Dance Umbrella, in association with The Space, launched My Dance DNA, a series of interviews with five leading UK choreographers about the inspirations behind their work. Filmed in front of a live audience and live streamed, the artists will discuss the moments of dance and movement on film that have transfixed and transformed them, as well as defining pieces from their own back catalogues. Each talk will be split into a 45-minute interview followed by 15 minutes of audience Q+A, including questions from the live audience and submitted via Twitter using the hashtag #MyDanceDNA.
Featured choreographers are:
Kate Prince & Karim Zeroual – Tuesday 27th June 2017, from the Birmingham Hippodrome
Prince is the artistic director of hip hop dance company ZooNation, a resident company at Sadler’s Wells. Her shows included Into the Hoods, which became the longest-running dance show in West End history, and Some Like It Hip Hop.
Akram Khan & Kathryn Hunter – Sunday 17th September 2017 from Leicester Curve
Khan has been choreographing for 15 years and in that time won numerous awards for his imaginative and lyrical productions including DESH, iTMOi and Gnosis. He has just choreographed a new version of Giselle for English National Ballet. His collaborations have been cross-discipline and include work with Juliette Binoche, Kylie Minogue, Anish Kapoor and Antony Gormley. As well as being a choreographer, he is both artistic director and dancer at the Akram Khan Company.
Siobhan Davies & Maria Bradshaw – Friday 22nd September 2017, Manchester
A leading figure in British contemporary dance for several decades, Davies started at the revolutionary London Contemporary Dance Theatre first as a performer then choreographer. In the 1980s, she co-founded the influential group Second Stride with Richard Alston and Ian Spink and later worked as associate choreographer at Rambert Dance Company. She founded Siobhan Davies Dance in 1988 and her work includes pieces in galleries and site-specific locations as she tests the boundaries of dance and art.
Shobana Jeyasingh, Monday 6th November 2017 from Dance East
Internationally-recognised choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh is the founder and artistic director of Shobana Jeyasingh Dance established in 1988, creating dynamic, fearless and enigmatic dance works for over 27 years. Her highly individual work has been seen in a variety of venues including theatres, outdoor and indoor sites and on film and her creative collaborators over the years have been drawn across a variety of media. Especially commissioned music has been a significant feature of Jeyasingh’s work and has led to new scores from an array of contemporary composers ranging from Michael Nyman to beat boxer Shlomo.
Wayne McGregor, Wednesday 22nd November 2017 from Wayne McGregor Studio
McGregor is the founder and artistic director of Random Dance as well as being the resident choreographer of the Royal Ballet — the first choreographer from a contemporary dance background to be invited into that role. His work at Covent Garden, including Infra and Woolf Works, has provided a new, contemporary seam of work for the ballet company. McGregor is particularly interested in working science and technology ideas into his work.
About Dance Umbrella
Dance Umbrella is London’s international Dance festival. Founded in 1978, Dance Umbrella has reached audiences of well over a million people. Pioneering commissions by world class choreographers have been presented at sites ranging from the Royal Albert Hall and inner city rooftops, to Tate Modern and outer London parks. Emma Gladstone was appointed Artistic Director & Chief Executive in 2013, and in addition to the festival, Dance Umbrella now runs digital projects, creative learning schemes and professional development programmes throughout the year.
About The Space
The Space is a commissioning and development organisation, established by Arts Council England and the BBC to support greater digital access to the arts. The Space is committed to supporting and facilitating the UK arts sector to realise its digital ambitions. The organisation commissions arts projects and provides a production and distribution pipeline to ensure that these projects reach a wide and diverse range of audiences.