Our artistic vision
Collaboration, exchange and enquiry are at the heart of everything we do.
Our contribution to the sector, and beyond, is to create the conditions for artists and the artform to develop and evolve in tandem, propelling each other. Our work enhances the way that artists work within their own projects and with companies, venues, students, audiences and the wider public. By doing so we foster greater diversity; not only in terms of aesthetics or style, but also how work is made, by whom, with whom and for whom.
We work to support individual dance artists to play multiple roles such as teacher, maker, performer, and producer. We respect all aspects of the artist’s practice and value how these different dimensions of their work inform and refine each other.
We cultivate and champion new kinds of relationship between student and teacher, choreographer and dancer, artist and academic, theory and practice, process and product, dance and other disciplines.
We value dance as a form of knowledge, and as a method of generating knowledge. We champion the distinct contribution of research through (rather than merely about) dancing, teaching and making.
Our values and priorities are served by a classes and workshop programme that focusses primarily on work influenced by somatic practices* and approaches to improvisation.
Our offer is therefore clear and distinct: it is inclusive, professionally focused and uncompromising in its rigour.
Collaboration, exchange and enquiry
1. Increase the reach of dance by collaboration and exchange with other disciplines within and beyond the arts
2. Generate awareness of the contribution that dance can make as a form of knowledge and a method for accumulating knowledge
3. Counteract the isolation of individual artists by providing formal and informal opportunities for them to come together as a community
4. Create new opportunities for artist and artform development by strengthening our productive links with higher education institutions.
5. Develop leadership and workforce skills through a programme that interlaces different aspects of an artist’s professional life.
6. Support emerging, mid-career and established artists to develop new work and new ways of working
7. Offer an inclusive artist development programme that is rigorous, professionally focused and exemplary of best practice.
8. Raise the profile of less resourced and represented modes and methods of working within the sector.
9. Contribute to national discourse to improve working conditions for artists working outside the mainstream.
*In somatic practices we approach learning new movement skills through attending to what movement feels like, rather than by imitating an ideal form. Such work is therefore inherently accessible to artists with non-normative physicalities.