SOE Newsletter October 2014

Friday 24 October 2014


Re:Position wowed the crowds yet again with their stunning performance of ‘ Isecelo’ a new work choreographed by South African choreographer Nyaniso Dzedze at Afrovibes Festival.

The group were invited to perform the piece at the launch of the Afrovibes Festival in London on October 13th at Stratford Circus and also as a curtain raiser to the startling and moving  performance  Biko’s Quest at The Albany, Deptford.  This committed and focused  group of performers now have an extensive repertoire, having worked with a number of exciting choreographers over 18 months, and will soon be ready to perform their own evening of work. 

We are now recruiting dancers to the sessions which take place on Tuesdays 7.30-9pm at WAC in Hampstead, London. The group is led by the inimitable Vicki Igbokwe. For more info email

Where did you come from? How did you get to this point in your life? Where are heading? Where is Home?

State of Emergency have been in the studio with choreographers Vicki, Alesandra Seutin and Nyaniso have been in the studio with SOE’s musical director Steve Marshall to begin the R&D process for our ambitious international production Where is Home? This project will take us to Johannesburg and the USA working with dance and music artists to create an exciting new production for touring in 2016/17. Where Is Home? explores and investigates themes of human migration and displacement. Our next stop is Johannesburg in January to audition our South African cast and meet up with award winning flutist Wouter Kellerman, who will be contributing to the soundtrack.

Life changing experiences at SoE's Emerging Artisitc Directors Retreat

11 Emerging Artistic Directors gathered at our Retreat at Dartington Arts in Devon for three days in October. The Retreat included focusing on developing a portfolio career, working with producers, working as an independent artist, choreographic approaches and career development planning.

For some, the chance to step out of daily life and re-focus and to network with like- minded peers was a life changing experience. We have previously delivered Artistic Retreat for established Artistic Directors, but this focus on the new, emerging or aspiring Artistic Directors proved to be a much needed intervention and one which we will be repeating next year, alongside our Retreat for Established Artistic Directors.

African Connections SoE collaborates with Afrovibes Festival 2014

State of Emergency collaborated with Afrovibes Festival on a Strategic Alliance Event to deliver a day of Masterclasses by acclaimed South African choreographers Nelisiwe Xaba and Themba Mbuli. 

This event was also an opportunity to be in conversation Neli and Themba as well as with UK choreographers, Jamelia Johnson Small, Jeanefer Jean Charles,  who shared approaches to making work and how they are inspired by issues of politics, gender, sexuality and identity in the creation of their work. The discussion revealed interesting insights into a variety of choreographic approaches and a comparison of artistic climate in South Africa, compared to the UK.