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Case Studies

Explore a range of dance and heritage projects from across the UK.

Black Victorians – choreographed by Jeanefer Jean-Charles

Black Victorians is a dance performance inspired by the discovery of hundreds of portraits of black people in England during the Victorian era. These images were deliberately airbrushed from…

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A lady in a long white dress made from a thin, shiny fabric leans against the crumbling stone wall of what looks like an old church, her arms extended above her head and her face concealed from the camera. She wears large metallic medieval gloves. The picture is black and white which emphasises the range of different textures, of the crumbling wall, its cracks, her heavy metallic gloves, the softness of her dress.

And In The Soil, There Be Mirrors

‘And In The Soil, There Be Mirrors’ is a site-responsive dance film by Hollie Miller and Sam Williams set across a selection of historical locations in the English…

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Disgo Distaw Owain Glyndwr Silent Disco

In 1400, Owain Glyndŵr, the legendary rebel Prince of Wales, rallied his supporters in an uprising against the English king, Edward I. By 1409 he had disappeared without…

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A group of 5 dancers perform on a catwalk set up in the grand opening hall of the Bristol Museum. They wear long transparent white unitards with black markings underneath and the tips of their hands are painted red. Their arms are stretched over their heads and some of the transparent white fabric is pulled up to cover their faces.

Trying it on – Lea Anderson

A performed exhibition from Lea Anderson that delves deep into The Cholmondeleys & The Featherstonehaughs costume archives (designers Sandy Powell, Simon Vincenzi & Emma Fryer) to dust off…

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3 dancers wearing short black dresses, with bare feet, perform in front of a while background. Theatrical lights are cast onto them creating shadows, making it look like there are more dancer moving than there actually are.

And They Have Escaped, NOCTURN

In a self guided experience, free to the public, NOCTURN asked their audience to consider if always being online means missing out on their real lives? Fusing a museum collection…

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A solo dancer, performing seated in his wheelchair, his fore arms close together and reaching upwards. The gallery in which he performs is painted a deep red, and filled with pictures in golden frames.

Beyond The Waves by Chris Pavia

Chris Pavia is an international touring dance artist and choreographer. He is a member of Stopgap Dance Company and works in his own right as an independent artist.…

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Image by Alice Underwood; image description: a person wearing a blue cap and blue and red jacket holds up an iPad in front of their face, which displays more information about the Leytonstone street through which he's walking.

Leytonstone TrailblazARs – Move and Code

A creative digital adventure that brings to life the history of Leytonstone High Road, through the eyes of young local residents. Participants could get to know this corner of…

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3 dancers twist, reach and check the space around them nervously, their images overlaid over an impression of a historic house in darkness

It begins in darkness – Seke Chimutengwende

It begins in darkness is a dance full of ghosts. In this stark, stripped back performance, five dancers move through a series of mysterious and experimental rites of passage,…

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A series of 3 imaginary tarot cards, each depicting a historic image linked to the ballet Giselle.

Glitch / Giselle by Glitch Projects

Glitch/Giselle by Glitch Projects is an experiment - a prototype for a new kind of project that: Shines a light on the future by digging into the past; Draws…

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A group of different dancers, using different dance styles, all wearing bright blues, pinks, black and white dance under the blue arches of a historical building.

Get Dancing Project, Showtown

From 2020-2022, Showtown created a brand new social dance, inspired by a long tradition of novelty dances in Blackpool. Together with community arts organisation, LeftCoast and local dance collective, House of Wingz, they…

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Image of young dancer at Watford Museum

Museums in Motion – Royston, Stevenage and Watford Museums

May to October 2016 - Project Description   Museums in Motion was a series of community dance and technology participation projects delivered by BEEE Creative and makeAMPLIFY, working with…

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An image of dancers performing on board LV21, a light vessel ship transformed into an arts venue

The Great Thames Disaster – Daisy Farris Dance Collective

On the evening of the 3rd September 1878, The Princess Alice paddle steamer was returning to London, loaded with tired yet jovial passengers who had enjoyed a day…

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Two dancers perform at Kettle's Yard alongside a sculpture of a solitary human figure by artist Antony Gormley; they are watched by a small group of visitors of all ages

Casson & Friends – Untitled (The Gallery Project)

In July 2018 Casson & Friends were resident for 2 weeks at Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge during the Antony Gormley SUBJECT Exhibition. During the residency the company created several pieces of work including community…

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Dancer Noora Kela from Shobana Jeyasingh Dance performing alongside small sculptures of dancers by artist Auguste Rodin

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance – études

In Autumn 2016, Shobana Jeyasingh created études, an eight-minute contemporary dance piece responding to The Courtauld Gallery’s exhibition Rodin and Dance: The Essence of Movement. The exhibition explored Rodin’s fascination with dance and bodies…

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Choreographer Tony Adigun rehearsing with dancer Ajani Johnson-Goffe in the National Gallery's Portico

The National Gallery and Avant Garde Dance

Virtual reality dance in the National Gallery How can dance interpret and respond to our paintings and architecture? How can movement animate our space and art and help us…

