IRIE! dance theatre

Goldsmiths signed a validation agreement with IRIE! dance theatre in 2023.

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IRIE! dance theatre (IRIE!) is Britain’s leading dance theatre company working in the field of African and Caribbean dance fusion, based just minutes from Goldsmiths’ campus in the Moonshot Centre.

IRIE! was founded in 1985 by Beverley Glean to raise the profile of Black dance in Britain. It set out to create a repertory of works reflective of the African Caribbean influence on the Black British cultural experience.

Goldsmiths will validate IRIE’s established BA (Hons) Diverse Dance Styles programme from September 2023. It is also working with IRIE! to develop  a new MA in Diasporic Dance Styles to start in September 2024.

This partnership will provide more opportunities and a solid platform for the practice of African and Caribbean dance and culture, including discourse, engagement and greater understanding.

Beverley Glean MBE, Founder and Artistic Director of IRIE! dance theatre

Both organisations share a deep connection to the Lewisham community, and a commitment to using the creative arts to build social and cultural understanding. They have previously collaborated on projects such as In Living Memory: a people’s history project delivered as part of Lewisham’s year as London Borough of Culture (2022).

For more information on any of our academic partnerships, please contact the International Development & Academic Partnerships (IDAP) Team.