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DanceWest presents

DanceWest Fest: Established Artists Platform

An evening of new choreography from the UK's best choreographers.
19 & 20 May 2023
Running time
135 minutes
Main House

DanceWest Fest opens at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre with an evening of new commissions from some of the dance world’s leading creative voices.

Presenting work are:

Lea Anderson MBE: Independent dance artist and co-founder of the iconic dance companies The Cholmondeleys and The Featherstonehaughs, Lea Anderson MBE presents a new work that reunites her with two of the original members of The Cholmondeleys. Throughout her forty-year career Lea has created over 100 works and collaborated with a range of designers, filmmakers, and artists – from Academy Award-winning designer Sandy Powell to acclaimed director Todd Haynes on Velvet Goldmine – creating pioneering work in nontheatrical spaces.

Jamaal Burkmar: Presenting a piece for three dancers, explores static movement in his latest creation. Upon graduating from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Jamaal received Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Choreography Award and has gone on to create works for companies including Phoenix Dance Theatre, Motionhouse and Verve.

Gerrard Martin: new work looks at the tenderness, intersectionality, and vulnerability of Black men. Having founded Gerrard Martin Dance in 2011 he has become known for creating emotive, socially relevant works that have been presented at The Place, Tate Modern and the National Portrait Gallery. Gerrard has also worked as assistant choreographer on English National Opera’s Olivier Award-winning production Porgy & Bess and One Love: The Bob Marley Musical.

James Wilton Dance: who explores what is left behind when we are gone through folklore, ritual, and tradition. James Wilton Dance has toured extensively in the UK and internationally, winning numerous awards. Alongside works for his own company, James has choreographed for Scottish Dance Theatre, Konzert Theater Bern and a work for 50 dancers performed at the Millennium and Wembley Stadiums.

About the festival: West London’s biggest dance festival is back after a brief pause and a rebrand, Ignition Dance Festival, now DanceWest Fest, will reignite audiences and return to the Lyric and the Rose Theatre in Kingston in 2023. DanceWest Fest supports the creation of new choreography and the development of artists at every stage of their career. Further information:

Content warning:

Please note that this production uses haze.