About Us

bodies in urban spaces (2009), photo by Hugo Glendinning

bodies in urban spaces (2009), photo by Hugo Glendinning

bodies in urban spaces (2009), photo by Hugo Glendinning

Vincent Mantsoe (2003), photo by John Hogg

Vincent Mantsoe (2003), photo by John Hogg

Vincent Mantsoe (2003), photo by John Hogg

Stephen Petronio Company (2008), photo by Sarah Silver

Stephen Petronio Company (2008), photo by Sarah Silver

Stephen Petronio Company (2008), photo by Sarah Silver

Since 1978, Dance Umbrella has been bringing new dance to London.

We thrive on the dynamism and openness of the city and bring together artists and events which surprise and thrill audiences of all kinds. We commission, produce and present dance events and each year stage one of the world’s leading international dance festivals.

Dance Umbrella opens out the dance experience by presenting a range of affordable and free-to-view events in unusual spaces. We also identify, nurture, support and showcase the most exciting talent in new dance, offering artists the benefits of long-term relationships and identifying the most appropriate platform for their work. 

Our Mission

To bring brave new dance to London.

Our Values

OPEN

Dance Umbrella is accessible, flexible and international in outlook. We are committed to collaboration and partnerships, creating and presenting the highest quality new dance.

PASSIONATE

We believe that everyone should experience dance. Dance Umbrella showcases and develops new dance trends, and fosters aspirations through performances and participatory opportunities of the highest quality.

EXTRAORDINARY

We celebrate the extraordinary in new dance: embracing diversity, supporting artists, championing the art form.



Ben Duke is a UK dancer and choreographer.

 He trained at the Guildford School of Acting and London Contemporary Dance School.

 

As a performer, he has worked with The National Theatre of Scotland, The Gate theatre, Punch Drunk, Maresa von Stockert, and the Darkin Ensemble.

 

He has also choreographed works for Scottish Dance Theatre, Phoenix Dance Theatre, the National Theatre of Scotland and the Gate Theatre.

 

Ben is the co-founder of Lost Dog and has co-created and performed in Pave up Paradise The Drowner, Hungry Ghosts, The Rain Parade and Salvage. 

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