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), and 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.
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. With contributions from:
Katie is a director, choreographer and teacher/mentor specialising in creating site-adaptive work responding to contexts such as museums, heritage sites, galleries, libraries and caves/underground spaces. She is particularly interested in socially engaged projects that seek to tell the stories of artefacts, collections, sites in new ways with new audiences. Most recently she has been working on a 3 year project as part of the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower from England to America in 1620, created The Story Detectives for live performance, film and workshops in collaboration with Delight and libraries/schools in Surrey, and was commissioned to create a solo called The Wavering Light in response to an exhibition of work by Dan Flavin at BASTIAN Mayfair.
Bethan Peters, Bethan Peters Dance
Bethan is a Surrey and London based dance artist who choreographs, teaches and produces for a wide range of people and organisations across the professional and community arts sectors. From April 2015 to June 2016 Bethan was invited to be the first choreographer in residence at Royal Museums Greenwich. During her residency she created a series of site-specific performances for professional dancers and community groups as well as delivering a participatory programme of activities for museum visitors. As a continuation of her research after her time at Royal Museums Greenwich, the National Maritime Museum supported Beth to join a programme called The Arctic Circle; an expeditionary residency in the Arctic, which fosters collaborative connections between artists and scientists to work on independent and collective projects centred around raising awareness of climate change. Other recent works have included High Tide | Low Tide and Tide And Seek created for Turner Contemporary, Margate, in collaboration with Stacie Lee Bennett-Worth.
Luna Russell, Whistlestop Arts
Whistlestop Arts curates creative, community based projects that sit in virtual spaces as well as bringing people together at beautiful, rural venues. By exploring local heritage and landscapes they invite the listener to join them on their adventures as they meet local people with stories to tell, and listen to soundscapes of the areas they visit. Mapping their walks is an integral part of the offer, encouraging more people to experience the journey for themselves. The company is ran by Luna Russell and Annalees Lim who have exciting plans to provide more accessible arts programmes to those living in rural communities and beyond.
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, and other themes later in the year.
How to book:
Get in touch now to book your free space by emailing email@example.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.