Welcome to The Red Line

If you are involved in making performance – as a choreographer, maker, dramaturg, producer or performer – then this is the place for YOU.

THE RED LINE is the brainchild of South East Dance’s Dramaturg in Residence Lou Cope and is inspired by the French phrase ‘le fil rouge’ (which is used to describe the ‘common thread’ that runs through the heart of a show,
or in this case – a making process).

 A place to spark dramaturgical thinking as you experience the preparation, making and presentation of performance work.

A place to blast open the studio doors
delve into the how, rather than the what
reveal process, rather than ideas
share and learn

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Featured Video

An introduction to The Red Line by Lou Cope, South East Dance’s Dramaturg in Residence


This section of The Red Line is all about what you do before rehearsals begin.
What is the preparation process like for you?

How do you begin?
Where do your ideas come from?
How much, or how little, do you know on Day 1?
How do you prepare – alone, or with someone?
What does R&D mean to you?
What do you do outside of the studio?


This section of The Red Line explores what happens during rehearsals.
As we all know, it can be the best and worst of times.
What is the making process like for you?

Do you have a methodology or is every process different?
Is there a part of the process that you particularly enjoy, or feel particularly good at?
What mistakes do you most often make?
How do you adapt to different styles of performers?
How do your works get structured?
How do you get through blocks/over hurdles?
How do you get feedback on what’s developing?

How To Get Involved

We invite you to get stuck in and make use of this site.
Use it to ask questions, get advice, share your thoughts and get a glimpse into the secret worlds of other artists, dramaturgs and makers.
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This section of THE RED LINE is about show time:
how to give your work to an audience and how to
articulate it.
What is the presenting process like for you?

How do you cope with technical and dress rehearsals?
How do you prepare performers for performance?
How do you feel about articulating what it is you have made?
How do you gather feedback, and what do you do with it?
How much does your work change by being repeatedly performed?
Do you always, or ever, like your work?

Featured Blogs

Overcoming Unforeseen Challenges

Written by Isaac Ouro-Gnao We’ve all had to face challenges in the industry. From emergency drop-outs to last minute changes, creating dance theatre never stops being tricky. Body Politic was met with quite a challenge in our recent project Father Figurine. Though it did not prove insurmountable in retrospect, it was quite colossal to face…

Joan Clevillé – Dramaturgy and conflict: exploring Agonism in Antigone, Interrupted

As a choreographer working primarily in the “dance theatre” genre, I have become increasingly interested in dramaturgy and understanding what makes a dance theatre work successful. Although the field is mined with potential pitfalls (predictable narrative, flat characters, superficial treatment of a subject matter), I believe that it is also possible to rigorously explore the…

4 Simple Tips To Roll Marketing Into Your Creative Process … by Joe Lott, Marketing Professional and Choreographer

4 Simple Tips To Roll Marketing Into Your Creative Process by Joe Lott, Marketing Professional and Choreographer As dance-makers, and in particular emerging dance-artists, we all find ourselves undertaking a variety of roles. One moment we’re fundraisers, the next HR, we’re often managers and leaders, we’re regularly teachers, and every so often, when we get…