Beth Cinamon has been appointed as Executive Director of Shobana Jeyasingh Dance and will take up post in late October 2022. Cinamon joins the company from Tavaziva where she was Executive Director and Producer since 2013.
Amanda Cupples, Chair, said:
“I am thrilled that Beth Cinamon is joining us to drive the delivery of SJD’s ambitious and dynamic plans for 2022 and beyond. Beth’s deep understanding of the contemporary dance sector, together with her strengths as a producer, people leader and creative partner, make her perfectly positioned to partner with Shobana to lead the Company into an exciting future.”
Beth Cinamon said:
“I have always admired Shobana Jeyasingh’s originality and brilliant concepts, both on the stage and the site specific collaborations so I’m truly honoured to take the position as Executive Director. I look forward to joining the company at this exciting time, and to what we can achieve together.”
Beth has extensive leadership experience in the arts and cultural sector, specifically in dance, visual arts, development and partnerships. She has worked with a diverse range of artists, organisations and projects and is passionate about producing stimulating and challenging work that enriches people’s lives.
She began her career as a dancer and her first management position was at Studio Theatre Paddington and has since been at the head of a range of London-based organisations including Westminster Arts.
As Executive Director & Producer for Tavaziva (2013-2021), one of the UK’s foremost contemporary-African dance companies, she produced and toured shows Tavaziva Ten, Africarmen, Izindava and the current BOY’S KHAYA. She led the growth and development of the organisation establishing local, national and international partnerships, and commissions such as MANDLA for South Bank Centre’s Nelson Mandela festival, and also from Rambert. With a keen eye for design, she re-branded the company’s marketing and this year the logo featured in Michael Evamy’s prestigious book Logo.
Beth has instigated and produced a range of other independent projects – This is Wan Chai (2019), a 220metre-long photographic installation in Hong Kong’s railway station for Art in MTR with Wind & Foster, and has published a book Gerald Cinamon, Graphic Design (2013) about her father, producing several accompanying exhibitions at the ICA and Fedrigoni Studios.
Cinamon takes over from Moya Maxwell who had been working with the company as Executive Director since July 2018.