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Activate Performing Arts > ANNUAL REPORT 07 - 08

‘Words cannot describe how

wonderful it all was, well done.’ > Audience Member at Counter Currents, Inside Out

> Activate Annual Report 07-08 Activate works strategically across Dorset Bournemouth and Poole to develop dance and theatre. We are based near the Jurassic Coast - a unique landscape in which to work and the setting for the Olympic Sailing event in 2012. This report covers April 2007 - March 2008. 2008-2009 builds on the past three years work, ensuring artists are at the heart of what we do, strengthening youth dance and theatre and increasing participation and audiences for performance. Inside Out - Counter Currents. Mimbre perform ‘The Bridge’ at West Bay, Dorset. Photo: Roy Riley.

> Chairs Report 07-08 2007/8 has continued to see very positive developments for Activate. We have grown in strength in a variety of ways whilst maintaining our core focus to develop a flourishing, performing arts ecology in Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole. One of the most notable achievements in the past year has been our contribution to the South West’s programme to help celebrate the Cultural Olympiad through the Inside Out Festival. Working as part of a proactive partnership with Dorset Theatre Promoters Consortium (DTPC), along with promoters in Bournemouth and Poole, Activate led an event which achieved significant success in developing audiences and raising the profile of high quality, innovative performance. Over eleven days in September 2007, audiences enjoyed theatre, dance, acrobatics and pyrotechnics on a spectacular scale in some extraordinary open spaces of Dorset. Inside Out was the largest programme of free outdoor performance ever to take place in the South West. We are now working with DTPC to secure the future of the festival beyond 2012 Situated in an area that has England’s first natural World Heritage Site with its own arts strategy, the Cultural Olympiad continues to present a once in a lifetime opportunity for Activate’s programme to support artists and audiences in making a significant impact on the regions activity and profile thus providing a platform for future performing arts.

The unique environment in which we work: with an outstanding natural environment and a mix of urban and rural spaces presents both opportunities and challenges. We are a small team covering a wide geographic area within a limited budget. We are proud of our achievements but continue to be mindful that we must not spread out resources too thin but consider the best way in which to be effective. Activate remain in a stable financial position and have once again been successful is securing the core funding set out in our financial plans. The growth and development of the organisation’s activities and resources continue to be a priority which the Board and Staff team will work through over the next few years. Over the past year we have worked with many people and undertaken an incredible number of projects across the region. During this time the staff team has undergone and will continue to see some changes. We said goodbye to Gill Roberts, who we are pleased to say, continues to have strong links with the organisation, and are pleased to welcome Rosalind Conlon and Aurore Le Quere who are job sharing the Dance Development Coordinator post. Lorna Rees joins Becca Gill, to share Theatre Development and Cheryl Hutton who has supported the team through its metamorphosis from Dorset Dance to Activate will be starting a new life in Turkey after more than six years service for the organisation. Sara St George, Chair, Activate August 2008

Inside Out - Pexios. Photo: Roy Riley.

Inside Out - Fire Gardens. Photo: Roy Riley.

The Convent by Jo Strømgren Company - Photo: Knut Bry

Inside Out - Periplum. Photo: Roy Riley.

‘Extraordinary’ by f.a.b. - The Detonators. Photo: Ian Robbins

> How did we engage people in the performing arts in 07-08? >>Attracted just under £1 million of investment into the economy through Inside Out and engaging over 70% non arts attenders to performances. >>Employed 187 artists/arts managers/ production team members >>Commissioned 4 new productions >>Presented 18 new productions >>Attracted over 31,000 audience members for 36 performances >>4,500 people participated in workshops >>Over 100 partners

‘Arts Council England South West is pleased to join in the success of Activate in delivering a range of programmes for artists & audiences & looks forward to its continued success next year.’ > Chris Humphries, Interim Regional Executive Director Of ACESW

‘Activate & Umoja Arts Network worked together enabling Umoja to deliver its vision of increasing Afrikan Caribbean arts & culture in the local area.’ > Natasha Player

> Activating Youth Working to build the youth dance and theatre landscape Activating Youth Development programme: training for artists/teachers by Tim Chaundy (Candid), Katie P, (Jonzi D), playwrite Nicola Baldwin and Lorna Rees. Young people went to see the RSC, Pilot Theatre, Breakin’ Convention, Fabulous Beast Dance Co, Gravity & Levity and Candid Youth Theatre. County youth dance company, Portrait was launched with choreographer, Carly Reader. Umoja Family Arts Day: supported Umoja by helping to bring Talawa Theatre company to run workshops as part of a multi-arts Afro-caribbean day at Lighthouse. Community Youth Dance Practitioner: a post with Active Dorset, the county sports partnership. Leanne Desmond ran 100s of dance workshops, a Summer School with choreographer Fleur Darkin and presented ‘Elevate’, a county platform to showcase youth dance. Award winning Aimhigher in the Arts Residential Summer School for 41 15 year olds based between Bournemouth University and Lighthouse, with Lee Hart (Producer), Niki McCretton, Amit Lahav (Gecko), Sammy Hurden and Nick Flowers (BSO) and John Camble (Production). Ignite Dance (now Pure Dance) workshop with young people at a West Dorset Youth Service Youth Club. Pictured left: Ony Uhiara & Richard Madden, in the RSC’s production of Noughts & Crosses which played Lighthouse early 2008. Photo: Keith Pattison Image: © RSC

