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Emma Gladstone to direct Dance Umbrella

Posted on March 26, 2013


emmagladstonejameskeaneEmma Gladstone (pictured) will succeed Betsy Gregory as the artistic director of Dance Umbrella. She will take up the post in November 2013, following this year’s Dance Umbrella festival, the last to be directed by Gregory.


Emma Gladstone is currently artistic programmer and producer at Sadler’s Wells, where she leads the Jerwood Studio, set up to give dancers and choreographers the opportunity to experiment and take risks. Gladstone was a co-founder of Adventures in Motion Pictures with Matthew Bourne and David Massingham, and later danced with Lea Anderson’s The Cholmondeleys. She went on to be associate director of The Place theatre, and joined Sadler’s Wells in 2005.


Gladstone said: “I am so excited and honoured to take up this position. I cannot think of a better time to run Dance Umbrella than now, when the UK dance scene is so vibrant. Having had the pleasure of eight extraordinary years at Sadler’s Wells, it feels right to take on a new adventure, and I really look forward to working with the Dance Umbrella team later this year.”


Betsy Gregory said: “I am thrilled that Emma has been appointed to succeed me as artistic director of Dance Umbrella. Emma is a woman of great intelligence, curiosity, knowledge and creativity. I can think of no one better to lead Dance Umbrella into its next 35 years, and I look forward to her artistic programme with great anticipation.”


Andrew Hochhauser, chairman of Dance Umbrella, said there had been “a great deal of interest in the post of artistic director, both from the UK and overseas”, and praised Gladstone’s wealth of experience from across the dance sector.


Dance Umbrella 2013 will run at venues across London this October, with the programme to be announced soon. See for more information.


Picture: Emma Gladstone. Photograph: James Keane

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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