Stepping East 2010

SOA built on the success of last years British East Asian Choreographers Development Scheme 2009 (BEACDS 09) by creating Stepping East 2010. The project was produced by SOA, funded by Arts Council England and in partnership with Greenwich Dance Agency, University of Bedford, Middlesex University and Chinese Arts Centre.

With the same approach as BEACDS 09, SOA opened proposals for British East Asian choreographers to take part in Stepping East 2010. This opportunity offered 4 selected emerging choreographers a platform to showcase their work to national programmers, promoters, and the general public at Greenwich Dance and University of Bedfordshire. Furthermore, artists would receive a grant of £1000 towards the research and development costs of their proposals, two weeks of free rehearsal space and mentoring by professional choreographers. They would also receive support by the way of;

  • Artistic direction and support with Jih-Wen Yeh Ball
  • Management support with professional dance consultant Theresa Beattie – 1.5 Hours preferential position for work
  • Profile on SOA website
  • Advocacy and brokerage support from SOA

A total of 6 artists took part, four artist creating new work and two artists from BEACDS 09 who returned to further develop their work.

A showcase and seminars were held for dance artists at Greenwich Dance, on useful topics such as how to write funding applications and how to promote and tour your work. Followed by a debate session based on the topic of British East Asian Aesthetics – Real or Imagined, hosted by Chris Bannerman, which initiated many interesting discussions.

Stepping East 2010 was a successful project that not only supported the artists personal and artistic development but offered a platform to showcase the artists work and create opportunities to raise their profile and the profile of East Asian Dance in the industry. As a result of the Stepping East 2010 showcase many of our associate artists have gone on to be involved in further projects such as DaDaFest 2010, been proactive in approaching venues and accessing public funding to further develop projects, identifyed opportunities such as Decibel and Blueprint, and one associate artists gained a international residency in India.

Feedback from artists involved in Stepping Out 2010:

“ I Have good credit from it and resources in order to apply for other opportunities. Choreography skill is improved”

Yu Yu Ra (Stepping East 2010)

“I personally felt that I was able to be free in the process of creating without the stress or burden of worrying about space for rehearsals and how to promote the work. I gained more belief and more drive from having a great support network”

Julia Cheng (Stepping East 2010)

“I understand more clearly my direction as an artist and feel more confident about what I want to do/achieve and where I could take myself in the future. I learnt a great deal about what is required administratively, the seminars that I participated in was very informative and important. I was also approached by a producer and they will be taking my solo work I presented to be part of an exchange program with India. Being given the opportunity to have a mentor meant I could be pushed artistically much further than before.”

Khamlane Halsackda (BEACDS 09 and  Stepping East 2010)

Showcase Poster
Photo Gallery

Video Clips from the showcase

With Eurydice
Jia-Yu Corti
The Other Side
Julia Cheng
The Art of Forgetting
Lucia Tong
Yuyu Rau

BEACDS Further Development Work

Chisato Minamimura
A Single Act
Khamlane Halsackda