> Activating Youth A partner in the National Initiative: Cultural Hub was a consortium of cultural organisations and schools working together to create inspirational learning opportunities for young people. The Remix was formed: an integrated performance company of young people at Linwood, St Peters, Corfe Hills Schools and Victoria Education Centre worked with Candoco, Cando2, Graeae, Lighthouse, the Next Stage and Bournemouth TIE. Celebrating By Candlelight: as part of the Inside Out festival working with 240 children at primary schools, with Polly Beestone, Jeff Pigot, Lee Hart,Greta Hennessey, Dorset History Centre, Russell Coates Museum, Bournemouth Libraries, Wave and Bournemouth Arts Development. Horseplay and Hoof: supporting the research and development of Niki McCretton’s new work for young children. Hubalicious and Performing Pathways: supporting progression routes for young people into the performing arts, working with Aimhigher.

> 4,500 people participated in workshops

‘Children have learned new ways of working together with them driving the content of the activities...’ > Teacher involved in the Celebrating By Candlelight project. The Remix. Photo: Denise Poote

> Activating Participation Breaking down barriers to dance and theatre and enabling more people to engage with these art forms. Dance Generations: a dance and health training and participatory project working with dance artists Carly Annable and Sally Ann Donaldson for older people, early years, disabled people and staff working in the settings, leading to regular dance and an intergenerational group. Inside Out workshops: engaged 600 people with artists at each event location: Bill Crumbleholm, Periplum, Teatro Burro Pedrozy, Heidi Stellar and Celebrating by Candlelight. HomeLand: writing for theatre project completed at Portland Young Offenders Institute. Dance Leaders in the Community: research into delivering this course following Dance Generations

> Over 100 partners Wiltshire Dancing ‘Dancing Through Life Project’. Photo: Reg Bernard

> Activate Your Potential Continued Professional Development for dance and theatre practitioners Joined Up Artists: programme of professional development included contemporary class, masterclasses with Jasmin Vardimon and Phelim McDermott and FramedLab with PVA focussing on making work for film. TheatreNet and DanceNet: networks bringing practitioners together to see and discuss work, alongside one to one surgeries - supporting 33 dance and theatre artists. 200 Quid ticket: supporting Amanda Fogg’s New York visit to the Mark Morris Dance Co to further her dance and health practice. Grow Your Own Potential: training on publicity, partnership working, finance and understanding schools for 47 practitioners, with Artsmatrix, Wave and DepARTure. ‘Justitia’ by Jasmin Vardimon

Framed Lab. Photo: Martin Coyne

‘Hoof’ by Niki Mccretton. Photo: ???

> Activating Production Supporting more dance and theatre to be produced here, especially by local artists. Pure Funk Dance Co. Photo: PhotoFinish

Inside Out - Enclosure Photo: Roy Riley

We co-commissioned: >>f.a.b The Detonators, Extraordinary >>Minds I for Aimhigher in the Arts Summer School >>Red Earth’s site specific piece Enclosure on Hambledon Hill for Inside Out >>Hoof by Niki McCretton

‘Extraordinary’ by f.a.b The Detonators. Photo: Guto Muniz.

B-Side: commission to source new ‘found spaces’ to make work ready for the cross-art form festival in Weymouth and Portland in 08-09.

> Commissioned 4 new productions > Presented 18 new productions

‘Growbags’ Herbie Treehead

Growbags: ‘scratch’ nights, 14 companies/ artists showed work in progress, working with Creative Dorset and Dorset Theatre Promoters Consortium

The Carly Reader Dancy Company

‘Our partnership with Activate has really helped us to develop Lighthouse as a resource for artists and practitioners working in the community’ > Alistair Wilkinson, Chief Executive Lighthouse

Inside Out. Photos: Roy Riley

> Activating Audiences Helping to increase audiences for theatre and dance Activate Chairs the Dorset Theatre Promoters Consortium (DTPC – Activate, Artsreach, Bridport Arts Centre, Dorchester Arts Centre, Dorset County Council, Weymouth College, Lighthouse, Marine Theatre) Inside Out 07: extraordinary events in extraordinary places, the largest free festival of outdoor performance the South West has ever seen. The ten events that transformed locations across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole drew over 30,000 people. 32 partners, 80 artists from six countries, over 600 participants in workshops and educations activities and around 75 local people directly employed. Companies included: Cie Carabosse (France), Periplum (UK), Teatro Pedrozy (Poland), Artizani (UK), Mimbre (UK), Peixos (Spain), Red Earth (UK), Da Motus (Swiss), Upswing Ariel (UK), Osadia (Spain) and a youth led music tent. Activate managed the festival on behalf of the DTPC and Bournemouth and Poole promoters. The first event to be endorsed by Team South West in preparation for the Cultural Olympiad.

