DanceEast brings world-class dance to the East of England, presenting an eclectic programme of performances, widening the experience for audiences and bringing a new and invigorated audience to dance. As well as working with regional dance artists, established choreographers and internationally renowned companies, DanceEast encourages emerging artists, providing a framework of training, support and performance opportunities.
DanceEast has had a long assocation with the Suffolk region of England. Founded in 1983 and gaining National Dance Agency status in 1994, it has grown from strength to strength, maintaining its commitment to the rural communities of East Anglia whilst developing national and international programmes. Ipswich has always been DanceEast’s home. The location is ideal; served with good transportation links and undergoing major regeneration. Its short travel distance to London also makes the DanceHouse an accessible venue for artists who are based in the capital.
In 2000 it became clear that DanceEast needed an identifiable base it could call its own. The Jerwood DanceHouse officially opened its doors to the public in October 2009 (some of the world’s greatest dance talents joined in with the celebrations, including: Sylvie Guillem, the Ballet Boyz, Akram Khan and The Royal Ballet).
Building and facilities
DanceEast’s home is the purpose-built Jerwood Dancehouse in Ipswich. It houses 4 dance studios, a 200-seat studio theatre, a therapy room, offices and the Café at the DanceHouse. The Jerwood DanceHouse has been created to reach out to communities and acts as magnet for national and international dance artists.
The project Europe Beyond Access supports disabled artists to break the glass ceilings of the contemporary theatre & dance sectors. At the lab hosted by Holland Dance Festival, the following question stood central: How can we create dance and performing arts scenes that are more diverse and that support the work of disabled dancers and artists?More
Over the course of the summer, EDN member Lokomotiva (North Macedonia) conducted the first edition of its International Summer School. We highly recommend diving in the resources made available online by Lokomotiva to reflect on contemporary practices of performing arts in relation to activism, social movements and self-organization.More
Leaders have ultimate responsibility for everything. They set the vision and direction of travel, inspire and nurture others, and make decisions that cannot always be popular. Other people may offer advice and opinions, but in the end it is up to the leader to juggle different demands, make sense of diverse views and shape the future. Leadership is a lonely dance.Summary list