Pioneer dance plan for small venues
Dance is often seen as the Cinderella of the subsidised arts, but a new initiative seeks to prove that there is a growing and enthusiastic audience.
Farnham Maltings has launched a pilot programme taking dance performances to small venues across the South East. It is being delivered via the Maltings’ venue network House http://housetheatre.org.uk/about/
“Having already built a regional touring ecology for theatre, it feels like a completely natural progression to support in building the audience for contemporary dance across the South East, alongside other active organisations in the sector and region” said Gavin Stride, director of Farnham Maltings. “This project allows us to work with The Place, Pavilion Dance South West and Surf the Wave and South East Dance, Dance, organisations that all share our ambition to reach a whole new set of people.”
Lost Dog’s Juliet & Romeo (pictured) will launch the project with a regional tour beginning March at Norwich Playhouse, and will then travel to Hertford Theatre, Luton Library Theatre, Arts at the Old Fire Station in Oxford, the Mill Arts Centre in Banbury and Farnham Maltings. Other venues in the scheme are The Curve in Slough and Worthing Theatres.
The project is supported by The Place, Pavilion Dance South West’s Surf the Wave project and South East Dance.