ResCen: Dance Umbrella at 40

Freddie Opoku-Addaie, Ivan Blackstock & Greta Mendez, DU18 Moving Cities | Photo Jevan Chowdhury


In the frame of the 40th Anniversary of the festival, Dance Umbrella has partnered with ResCen, Middlesex University to document for the first time the creative processes of commissioned artists. It is also an instance to record and share the DU 2018 events, talks and activities with a wider audience.
We will be following the artists involved in DU’s Re-Search Programme and the Four by Four project as they develop. We will also be documenting the talks and events happening in the Festival including vox pop interviews with colleagues past an present; and finally interview Artistic Director Emma Gladstone, Executive Director Anu Giri and previous DU Artistic Directors Val Bourne and Betsy Gregory to hear from them first-hand about Dance Umbrella’s history and vision.
All these materials can be found on ResCen: Dance Umbrella at 40 on ResCen’s website here.


We will be following the creative processes of four artists:


A programme inspired by the four decades of DU artistic growth, a way of moving forwards by looking back. All three DU’s Artistic Directors – Val Bourne CBE, Betsy Gregory and Emma Gladstone – have invited an established artist from their time at the helm to nominate a ‘choreographer of the future’.
Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker (Belgium)
Akram Khan (UK)
Stephen Petronio (US)
Rocío Molina (Spain)
Nominees / ‘Choreographers of the future’
Georgia Vardarou (Greece) – nominated by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker
Mythili Prakash (India) – nominated by Akram Khan
Abby Zbikowski (US) – nominated by Stephen Petronio
Jon Maya Sein (Spain) – nominated by Rocío Molina


All DU 2018 talks, panels and events were filmed and are available to watch:
Voices Off: a conversation with Annie-B Parson and Emma Gladstone
Ruth Little – Motive Force: performance and the social body Ruth Little in conversation with Vicky Featherstone.
Meet the Artists: Wen Hui
Open Forum: Future Facing With panelists Siobhan Davies, Shobana Jeyasingh, Alexandrina Hemsley & Paul Hughes.
Panel Discussion: Out of the System Chair Oluwatoyin Odunsi and panelists Mina Aidoo, Dr Olu Taiwo and Jenny Sealey.
40th Party + Talk with DU Artistic Directors hosted by LIFT festival founder, Rose Fenton.
Meet the Artists: Dimitris Papaioannou
Meet the Artists: Colin Dunne


A close-up of DU Directors’ ideas, visions and memories:
DU current
DU past