Dance Beds

About

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Dance Beds is a collaboration between BCA, University of Bedfordshire and Dance East to create a centre for dance practice in Bedfordshire.

The project aims to make Bedfordshire a hub of excellence for choreographic innovation, youth dance engagement, widening participation and increasing diversity in dance. With Bedford being the fifth most culturally diverse town in the East of England, we seek to raise aspiration in the area and champion an innovative and inclusive practice to share regionally and nationally.
The programme commenced in November 2019 and runs until mid 2021.
Dance Beds engages young people and supports both emerging and established dance artists through three strands of activity: a series of commissions, CPD (continuing professional development) and mentoring. We will explore and develop dance activity that reaches gaps in provision for participants, attracts diverse dance artists to the local area, and connects experienced and emerging artists with cultural organisations and the youth dance sector.
A group of specially commissioned artists will be brought together to focus on choreographic creation in the context of engaging hard-to-reach audiences, including three emerging artists (Ashley Goosey, Katie Boag and Simon Hoang) and three established partnership artists (Urja Desai Thakore, Rebecca Evans and Julia Cheng).

In order to connect with wider Bedford audiences, especially those who may not usually experience dance, we will hold free outdoor public performances at Bedford Riverside Square and Bedford River Festival. We will hold Dance Dialogue Days throughout the project to bring together dance professionals to debate, share best practice, learn and network. These events will be open to professionals outside the project, so do check this page or sign up to our newsletter for updates.

 

Our artists

Urja Desai Thakore

Pagrav Dance Company (PDC) promotes kathak giving the form a new context and renewed presentation. The Artistic Director, Urja Desai Thakore, is one of the UK’s leading kathak dancers and choreographers, whose sensitive, thought-provoking style is highly regarded by traditionalists and modernists alike.

Rebecca Evans

Photo Credit Neil Catchick

As Choreographer and Artistic Director of Pell Ensemble since 2012 Rebecca has developed and delivered digital dance performance, installations and engagement work in the UK & abroad. Recently Rebecca was one of 10 choreographers selected by Studio Wayne McGregor to take part in Questlab Network, a nationally significant program developing cross-disciplinary digital and dance practices. Her practice has included combining movement with live coding, generative projection, 360 sound, walking apps and interactive performance. She was on The BENCH 2015/2016 and has been commissioned by 2Faced Dance, Wilton’s Strike, Spontaneous Combustion Festival, The Vaults, Athens Digital Arts Festival and London Borough of Culture.

 

Ashley Goosey

 

Ashley Goosey, MA Graduate in Dance Performance and Choreography from Bedfordshire University.Ashley is a member of hip hop theatre company, Spoken Movement and Bdblaq Dance. Having joint both companies in 2017, he has performed both nationally and internationally and has been working extensively with both companies ever since. He trained extensively in China learning several styles of Martial Arts such as Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Qi Gong. The reason for applying for the artist graduate scheme was to start exploring myself as an artist and to start creating work for myself. After gain a lot of experience and knowledge in movement and music production I wanted to bring both of these skills together and share my voice as an artist.

 

Katie Boag

 

Katie Boag a graduate of both the BA in Dance and Professional Practice and MA in Dance Performance and Choreography at the University of Bedfordshire. She now is a dance artist and maker specialising in Krump and Contemporary movement. Aiming to build a reputable dance company (E14 Dance Company). Her work is motivated and inspired by creating work that gives a voice to socio-political issues. And is fuelled on how she views the world.
Blossom (working title) is a collaborative duet that looks at women who are overlooked and forgotten about in society. Exploring the duality of divine female power and delicate femininity. Katie and Jodie Bray collaborate to create powerful and thought provoking piece, looking at both sides of prejudice that women go through in their lives. Combined with an emotive original score created by Ashley Goosey and costume by Juliet Dodson.

 

Julia Cheng

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Credit:@dann_jose
Julia Cheng has extensive expertise in multidisciplinary dance and self-produced work.  A runner-up in the Arts Foundation Futures Award 2019 for Hip Hop Dance, she has judged, competed in and won many competitions since 2007 and is a mentor for Breakin’ Convention & BBC Young Dancer.
Julia has considerable stage and theatre commissions, with influences that have led to cross-collaborative works with artists in contemporary dance, music, visual art and poetry. These works have been presented by BBC World Service, ICA, London Jazz Festival, Roundhouse, Sadlers Wells Theatre,V&A museum, Southbank Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome, Contour London Symphony Orchestra, British Council Cairo, Wilderness Festival, China Changing Festival, Jazz Refreshed, Love Supreme Festival, University of Hertfordshire amongst many more. Her technique continues to evolve as she seeks to break boundaries in any given style and creates new work across UK, Europe, Africa and Asia.

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Artists

Urja Desai Thakore

Rebecca Evans

Ashley Goosey

Katie Boag

Julia Cheng