Phill Hargreaves Creative Producer

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Déda Associate Artists Programme

April 2019 - March 2020

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.

2019 Artists

  • Vidya Patel
  • MSDC Dance
  • Tom Dale Company
  • Joli Vyann
  • Tilly Lee-Kronick


Vidya Patel

Vidya Patel is a Birmingham based Kathak dancer, training with Kathak Guru Sujata Banerjee. After graduating from the Centre of Advanced Training- South Asian Strand at DanceXchange, Vidya represented the South Asian Category in the inaugural BBC Young Dancer 2015 Grand Finals at Sadlers Wells. Since Vidya has gone onto working with several choreographers & companies in the wider arts industry such a Richard Alston Dance Company, Gary Clarke, Akademi, Sampad Arts, and recently collaborating with artists Connor Scott & composer Shammi Pithia to create new work ‘About The Elephant’. Her performances have been recognised, leading to three nominations at the National Dance Critics Circle Awards over the past few years. 

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As two female choreographers, Megan Smith and Danni Chell aim to create highly physical and compelling work. Their movement finds fluidity within intricate floor work and showcases innovative and high-risk contact work, utilising contemporary dance with an acrobatic influence. MSDC Dance debuted their first piece of work in 2018 and are excited to develop their practice further.

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Tom Dale Company

Tom Dale Company create world-class, contemporary performance with dance and choreography at its core. By combining dance, electronic music and the digital arts, TDC is a leader in the field producing work which is simultaneously bold, exciting and constantly evolving. TDC will be developing and touring Step Sonic during their year as a Déda Associate. Tom Dale Company is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation supported using public funding by the National Lottery. Step Sonic is commissioned by Warwick Arts Centre. TDC gratefully acknowledges support from PRS for Music Foundation and The Place.

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.

Tilly Lee-Kronick

Tilly Lee-Kronick explores how transferring release dance techniques from the floor, onto the trapeze affects her quality and expression in the air, and how this in turn creates new narratives and possibilities. Tilly Lee-Kronick graduated from Circomedia School of Contemporary Circus and Physical Theatre in 2017 and has since gone onto create and perform her solo show 'Ripe', in addition to working with Metta Theatre and Extraordinary Bodies.