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Meet ISPA's 2015 Regional (England) Fellowship Program participant Rebecca Dawson!
Candoco Dance Company
Rebecca Dawson is Executive Director of Candoco Dance Company responsible for the strategic direction and operational management of the company. Candoco is internationally recognised as the flagship professional company employing disabled and non-disabled dancers delivering its vision through excellent live work and learning programmes and advocating for a more accessible and diverse cultural sector. Prior to joining Candoco, Rebecca was at Arts Council England firstly as Relationship Manager in the Dance Team and secondly as Senior Project Manager for their London 2012 Cultural Programme, focusing on the development of a series of 12 large-scale multi art-form commissions across the UK. Rebecca has worked in a freelance capacity for a range of arts organisations including Flowers East Gallery, ICA (Boston, USA), London International Festival of Theatre, and bga arts consultancy. She has a degree in History of Art from University of Cambridge and an MA in Arts Management from City University.
||Rebecca, what’s your favorite city in the world?
Luckily I live in my favourite city in the world, London. It is messy, sprawling, diverse, bonkers and beautiful - yes its loud and angry but there is quietness and kindness, and all those things make for a fascinating time. Last week I went from nerve fraying Greek tragedy, to Brooklyn family strife flamboyantly retold at the National Theatre, to a cycle ride home along the river following a moon-rise worthy of the Rift Valley, to a brilliant burger, to white wine spritzers in a fragrant pub garden and finally to Magic Mike, yes indeed! It embraces the bold, the new, the silly, and the excellent.
I have to say for all these reasons - New York City is also a pretty strong contender so ISPA is perfectly placed!
London also works for Candoco Dance Company. The strong history of disability rights, equalities campaigning, adventurous audiences, and investment in arts development makes the UK and London in particular a brilliant place, and we're lucky enough to tour all over the globe giving us the best of both worlds because exchange, collaboration, new conversations and different perspectives are vital to driving us forward.