Our Summer season for 2020 has landed and with it includes an array of new work being developed and shared in residencies sneak peaks and workshops. Our Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) programme is also celebrating 10 years with an online campaign.


Performances/Sneak Peeks

We start the season with artist Leila McMillan in residence for 2 weeks as she embarks on a period of research for new work Curl of Hair. Curl of Hair aims to be a work anchored in duality, shame and identity. This residence will include professional class and daily labs (listed below) and ends with a sneak peek of her work on Curl of Hair up to this point.

We then have artist Elisabeth Schilling join us for a 2-week residency as she develops her new work Sketches on Ligeti. Where do sounds and movements meet, once they are liberated from their purported duty, or even to merely coexist, in neat separation? This residency leads to a sneak peek of this work in development as an Introduction to Ligeti.

Towards the end of April, Mark Bleakley will join us for a 2-week residency as he develops two of his new works, Schema and How we handle things. Mark will be hosting the latest in our series of Sunday Supplements discussing his work How we handle things exploring the shifting relationships that we have with bodies, objects, memories and touch.
Photographer Calricia Parinussa

Theo Clinkard returns to Nottingham to perform his work The Days. The Days engenders a world of ever shifting negotiations, complex feelings and comic disconnection. The audience are invited on stage for an intimate encounter with two exceptional Finnish performers, Maria Nurmela and Ville Oinonen.

Pepa Ubera return to iC4C for a 2-week residency developing her new work The Machine of Horizontal Dreams which is intended to be a new full-length performance environment for galleries and site-responsive spaces in 2021. Pepa will be doing a sneak peek of CHARCO at the end of her residency as a standalone episode of The Machine of Horizontal Dreams.

Dan Daw will be at Déda performing his work, The Dan Daw Show which was in development during his last residency with us in January 2020. Dan gives you a peep into the shiny and sweaty push pull of living with shame while bursting with pride.

Pink and Blue Figures by H2Dance, photographer Frostad Håkonsen


In June H2Dance return to iC4C for a 1-week residency developing their work, Amplified Edition. H2Dance were with us last year and shared a sneak peek of this work in a ‘black box’ setting. They return do develop the work in a new way using a ‘white box’ environment.


Artistic Director of Dance Research Studio, Jacky Lansley joins us for a 3-day residency where she will be sharing a sneak peek of her work We are Animals which aims to engage with the urgent cultural momentum driving forward awareness about environmental sustainability and animal extinction

Towards the end of June our biennial event Routes returns for 2020. This year the event celebrates 10 years of our Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) programme with an evening of performances by youth dance companies from across the East Midlands, a partnership schools project, and Dance4 CAT students will premier new work by Luca Silvestrini’s Protein.

CONTINUOUS return to Nottingham following Lucy Suggate‘s Spirit Compass performance in February at Nottingham Contemporary. This time with Zinzi Minott and her work Black on Black: 24R.

Booking is available for all these performances if you go to our ‘What’s On‘ page for full event listings.



Throughout our summer season we’ll be hosting weekly professional contemporary classes at iC4C on Monday evenings during term time. These classes are delivered by Nottingham Professional Class with regular tutor Louisa Robey.

We continue to have our Little Movers sessions led by Oksana Tyminksa on Fridays twice a month. Dates for sessions can be found here. We have another workshop which will be aimed at those interested in Little Movers called Shadow Dances led by Leila McMillan during her residency in April.
Family Day 2019. Photo credit: Scott Sawyer-Da Rocha

In addition to this Leila will deliver a professional class and an In Conversation session inviting mums (or mums to be) into her residency to discuss identity around motherhood. Leila will also host 3 days of Daily Lab inviting dancers based in the East Midlands to this two hour session over 3 days.

In June as part of Refugee Week which will be launched on Saturday 13 June a festival will be hosted in Sneinton Market where we will be delivering taster sessions of our Jump Start and Little Movers sessions.


Jacky Lansley will be leading a half-day CPD workshop to explore the ecological crisis through interdisciplinary practice with her collaborators Jreena Green and Esther Huss.


Towards the end of the season Gillie Kleiman returns to iC4C in residence developing her new work Friend. Gillie will be leading a workshop around this work which will ultimately be performed by a range of performers in their own homes to an audience of their friends and family.



Centre for Advanced Training
The Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) scheme is celebrating 10 years of identifying and developing exceptional young dance talent from across the East Midlands. We have the Boys Experience Day happening in April followed by our CAT audition for the 2020 intake starting in September.

David Severn

We will also be running an online campaign for you to join called #D4CatMoments. We’re encouraging everyone to share memorable moments of their experience with CAT, whether it be as an audience member, student, alumni, teacher or parent/guardian/sibling/relative. We aim to collate all these memories together which will be shared as part of the 10 year celbration at our Routes 2020 event in June.