DanceEast: October

There are some amazing shows being performed at DanceEast this October, take a look!


A double bill that transcends the past and present

Fri 6 Oct  - 7.30PM
Tickets from £16, Concessions £12
Suitable for ages 7+

The world we once knew is becoming one we have yet to understand…

Rooted in African and contemporary culture, ACE Dance and Music collaborate with two internationally acclaimed Black male choreographers Serge Aimé Coulibaly and Vincent Mantsoe.

UNKNOWN REALMS evocatively shows us a picture of the world and what is happening NOW…

Performed against dynamic multidimensional soundscapes by Andy Garbi and Yvan Talbot, two stunning contrasting works examine the past and present with consciousness and contemporary sensibility, six dancers rise from the ashes with powerful explosive dance that uncovers the rich history of lives lived; memories, human struggle and people letting go…

An all-embracing, multi-layered production that celebrates sheer mortality, perseverance and hope overcoming adversity.


Sun 8 Oct 10:30am & 1:30pm
Adults £6
Children £4
0-12 months free
0-5 years and their adult

Join us for our forest themed Baby Loves to Boogie, the best baby disco in town! Led by Lizzie, our early years disco Queen, you and your little one will explore the woodland floor and dance with creatures of the forest.

Baby Loves to Boogie is all about connecting with your little one, moving and having fun. You will be guided through games with props and movement exercises, all developed to nurture your little one’s natural love of movement in a structured yet relaxed environment. This is an event for children and adults alike, no previous dance experience necessary!

Disco Structure:

Explore the woods

Introduce your little one to the forest floor with dappled soft lighting, explore the undergrowth, the wiggly worms and tunnels in the forest (some soft play activity). Music will be at a quieter level and will be instrumental with a slower tempo.

Meet the woodland creatures

Fun dance activity and movement exploring the creatures you may find in the woods. Music will be slightly louder and there will be an increase in tempo, there will be a mixture of instrumental and music with lyrics.

Forest fun party time!

Leaf your worries behind and head onto the forest dancefloor for some boogie beats and marvellous moves. Music will be faster and will feature pop music with lyrics.

Cooldown and Parachute

The disco will take place in the studio theatre and will be an arts and crafts area in the foyer. Our café will be open, serving family friendly food and drink.


Fri 20 Oct  - 7.30PM
Tickets from £16, Concessions £12
Suitable for ages 12+

Choreographed and performed by Alethia Antonia, Inscribed in “Me” is a dance performance that uses movement, voice and music to explore both personal and historical experiences related to boundaries of feminine blackness and self-authorship.

Inscribed in “Me” is a journey of self-discovery and healing; a journey that is both deeply personal and universal.

“So finely crafted – you felt how precise and effective each decision about movement and design was to realise a very powerful whole.” – Audience member, The Place

Please note: this performance contains themes of racial and personal trauma.

Presented in partnership with SPILL Festival.


Sat 28 Oct  - 2.30PM
Standard Ticket £14
Additional Adult ticket £8, Additional Child ticket £6

Suitable for ages 7+

Plastic….is it friend or foe? Remarkable or rubbish? Helpful or harmful?

Akademi presents Plastic Drastic Fantastic, a contemporary dance theatre work for children and their families.

The show explores humanity’s complex relationship with plastics – the fantastic possibilities they offer, as well as the drastic consequences to the environment.

Drawing from the Indian classical dance form Bharatanatyam and South Asian dance techniques, the artists investigate plastics and the dangers of their misuse through intricate movement, gestures and play, infused with interaction with the audience.

The processes and stories underpinning this dance project have been steered by children and young people, who are at the heart of the research for this work, created in consultation with material scientists at UCL.

Designed to be accessible for D/deaf audiences, Plastic Drastic Fantastic is a vibrant, fun and thought-provoking show for our time.


DanceEast, Jerwood DanceHouse, Foundry Lane, Ipswich, IP4 1DW




06/10/2023 - 28/10/2023