ResCen: Dance Umbrella at 40

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 filmed and available to watch.

FRI 28 SEPT Voices Off: a conversation with Annie-B Parson and Emma Gladstone

TUE 2 OCT Ruth Little – Motive Force: performance and the social body. Ruth Little in conversation with Vicky Featherstone.

THU 4 OCT Meet the Artists: Wen Hui

TUE 9 OCT Open Forum: Future Facing. With panelists Siobhan Davies, Shobana Jeyasingh, Alexandrina Hemsley & Paul Hughes.

WED 10 OCT Panel Discussion: Out of the System. Chair Oluwatoyin Odunsi and panelists Mina Aidoo, Dr Olu Taiwo and Jenny Sealey.

SAT 13 OCT 40th Party + Talk with DU Artistic Directors hosted by LIFT festival founder, Rose Fenton.

TUE 16 OCT Meet the Artists: Dimitris Papaioannou

THU 18 OCT Meet the Artists: Colin Dunne



A close-up of DU Directors’ ideas, visions and memories.

DU current

DU past