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April 2021

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

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. Zoom Webinar A conversation with the artists who are part of Black British Dance Platform.  This is set up as a Zoom webinar, presenters can be seen but…

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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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Digital Dance and Discussion

May 1 @ 6:00 pm
Online United Kingdom
Free
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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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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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Dance Double Bill: Yinka Esi Graves and Maya Taylor

May 8 @ 7:45 pm
Livestreamed United Kingdom
£16 – £18

Two exciting new pieces of dance from two change making choreographers. In her first solo piece, flamenco dancer Yinka Esi Graves explores the constant play between being seen and invisibility in The Disappearing Act. Maya Taylor returns with a new solo featuring her high energy and unique style of choreography, now familiar on stage and screen. Maya Taylor  Shape | Shifter Shape | Shifter is a new work by American choreographer, Maya Taylor, exploring the strain she has often felt…

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June 2021

LDIF+ Masterclass with Dollie Henry

June 19 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Curve, 60 Rutland St
Leicester, LE1 1SB United Kingdom
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£30
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Dollie Henry is known for her infamous weekly Sunday jazz congregation dance class at Pineapple Dance Studios. This class is open for professional dancers, graduate and student dancers to share their love for jazz dance. LDIF+ Masterclasses Guidance To make the LDIF+ Masterclasses COVID-safe Serendipity are working with Curve to put a number of procedures in place. The class size will be kept small to ensure social distancing and the best possible experience working with the masterclass leaders. Full information…

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Spirit of Jazz: BOP Jazz Theatre Company

June 19 @ 7:45 pm
Livestreamed United Kingdom
£16 – £18
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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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LDIF+ Masterclass with Jonzi D

June 20 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Curve, 60 Rutland St
Leicester, LE1 1SB United Kingdom
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£30
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Jonzi D is an MC, dancer, spoken word artist, director and advocate who has changed the profile and development of the UK British hip-hop dance and theatre scene. This masterclass is aimed at dancers who seek to develop their choreographic practice and voice within hip-hop dance theatre. Choreopoetry. How do words and dance connect? An engaging exploration of lyrically motivated movement. How does the body distort the meaning of text? Made up of short choreographic tasks in collaboration with the…

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Windrush Day Online Lecture 2021 with Dr Beverley Bryan

June 22 @ 6:00 pm
Online – Zoom
£10

A Brief History of Key Moments and Issues in the Black British Civil Rights Movement Following the success of the inaugural Windrush Day Lecture in 2020, Serendipity are delighted to present the 2021 lecture by Dr Beverley Bryan as she explores A Brief History of Key Moments and Issues in the Black British Civil Rights Movement. Dr Bryan was a founder member of the Brixton Black Women’s Group and the Organisation of Women of African and Asian Descent (OWAAD); a…

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