CONTINUOUS is partnership between BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (Gateshead) and Siobhan Davies Studios. Taking dance into gallery spaces across the UK, it seeks to advance the creation, presentation and development of audiences for experimental contemporary dance within visual arts contexts.
CONTINUOUS is a project in two parts: a commission strand and a touring network for pre-existing work. Find out about the commissioning part of CONTINUOUS here.
Satelliser: a dance for the gallery
J Neve Harrington and Coworkers
Robbie Synge and Julie Cleves
About the Network
The CONTINUOUS Network incorporates dance and visual arts institutions around the country. These include galleries Bluecoat (Liverpool), Nottingham Contemporary, The Tetley (Leeds), Tramway (Glasgow) and Turner Contemporary (Margate), and dance organisations Dance4 (Nottingham) and Yorkshire Dance (Leeds).
The CONTINUOUS Network will give audiences access to the best in experimental independent dance and choreography from around the UK. Dance will animate museums, galleries and other spaces – spaces where today’s choreographers want to make and present work and where audiences are curious to encounter the new and unexpected.
This ambitious and unprecedented collaboration initiates a step-change in the commissioning, creation and presentation of experimental contemporary dance in galleries to grow audiences for dance across the UK. With a spirit of collaboration and learning, the network will offer financial and practical support for presentations of dance works, initiate co-commissions of new dance works among network partners, broker relationships between dance artists and curators, and facilitate audience development through participatory engagement activities. It also aims to improve the profile of experimental contemporary dance in the UK among national and international audiences.
The CONTINUOUS Network marks a significant expansion for Siobhan Davies Studios’s programme to support current and future generations of dance artists. It highlights the values of its founder Siobhan Davies – collaboration, investigation and working across disciplines – in the broader dance sector, and it extends the company’s practice of more than a decade making and performing dance in galleries across the UK and abroad. It also underlines BALTIC’s growing leadership role in live programming in galleries as it expands its public programme.
The CONTINUOUS Network launched at BALTIC in October 2019 with the premiere of Spirit Compass: Where there is movement there is change, a performance installation by choreographer Lucy Suggate and collaborating dance artists, musicians and designers.