About

Body Politic is a flagship female led organisation, whose work empowers the voices of young people from under-represented communities both, on and off the stage.

Who We Are

Established in 2017, Body Politic is a not-for-profit professional Hip Hop Dance Theatre company based in Oxford.

Body Politic is a flagship female-led organisation, whose work empowers the voices of young people from under-represented communities both, on and off the stage.

Body Politic is passionate about bringing cultural experiences to those facing significant barriers. It tackle big themes and challenging subjects and strives to create meaningful experiences for audiences and participants. 

As well as professional touring, Body Politic provides vital life-changing work to young aspiring artists from diverse communities through an enriching programme of training, mentoring, paid opportunities, and internships.

Body Politic is commited to ensure that true representation of community, people and place are reflected in the organisation from board level to the young people it works with.

vision

 

Body Politic’s vision is to transform the lives and experiences of young people from marginalised backgrounds and vulnerable communities through Hip Hop dance & Dance theatre. 

mission

 

Body Politic’s mission is to change the landscape of Hip Hop Dance Theatre through innovative collaborations, productions and outreach work, locally, regionally and nationally.

beliefs

 

Body Politic believes…

  •   everyone has the right to experience art and culture, and campaigns to ensure that our work is accessed by those who are often excluded due to inaccessibility or cost.  
  •     in the power of working collaboratively to continuously challenge, reinvent and elevate new diverse voices within the cultural sector.
  •   that Hip Hop Dance & Dance Theatre can transform the lives and experiences of young people from vulnerable and marginalised communities, and strive to provide infrastructure, training and support to help promote and elevate the young artists of the future.

 

Creative Learning

  • Community and outreach are two of the driving forces behind BP’s work. We deliver a subsidised programme of dance activity in Oxford, and work with school engagement officers, social services and other local organisations to target young people most in need.

  • Body Politic is passionate about investing in the continued development of our artistic workforce. We deliver transformative career pathways for young artists equipping them with the skills, confidence and leadership to inform future success. 

  • All of our programmes aim to nurture young artists through the development of transferable skills, boosting employability and representation within the cultural landscape.

Productions & Touring

  • Emma-Jane works collaboratively with a range of artists to ensure that Body Politic’s artistic voice and foundation is continually evolving. In bringing together different diverse artists and prioritising shared learning it has enabled Body Politic to produce authentic, relevant and essential work.

  • We are passionate about bringing Hip Hop Dance Theatre to audiences aged 14-25yrs, sparking conversation on challenging topics and helping to raise awareness. 

  • We prioritise working with venues and dance houses with successful youth participation and education programmes. This enables our work to have a lasting impact and evoke real change. 

 

 

Emma-Jane Grieg

Emma-Jane Grieg

Artistic Director

After graduating with BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Manchester, Emma-Jane has dedicated the past 10+yrs to supporting and nurturing the growth of Body Politic. 

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RAJPAL PARDESI

RAJPAL PARDESI

Chair of Directors

Raj is a dedicated senior arts professional with a highly successful background in Dance, Theatre and Music. Throughout his career, Raj has taken numerous independent artists through to National Portfolio Organisation status and others…

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With your support, we are able to continue to deliver our ambitious and enriching programme of work, ensuring that it reaches the audiences and people who benefit the most.

Testimonials

During my time as Relationship Manager for Dance at Arts Council England, South East I was impressed with the grit, creativity and imagination shown by Body Politic in all their projects. 

Working at the very grass roots and inspiring new generations with their teaching through to thought-provoking, hip hop inspired shows is no easy task and they manage it great skill and spirit.”

KYLA BOOTH-LUCKING

Co-Director Clearcut and Director of Programming and Participation, Brighton Dome

Having known Emma-Jane and worked with Body Politic for several years now, I have always been impressed by their dedication to the development and nurturing of young people’s talent, well-being and constantly inspiring them to strive to be the best that they can be. The energy and passion is their main driving force, with an unswerving commitment to both inform, challenge and inspire audiences with their work.

Their performance works feeds seamlessly through to their education work; developing and encouraging the talents of the younger generation, with inspiring and talented role models. They are a company both Dancin’ Oxford dance festival and Oxford City Council’s Culture Team are proud to support, and Dancin’ Oxford looks forward to continuing the strong partnership, they have developed over the last couple of years.”

CLAIRE THOMPSON

Director of Dancin’ Oxford and Arts Development Officer for Oxford City Council

GET INVOLVED WITH THE COMPANY

We’re always looking for passionate people who would like to get more involved in the work that we’re doing. If you’re interested in marketing, media or you’re an artist looking for work, we’d love to hear from you!

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