> Attracted just under £1 million of investment into the economy through Inside Out and engaging over 70% non arts attenders to performances.

‘It’s been great working on Inside Out. Organisations like Activate have the potential to develop a creative vision, pull partners together, support artists & truly make things happen.’ > Simon Chatterton, Producer & Co-Programme Director - Inside Out

Aurora Nova Goes South West: the unique Edinburgh Fringe Festival promoters Aurora Nova toured work in the south west thanks to Theatre South West. DTPC co-promoted Hysteria by Captain Sands Stamping Ground (UK), and The Convent by Jo Stromgren Company (Norway). Attik: bringing Clean Sweep to Bournemouth with the Arts Development Unit. Banxy’s Kings of the Sidewalk: with Artsreach at The Exchange in Sturminster

‘Activate has continued to support me developing work in the region.They are energising performers & audiences throughout Dorset.’ > Nell Leyshon, Writer

> Attracted over 31,000 audience members for 36 performances

Hysteria by Inspector Sands & Stamping Ground Theatre. Photo: ???

> Activating Audiences

…and finally As always my thanks go to our core funders, Arts Council England South West, Dorset County Council, Borough of Poole, Bournemouth Borough Council without whose support we could not exist; partner organisations and funding bodies who support projects, project managers, artists and volunteers and last but not least the hard work and dedication of the staff team under the visionary leadership of Director Kate Wood led by a Board who continue to work so hard to contribute their very valuable time and energy on a voluntary basis. Sara St George, Chair, Activate

> Thanks To: Core Funders:

Partners, project funders and supporters in kind:

Inside Out funders: Inside Out was funded by Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund and Dorset County Council. Individual projects were supported by: Bournemouth Borough Council, Cultural Hub, Borough of Poole, Awards for All, Lighthouse, Dorset Strategic Partnership, Dorset Youth Opportunity Fund, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership, TEAM South West, East Dorset District Council, Ramon Lull Institute, West Dorset District Council, North Dorset District Council, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, Bridport Town Council, The Echo Group, Pro Helvetica and Natural England, DepARTure, Wave.

> Finances Income and Expenditure for year to 31/3/08 Income




Net incoming resources


Balance brought forward


Balance carried forward


> Board Chair: Secretary:

Sara St George Caroline Peacock

Finance remit:

Ian Metcalf (new to the board)

HR remit: Dance specialist: Theatre Specialist: Board Advisor:

Helen Donaldson Lyn paine Tony Horitz Niki McCretton (artist)

> Core Staff Director: Administrative Assistant: Theatre Development Co-ordinator:

Kate Wood Cheryl Hutton

Dance Development Co-ordinator:

Gill Roberts until December Post covered by Natasha Player & Leanne Desmond until April

Becca Gill

> Employed 187 artists/arts managers/production team members

Balance Sheet at 31/3/08 Fixed assets Tangible assets


Less: Capital grants prepaid

£340 £2,576

Current assets Debtor


Pre-payments and accrued income


Cash at bank and in hand

£64,840 £141,060

Creditors Amount falling due within one year


Net current assets £89,031 Total assets less current liabilities


Represented by Restricted funds (projects)


Unrestricted funds*

£34,571 £91,607

* This represents £35,019 for reserves according to our Reserves Policy, £2,577 fixed assets and £19,440 for programme delivery in 2008-09. Theatre and dance development is supported by a partnership of Dorset Borough, County and District Councils working with the Arts Council of England. Full Activate Director’s and Trustee’s report and Financial Statements are available at the office.

> Contact Activate: Activate Performing Arts, 27 West Borough, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1LT Tel: 01202 884340 Web: Email:

For alternative formats of this newsletter please contact: or 01202 884340 Activate is a Registered Charity, no. 1069622 and is Registered in England and Wales as a Company Limited by Guarantee, no. 3439777 Policies: Equal Opportunities Policy and Racial Equality Action plan, Child Protection Policy, Special Needs Policy, Health and Safety Policy, Training and Development Policy, Reserves Policy. Front & Back Cover: Inside Out - Counter Currents. Mimbre perform ‘The Bridge’ at West Bay, Dorset. Photography: Roy Riley. design:

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