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April 2021

Colonisation in Reverse: Jean-Léon Destiné Exhibition

April 29 - May 8
Curve, 60 Rutland St
Leicester, LE1 1SB United Kingdom
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A black and white aged image of a man's face, cropped in tight to frame his eyes and mouth.

Jean-Léon Destiné (1918 – 2013) is known for his choreography that addresses Haiti’s history of resistance again colonialism and slavery. Featuring archival materials, some of which have never been presented in public before, Jean-Léon Destiné’s rich and colourful career is brought to life. Colonisation in Reverse: Jean-Léon Destiné Exhibition is part of Let’s Dance International Frontiers (LDIF), an annual international dance festival produced by Serendipity UK.  The festival features performances, discussions, workshops and a conference exploring dance as a medium for positive change. Image…

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Spot a Day Dance Diary: Patricia Vester

April 29 - May 8
Various
I line drawing two people back to back.

Patricia Vester is an illustrator and artist based in Potsdam, Germany. For Let’s Dance International Frontiers 2021, Patricia Vester will be artist in residence, creating original responses to the festival, as she documents and encapsulates movement and dance, through visual art. Image credit - Illustration by Patricia Vester

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LDIF21 Launch

April 29 @ 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Online – Zoom
Free 65 spots left
A woman standing on one foot in mid pose wearing a multi-coloured jacket.

Join us on Zoom on Thursday 29 April at 6:00pm to celebrate International Dance Day and the start of this year's multifaceted festival. Pawlet Brookes, CEO and Artistic Director, Serendipity, will introduce this year's programme followed by a sharing of Joseph Toonga's Born to Manifest film series ahead of the outdoor performance of Born to Protest in June.

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Black British Dance Platform

April 30 @ 7:45 pm
Livestreamed United Kingdom
£16 – £18

The Black British Dance Platform will showcase new and innovative work by British based artists from the African and African Caribbean Diaspora.   FUBUNATION Ruins  Ruins opens a dialogue surrounding the myth of masculinity as it is felt within the Pan-African diaspora. FUBUNATION are deconstructing the power struggle within themselves and finding the balance between conflict, vulnerability, and co-dependency. By doing so, they own and repair their deeper anxieties that they have learned so well to mask. FUBUNATION is a dance…

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May 2021

Black British Dance Platform: In Conversation

May 1 @ 2:00 pm
Online United Kingdom
Free
A black and white image of a man in mid leap with his head facing down, he is wearing a baseball cap with the text Black British Dance in Conversation in white text above his head.

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. The ticket link is to purchase a ticket to watch the dance shorts in person at Serendipity's Dialogue Box.  The dance shorts will also be available online. Black British Dance Platform: In Conversation is part of Let’s Dance International Frontiers (LDIF), an annual international dance festival produced by Serendipity UK.  The festival features performances, discussions, workshops and a…

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Digital Dance and Discussion

May 1 @ 6:00 pm
Online United Kingdom
Free
A pixelated image a man in a hat covering his face leaning backwards wearing jeans and a green check shirt.

Join us for a curated programme of dance films exploring storytelling, identity and expression. Following the screening, take the opportunity to delve deeper through a discussion of the work. The ticket link is to purchase a ticket to watch the screening in person at Serendipity's Dialogue Box.  The dance films will also be available on the day online on this page. Digital Dance and Discussion is part of Let’s Dance International Frontiers (LDIF), an annual international dance festival produced by Serendipity.  The…

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JOMBA! Digital Edge: Intimacies of Isolation

May 1 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Online United Kingdom
Free

As the COVID-19 pandemic hit South African in March of 2020, and with the ensuing lockdown and the curtailing of any live performance, the South African JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Festival (going into its 22nd edition in 2020), hosted by the Centre for Creative Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, moved the festival online and into the digital domain. Jabu Siphika Ya kutosha – An intimate and terrifying exploration of gender-based violence and what it means to be trapped in the home.  Dancer/Choreographer:…

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LDIF21 Online Conference – Creating Socially Engaged Art: Can Dance Change the World?

May 4 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Online United Kingdom
£25 – £70

Livestreamed/Zoom BSL Interpreted and Auto Captioned Through dance, artists have brought to light untold issues and taboos, codified, developed and raised the profile of dance techniques from the African and African Caribbean Diaspora and engaged with audiences and their communities in innovative ways. This conference seeks to highlight the impact that Black communities in particular have made to the international dance ecology. Contributors include: Jeanette Bain-Burnett (UK) - director of participation at the Trussell Trust and Formerly Head of Community Engagement,…

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Spirit of Jazz: BOP Jazz Theatre Company

May 5 @ 7:45 pm
Livestreamed United Kingdom
£16 – £18
A group of dancers stood on stage lit in a red light with their hands up.

Spirit of Jazz is a collection of BOP repertoire and concert dance works and performances, capturing the individual and collective human spirit and creative expression of the jazz dance theatre art form. With original jazz compositions and arrangements by Paul Jenkins and choreography by Dollie Henry. Spirit of Jazz: BOP Jazz Theatre Company is part of Let’s Dance International Frontiers (LDIF), an annual international dance festival produced by Serendipity.  The festival features performances, discussions, workshops and a conference exploring dance as a medium for…

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Globally Connecting: My Voice, My Practice In Conversation

May 7 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Online – Zoom
Free

This In Conversation event, featuring Pawlet Brookes and some of the contributors from Serendipity's latest publication, My Voice, My Practice: Black Dance, will be an opportunity to listen to the voices of practitioners as they discuss their career history, techniques, pedagogy and performance practice, as they work to dismantle any perceptions of homogeneity when it comes to dance by, from and for the African and African Caribbean Diaspora. Panellists include Eduardo Vilaro, Makeda Thomas and Thomas Prestø. My Voice, My…

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