From artist and performer; to producer, dramaturg and director. Join dramaturg Lou Cope; performer, choreographer and director Jennifer Irons; our Senior Producer Lou Rogers; and Assistant Producer Pip for a panel discussion exploring the variety of working roles in the dance industry.
Lou Cope is a UK-based dance & theatre dramaturg who has worked across the UK, Europe and in the Middle East. She is the founder of CoAD - The Centre of Applied Dramaturgy and specialises in collaborative practice.
Recent/current collaborations include: Garry Stewart & Australian Dance Theatre, Aakash Odedra, Gary Clarke, Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet; Rhiannon Faith, Stopgap Dance.
Lou also offers Practice Dramaturgy – and is currently working with Roísín Stack, Daniela Cardim and Simone Mousset, has a podcast called Downtime, and dramaturgs organisations too.
Past collaborations include: Phoenix Dance Theatre; Scottish Dance Theatre; les ballets c de la b; Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui & Damien Jalet.
Alongside her award-winning work as a performer, choreographer and director, Jennifer Irons is Co-Artistic Director of makeAMPLIFY, a collective of multi-disciplinary artists and creative technologists who create large-scale, spectacular, outdoor immersive events. Other roles include Mass Movement Director for Akram Khan Company; Associate Choreographer for Complicité; and Founder/Director of ironINC – an arts and cultural exchange programme working since 2009 across 12 countries in Africa and the Middle East, supported by the British Council. Jennifer also mentors and teaches at post-graduate level and with professional development programmes at Trinity Laban, London College of Fashion, Sadlers Wells Young Associates and New Adventures Overture.
Lou Rogers is Senior Producer, Artist Development at South East Dance and a freelance dance producer with more than 20 years’ experience working with dance companies. Lou trained as a dancer and performer and knows what it’s like to survive as a freelance artist. With a background working in disability arts and a passion for access and equality, Lou also runs her own production company Hubble Bubble, focusing on integrated work made with disabled and non-disabled performers.
Pip Sayers is Assistant Producer in the Artist Development team at South East Dance. Pip has worked for over a decade in a variety of community dance roles, including developing the Youth Empowerment through Streetdance project in Brighton. Pip is also the Creative Producer for hip hop dance theatre company Project Female; and is Assistant Producer for Visual Poets Dance Company.