Newsletter Summer 2014

Thursday 17 July 2014


State of Emergency breaks convention!

In London SOE delivered a Hip- Hop Retrospective as part of our groundbreaking Black Dance Archive project. The audience were treated to films and live discussion and debate with special guest, Jerry Barry (IDJ), Breaker extraordinaire Dolby D and the inimitable Jonzi D. Robert Hylton created specially commissioned  short films which were shown alongside footage by our archive filmmaker Kwame Lestrade of Franklyn Lane. This moving event offered new and entertaining insight into the rich history ofBlack dance through a living archive. Great stuff!

Our second foray into Breakin' convention was in Bristol where our Bristol Re-position group was selected to perform a work choreographed by Bristol based choreographer Winston Pyke at ten Bcc event at Colston Hall and alongside this we supported Winston to create a solo work specially for the event. Re-position were also treated to a special workshop event led by the amazing Wanted Posse.

Developing Talent

SOE are proud to announce that our London Re- Position group have been selected to perform at Bristol Harbourside  Festival on July 19th in a work choreographed by Alesandra Seutin. This group knows no bounds! We are planning many more performance and training opportunities for Re- Position over the coming months with a long term plan for their development. Please contact SOE if you want to find out more about how to join the group.

Emerging Artistic Directors Retreat

Are you a new graduate? Are you starting out in the first stages if running a company? Are you trying do develop a multi-stranded career? Do you want to be part of a network to make contacts and support and develop your work?

If you answer 'yes' to any of these  SOE has a treat in store for you as we are running a residential Emerging  Artistic Directors Retreat on10th-12th October in the beautiful surroundings of Dartington Arts. We have great guest speakers and workshop leaders and can guarantee an enlightening and inspiring event. This programme is heavily subsidised by SOE  covering fantastic  food, beautiful accommodation and  Retreat fees. We are asking delegates for a small contribution of £150 towards the costs. and places are strictly limited to 10 delegates. To apply for a place please go to our website and download an application form. Deadline for. Applications is 1st August.

Last years year"s delegates at our Artistic Directors Retreat found the experience (and I quote!) ' Amazing and Inspirational. It was fantastic to be part of such an open, honest  and supportive group of people'.