Kerry-Ann Henry in Mountain Climbing
Image Credit: National Dance Theatre
Company of Jamaica
LET’S DANCE INTERNATIONAL FRONTIERS 2024 CAMOUFLAGE: EMBODIED DANCE
29 APRIL – 4 MAY 2024
Let’s Dance International Frontiers (LDIF) is an annual dance festival launching each year on 29 April, International Dance Day. With dance at the heart, LDIF pushes boundaries with a creative programme that reflects the international nature of Leicester through performances, discussion seminars, masterclasses and an annual conference.
Over the last fourteen years, LDIF has presented over 280 artists and companies, including 69 UK premieres and 42 world premieres. LDIF has also fostered the work of emerging artists, through platforms such as Signatures, Autograph and the Black British Dance Platform in partnership with FABRIC. LDIF has become a trailblazer for international dance programming and commissioning in the UK, with many artists making their UK debut as part of the festival, before appearing at mainstream venues including Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion (USA), Urban Bush Women (USA), PHILADANCO (USA), Germaine Acogny (Senegal), Maya Taylor (USA) and Shamel Pitts/TRIBE.
Let’s Dance International Frontiers 2024 (LDIF24) explores the theme of Camouflage: Embodied Dance. A deceptively simple premise that opens the door to a realm of Black theorists from Édouard Glissant’s “right to opacity” to the paradox of the invisibility/hyper-visibility of Black women discussed by bell hooks and many others through to the socio-political commentary of Caribbean carnival and Mas reflected through the camouflage of one’s self. Ultimately, tackling issues of the Black performing body, the histories embodied within and the transformation of a dance artist in order to share these stories.