dance Company. The Masterclasses are designed for participants of all ages with a wide range of dance experience. Classes begin centre floor with an emphasis on alignment, rhythm and using the body to express ideas and themes; strength, prayer and celebration. The session will provide a unique introduction of the various dance techniques that are incorporated in the vocabulary of Ronald K.Brown, such as Western modern dance, as well as traditional…

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Autograph

May 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Curve, 60 Rutland St
Leicester, LE1 1SB United Kingdom
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£12

Autograph is a platform which supports emerging dance artists as they progress in their careers and create new work. With the support of Serendipity and Dance4, Misato Shimizu and Ofelia Balogun have spent the last year developing two new innovative pieces of dance, both exploring identity. Misato Shimizu – The Fly   Originally created around Misato’s experiences of moving to the UK, The Fly is an autobiographical solo that explores life in a different country and culture. The work explores the need…

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Biography: Brenda Dixon Gottchild

May 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Trinity House Chapel, De Montfort University
Leicetser, Leicestershire LE1 5WH
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£15 – £18

Biography is a platform that recognises and celebrates the work of experienced dance practitioners. In 2019, Biography presents a lecture-demonstration from Brenda Dixon Gottschild, professor emerita of dance studies at Temple University, Philadelphia. Brenda is known for her ongoing quest to bring the African American cultural contribution to the fore. Brenda’s career has journeyed from artist-performer to writer-scholar, from practitioner to observer, and a combination of both. The two developments are driven by the same passion for the performing arts…

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Ronald K.Brown / Evidence: A Dance Company

May 10 @ 7:45 pm - 9:45 pm
Curve, 60 Rutland St
Leicester, LE1 1SB United Kingdom
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Founded by Ronald K. Brown in 1985 and based in Brooklyn, New York, Evidence: A Dance Company, focuses on the seamless integration of traditional African dance with contemporary choreography. Evidence provides a unique view of human struggles, tragedies, and triumphs. The choreography uses movement as a way to reinforce the importance of community in African American culture and embrace the beauty of traditional African forms and rhythms. Ronald K. Brown’s choreography is in high demand; he has set works for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Cleo Parker…

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Ronald K.Brown / Evidence: A Dance Company

May 11 @ 7:45 pm - 9:45 pm
Curve, 60 Rutland St
Leicester, LE1 1SB United Kingdom
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£10

Founded by Ronald K. Brown in 1985 and based in Brooklyn, New York, Evidence: A Dance Company, focuses on the seamless integration of traditional African dance with contemporary choreography. Evidence provides a unique view of human struggles, tragedies, and triumphs. The choreography uses movement as a way to reinforce the importance of community in African American culture and embrace the beauty of traditional African forms and rhythms. Ronald K. Brown’s choreography is in high demand; he has set works for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Cleo Parker…

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