International dance festival returns to Leicester

Published: 15 January 2020
Reporter: Steve Orme

Kyle Abraham who will perform his new solo work Cocoon at LDIF20
Alice Sheppard will perform Where Good Souls Fear

Serendipity, the diversity-led arts organisation based in Leicester, is celebrating ten years of curating the Let’s Dance International Frontiers festival.

LDIF20 will open with the only UK performance by American choreographer / dancer Kyle Abraham who will perform a new solo work, Cocoon, at Leicester Gallery, De Montfort University on 29 April.

Other highlights include Signatures, a programme of work from Spain, Tanzania, France and Sweden, at Curve, Leicester on 6 May; British / American disabled dancer and choreographer Alice Sheppard with Where Good Souls Fear in Curve’s Studio on 7 May; Annabel Guérédrat and Henri Tauliaut of Artincidence with a site-specific work inspired by Marcel Duchamp's Nudes Descending the Staircase at New Walk Museum on 9 May; and Philadelphia ballet company Philadanco with a mixed programme in Curve’s Studio on 15 and 16 May.

There will be a conference on 5 May featuring international keynote speakers and dance practitioners. The theme will be 10 Years, 10 Countries, 10 Voices: Black Classics.

Pawlet Brookes, chief executive and artistic director of Serendipity, said, “we’re enormously proud of what we’ve achieved with LDIF in bringing global dance to audiences in Leicester and showing that dance really is a universal language where everyone is welcome.”

The festival will run from 29 April until 16 May. Further details are available at the Serendipity web site.