IRIE! dance theatre

IRIE! dance theatre is Britain’s leading dance theatre company working in the field of African & Caribbean dance fusion. Founded in 1985 by Beverley Glean with the principal aim of heightening the profile of Black dance in Britain, the company set out to create a repertory of works reflective of the African Caribbean influence on the Black British cultural experience.

Naturally, since its inception, the company's aim has evolved and our Mission can now be expressed as follows:
To deliver and sustain a range of creative, educational and artistic activity based on stimuli derived from Africa and the Caribbean, the company promotes culture and diversity through training, outreach, performance and inspired partnerships.
And our Vision is as follows:
Our vision is an environment where African Peoples Dance (APD) is fully integrated into the teaching and practice of the wider dance agenda, making the form important to individuals, communities and society.

Moonshot Centre Fordham Park Angus Street
New Cross
SE14 6LU


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IRIE! dance theatre subscribes to the definition of APD as: "That which draws its main influence, sensitivities, means of experience and technical base from the cultural heritage of Africa and the peoples of Africa living in the Diaspora."

KWE & A, Time For Change. ACE Report, 2000

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