NID New Italian Dance Platform
Reggio Emilia 10-13 October 2019

NID Platform

British Breakfast

Fonderia - Via della Costituzione 39, Reggio Emilia - Saturday 12 October, 09:00 am

Duration: 45 minuti

With the UK Delegates
With the support of British Council

Come and meet delegates from organisations from across the UK at this “British” breakfast. Over a cup of tea, you can find out more about the dance scene in the UK and see if there are opportunities for collaboration.

This event is supported by the British Council, the UK’s international cultural relations organisation.

We have been present in Italy since 1945, promoting a wider appreciation of British culture and civilisation by encouraging  cultural, educational and other interchanges between the United Kingdom and elsewhere.

We have offices in Rome, Milan and Naples with a combined staff of over 100 who every year work with many thousands of Italians directly plus millions more online through our activities in English, Arts and Education and Society.

For more information on our work, visit www.britishcouncil.it

*The meeting is reserved for professionals accredited to NID Platform.  





Role: General manager 

Based in Croydon (South London) I am responsible for the day to day running of Aerowaves. 

I look after logistics, accounting, scheduling, reporting to funders, negotiating with artists, contracting, HR, deputising for the director… 

I also liaise with the 40 partners, collect and manage their reporting documents. 

I am the primary contact for artists and process the 800 applications Aerowaves receives each 


Aerowaves, Europe 

  • – Aerowaves identifies and nurtures emerging European choreographers 
  • – Each year it identifies 20 that it promotes through the Spring Forward Festival – this platform event is attended by promoters from all over the world 
  • – Its partners also commit to providing 80 performance opportunites 
  • – Aerowaves runs a critical writing project each year alongside Spring Forward called Springback Academy 
  • – Springback Assembly met once a year to discuss and debate hot topics in dance 
  • – Aerowaves founded the Springback Magazine (whose writers all attended the Academy) 
  • – The magazine reviews dance performances around Europe 
  • – Springback Magazine also reports from other platforms like NID and the Portuguese Performing Arts platform 
  • – Membership to the magazine which provides a host of benefits is only €100 per year 

www.aerowaves.org | www.springbackmagazine.com 

Reason in Italy 

  • – I am attending with Springback Assembly – a think tank of young critical thinkers 
  • – I am keen to see as much work as possible in order to broaden my knowledge of Italian dance 
  • – I want to meet emerging artists who are eligible to apply to Aerowaves 
  • – I would like to meet promoters who are interested in the benefits of Springback Magazine 




Role: Artistic Director 

Based in Brighton, Cath leads on the artistic direction of South East Dance and works closely with the Executive Director to ensure the effective management and leadership of South East Dance 

South East Dance is a dance development organisation, supporting artists to develop their creative practice through a range of artist support programmes and interventions including advice and mentoring, residencies, cash support, presentation opportunities and regular encounters with our audiences through work in progress sharings, curated conversations and Meet the Artist dinners. 

We also provide opportunities for our public to take part in dance – from the very youngest to older adults, ensuring as many people as possible can enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits that dance brings. 

South East Dance, based in Brighton 

South East Dance is an arts charity committed to making life better through dance. We challenge perceptions of what dance looks like: how it’s made, who it’s for and what it can achieve. We support dance artists, present bold new work, develop the infrastructure for dance and get more people across the south east involved in dance. In 2018/19 more than 86,756 people connected with our work – live and digitally. We presented 48 performances engaging live audiences of over 7,878 people; we supported the development of 663 artists from the UK and overseas; and we provided opportunities for over 14,000 individuals to participate in our dance workshops and classes. South East Dance is the driving force behind The Dance Space, a brand new home for dance in Brighton & Hove opening in 2020. 

  • – We programme in a range of contexts including small scale performance, both indoor & outdoor, site specific and site responsive. We present and support work that sits at the intersection of dance and technology as well as programme a screen dance strand as part of the larger CineCite festival of independent film. 
  • – If you are interested in our artist support programme or putting your work forward for potential inclusion in one of our festivals, please email programming@southeastdance.org.uk 
  • – www.southeastdance.org.uk 

The Dance Space 

  • – In 2020, we will be opening a state of the art dance house in the centre of Brighton. This will have two studios, plus a double height creation and production space that converts to a 120 seat performance space. 
  • – We will also have accommodation on site for up to 6 artists who will be able to access the Creation space 24/7 



Role: Peacock Programmer

Based in London I am responsible for sourcing large scale dance and physical theatre shows for the 997 seat venue in London’s West End.
I am hoping to connect with Italian promoters and presenters and maybe find something suitable for 2021 and beyond.

