RICH MIX: Access All Areas - Dash Arts

Dash Arts was founded in 2005 by Josephine Burton and Tim Supple, and has been collaborating with exceptional artists to create art, theatre, music and dance ever since. With a strong dedication to shedding light on cultures and art from around the world, Dash Arts can often be found travelling around the world in the name of research and development. They have reached thousands of people through touring in the UK, Europe, North America and Australia, also picking up impressive awards and nominations along the way – from Olivier, Evening Standard, TMA, Herald Angel and Dora, to name but a few. They are regulars at Rich Mix with events such as the hugely popular ‘Dash Café’ ‘s – a free monthly event which gives the audience a ‘chance to encounter new ideas, surprising perspectives and unusual artists’. I caught up with Artistic Director and Founder, Josephine Burton, to find out what her highlights of 2016 were, and what’s in pipeline for Dash Arts in 2017…

In your own words…who are you, and how would you describe you work?

I am co-artistic director of Dash Arts. We aim to make new music, theatre, art and dance that challenges the way we see the world. We tend to go on vast journeys of discovery into a particular part of the world or idea.....And emerge eventually with new productions which we present with producing partners, venues and festivals around the world. And during the journey we find ways to share the extraordinary music, film, theatre, books, performance, storytelling that we come across.

Over the last 6 years, Rich Mix has been a wonderful partner for dash. We’ve shared many of our discoveries at our Dash Cafes and presented exceptional musicians at Dash Gigs at Rich Mix. Since 2012, we’ve been making work with artists from the Post-Soviet States – which will culminate in our Dash Revolution17 year-long explosion of new music, theatre, art, film and events at Rich Mix.

What’s your favourite part of working at Rich Mix?

Working with the team (and I promise I’m not being paid (yet)) – it’s an enthusiastic, committed and interested-in-the-world bunch of people. It’s so easy to be overwhelmed and just say no, in this business. I’ve never felt that with Rich Mix.

AND I love working in a venue that crosses over the art forms. We’ve been able to develop new theatre, art exhibitions, film festivals and performance installations – as well as live events. It’s rare to be able to do all that in one programme and in one venue.

What was your favourite song of 2016 and why?

I listened to so much. Hard to name one….

I recently came across a spunky Georgian female trio called Trio Mandili who make gorgeous little videos around the Georgian countryside.

I re-listened to a lot of music by some of the extraordinary musicians we lost this year – David Bowie, Leonard Cohen and Prince – which spun me into a retrospective haze. I spent last weekend with the Pixies.

I’m afraid that I’m ignoring the question…. I haven’t got a favourite.

What was your favourite piece of theatre in 2016 and why?

A Man of Good Hope by Isango Ensemble at the Young Vic – an exceptional group of performers and musicians, joyous storytelling poignantly bringing to life a tale of a Somalian refugee across Africa / Groundhog Day at Old Vic. It featured wonderful funny lyrics, and successfully moved the film on to a different place in live theatre. Also, The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures by Tony Kushner at Hampstead theatre – witty fast paced narrative.

That’s only the last 3 months…..

What was your highlight of 2016?

Can I say 2?

The wonderful Ukrainian trio DakhaBrakha performing to a spellbound audience at Rich Mix at a sold-out Dash Gig back in June…

And being at Latitude Festival this summer with my whole family – part-running the Dash Arts Dacha and part-discovering the joys of the festival again through the eyes of my 3 kids.

What are you looking forward to in 2017?

Definitely our REVOLUTION17 at Rich Mix… we’ve got a lot of wonderful gigs, Cafés, events and premieres planned through the year.

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