Let’s Dance International Frontiers

Let’s Dance International Frontiers (LDIF) 2020 celebrates it’s tenth edition with the theme 10 Years, 10 Countries, 10 Voices: Black Classics. The festival features a programme of performances, workshops, films and discussion, alongside the annual conference, exploring the careers of key dancers, choreographers and companies from the African and African Caribbean diaspora who have made a significant impact in shaping the international dance ecology.

Save the date: 29 April – 16 May 2020

LDIF Programme

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.

LDIF20 Launch featuring Kyle Abraham – Cocoon

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A woman in a short red dress with a long train strides forwards while four men in red trousers hold the back of her train

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

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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.

Alice Sheppard – Where Good Souls Fear

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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.

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

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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

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

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A group of Black dancers in red trousers and headwear, grouped together crouching and leaping

PHILADANCO! Masterclass

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Signatures

Signatures: Call for Commissions

The call for commissions for Signatures at LDIF20 has now closed.
Please check back in early 2020 to see the deadline for LDIF21.

Signatures is a collaboration with Serendipity and Dance4, it is a platform that nurtures and supports undiscovered talent, enabling emerging artists to realise their creative potential. Signatures showcases the work of emerging dancers, choreographers and recent dance graduates. The artists are selected on the strength of their concepts and their desire to succeed in the arts industry.

Signatures is offering the opportunity for emerging artists to:

  • Showcase a new piece of work a maximum of 15 minutes, as part of Let’s Dance International Frontiers, in Leicester, in May 2020.
  • Receive audience feedback and network with other dance professionals and practitioners
  • Receive a performance fee of £300, plus contributions towards travel expenses (we welcome applications from international artists, but please note capacity for travel allowance is subject to negotiation).

In order to be considered as part of the Signatures programme each dancer/choreographer will need to:

  • Provide a biography or CV that highlights their experience and capacity to create a quality piece work for the general public, and demonstrates a track record of producing quality work which is innovative, diverse and challenging.
  • Submit a video of the potential work they would like to create. Please upload the video onto Vimeo or Youtube. The selection panel would like to see a video of the potential work in progress, and advise applicants to produce a video which captures a ‘single take’ of the current piece, ideally in a studio setting.
  • Provide some background information about the potential work. Give the name, alongside information regarding the motivation behind the work, an estimation of the length and technical requirements of the piece.
  • Contact Information. Including telephone number, email address, full postal address, links to social media (twitter, Facebook, Instagram), a link to your website (if applicable), and video links to previous work.

The selection is made by a panel comprising the artistic leaders from Serendipity and Dance4. Criteria for selection is based on:

  • Highest Quality; work with a clear sense of purpose and integrity that has the potential to reach the highest artistic standards of practice
  • Engagement; work that has the ability to interact and captivate audiences.