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 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 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 based primarily on work influenced by somatic practices – this means that our approach to learning new movement skills is by focusing on what movement feels like, rather than by imitating an ideal form. Somatic practices are inherently accessible to those of all physicalities, including disabled artists.
Our offer is inclusive, professionally-focused and uncompromising in its rigour.
> Support artists to develop how their work is relevant to the wider public, meets the public or impacts society.
> Support emerging, mid-career and established artists to develop new work and new ways of working.
> Develop leadership and workforce skills through a programme that interlaces different aspects of an artist’s professional life so that the art is relevant to and reflects the public.
> Offer an inclusive programme that is rigorous, professionally focused and exemplary of best practice.
Collaboration, exchange and enquiry
> Increase the reach of dance by collaboration and exchange with other disciplines within and beyond the arts.
> Generate awareness of the contribution that dance can make as a form of knowledge and a method for accumulating knowledge.
> Counteract the isolation of individual artists by providing formal and informal opportunities for them to come together as a community.
> Create new opportunities for artform development by strengthening our productive links with higher education institutions.
> Raise the profile of less resourced and represented modes and methods of working.
> Contribute to national discourse about dance, and the role of the arts in civic life.