East London Dance new leadership

Published: 16 September 2021
Reporter: Vera Liber

Kate Scanlan and Tia Hassan Credit: Charlene Davies

As East London Dance moves to a new purpose-built home this autumn, Tia Hassan and Kate Scanlan have been jointly appointed Creative Director and Chief Executive on a job share basis from Monday 4 October as outgoing Chief Executive and Artistic Director Polly Risbridger prepares to leave at the end of October.

Hassan and Scanlan have both previously worked with East London Dance and both have deep networks within the local east London artist communities and a wealth of experience of large-scale community engagement and production.

They said, “this is a critical time for the sector and now, more than ever, The Talent House will offer so much to artists, communities and individuals as we recover, rebuild and innovate again. Alongside the incredible team we are joining and our phenomenal building partner UD, we will make this superb space into a destination venue, an accessible and inspiring space that reflects Newham and London’s rich diversity. Inspired by the new building, we want to see artists taking the lead, developing ideas, making ground-breaking work and taking over the building, using it as a base to powerfully engage and grow their reach across east London and beyond..”