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April 2022

Let’s Dance International Frontiers 2022 Launch

April 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Leicester Museum and Art Gallery, 53 New Walk
Leicester, LE1 7EA
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£16 – £18 49 tickets left

Let’s Dance International Frontiers 2022 returns with a unique launch event to celebrate International Dance Day, embracing the theme of this year’s festival, In Situ: Responding to Space, Place, People and Time. Siren Calls: To an Illusive Journey Composed by Philip Herbert Choreographed by Monique Jonas Commissioned by Serendipity, composed by Philip Herbert and choreographed by Monique Jonas, Siren Calls: To an Illusive Journey seeks to honour the Windrush generation and crystallise their experiences.  With choreography that encapsulates the strength,…

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Dance Dialogues: #BlackBoyJoyGone Film Screening and Discussion

April 30 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Dialogue Box, Serendipity, 21 Bowling Green Street
Leicester, LE1 6AS
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£10.00 20 tickets left

#BlackBoyJoyGone (#BBJG) is a BFI Doc Society funded hybrid documentary by and for Black men on mental health, sexual trauma and finding strength through brotherhood. Directed by Ashley Karrell and Isaac Ouro-Gnao, blending interviews, poetry, dance and storytelling, it captures the lives, realities, and the hopeful perspectives of men in the North, the Midlands and London in the United Kingdom. A post screening discussion will be led by the film creators to exchange views on the elements within the film.…

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Tabanka Dance Ensemble

April 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sue Townsend Theatre, 16 Upper Brown Street
Leicester, LE1 5TE
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£16 – £18 249 tickets left

Tabanka African and Caribbean People’s Dance Ensemble are known internationally for their platform that pioneers, promotes and centres artistic legacy for Black Nordic Personhood.  Based in Norway and founded by Thomas Talawa Prestø, the company are guardians of the Talawa Technique™, one of few fully codified African and Caribbean dance techniques. This mixed bill presents works from Tabanka’s repertoire. Siren Calls: To an Illusive Journey Composed by Philip Herbert Choreographed by Thomas Prestø In this second interpretation of Siren Calls:…

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May 2022

JOMBA! Film Showcase

May 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free 20 tickets left

In partnership with JOMBA! one of South Africa’s leading dance festivals, LDIF22 presents a selection of dance shorts from six Durban-based dance makers.  The artists were asked to work loosely around the theme of Border Crossings, embracing the opportunity to re-imagine their creativity and their dance work for a digital space. Sabelo Cele | Uhambo Sinethemba Khuzway | BORDER IMPOSITIONS Cameron S Govender | Aikyam ... reincarnating identity Aphelele Nyawose | imThwalo Thobile Maphanga | Sihamba sizibhala Nqubeko ‘Cue’ Ngema…

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In Situ: Responding to Space, Place, People and Time Conference

May 3 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Curve, Rutland Street
Leicester, LE1 3UL
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£60 – £110 59 tickets left

The theme for both the festival and conference for Let’s Dance International Frontiers 2022 is In Situ: Responding to Space, Place, People and Time.  Dance can be anywhere, in a studio, on screen, in the streets, on a stage, dance can bring communities together, share lived experiences beyond barriers and express moments of joy.  Dance can be a powerful tool for change.  This conference brings together artists, practitioners and educators, rooted in the African and African Caribbean Diaspora to share…

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LDIF+ Masterclasses: Makeda Thomas

May 4 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Curve, Rutland Street
Leicester, LE1 3UL
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£30 20 tickets left

LDIF+ is Let’s Dance International Frontiers’ year-round programme supporting continuing professional development opportunities for dancers and choreographers.  For LDIF22 the masterclasses cover a range of techniques rooted in the richness of the African and African Caribbean Diaspora. Makeda Thomas is a New York/Port of Spain based dance artist and founding director of the Dance and Performance Institute, Trinidad and Tobago. Interdisciplinary in nature, her artistic practice, scholarship and teaching are situated at the intersection of performance practice, Diaspora theory, dance…

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LDIF+ Masterclasses: Ballet Hispánico

May 4 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Curve, Rutland Street
Leicester, LE1 3UL
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£20 20 tickets left

Ballet Hispánico brings communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures through innovative dance productions, transformative dance training, and community engagement.  An eclectic fusion of contemporary and Latin dance forms, work alongside Ballet Hispánico to learn more about their repertoire as a resource providing access points for movement, socio-political and cultural context. Serendipity Connect members save 15% on this masterclass. Join us.

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LDIF+ Masterclasses: John Hunte

May 5 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Curve, Rutland Street
Leicester, LE1 3UL
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Free 20 tickets left

John Hunte is an accomplished performer, arts activist, choreographer, teacher and consultant.  Executive Director of the Barbados Dance Project, Hunte was artistic coordinator for CARIFESTA XIII and a former Cultural Officer for Dance at the National Cultural Foundation (NCF).  Hunte is currently a tutor at the Barbados Community College and lecturer at the UWI Cave Hill Campus in the creative studies and cultural studies programmes. Serendipity Connect members save 15% on this masterclass. Join us.

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Dance Dialogues: Black British Dance Platform In Conversation

May 5 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Curve, Rutland Street
Leicester, LE1 3UL
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Free 20 tickets left

Aimed at promoters, programmers and producers, this in conversation is an opportunity to hear more from the artists participating in the Black British Dance Platform.  In collaboration with Dance4.

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Yinka Esi Graves and Maya Taylor

May 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Guildhall, Guildhall Lane
Leicester, LE1 5FQ
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£16 – £18 50 tickets left

Two collaborative solo works, first shared as part of LDIF’s online programmes in 2020 and 2021, come to life with Leicester’s historic Guildhall as a backdrop. The Disappearing Act Yinka Esi Graves The Disappearing Act is a solo exploration of the ways in which Black women articulate their resistances to negation by Yinka Esi Graves.  Graves is particularly interested in methods of camouflage and mimicry that insidiously seep into the intimate realm, asking what the real cost of being viable…

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