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Programme for British Dance Edition 2016 announced

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20 November 2015

Programme for British Dance Edition 2016 announced

British Dance Edition (BDE), has announced its programme of performances for the 2016 showcase which is taking place in Wales for the first time since the biennial showcase was established by National Dance Network in 1998.

The diverse programme of quality dance will present performances from 36 leading and emerging dance companies and artists from all four UK nations. Within the intense four-day platform, 11 performance spaces will host the programme across four venues in Cardiff and Newport.

Recognised as a major event within the international dance calendar, BDE is primarily an industry-focused platform for promoters and presenters from the UK, and across the globe. Wales is delighted to be inviting and hosting up to 375 delegates to support the buying and selling of British dance and to forge new links within the international dance community.

Next year’s participants are raising the bar once again. From 15 – 18 March 2016, leading dance companies such as MotionHouse, Hofesh Shechter and Ockham’s Razor will be performing, alongside some of the best Welsh dance from performers such as Eddie Ladd and National Dance Company Wales. There is also strong representation from the independent dance sector with emerging companies starting to make an impact on the scene such as Igor and Moreno, Lost Dog and Robbie Synge.

There will be five performances on public sale at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff and The Riverfront in Newport offering audiences a chance to experience some of the most exciting dance the UK can offer. These include two triple bills in the Donald Gordon theatre with work by Russell Maliphant and Candoco; a double bill from rising stars Aakash Odedra and James Cousins, and riveting dance theatre from both Gary Clarke and Gecko Theatre. All public events will be on sale by the end of the month.

Surrounding this packed programme of work is an extensive trade fair representing up 70 British companies, pitches from an additional 11 artists and companies, such as Shobana Jeyasingh and Jasmin Vardimon, about their forthcoming productions and ideas. Also the Business of Dance programme for emerging artists and producers in partnership with Dance UK and the British Council.

The four key venues of Chapter, Wales Millennium Centre, National Dance Company Wales’ Dance House and The Riverfront, led by Coreo Cymru, form the Consortium that successfully brought British Dance Edition to Wales, and are promising that it will be a dynamic, diverse and high quality platform that inspires exchange, new partnerships and promotion of British dance on a global level.

Carole Blade from Coreo Cymru said: “From the time we heard that Wales had won the 2016 BDE bid we have been carefully selecting and curating the programme to offer promoters a selection of high quality touring works. It has been a challenge narrowing down to the 36 artists and companies from such a vibrant, eclectic and vast field but we’re certain that, with the quality of dance we’re bringing to Wales, this Edition will leave a lasting legacy for the sector in Wales and the rest of the UK.”

Paul Kaynes, Chief Executive of National Dance Company Wales said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming delegates from across the UK and abroad to see some of the best of British dance in Cardiff.  It’ll be an opportunity to showcase to the world the high quality of Welsh venues and dance artists. We are thrilled to have the opportunity of being a part of the British Dance Edition programme to ensure that the work of National Dance Company Wales is seen by the widest range of promoters. We look forward to offering a warm Welsh ‘Croeso’ to everyone who comes.”

Further information about British Dance Edition can be found at



BDE2016 is being led by Chapter and its Creative Producer initiative Coreo Cymru, with partners Wales Millennium Centre, National Dance Company Wales and The Riverfront, Newport.

Funding is gratefully acknowledged from Arts Council Wales Lottery, Welsh Government’s Major Events Unit, Arts Council England Lottery, Creative Scotland Lottery, with support from The National Dance Network.

British Dance Edition

  • British Dance Edition, launched in 1998 by National Dance Network, is a biennial showcase of British Dance.
  • The showcase is primarily an industry event, aimed at UK and international dance professionals, and provides delegates with a mix of performances, networking, a trade fair and social events aimed at stimulating and supporting connections between artists, promoters and producers.
  • The showcase is hosted in different cities in each edition – Edinburgh & Glasgow in 2014; London in 2012.

For further information about British Dance Edition please visit

National Dance Network

  • National Dance Network is a meeting point of organisations whose primary role is the development of dance in the context of presenting, programming and commissioning.
  • It aims to champion the creation and presentation of dance as a contemporary art form within a UK and international context. Its members work together to achieve a thriving, risk taking and confident dance sector in Britain, where UK based dance artists have the opportunities to research, create and present world-class work nationally and
  • Membership currently consists of twenty-seven key organisations from across the UK who meet on a regular basis to discuss, debate and to activity promote the development of dance.

