South East Dance Launch The Jamie Watton Memorial Fund

14089144_10154409147443476_4532079122557864678_nOn Friday 19 October, South East Dance said goodbye to their dear friend and colleague, Jamie Watton, Artistic Director and CEO of South East Dance since 2009.

Luminaries from the dance and arts sector came together with members of Jamie’s family at the Sallis Benney Theatre in Brighton to celebrate his life and incredible achievements. A graduate from Trinity Laban who evolved into their prestigious company Transitions, Jamie went on to form award winning company Physical Recall and become a renowned choreographer.

Without Jamie, it is doubtful that the concept of The Dance Space would become the reality it is today and his determination to drive the project forward in the most insecure of economic times is testimony to his passion and commitment to supporting next generation talent.

To honour Jamie and his mission, South East Dance are launching the Jamie Watton Fund to help them close the outstanding £200k gap in funding for The Dance Space. They’d like to invite friends of South East Dance and people across the region who share their dedication to nurturing ground-breaking creative performance, emerging dancers and choreographers to join with them by investing in this unique building.

Every donation will assist South East Dance achieve Jamie’s ambition to create a flag-ship state of the art resource that will benefit the dance sector and local communities for decades to come.