Festivals & Events

The Big Mission

The Big Mission Festival celebrates the ‘Here and Now’ of Black British dance. This three-day festival showcases a wide range of high quality work by professional and emerging choreographers.

The programme includes professional performances and new artists’ platforms, networking forums with critical debate and brings artists together with promoters and other industry professionals. There are opportunities for professional development with international master classes, personal development workshops, fundraising and marketing breakout groups, and lots more.

The focus is on the aesthetic of Black British dance in its modern and contemporary form, and targets black dance artists, arts promoters and anyone interested in Black dance.



Hosted by The Place, this ground-breaking conference was delivered by State of Emergency, the Association of Dance of the African Diaspora (ADAD), IRIE! Dance Theatre and London Metropolitan University

Re:Generations aims to share current practice in the field of 'dance of the African Diaspora'; to explore and stimulate further research, documentation and new approaches to education and training in the field; and to encourage new perspectives on the future. The event included performances by excellent youth dance companies from around the UK, with workshops and a range of thought provoking academic presentations.

State of Emergency commissioned Chris Walker from the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica to create a new piece, Urban Fissure, especially for Re:Generations. Chris is Assistant Professor, Dance Department, University of Wisconsin USA and Artistic Director of the First Wave Hip Hop Theatre Ensemble at UW-Madison.