Clore Leadership Programme
Clore Leadership Programme

Choreographers as leaders: an opportunity to be seized

Cathy Marston, Dance Fellow 2013-14 explores the role of choreographers as leaders and why they are under-represented amongst Directors of large dance companies in the UK.

As the cultural economy becomes ever more precarious, those who appoint directors for medium to large scale dance organisations are becoming cautious. Theatre and opera directors often become leaders, regularly producing their own work and also directing the organisation; this now seems less typical in dance. Although many of our long-established companies were once led by creators - Ashton, Macmillan, Bruce, Deane, Eagling to name a few - there is now a trend towards ‘creative producer’ or ‘curator’. Through conversations with colleagues in the cultural sector, I have investigated why the tradition of choreographer-director is dissipating.

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