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London’s oldest but still most vital festival of contemporary Dance

The Guardian, 2017

Dance Umbrella, London’s international dance festival is spearheaded by Artistic Director/CEO Emma Gladstone. We invite artists from around the globe every October to share their visions of the world, reflecting how it is now, and dreaming of how it could be. Throughout our history, many artists who have performed with us Mark Morris, Trisha Brown, Akram Khan, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Michael Clark, among others – have gone on to become some of the most influential figures in the industry worldwide. Throughout the year we also run digital talks, make films, support creative learning projects and help pioneering artists do research.

Since 1978, Dance Umbrella has presented more than 739 artists from 34 countries to over one million people and commissioned over 80 new works at 72 venues ranging from Smithfield Market and Battersea Power Station to the British Library, from canal long boats to Alexandra palace Ice Rink, from car park rooftops to outer London parks.

Emma Gladstone’s ambitious artistic vision is to take dance out and bring audiences in by expanding definitions of contemporary dance to include a wide range of dance and movement styles.  This includes reaching out to new audiences through the commissioning of new work, developing partnerships with non-dance venues, and establishing an Orbital touring network with arts centres in outer London boroughs.

Integral to all DU’s work is our overarching goal is to entice audiences, nurture artists, innovate practice, and deliver excellence.  2018 is our 40th Anniversary and we will be celebrating by reiterating our commitment to this vision with an inspiring programme of breadth and diversity.



We need a highly motivated, articulate individual able to support the Artistic Director/CEO in all aspects of the research, planning and delivery of the Festival programme. The successful candidate needs to have a proven track record in arts producing, working with a range of partners, artists and stakeholders, and have the ability to balance creative ideas with efficient delivery.

This is a full time post, salary £26,000 – £30,000 pa depending on experience.

See full job description here.


Deadline for applications:           Tuesday 25 September 2018

Interviews:                                  Thursday 4 October 2018


Please apply in writing telling us:

  • Why you want to work with DU
  • Details of the qualities and experiences you would bring to the role
  • Earliest available start date
  • The names of two referees (only contacted after seeking permission)

Please also include your CV (max 3 pages), covering letter and completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.

If you wish to have an informal conversation about the role before you submit an application, please email Anu Giri, Executive Director

All applications should be marked APPLICATION FOR FESTIVAL PRODUCER and be emailed to:

Zsuzsanna Posta at