A solo dancer moves away from a series of pictures hung in a gallery, extending his arm as he does so, tilted back in his wheelchair as he catches the movement. He wears a pale shirt and white trousers contrasting with the deep red of the gallery behind.

Launching the Surrey Dance 21 'Adapting to Place' programme


Throughout 2021 and into 2022, there is a campaign taking place in Surrey to draw more attention to the significant impacts that dance and movement can have in our lives, in our families, in our communities, in work, in play, in all spaces and places.

Through the Surrey Dance 21 programme (SD21), supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Arts Partnership Surrey hope to provide opportunities for dance professionals in the county and beyond to link up, find out more, try out new ideas and - specifically for those living/working in Surrey - to apply for funding to make their new project ideas a reality from 2022 onwards.

In September 2021, SD21 are launching their professional development offer, and they are starting with the theme ‘Adapting to Place’.

What is it?

A programme of free events taking place online and in person, aimed at providing opportunities for dance/movement professionals and those working in cultural, heritage, arts, community, education, health and wellbeing settings to hear inspiring stories and test out new ways of working together.

ONLINE PANEL EVENT - Adapting to Place – Museums, Libraries and Galleries

DATE: Wednesday 15th September

TIME: 5pm – 6.30pm

LOCATION: Zoom (link provided following booking)

An evening of online panel discussion sharing examples of collaboration between dance artists, libraries, museums and galleries. More information here.

A solo dancer performs in a gallery space at the foot of a large sculpture by George Frederic Watts. She is dressed all in white and twists her torso in the opposite direction to her lower body, leading with her shoulder. There is energy and tension in her posture.
(L-R) Abbie Thompson performing in the Beneath The Waves Project at Watts Gallery, choreographer Chris Pavia, photographer Callum Graham Robertson; Amarnah Amuludun and Megan Griffiths performing in The Story Detectives, Made By Katie Green, photographer Alex Brenner
Two dancers leap into the air in the middle of a children's library, their arms thrown out behind them. They wear colourful clothes and their movement is joyful and energetic.

IN PERSON WORKSHOP – Brooklands Museum:

DATE: Saturday 18th September

TIME: 10am – 5pm

LOCATION: Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, KT13 0SL

Join us for a day of practical workshops and skills exchange. Exploring creative responses and interpretation of different places and spaces. More information here.

ONLINE PANEL EVENT - Adapting to Place – Landscape, Gardens, Public Spaces

DATE: Wednesday 22nd September

TIME: 5pm – 6.30pm

LOCATION: Zoom (link provided following booking)

An evening of online panel discussion chaired by Vicky Hunter, sharing examples of dance and movement work taking place in the Surrey landscape and other public spaces. More information here.

A solo dancer arches their back and extends up to the sky, their torso bare. They peer upwards through the open ceiling of the ruined Waverley Abbey.
(L-R) And In The Soil, There Be Mirrors, film by Hollie Miller and Sam Williams; Kate Finegan and Emily Neighbour perform in Autumn Stories (iID Smile Inside Project), filmmaker Peter Anderson
Two dancers twist and reach through an autumnal Surrey landscape. They are captured from below, and leaves blanket the ground around them.

Who are these events for?

These events have been designed in response to consultation with dance professionals living/working in Surrey and neighbouring counties but are open to everyone.

Would particularly suit those with an interest in using dance and movement to respond to specific sites, spaces and places, whether you are an artist, practitioner or producer or would like to see your venue brought to life through dance for example.

If you’re living/working in Surrey already, these events could provide a stepping stone to a new idea or collaboration for which you might want to apply for seed funding in 2022. If you don’t live in the area but would like to initiate new links in the county, you could find out a bit more about some of the people working here, or simply join in to find out more about the ‘Adapting to Place’ theme.

How to book:

Get in touch now to book your free space for any of these events by emailing lucy.murray@farnhammaltings.com

When making your booking please let us know if you have any special requirements in order to be able to access any of the SD21 sessions. Artists living/working in Surrey can also apply for funding to support any costs of attending these sessions where needed (e.g. cost of travel), so do include details of any requests in your email to Lucy.

What’s coming up next:

In October, the Surrey Dance 21 CPD programme will focus on ways of using dance and movement when working with children and young people.


DATE: Wednesday 6th October

TIME: 5pm – 6.30pm

LOCATION: Zoom (link provided following booking)

IN PERSON WORKSHOP exploring ways of using dance creatively and inclusively with children and young people:

DATE: Saturday 16th October

TIME: 10am – 5pm tbc

More details coming soon. See https://surreydance21.com/events/ for the latest information.