Let’s Dance goes International in Leicester

Published: 13 April 2019
Reporter: Vera Liber

Theophilius Oloyade Credit: Stuart Hollis

Let’s Dance International Frontiers will launch in Leicester on International Dance Day, 29 April 2019, in venues across the city including Curve, Leicester Cathedral, Queen Victoria Arts Club and Phoenix Cinema.

LDIF19’s theme is Black Dance: A Contemporary Voice, which will be the focal point of discussion at the conference on 30 April. Performers will include Ayikodans (Haiti), Kwesi Johnson (UK), Ronald K Brown / Evidence (USA), Tabanka (Norway), Mistato Shimizu (UK) and Alesandra Seutin (UK).

David Mead, editor of SeeingDance.com, said, "LDIF is a really welcoming dance festival that has something for everyone: performances from emerging and established artists, including well-known names from overseas rarely seen in the UK, plus workshops, films and a conference. I love the contemporary vibe and that director Pawlet Brookes is always on the lookout for new spaces to host events alongside established venues. LDIF truly captures the richness of dance across all forms and all cultures: diversity in the truest sense of the word."

Highlights include:

  • 29 April: Ayikodans (director: Jeanguy Saintus) in Reflections at Leicester Cathedral.
  • 30 April: LDIF19 Conference: Black Dance: A Contemporary Voice at the Curve. Evening: networking event at Queen Victoria Arts Centre.
  • 1 May: Film: Bill T Jones A Good Man and Never Stand Still at Phoenix Cinema.
  • 2 May: Emerging artists Shima Amani Isaac with Ubutumwa, Migrart Emprendimientos Creativos with False Cognate, Sapphire Sumpter with Sorrow, Mary Olowo with Innocence and Ascension Dance with Males at Curve RR2.
  • 3 May: Urban Jazz Company at Curve.
  • 7 May: Dance For Camera with Vijay Patel at De Montfort University.
  • 8 May: Misato Shimizu and Ofelia Balogun at Curve RR2.
  • 9 May: An evening with performer / historian / author Brenda Dixon Gottschild at Trinity House Chapel, De Montfort University.
  • 10–11 May: Evidence Dance Company at Curve.