Sadler’s Wells, London 

• – Sadler’s Wells is the UK’s premier dance house for UK and international dance 

• – The Peacock Theatre is home to more commercial dance, circus,physical theatre and family shows 

Looking to meet with promoters and presenters connected to large scale dance or physical theatre projects.

Please contact me at 

Sadler’s Wells Rosebery Avenue Islington London EC1R 4TN 





Role: Programme Manager 

I am responsible for the management of the Theatre programme at The Place. 

Alongside our Artistic Director and programming team, I develop a yearly programme of work, with a focus on public-facing events in our Theatre. 

I also work in collaboration with our Artist Development and Producing and Touring teams to develop and manage projects or interventions which support artists at various stages of their career. 

The Place, London 

  • – The Place is a creative powerhouse for dance development that is leading the way in dance training, creation and performance. 
  • – Artists from all over the world come to push creative boundaries, to experiment and to perform outstanding new work for audiences who expect to be surprised, inspired and delighted. 
  • – At The Place, we are committed to supporting artists at all career stages to deliver brilliant dance performances and fuel the dance ecosystem. We work with the UK’s most exciting dance artists with the aim of increasing the number of high quality, small and mid-scale dance productions suitable for touring and support them to bring their work to the widest possible audience. 
  • – As a receiving house, our theatre is 288 seats and can typically accommodate small to mid-scale productions. 
  • – Example footage of the types of artists that we work with and the work we programme: 




Role: founder and artistic director 

Dance Base Scotland’s National Centre for Dance, Edinburgh 

  • – Dance Base is many things – a national dance centre for with classes and workshops for everyone, an international dance house for professional research and residency, a venue for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and a safe space for all who want to work and play with dance. 
  • – Email: morag@dancebase.co.uk 
  • – Twitter: @DanceBase 
  • – Instagram: @DanceBase 
  • – Facebook: @DanceBaseScotland 
  • – www.dancebase.co.uk 


  • – Small to medium scale work of uniqueness, beauty, humour, originality for all ages and audiences for inclusion the Edinburgh Fringe Festival programme at Dance Base. Also open to discussing exchange projects with elder dancers, people with protected characteristics and children. In addition, indigenous dance is of interest. 




Role: Executive Director 

Take Art is based on a farm in the rural county of Somerset in South West England. I have overall executive responsibility for all activities and forward planning. 

I play an active role in the advocacy of arts in rural areas. Historically working across the UK over the last 20 years, I aim to create a European Rural Touring Network with colleagues. 

Currently I am leading on a rural touring Creative Europe funded project with partners in Estonia, Lithuania, Italy and Romania: SPARSE (Supporting & Promoting The Arts in Rural Settlements of Europe). 

Take Art, South Petherton, Somerset, UK 

  • – We specialise in rural touring; dance, theatre and early years development; and music participation 
  • – Rural touring is small scale touring and smaller still! 
  • – Priorities are cross artform performances that can tour self contained (with sound/lighting rigs etc.) in non arts spaces. 



Reason in Italy 

• – I am interesting in finding shows that could carry out rural tours in the UK 

• – I would also like to network with agencies interested in the concept of rural touring in Europe 




Role: Artistic Director and Chief Executive

Richard is the Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the Belfast International Arts Festival, Ireland’s leading annual festival event of contemporary arts and ideas from across the globe. 

Previous posts include Commissioner for the China–Ireland Cultural Exchange Programme for the Irish Government; Managing Director of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin (Ireland’s National Theatre) and General Manager of Hampstead Theatre, London. Between these latter two theatres he transferred, produced and co-produced 18 productions into London’s West End. 

Belfast International Arts Festival, Northern Ireland. 

  • – Every October, Belfast International Arts Festival brings together today’s leading artists, writers, thinkers and cultural observers for circa 20 days of talks, readings exhibitions and performance from home and abroad. We are Northern Ireland’s international arts festival dedicated to contemporary performance, media and visual arts, and programming that cuts across traditional artform boundaries. 
  • – Interested in work across all scales 
  • – Programming priorities reflect our commitment to cultural diversity, gender equality and contemporary arts practice. 
  • – Contemporary dance is a strong feature of the annual programme and in 2019 includes premieres and performances from Hiroaki Umeda (Japan), La Horde (France), Shobana Jeyasingh Dance (UK) and Oona Doherty (Northern Ireland). In recent years we have hosted Yoann Bourgeois (France), Rachid Ouramdane (France), Jan Martens (Belgium), Sol Picó (Spain), Camille A. Brown and Dancers (USA), Faye Driscoll and company (USA), Claire Cunningham (Scotland) and Junk Ensemble (Ireland). 

Contact details 


T: +44 (0) 2890 332261
W: www.belfastinternationalartsfestival.com