State of Emergency was founded in 1986 by Deborah Baddoo MBE (Dance) and Steve Marshall (Music), primarily as a performance company presenting original choreography and music. State of Emergency was from the outset, a vital collaboration between dance and music.
Founded at a time of political unrest in the UK, and around the world, the company was named after the states of emergency imposed by the apartheid Government in South Africa in the mid 1980s. For us, the name represents the company's aim to be artistically challenging – always on the alert and alive to constantly changing circumstances.
As a producer, State of Emergency has a proven track record and is proud of its associations with some of the leading names in the contemporary arts scene. Across a wide range of activity, State of Emergency has also provided opportunities for hundreds of "emerging" artists and participants in the fields of dance and music.