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Theatre Bristol has always been passionate about dance; we are here to support and develop all live performance. We share ideas around dance strategy at every monthly team meeting and every quarterly Board meeting, Choreographer Laila Diallo is on our board, we support dance artists through our artist support service, twice a year we run Testing Ground and we support young dancers through our partnership with RISE Youth Dance.

However in 2016 dance in Bristol was a key focus for our then Co-Director Katie Keeler “It felt like Theatre Bristol had a job to do: to shine a light on dance in the city”. You can read some of Katie’s thoughts in the showcase article, Dance Futures and read about our plans for 2017 onwards in Dance Futures Part 2

As part of her work Katie had a lot of meetings, with funders, producers, presenters, regional partners, students and professional practitioners. Below are some of the results of those conversations, along with the other ways we currently support and develop dance. We will be building on the momentum of 2016 this year and in April will publish a paper describing how we will do this.

  • Katie Keeler, Mel Scaffold and Katy Noakes met with Deputy Mayor, Estella Tincknell, who pledged support around dance venues. Katy Noakes and Laila Diallo produced Moving Bristol, A Manifesto for Dance in the City. A short document written in response to the meeting convened by Theatre Bristol 
    Download A Manifesto for Dance in the City
  • We supported Getting Out of the Box: How to survive as a Dance Artist led by Karla Shacklock. The event was an opportunity for artists, producers, programmers, funders and venues to come together, to have authentic conversations and to consider how we can work together in order to survive and thrive. It sold out
  • We are a partner on a Cultural Curriculum for Bristol project, led by Bristol Plays Music. As the dance partner we will engage a dance practitioner in a leadership role to work with the CCfB partners and lead on the strategic development and practical in-school testing of how Dance practice can form part of a cultural curriculum 
  • Our TB Agent pilot offered micro-bursaries for artists to attend conferences, training and other opportunities. 8 dance artists were given bursaries and we supported a further bursary for an artist to attend the Tribe of Doris Summer School.  We will expand our TB Agents in 2017-18


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