Line-up revealed for annual Leicester dance festival

Published: 27 January 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme

Brittany Williams in the main promotional image for the Let's Dance International Frontiers festival Credit: Lucrecia Diaz

Leicester’s annual dance festival Let's Dance International Frontiers is back for its 11th year with 11 days of in-person, indoor, outdoor and online events.

The 2020 festival had to move online because of the coronavirus pandemic. Organisers of the 2021 event say the programme will be adapted if necessary according to the most up-to-date government guidelines.

Pawlet Brookes, artistic director and chief executive officer of Serendipity UK, the producers of Let's Dance International Frontiers, said, "if the events of the last year have taught us anything, it’s that we live in an ever-fluctuating world where we have to be creative and responsive.

“As we move through this challenging period, arts and culture will be crucial in playing a key role in re-engaging society, helping mental and physical health and stimulating the economy.

“With this in mind, we’re delighted to present a multi-faceted, flexible programme of international dance. There’ll be world-class performances and we’re also giving audiences a number of opportunities to be involved alongside leading artists and practitioners. In addition, there’ll be workshop opportunities for emerging and mid-career artists.”

The festival will begin on Thursday 29 April with Born to Protest, an outdoor performance at Orton Square, Leicester by Joseph Toonga and Just Dance Theatre, “responding to the lived experiences of black men through hip-hop dance”.

A range of national and international dance performances will be staged at Curve. Among them will be Black British Dance Platform on 30 April, a showcase of new and innovative work by British-based artists from the African and African-Caribbean diaspora.

The full programme is available at the Serendipity web site.