Led by Artistic Director / Chief Executive Charlotte Vincent, Vincent Dance Theatre has been moving people and making them think differently since 1994, producing socially-engaged dance theatre work on stage, on film and online. The company delivers extensive research, participation and professional development programmes, working specifically with women and children to highlight issues around gender equality and equality of opportunity for those whose voices may not otherwise be heard.
VDT explores the complex tensions between ‘community’ and ‘professional’ practice by researching and embedding the voices and lived experience of underrepresented community groups and individuals in each new work made. Professionals, non-professionals and young people collaborate at every stage of the creative process to create work on stage and film that is widely distributed to live and online audiences. The work is then applied in, and explored through, a wide range of participatory opportunities including: professional development, mentoring, workshops and dialogue and debate.
VDT uses its public platform to provoke debate around sexual politics, equality of opportunity, trauma informed practice and social change. The company places safeguarding and a protective mindset at the heart of all its practice and operations and Vincent is a vocal advocate for improving conditions for parents and carers working in the performing arts.
VDT is a National Portfolio Organisation, funded by Arts Council England and based in Brighton, UK. VDT’s work has also been made possible by an award from Postcode Society Trust, a grant giving charity funded entirely by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery. VDT is Associate Company at Brighton Dome.