Welcome to Let’s Dance International Frontiers 2022 (LDIF22). We are delighted to present the twelfth edition of the annual festival of dance in Leicester. This year’s theme In Situ: Responding to Space, Place, People and Time is an open conversation around how dance inhabits different spaces, can bring communities together, share lived experiences beyond barriers and express moments of joy. The theme takes on particular relevance during recent times, as dancers and choreographers have continued to innovate around restrictions. Whilst recognising the embodiment of knowledge in dance from the African and African Caribbean Diaspora.
We celebrate International Dance Day with a new commission Siren Calls: To an Illusive Journey with choreography set to Philip Herbert’s evocative score interpreted by two different choreographers, Monique Jonas and Thomas Talawa Prestø, sharing their work on 29 and 30 April respectively. LDIF22 will showcase Artincidence, Yinka Esi Graves, Maya Taylor and Tabanka Dance Ensemble who will share new incarnations of work they have been developing in digital and physical domains. There will be opportunities throughout the festival to participate in dance and discussion through the annual conference, the LDIF+ Masterclass programme and the Dance Dialogues series. Rising dance talent takes centre stage with the return of Signatures and Black British Dance Platform, two initiatives that support the aim of cultivating a dance sector that is representative of contemporary Britain. As the finale to LDIF22, we are delighted to present Ballet Hispánico with a mixed repertoire of work recognising 50 years of amplifying voices from the Latinx Diaspora.
In person and online, Let’s Dance International Frontiers to date has supported the work of 280 artists from over 46 countries. As we plan a return to bringing dance to audiences in person we would like to thank everyone who has supported LDIF over the last twelve years. We look
forward to seeing you at LDIF22, Let’s Dance!
Pawlet Brookes MBE
CEO and Artistic Director