Phill Hargreaves Creative Producer

Tel: 07702 755705

Déda Associate Artists Programme

April 2018 – March 2019

Déda supports the development of Artists at a regional & national level, all of which are at varying career levels. All of the artists supported through Déda’s programmes share the organisation's aspirations and goals to deliver high quality circus, dance & outdoor arts that connect with a diverse audience.

To continue to support artists & build long-term relationships, our programmes have varying levels of support & time-scales. This gives Déda the chance to engage in a more in-depth relationship with artists & audience, whilst offering artists opportunities to test ideas & practices over longer time periods. The programme also enables artists to explore business models which lead to increased sustainability.


Generator is a Talent Development programme for Circus/Movement based artists following on from previous initiatives such as our Artist Development programme and the work undertake with NCCA on Lab:time².

The programme will, over a period of three years, look to offer more in-depth opportunities for emerging artists and offer a longer period of support to allow them to develop a well articulate creative practice and sustainable business model.

2018 Artists

  • Vidya Patel
  • Joss Arnott
  • Pangottic
  • Joli Vyann
  • Nikki & JD


Joli Vyann

Joli Vyann integrate circus, dance and theatre, blurring the boundaries of where the dance ends and the circus skills begin, but also pulling the audience into an imaginative and captivating experience. Joli Vyann are unique due to their individual style of crossing genres of dance and circus. Since 2013 they have created and toured internationally 4 outdoor shows and 2 indoor shows, working with international artists, choreographers and musicians.

Nikki & JD

Nikki & JD are an acrobatic duo with a unique blend of skills in hand-to-hand, gymnastics and contemporary dance.  Nikki trained for 10 years as an artistic gymnast in Washington State, USA and has since trained in handbalancing and hand-to-hand at the National Centre for Circus Arts. Jean-Daniel Broussé has 6 years’ performance experience with companies including Roundhouse Circus Company. He studied a BA (Hons) Degree at the National Centre for Circus Arts.

Joss Arnott

Joss Arnott is an internationally award-winning choreographer who trained at London Studio Centre and Laban. He is the Artistic Director of Joss Arnott Dance and leads artistically on the MA in Dance Performance and Professional Practices programme curated by Joss Arnott Dance in partnership with the University of Salford.


PanGottic is an international award winning company who perform on the street, in theatres and wherever there is an audience. Our work mixes circus, physical theatre, clowning and invention to make shows that are accessible for all.

Vidya Patel

Vidya Patel is a Kathak Dancer based in Birmingham learning under the tutelage of Guru Sujata Banerjee. She graduated from the Birmingham DanceXchange, Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) South Asian strand in 2014. Soon after she represented the South Asian Category in the Grand Finals of BBC Young Dancer 2015 competition, she was invited as a guest artist in the Richard Alston Dance Company which toured nationally and internationally. Most recently she toured UK & India in Akademi’s new production ‘The Troth’ choreographed by Gary Clarke.