Birmingham-based DanceXchange has launched an online version of Dance Insights - a curated programme of performances, events, conversation and artistic inspiration.

The programme will be curated by DanceXchange’s 2020 Artists in Residence: Carlos Pons Guerra, Jamaal Burkmar, Johnny Autin, Shane Shambhu and Roberta Jean. Each programme will be online for two weeks and offer audiences an insight into the process and mind of the creator.

Lucie Mirkova, Head of Artistic Programmes at DanceXchange said: “In these challenging times when our arts venues and studios are closed, we are keen to find ways to continue the rich dialogue between artists and audience.  Dance Insights Online offers a fascinating exploration of what inspires and interests the talented choreographers in DanceXchange’s Artists in Residence programme - an exclusive and unique opportunity to connect to the world of dance.”

First up is choreographer Carlos Pons Guerra (pictured below). Founder of DeNada Dance Theatre, Carlos will present a selection of work focusing on his inspirations and life as an artist. He will host an exciting programme which begins with an exclusive online premiere of his 2018 work TORO: Beauty and the Bull, a darkly erotic, Hispanic take on the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. TORO (main image) is available to view the DanceXchange website until 10 May.

On 1 May tune in to DX on Spotify as Carlos shares some of the kitschiest, most melodramatic and uplifting tracks from some of his works. A mostly Latin, highly camp playlist to kick off your weekend. Then on 4 May Carlos will recommend six of his most influential books and inspiring films, all available to read/watch online during quarantine. Finally, on 5 May experience a day in lockdown with Carlos as he takes over the DanceXchange Instagram.

Click HERE for full details of Carlos Pons Guerra’s Dance Insights programme  

Future Dance Insights programmes include:

Jamaal Burkmar  11 – 24 May

Johnny Autin 25 May – 7 June

Shane Shambhu 8 – 21 June

Roberta Jean 22 June – 5 July