We are delighted to announce the appointment of three new independent directors who join the company’s board: Rosie Kay (artistic director, Rosie Kay Dance Company); Sebastian Cheswright Cater (marketing communications consultant); and Andrew Hurst (chief executive of One Dance UK).
The Chief Executive of Dance Consortium, Ros Robins said: “I am very happy to welcome our new directors, Rosie, Sebastian and Andrew to the Board, to work alongside our existing directors. At this exciting time in the organisation’s life, the skills that our new directors bring will greatly assist us in driving forward our future strategy and ensuring Dance Consortium maintains its unique place within the UK’s cultural sector.”
The new directors will be fully involved in determining the future strategy, direction and success of the Consortium which aims to engage, excite and challenge new and existing audiences about dance. We are an ACE National Portfolio Organisation, which, since its founding in 2000, has successfully presented 43 tours by 24 international companies over the last nineteen years. Bringing companies from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, France, The Netherlands, Taiwan, Israel and the USA to UK stages, Dance Consortium’s performances and education activities have been experienced by hundreds of thousands of people across all parts of the UK. As the only group of our kind to promote and present international contemporary dance across the country, we aim to continue and expand our work, ensuring high quality dance is accessible to all UK audiences.
Speaking on her appointment, Rosie Kay (artistic director Rosie Kay Dance Company) said: “I am thrilled to be appointed a director of Dance Consortium. As a company director and choreographer, I am keen to make sure UK artists are involved locally in engaging with the touring works and developing new audiences for dance. My life was changed by seeing first-rate, large-scale dance when I was younger and I am delighted to be part of an organisation bringing world-class dance to theatres around the UK today.”
Sebastian Cheswright Cater (marketing communications consultant) said: “Having worked closely with Dance Consortium at Sadler’s Wells, I have long-admired the quality of their work and their dedication to promoting the art form. I very much look forward to working with Ros Robins and the other Directors in ensuring the organisation continues to succeed in its mission to bring world class dance to audiences across the UK.”
Andrew Hurst (chief executive of One Dance UK) commented: “I have really enjoyed working with Dance Consortium on our Dance Ambassadors/Future Leaders partnership and am delighted to be joining the board to contribute to the development of future plans. Now more than ever we need to continue to champion the importance of international cultural exchange to the long-term health and sustainability of artists and audiences, and I am excited to be able to help Dance Consortium showcase the best of international dance to UK audiences.”