Who We Are


As Artistic Director & Chief Executive of Dance Umbrella Emma Gladstone runs London’s international dance festival. Focusing on broadening definitions of choreography since taking over in 2014, recent festivals have featured ice skaters, flamenco artists, hip hop and digital work.  Committed to introducing contemporary choreography from around the world to audiences of all ages, DU now tours to more sites across the capital than ever before.

Previously Emma was Artistic Programmer at Sadler’s Wells 2005-13, and has worked extensively with the British Council, Southbank Centre, The Place and the Rolex Mentor Protégé programme. Before programming Emma danced for many years with Arlene Phillips, Lea Anderson’s The Cholmondeleys, and co-founded Adventures in Motion Pictures with Sir Matthew Bourne.

Emma regularly works as a mentor and advisor, most recently in South Korea, China and Chile. Recent awards include an Honorary Fellowship from Trinity Laban and a 2019 Tonic Award, received with DU’s two previous Artistic Directors, recognising outstanding women in the arts. Emma is a Trustee of the Arts and Health charity Aesop, and Chair of Siobhan Davies Dance.