CONTINUOUS Network ← Collaborative Work ← Siobhan Davies Dance


READ the full CONTINUOUS Network press release here.

Our partnership with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art expands to form the CONTINUOUS Network which incorporates 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 partnership will continue until 2022 and is set to include four additional galleries.

The CONTINUOUS Network will give audiences all over the country 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.

By 2022 the network will present six new dance works for galleries co-commissioned among network partners and will tour eight existing dance works by the UK’s most innovative dance makers. It aims to reach over 75,000 people live and online over three years.

The CONTINUOUS Network marks a significant expansion for Siobhan Davies Dance’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 will publicly launch in October 2019 with the premiere at BALTIC of The Spirit Sessions: Where there is movement there is change, a performance installation by choreographer Lucy Suggate and collaborating dance artists, musicians and designers.

The Spirit Sessions will tour to Tramway on 25 October and Turner Contemporary on 8-10 November, alongside their presentation of the Turner Prize 2019 exhibition this autumn. It will continue to Leeds with Yorkshire Dance supported by Leeds Dance Partnership and Nottingham with Nottingham Contemporary and Dance4 in early 2020.

The second CONTINUOUS commission, by Zinzi Minott, will premiere at BALTIC and tour from April 2020.

This major collaboration has been awarded an Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grant and generous support from the John Ellerman Foundation.

READ the full CONTINUOUS Network press release here.