Born to Protest – Image credit – Photographer Aaron Howell

Serendipity is delighted to present LDIF+ on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 June, a weekend of in person events featuring masterclasses, an outdoor performance and in public exhibition.

A safe return to the studio comes in the form of two masterclasses on Saturday 19 June with Dollie Henry and Sunday 20 June with Jonzi DBOP Jazz Theatre Company’s Artistic Director, Dollie Henry is known for her infamous weekly Sunday jazz congregation dance class at Pineapple Dance Studios.  MC, dancer and spoken word artist Jonzi D has changed and influenced the profile of the UK British hip-hop dance over the last two decades.  The two masterclasses are open for professional dancers, graduate and student dancers.

Following the success of the live screening of The Spirit of Jazz by BOP Jazz Theatre Company from Curve early this year, the performance will be reshown on Saturday 19 June the same day as Dollie Henry’s masterclass.  Spirit of Jazz is a collection of popular favourites from BOP repertoire and concert dance works and performances, including new work I. Am which made its debut as part of LDIF21 and Touches of Miles which pays homage to great trumpeter and jazz composer Miles Davis.

One year after protests in solidarity and support of Black Lives Matter took place internationally in the wake of George Floyd’s murder Joseph Toonga presents his new outdoor work Born to Protest in Orton Square, Leicester on Saturday 19 June.  Choreographer Joseph Toonga and his company Just Us Dance Theatre aims to dismantle presumptions about the Black male figure based on intimidation, danger and isolation, revealing instead character traits around fragility, vulnerability and a constant battle to prove oneself.

Jonzi D – Photography by Paul Hampartsoumian

Having launched online on International Dance Day earlier this year the Colonisation in Reverse: Jean-Léon Destine Exhibition will be available to view in public at Curve in Leicester from Thursday 27 May to Wednesday 30 JuneJean-Léon Destiné (1918 – 2013) is known for his choreography that addresses Haiti’s history of resistance against colonialism and slavery. Featuring archival materials, some of which have never been presented in public before, Jean-Léon Destiné’s rich and colourful career is brought to life. The exhibition is inspired by the work of the Jamaican writer and educator Louise Bennett-Coverley, and her influential poem Colonization in Reserve.  Due to COVID guidelines to see the exhibition in person please book a selected timeslot via Curve’s box office.

Pawlet Brookes Artistic Director and CEO of Serendipity UK, producers of Let’s Dance International Frontiers (LDIF) said:

“After a hugely successful Let’s Dance International Frontiers online festival early this year I’m thrilled to be able to announce this exciting weekend of events as things start to open up again.  Whether it is online or in person, we hope that there are opportunities for us to come together, reflect, share and celebrate some incredible artists and their work.”

To find out more information and to book tickets for any LDIF+ event please visit www.serendipity-uk.com

Please note that events and classes will be delivered within COVID regulations of the host venue. Safety and COVID regulations will be communicated before the event with places limited per event.

Main Image: Born to Protest , Photographer Aaron Howell

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