Resident Organisation

Dance Umbrella

West Wing
Somerset House
020 7257 9380
Main Give me a reason to live_Claire Cunningham Photo Ben Nienhuis

Dance Umbrella’s mission is to celebrate 21st century choreography. We do so enthusiastically and collaboratively through an annual, international London festival, through year-round creative learning opportunities for all ages, and by developing choreographic talent. Our aim is to entice audiences, nurture artists, innovate practice, and stimulate interest in the power of the body in motion.

Dance Umbrella, Image: Foteini Christofilopoulou
Dance Umbrella at Somerset House - Le Patin Libre Photo: Alicia Clark

Since 1978, Dance Umbrella has been bringing outstanding contemporary dance to London, presenting more than 700 artists from 31 countries to over one million people. The first to present Mark Morris, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Michael Clark and many more in the UK, Dance Umbrella has commissioned over 50 new works and presented at 65 venues. In 2013, Emma Gladstone was appointed Artistic Director & Chief Executive, introducing an ambitious new artistic vision and a new dynamic profile. Her goal is to take dance out and bring audiences in.

Dance Umbrella, 16 Singers, Photo by