In 2014 Dance Umbrella launched our Re-Search programme. The programme takes place throughout each year, with the aim of providing time and space for invited artists to test choreographic ideas and collaborations before beginning work on a new project.

The first Re-Search project of 2014 was awarded to young London choreographer Ivan Blackstock. This gave him a week of investigation in preparation for his show A Harlem Dream, which went on to become the sell-out hit of Dance Umbrella 2014.

In 2015, the Re-Search programme supported theatre maker Katherine Morley and choreographer Rosie Heafford to work together on developing the movement for the show 16 Singers, which was seen by 676 babies and their grown-ups and nominated for a Family Arts Award.

“The R&D …was extremely useful, creative and enjoyable [time} that allowed Kitty and I to test some ideas with music and 16 people in the room. …..I came away from that day with an arsenal of movements and movement language which I can now play with, strip back and place within the show.”

Choreographer Rosie Heafford


A sneak peek of some research for Lucy Carter’s piece First Light, which was supported by the RE-SEARCH programme in 2016.