Dance Futures

Untold Dance Theatre, Women-Wise

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”.

The Dance Futures Steering Group (DFSG) grew out of this investigation: a group of organisations and independents able to commit time and resources to taking dance development forwards, building on the bedrock of recent research. We represent the input and interests of a much wider range of stakeholders, and aim to do so in an open, non-hierarchical way.

The group consists of Pavilion Dance South West, Theatre Bristol, Tobacco Factory Theatres, In Between Time, Circomedia, Trinity Community Arts, Kieran Swann at Arnolfini, independent dance artist Laila Diallo and independent producer Katy Noakes.

Deepraj Singh, still from a short film by Sam Pearson

We are in the process of creating a Dance Futures Vision to take dance in Bristol forward over the next few years. The detail is currently being developed, based on these aims:

  • To develop a dance sector which enables people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to watch and take part in high quality dance
  • To develop and retain a thriving, diverse and sustainable dance ecology in Bristol which nurtures the creation of new work
  • To develop a strong local, regional, national and international presence

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