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Open Lecture in association with DanceEast

Leading the Dance - Jeanette Siddall CBE

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Tuesday, 3 December 2019,
18:00 to 20:00
Waterfront Building, Ipswich

Registration from 17:30 with the lecture starting at 18:00

Leading the dance

Today, dance is popular and trendy, found in television reality shows, advertisements, music videos, theatres, cinemas, streets, and parks. It engages people of all ages, abilities and interests as creators, dancers, participants and audiences. Yet, in its contemporary diversity and liveliness, dance only emerged in the UK from the 1960s. This talk will look at how dance has transformed over the last few decades. It will focus on DanceEast and the Jerwood DanceHouse which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2019, to explore the difference a building can make and how the development of a new and distinctive kind of arts building, the Dancehouse, has helped shape ideas about what dance is, means and can do.

Jeanette Siddall

Following a career that included being Director of Dance UK and Director of Dance for Arts Council England, Jeanette now lives in Ipswich, moving here from London in order to be able to attend a range of classes, workshops and performances at DanceEast and to join its performing company for older people, EncoreEast. Jeanette is Chair of Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures dance company, on the Board of Ipswich-based Gecko, and a visiting fellow of the University of Suffolk. In 2013 she was awarded a CBE for services to dance.


Jeanette Siddall Sept 2019 (002) Edited