THE DANCE SPACE: A NEW HOME FOR DANCE
South East Dance makes dance happen. We invest in, support and inspire dance artists and companies to create world-class performances, both live and digitally - and enable people of all ages and abilities to discover, participate in and enjoy dance.
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The Dance Space will enable us to attract and host regional, national and international dance companies and artists - and get local people dancing.
Earlier architects impression of what The Dance Space might look like © Shedkm
South East Dance is creating a new home for dance in the heart of Brighton & Hove. The Dance Space will inspire and excite professional artists and people living in the City, the South East and beyond.
‘The South East region is home to some of the most exciting dance companies in the country and it has long been our ambition to provide a base for artists where they can: research and develop work; collaborate together and with local communities; and work alongside interesting and innovative dance artists from around the world. We are thrilled this ambition is finally heading towards fruition’.
‘We, the artists, dance makers, company directors and all round innovators of contemporary dance can hardly wait for this new space to exist in our city. The Brighton dance scene can finally thrive, come out from behind closed doors and be enjoyed by all’. Antonia Grove, Independent dance artist and South East Dance Associate Artist 2012-14
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Julien Boast, Chair of the Board of Trustees, South East Dance
It will comprise of: • Three dance studios • A 150 seat occasional performance space • Serviced offices for creative industries in Brighton & Hove • A home for South East Dance • Access to a public events square
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The Dance Space will have state of the art facilities and the conditions necessary to create the best dance and contemporary performance possible.
‘This new space will give the broad dimensions of dance an opportunity to breathe and develop, a higher profile and a much needed platform. It aspires to a unique approach as a creation centre in this country, and frankly Brighton is just the kind of place that responds to unique approaches’.
Professor Liz Aggiss (University of Brighton), national and international dance artist in live performance, single screen dance and installation, and mentor
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The Dance Space is the cultural heart of the Circus Street Market regeneration project which is due to be completed in 2016. South East Dance will launch its opening programme in 2017.
What will happen in The Dance Space?
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• Residencies and rehearsal time for dance artists and companies • Performances and events • Training and professional development workshops/classes • Opportunities for community groups and professional artists to work together • Open rehearsals • A range of dance classes for all ages and abilities • A dedicated programme of dance activity for children and young people • Partnership projects with local education providers • Opportunities to hire our spaces
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Our programme will be shaped to meet the needs of the professional dance community and local people of all ages. It will include:
‘Brighton & Hove has one of the most vibrant dance communities in the UK but lacks a vital component to ensure this community is able to grow and reach its international potential here. The Dance Space would fill a gap in the City and the possibilities for Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival to collaborate in it are incredibly exciting’.
‘There is the evidence that contemporary dance provides huge benefits to the ageing body as well as the mind. The new centre would come at a perfect time, enabling us to respond to rapidly growing interest in Three Score Dance Company’. Christina Thompson and Saskia Heriz, co-founders, Three Score Dance Company (Brighton-based contemporary dance group for men and women over 60).
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Andrew Comben, Chief Executive, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival
49% of England’s dance workforce is concentrated in the South1, but 68% of dance artists work outside of Brighton & Hove due to a lack of available creation workspace2.
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The Dance Space will address the shortage of specialist dance and creation space in the City and the South East region.
Support The Dance Space South East Dance is a registered charity and we need to raise more money to make The Dance Space a reality.
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• A lack of dance creation space within Brighton & Hove is causing £1.2 million to leak out of the City because artists are working elsewhere3 • Dance in general contributes over £6 million annually to the City’s economy4 • The Dance Space is estimated to contribute at least £700,000 to the local economy each year5
To find out how you can support South East Dance and help make the The Dance Space happen, please visit: www.southeastdance.org.uk
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• The Dance Space will cost £3.2 million • £1.8 million has been gifted to us by Brighton & Hove City Council and The Cathedral Group • We have secured £134,712 from Arts Council England with £790,288 earmarked pending successful funding application • We have to raise an additional £500,000 from public and private funding sources
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References: 1Dance Mapping - A Window on Dance 2004-2008, Suzanne Burns & Sue Harrison, Arts Council England, 2009. 2Economic Impact Study of the Dance Artists & Practitioners Who Live & Work in Brighton & Hove, SAM, July 2008, commissioned by South East Dance. 3See 2. 4See 2. 5See 2.
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The Dance Space is integral to Circus Street Market, a new regeneration project and partnership between Brighton & Hove City Council, Cathedral Group Plc, the University of Brighton and South East Dance. The architect is award-winning Shedkm.
South East Dance Limited is a company registered in England and Wales. Registered Company No. 3434501. Registered Charity No. 1064900/00.
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