Poet Lightbown to chair Candoco

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The poet Stephen Lightbown is to chair the dance company Candoco, with the disabled dancer and choreographer Dan Daw joining as the company’s first associate artistic director.

Lightbown, paralysed from the waist down since he was 16, will succeed Fern Potter at the dance company for disabled and non-disabled artists in March.

The two appointments mark the company’s policy to establish disabled representation at its head in its 30th anniversary year.

“I am delighted to have been given the chance to support Candoco as it enters its 30th anniversary year” Lightbown, a communications specialist in the NHS. “I look forward to working with all the staff and dancers at Candoco to make sure we remain a vital voice in the dance community and the arts more widely". Kez Margrie, a BBC commissioning editor, has also been appointed a trustee.

Daw will work alongside artistic director and co-founder of Candoco Charlotte Darbyshire. “This is an incredible opportunity to gently lean into how Candoco might further expand thinking around what dance is, who can dance and who dance is for" he said.


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