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State of Emergency has been creating high quality dance, theatre and music for over thirty five years. As a producer in its own right, and also as an advocate for artists and performers, State of Emergency has established a national and international reputation.

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State of Emergency

"State of Emergency! Challenging prejudice and undermining stereotypes since 1986" Time Out


"A breath of fresh air. Good to see a company who are not the usual suspects performing at Edinburgh Fringe." ZOO Venues

Where Is Home?
“Truly, in the best possible way, it is a show that you watch with your heart and not your head. Thoughts are bypassed and it speaks straight to your soul.” The Prickle

"Where Is Home? is a brave exploration of togetherness, fellowship and love." London Dance

Desert Crossings

“Maqoma and his collaborators, including the composer Steve Marshall and an admirable cast of five, aspire to heights and depths from which bigger but more timidly conceived performances might shy away. Desert Crossings remains a sensory pleasure.” The Times

“Rarely have I witnessed a dance piece so unforgiving in the energy it demands, yet the performers are ceaseless in their commitment, intensity and passionate articulation of the choreography.” The Stage


Proud to announce we are now working on ‘Cane Warriors’, our dance musical adaptation of Guardian Prize winning author Alex Wheatle’s novel. 'Cane Warriors' tells the story of Tacky’s Rebellion, a slave uprising that took place in Jamaica in 1760. Partners include Bath Preservation Trust, Beckford's Tower, Heritage Lottery and The Leche Trust. Find out more about Alex Wheatle via Steve McQueen's 'Small Axe' series on BBC iPlayer.

Another new dance performance project, ‘Coleridge Unbound’ brings together Bawren Tavaziva, Michael Joseph, Kay Crook and Deborah Baddoo to examine the Romantic poet’s stand against slavery in the early 1800s. Thanks again to Arts Council England and our partners Somerset Film, The Friends of Coleridge, Alfoxton House and Beckford Tower Trust.


We’re also completing work on another international project. This time with the help of the Daiwa and Sasakawa Foundations, and dancer/choreographer Masumi Endo, State of Emergency was able to work with a group of talented dancers and musicians in Tokyo and Fukuoka, Japan.

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