Emma Gladstone on Dance Programming

Last night’s Next Choreography session provided us with an insight into dance programming by the Artistic Director of Dance Umbrella, Emma Gladstone. Bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and experience, she spoke about what influences her choices around selecting dance work, and how she curates a large scale dance festival.

One of the most interesting subjects she spoke of, was what aspects she looks for in work to deem it worthy of selection. They are:

Personal – is the artist exploring something of themselves in their work

Distinctive – what makes it stand out from other works

Brave – is the artist taking a risk, pursuing a new direction in dance making

Articulate – does the work succeed in communicating what the artists intention is

I very much enjoyed meeting Emma and listening to her honest and often amusing anecdotes of working in this area of dance – here is a photo of her with the group and our book of words in response to the session…

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