Venue: Sadler's Wells

Lilian Baylis Studio

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9:00am: Arrival and Registration

9:45 - 10:10am: Welcome

Alistair Spalding CBE opens the day with a welcome and thoughts on the importance of preparing the next generation of dance artists. 


Wayne McGregor CBE and Dr. Christopher Bannerman will present the opening provocations which will frame the day and provide thought provoking ideas to spark discussions and new ideas. 

10:15 - 11:45am: A Vision for the Future - Training and Developing Dancers

Chair: Dr. Christopher Bannerman. This session will imagine what will be required of the next generation of dancers and the means needed to achieve these aspirations. Six diverse dance professionals including Jonzi D, Freddie Opoku-Addaie, Stine Nilsen, Seeta Patel, Helen Shute and Jasmin Vardimon, present their vision of the ideal training for the future. Thus giving differing perspectives, including those of the dancer, the choreographer, and the director. This will be followed by a chaired discussion both between the panel members and with the audience.

12:00 - 1:00pm: Creativity and Choreography - Models from Abroad

Chair: Alistair Spalding CBE. This session will ask what could be learnt from looking outside he UK to international models of training. Presentations will include Theo Van Rompay, Deputy Director of P.A.R.T.S,  Prof. Jason Beechey, Rector of Palucca University of Dance, and Lawrence Rhodes, Artistic Director of the Juilliard Dance Division which will offer a chance to learn about the ethos behind alternative methods of dance training.

1:00 - 2:00pm: Lunch

2:15 - 3:45pm: Foundation for the Future: UK Initiatives

This session will offer an opportunity to learn about innovative and alternative models of training and engaging young people which will allow the sector to open the door to the future of dance. Presentations on refreshing approaches to youth engagement will include Jane Hackett and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui discussing National Youth Dance Company; James Mackenzie-Blackman from New Adventures and Re:Bourne presenting the Lord of The Flies engagement project and Polly Risbridger from East London Dance presenting the FI.ELD project and Lucy Bennett discussing the new IRIS syllabus. 

3:30 - 4:15pm: Facilitated Discussions for All Conference Attendees

Facilitated breakout sessions discuss key topics connected to the conference themes. These sessions will be introduced by Antonia Franceschi, Lawrence Rhodes, Subathra Subramaniam and Sharon Watson and will allow for an in depth discussion into each area. These Discussions will be captured and fed into the development of the policy document produced by Dance UK.

4:15 - 4:30pm: Young People present their vision for the future

Young people involved in earlier discussions and workshops will present their ideas for the future to the conference to feed into the development of a young people's charter.

4:30 - 5:00pm: Summing Up

Wayne McGregor CBE and Dr Christopher Bannerman return to address their earlier provocations and issues arising after the day's ideas and discussions.

Caroline Miller will address the conference and provide her summation of The Future: New Ideas, New Inspirations.

Studio C

10:15 - 11:45am: Lord of the Flies - Practical Workshop

In 2014 Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures in collaboration with the companies charity, Re:Bourne, embarked on a unique UK tour. Lord of the Flies combined adult dancers from the company with boys and young men across the UK in a collaboration never seen before on the large-scale. The project engaged over 8,000 young people and played to an audience of over 79,000. The workshop will bring together the production’s artistic team with young people who participated in the project to practically share repertoire, practice and experiences.

2:00 - 2:30pm: NYDC Practical Workshop

Based on the material of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s new piece for NYDC, Eastman dance artists Navala Chaudhari and Leif Firnhaber will lead a workshop that will open up the creative process used by Cherkaoui and his artistic team to reimagine his past choreography with young people.

Roseberry Room

12:00 - 1:00pm: Back to the Future

Chair: Veronica Jobbins. This session will ask how further knowledge of dance can fuel education and training in different ways. Shelia Dickie, member of the European Association of Dance Historians will ask the question; how can dancers move forward without knowing their background? This will include a discussion of dance history and its relevance to young people and today’s training. Kirin Sinha from the ground-breaking SHINE project, which has developed a new curriculum that uses choreography to help 12- and 13-year-old girls understand math concepts, will illustrate how dance can used as tool for learning. 

Studio B

10:15 am - 12:15pm: Young People's Voice

Invited youth representatives from a wide range of youth dance schemes come together to take part in a facilitated workshop led by Kerry Nicholls to discuss what they want for the future of dance and dance training. In the Lilian Baylis Studio at 4:15pm, the group will present their ideas to the conference. These ideas will feed into the development of a young people's charter.

2:15 - 3:45pm: Creativity and Choreography: Models from Abroad (for invited young people)

P.A.R.T.S will lead a workshop to provide the young people with an insight into their training and creativity methods. 

5:00 - 6:00pm: Closing Reception

Caroline Miller will address the conference and provide her summation of Dance UK's industry wide conference: The Future: New Ideas, New Inspirations.

The Future: New Ideas, New Inspirations, Day 4

Emerging Artists: Training, Creativity and Choreography

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