For further information about National Dance Network please visit (??? or try ???

Coreo Cymru

  • Coreo Cymru is the creative producer for dance in Wales and operates within Chapter’s programme structure. It is a new initiative set up to encourage and manage the creation and production of new dance activity, and to support the development of Wales-based artists and companies.
  • Coreo Cymru is a member of the National Dance Network; Dance UK and the European touring initiative Dance Roads.

For further information about Coreo Cymru please visit

Chapter Arts Centre

  • Chapter is a highly successful, multi-art form venue that presents, produces and promotes international art, live performance and film alongside a dynamic social space.
  • It was established over 40 years ago and has been integral to the hosting of a wealth of national and international events including the British Art Show, Artes Mundi, Womex and some of the largest film festivals in the
  • The venue is a cultural and business success story, housing many of Wales’ best known names in theatre, dance, art and animation, and presenting over 1,000 events welcoming over 800,000 visitors every year
  • For further information about Chapter Arts Centre please visit


Wales Millennium Centre

  • Wales Millennium Centre is one of the world’s great performing arts centres and a venue of choice for the world’s best performers, performances and producers.
  • Opened in 2004, the Centre has become Wales’ number one visitor attraction and the largest provider of free public performances in the
  • The Centre is a focal point for the culture, identity and talents of Wales and provides a world-class showcase for musicals, opera, dance, entertainment, education and exhibitions with long lasting benefits for the whole

For further information about Wales Millennium Centre please visit:

National Dance Company Wales

  • National Dance Company Wales is an artist-led company with a wide-ranging international programme of contemporary dance including repertory touring, presenting and curating new and established artists, a portfolio of research activity and training courses for young people.

For further information about National Dance Company Wales please visit

The Riverfront, Newport

  • Opened in 2004, The Riverfront has a 493 seat theatre, 128 seat studio theatre and a dance studio within the building, as well as a number of other workshop and gallery spaces.
  • The wide ranging programme (35 events and activities a week, on average) has a significant element of dance, physical theatre and new circus.
  • Alongside its core programme, The Riverfront delivers festivals such as the Big Splash – a weekend of street theatre, dance, circus, carnival attracting more than 20,000 attenders – and ‘Discover Dance’, which seeks to engage new audiences through a week of performances, workshops and

For further information about National Dance Company Wales please visit

List of participating artists and companies within the live events programme in alphabetical order:

Aakash Odedra Company

Akram Khan Company

Balbir Singh Dance Company

Candoco Dance Company

Dan Daw

Darren Ellis Dance

Far From The Norm

Gary Clarke


Gwyn Emberton Dance

Hofesh Shechter Company

Igor and Moreno

James Cousins Company

Joan Clevillé Dance

Jo Fong

Liz Aggiss

Lost Dog

Luca Silvestrini’s Protein


National Dance Company Wales

Ockham’s Razor

Phoenix Dance Theatre


Project O

Reckless Sleepers

Robbie Synge

Rosemary Lee

Russell Maliphant Company

Scottish Dance Theatre

Second Hand Dance

Still House

Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru/Eddie Ladd

Theo Clinkard

Up & Over It

Vertical Dance

Wendy Houstoun

List of participating artists and companies within the pitching programme in alphabetical order:

Alexander Whitley

Avant Garde

Ballet Cymru

Barrowland Ballet

Fevered Sleep

Jasmin Vardimon

Rosie Heafford

Shobana Jeyasingh

Simon Whitehead & Rosemary Lee

Tom Dale

List of public performances:

Wednesday 16 March 2016

The Riverfront, Newport – 01633 656757 –

3pm Gary Clarke Company                          ‘COAL’

6pm Double Bill

Aakash Odedra                                                 Echoes

James Cousins Company                              There We Have Been

Wales Millennium Centre – 029 2063 6464 –

8pm Triple Bill

Scottish Dance Theatre                                 Dreamers

Russell Maliphant                                           Piece No. 43

Phoenix Dance Theatre                                Bloom

Thursday 17 March 2016

Wales Millennium Centre – 029 2063 6464 –

8pm Triple Bill

National Dance Company Wales              Tuplet

Candoco Dance Company                            Beheld

Hofesh Shechter Company                         tHE bAD

Friday 18 March 2016

Friday 18 March 2016

The Riverfront, Newport – 01633 656757 –

3.30pm Gecko                                                   INSTITUTE

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