PRESS RELEASE

• DANCE UK ANNOUNCES UK’S FIRST-EVER INDUSTRY-WIDE DANCE CONFERENCE TO TAKE PLACE IN LONDON FROM THURSDAY 9-SUNDAY 12 APRIL, 2015.
• ‘THE FUTURE: NEW IDEAS, NEW INSPIRATIONS’ WILL FEATURE CONTRIBUTIONS FROM PROMINENT FIGURES FROM DANCE WORLD AND BEYOND.
• CONFERENCE WILL UNITE THE VOICES OF UK DANCE TO INFORM NEW POLICY DOCUMENT TO BE PUBLISHED ON WORLD DANCE DAY, 29 APRIL 2015. 

December 2014

Booking opens in December for the UK’s first-ever industry-wide dance conference, The Future: New Ideas, New Inspirations, conceived and developed by Dance UK.  

Generously supported by funding from Arts Council England, this much-needed conference (the first ever to have such a wide reach) will take place at venues across London from Thursday 9-Sunday 12 April, 2015. There will also be opportunities for Dance UK members to run their own local events or meetings and feed their conversations into the bigger discussions generated over the weekend.

The Future: New Ideas, New Inspirations aims not only to celebrate the remarkable achievements and contribution to UK life of the fast-growing dance sector, but more importantly will also focus on finding solutions  to and new models for some of the challenges the dance sector faces.  

A key aim of the Conference is to unite the UK dance industry’s many voices and publish a Dance Strategy on 29 April -  International Dance Day -  setting out for policy makers and funders the profession’s priorities and ambitions for 2015-2020. Those contributions will come not only from the hundreds of people attending in person, but also from a global audience of an additional 2,000 via the latest in on-line streaming technology, provided by Arts Streaming TV. 

The wide diversity of topics and themes aims to attract dancers, choreographers, teachers, funders, students, administrators, producers, politicians, philanthropists, and health and medical specialists, amongst others.                                                                                                                    

Conference Programme:

Thursday 9 April (evening), The Place – Welcome. 

Keynote speakers including Dame Gillian Lynne and Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair of Arts Council England will set the scene, by focusing on the Conference’s key themes. 

Friday 10 April, The Place, and The Mayor of London’s City Hall - Brave New Future: Opportunities in the Wider World.  

An open forum discussion on Day One will allow for networking, and enable delegates to identify the key challenges that will inform the content and shape of the Conference. The day will also feature sessions on fundraising, education, public health and digital opportunities for dance.

Saturday 11 April, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance – Invest, Create, Innovate.

Day Two’s focus will be on the creation, production, funding and touring of dance, together with the health, well-being and career development of dance professionals. 

Sunday 12 April, Sadler’s Wells – Emerging Artists: Training, Creativity & Choreography.

The National Youth Dance Company and Sadler’s Wells host the final day of the conference, which will offer an opportunity to discuss dance training, take inspiration from around the world and focus on the needs of young people as they prepare to be the future of dance. 

The Future: New Ideas, New Inspirations will feature contributions by some of the most prominent figures in the international dance world and beyond, including Dame Gillian Lynne, Akram Khan MBE, Arlene Phillips CBE, Jonzi D, Tamara Rojo, Ruth Little, Kenrick Sandy, Wayne McGregor CBE, David Nixon OBE, and Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair of Arts Council England, amongst many others.

The wide range of activities will include a World Café led by Roanne Dods, workshops, lectures, film, debate, panel discussion, a special version of TV’s ‘Dragon’s Den’, dance’s very own version of ‘TED Talks’ called the Power Hour which will present four inspirational or provocative talks each day which will be live-streamed to digital audiences, a trade fair, and networking opportunities. 

Performance will be a special highlight of the Conference. These include performances by Verve (the post-graduate company of Northern School of Contemporary Dance) at The Place, and National Youth Dance Company performing a new work by Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui at Sadler’s Wells, and the site-specific piece Our Mighty Groove by Uchenna Dance at Greenwich Dance, and Scottish Dance Theatre at the South Bank Centre. 

In addition, there will be a special screening of the music video Boy Cried Wolf, by The Feeling, featuring Edward Watson, Principal Dancer of The Royal Ballet. 

The Conference’s Creative Producer, Assis Carreiro MBE, comments: 

"The conference programme has been especially designed to inspire participants through the sharing of new ideas and models, to lay down challenges, take risks and be ambitious. The conference has already captured the imagination, and created huge excitement and curiosity, not only in the dance world, but also among politicians, funders and policy makers."

Director of Dance UK, Caroline Miller adds: 

"Ultimately, work done by conference participants will feed into a new dance policy for the next five years, driven by dance professionals from the grassroots upwards, inspiring and influencing those who make decisions affecting us all. Dance UK and our Partners are very much look forward to giving a warm welcome to delegates from around the world."

Passes for the full 3.5 days of the conference, priced from £128, are available from mid December at www.danceuk.org.uk/conference. Full conference details including a limited number of session and day passes will be released during week commencing 16 January. 

For further information about the conference, please email info@danceuk.org.uk with the words ‘Industry Wide Conference 2015’ in the subject line. 

Notes for Editors:

For further press information, contact Dance UK’s Special Projects Manager, Jim Fletcher, at jimrfletcher@hotmail.com 

Conference Partners as of 1 December include:

Association of Dance of the African Diaspora, Akademi, Arts Council England, Dancing Times (Media Partner), Beyond Ballet (The Netherlands), Dance Dramaturgy Network, Dance HE, Dance Sport International, Dancers' Career Development, Dancing Times (Media Partner), Foundation for Community Dance, Greenwich Dance, Harlequin UK, National Dance Network, National Dance Teachers Association, Sadler’s Wells, Southbank Centre, Re:Bourne - New Adventures, London Mayor’s Office, The Place, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Youth Dance England.

Assis Carreiro MBE, Creative Producer. Assis has recently been Artistic Director of Royal Ballet Flanders, where she rejuvenated the award-winning company, with a merger with the Flemish Opera and the commissioning of extensive new repertoire. Prior to this she was Artistic Director & Chief Executive of DanceEast from 2000–2012, where she led the organisation through a period of reorganisation and expansion. Her legacy there is the £9 million Jerwood DanceHouse, the cultural cornerstone of the Ipswich waterfront. In 2014 she was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours for her services to dance.