Thursday, September 24, 2009

Step Out Arts BEACDS Showcase

25 September 6.30pm – 8.30pm: University of Bedfordshire
02 October 6.30pm – 8.30pm: Greenwich Dance Agency

The two showcases are a celebration of performance work created by four British East Asian choreographers working in various dance forms. All four pieces will feature innovative and contemporary choreographic ideas that have been researched and developed as part of the British East Asian Choreographers Development Scheme (BEACDS) which is funded by Arts Council England. Each of the four choreographers were chosen to take part in the BEACDS after a nationwide selection process and have worked with a professional mentor to advance their choreography and dance practice.

The showcases act as an opportunity for these new and emerging choreographers to present their considerable talents to an audience comprising both public and industry professionals. After the performances there will be a Q&A session to discuss issues raised by the pieces and the project as a whole – for example, issues of East Asian identity and diverse work in the UK dance/choreography scene. This also represents a chance for the choreographers to meet their peers and, in turn, Step Out Arts hopes that promoters and programmers will discover new artists they would like to work with in the future.

Artist details

Annie Pui Ling Lok is a British born Chinese contemporary choreographer and performer. Half Truths and Allegories is a work in progress exploring processes of translation/mistranslation and possibilities of storytelling and communication through verbal and abstract non-verbal languages.

Chisato Minamimura
is a Japanese deaf dancer, tutor and choreographer. BEATS will focus on Chisato's ongoing exploration of what it is like to experience visual sound/music from the perspective of a deaf person.

Khamlane Halsackda is a British Lao choreographer. Khamlane will stage a duet called ACT 1 – ‘Origin of Love’. The work is inspired by the moment he first fell in love. By exploring this period in his life with his former partner, and memories of his childhood, he questions the core of what love is to each of us.

Quang Kien Van is an established British Chinese professional dancer, and is currently focusing on developing his choreographic career. Patient 319 is a cautionary tale that highlights the dangers of social exclusion and cultural alienation.

Tickets are now available for both showcases, early booking is essential as capacity is limited.

Ticket prices are £6 full/£5 concession

To book your place telephone:

Greenwich Dance Agency Box office: 02082 939 741
Greenwich Dance Agency, The Borough Hall, Royal Hill, London SE10 8RE

University of Bedfordshire Box office: 01234 269 519
University of Bedfordshire, Bedford campus, Polhill Avenue, Bedford MK41 9EA

For more information and a detailed timetable email Matthew Bamber at