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

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…

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PHILADANCO!

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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Biography: Reggie Wilson

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…

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Alice Sheppard – Where Good Souls Fear

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…

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Signatures

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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Autograph

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.…

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LDIF20 Launch featuring Kyle Abraham: Cocoon

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…

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LDIF+ Showcase Performance

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…

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

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…

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LDIF+ Workshop

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…

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LDIF20 Packages

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…

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

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.…

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Reggie Wilson Masterclass

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…

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Film Screening – STEP (2017)

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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The Spirit of Sankofa

In June, I was privileged to attend Heritage Dot conference at the University of Lincoln. The premise of the conference was to explore digital horizons in relation to cultural heritage, and I was invited to speak about Archiving the Past, Reflecting the Future, an initiative by Serendipity supported by the Heritage Fund to document and share the cultural contribution of the African and African Caribbean community to the East Midlands.

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Out of Many, One

(The Jamaican motto Out of Many, One People is the inspiration for this month’s blog title. The Jamaica moto encompasses the diverse heritage of the Caribbean and nods to the Latin phrase E pluribus unum, one from many).  May has been a wonderful opportunity to celebrate what dance can mean in terms of bringing people together.  Often…

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LDIF18 Round-Up

It’s been over a week since the final event of Let’s Dance International Frontiers 2018 and I think we can safely say it was one of the most successful so far!  This year’s programme, exploring some of the most influential figures and voices in dance, lead to some of the most thought-provoking and eye-opening experiences…

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LDIF18: Meet Namron

  Down to our final count down for LDIF18!  While we pride ourselves on giving opportunities to up and coming artist we are also very excited to welcome an artist with over 50 years of experience in the dance industry, Namron.  As an artist with so many family connections and memories of Leicester, it seems…

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Let’s Dance International Frontiers Media Launch

Last night saw Serendipity travel to The Place, London for the media launch of Let’s Dance International Frontiers 2018, ahead of the festival beginning next month. Eddie Nixon, director of The Place provided a warm welcome, and informed guests about the historic importance of the studio as a home to pioneering contemporary dance and we…

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An interview with Germaine Acogny

Last week we set off again on our travels, this time to Brussels where Germaine Acogny was performing ahead of her performance at Let’s Dance International Frontiers 2018 (LDIF) next month. Heading off on the Eurostar, we arrived just in time to see Germaine’s performance of Mon Elure Noire (My Black Chosen One) at Les…

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What Should you Expect from Germaine Acogny in LDIF 2018

We have just 13 weeks to go before we celebrate International Dance day on the 29 April! But most importantly with 13 weeks to go until the launch LDIF 2018, I thought I would give you a bit of an insight into what to expect from one of our visiting artists, Germaine Acogny. During the…

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What’s in store for Let’s Dance International Frontiers 2018?

Let’s Dance International Frontiers has developed a reputation for showcasing trailblazing International practitioners alongside new talent, and the programme for LDIF18 is no different! We are thrilled to be able to announce the line-up for the festival, with new work from trailblazers Germaine Acogny, Nora Chipaumire, Namron and emerging talents Ella Mesma, Mac Daniel V.…

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Developing Your Choreographic Voice 2

Developing Your Choreographic Voice 2 finished earlier this week, bringing to a close four days of intensive exercises and techniques. Providing artists with the tools to find their own voice in their work.  The course was led by Catherine Dénécy, Dr Sharon Wray and Cosimo Keita Cadore with each practitioner bringing their own expertise in…

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