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Two dancers performing at Lion Salt Works

Martin Hylton at Lion Salt Works

SALT was commissioned as part of Arts&Heritage's Meeting Point programme in 2017. The work gave visitors the chance to step into the artwork for a truly unique experience. Visitors to the exhibition…

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Dancers perform at the Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories

(Re)Make – Sara Wookey and Camilla Robinson

(Re)Make is a new dance film by Sara Wookey in collaboration with Camilla Robinson. It features four experienced female dance artists exploring ideas of remaking in choreography through movement and dance.…

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The Tide and Seek project taking place with children and families on Margate Beach

Tide and Seek: Bethan Peters and Stacie Lee Bennett-Worth

At the beginning of 2019 Stacie Lee Bennett-Worth and Bethan Peters were commissioned by Turner Contemporary to deliver a series of workshops and develop a new artwork as part of Seaside:…

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Dancers performing Beneath Our Feet in Kents Cavern

The Dancing in Caves project – Beneath Our Feet

Devised in collaboration with a steering group of archaeologists, geologists, historians, cavers and former miners, Beneath Our Feet is a promenade performance that uses dance and live music to tell…

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Born and Bred Dance Theatre dancer working with primary school children in Saddleworth

Born and Bred Dance Theatre – Dancestry Project

Dancestry was a unique collaboration between Born and Bred Dance Theatre and Saddleworth Museum that used dance to learn about and explore the local history of Saddleworth. We…

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Picture of a large group of children and young people dancing in front of the Lowestoft Museum

Lowestoft Dance Map – Glass House Dance

Lowestoft Dance Map was part of Making Waves Together, an ambitious programme in Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft to raise the profile for culture as a driver for economic…

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Four Corali dancers dressed in white, green, pink and yellow perform in the galleries at Tate Britain. They hold still positions, as if caught in the postures of one of the Tate paintings. They are contrasted with their background, which is in black and white.

Dancing to Art – Corali Dance Company at Tate Britain

Corali, a leader in dance created by artists with a learning disability, have worked with Tate since 1998 and are experts in creatively taking up space in the galleries. Most…

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Fight or Flight at Norwich Castle

As part of 'Norwich Castle: Royal Palace Reborn', their major National Lottery Heritage Fund redevelopment project, Norwich Castle are proud to introduce 'Fight or Flight': an ambitious creative dance initiative…

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A solo dancer performs a one-handed handstand on the grass, a few metres from a cliff edge. Beyond her we can see the sea, and pieces of land jutting out into the blue water.

Silence Between Waves – Richard Chappell Dance

Taking inspiration from the views of Berry Head in Brixham and the Singaporean dancers who perform the work, Silence Between Waves frames a conversation through movement and sound,…

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Two dancers wearing white long sleeved tops and a bright yellow skirt with a black pattern dance in the middle of an art gallery, surrounded by an audience of people on all sides.

The Elsewhen Series – Theo Clinkard and Leah Marojević

Modern day romantics, period dramas, projecting the present, practicing elsewhere and elsewhen, a series of daydreams and escapisms into alternatives via nature and her animals Across five duet…

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Young dancers, wearing costumes of blue and white, lie on their sides amongst the green woodland landscape of Wheal Martyn Clay Works in Cornwall

Clay Walks – Suzie West

On the 14th and 15th June 2018, Wheal Martyn came alive. Each viewing point, settling tank, woodland path and museum yard was filled with a cast of 200…

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A group of dancers of all ages stand to attention, saluting with their right hands at their brows. They are part of a performance at an Imperial War Museum, and are dancing in front of planes in the exhibition.

New Adventures – Cinderella: A Museum Adventure

Cinderella: A Museum Adventure was an exciting collaborative project with the Imperial War Museum to coincide with the UK tour of Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella. As a creative response to Cinderella, a thrilling and evocative…

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A musician stands, playing a violin, while two dancers wearing brightly coloured tops play with a large piece of yellow chiffon fabric.

Ila Project – Dancing Strong

DancingStrong Movement Lab’s Ila project  connected three primary schools to their local museums in Bristol (UK), London (UK), and Flint (USA). Students, classrooms and communities in these areas explored artworks…

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A group of dancers of all ages come together to dance in a town square in North West England. Colourful bunting hangs above their heads.

Cotton – About Time Dance Company

Cotton is a site-responsive dance work for 3 professional dancers and a community cast; a captivating exploration through dance and sound, illuminating processes of cotton production in Lancashire.…

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Bethan Peters – Royal Museums Greenwich

Between April 2015 and June 2016 I was invited to be the first choreographer in residence at Royal Museums Greenwich (RMG), which includes four iconic London sites: the National Maritime…

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A group of young dancers perform amidst the neatly trimmed box hedges of Horniman Museum and Gardens. They wear black, with brightly coloured scarves tied around their waists.

Curious Tea Party – Horniman Museum and Trinity Laban

The Horniman Museum and Gardens and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance have been working together on exciting projects since 2009 Trinity Laban has been part of 'Object in Focus', an…

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