Siobhan Davies Dance (London) and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (Gateshead) are pleased to announce the expansion of their four-year partnership, CONTINUOUS, to form the CONTINUOUS Network which will incorporate institutions around the country. This major collaboration has been awarded an Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grant for £341,144 and £90,000 in support from the John Ellerman Foundation.
Seven additional partners across the UK have joined the new network including 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.
CONTINUOUS will publicly launch in October 2019 with its first commission by Lucy Suggate. The Spirit Sessions: Where there is movement there is change will premiere at BALTIC and tour nationally to a further three 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.
Lauren A Wright, Programme Director, Siobhan Davies Dance said:
“The CONTINUOUS Network is a major step forward in the highly dynamic field of dance in galleries and museums. Siobhan Davies Dance has been at the forefront of this work since 2009 and we are thrilled to continue alongside an extraordinary generation of dance artists as they expand this territory through working closely with BALTIC and our CONTINUOUS Network partners around the country to reach new audiences. We will learn a great deal together."
Sarah Munro, Director, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art said:
“We’re thrilled to announce the expansion of our creative partnership with Siobhan Davies Dance, CONTINUOUS, to incorporate these arts organisations across the country – creating a truly representative network of partners that can benefit from one another’s expertise, experience and creativity. Our network will reach communities across the country to introduce contemporary dance to new audiences, and in turn, to offer a platform for a generation of ambitious and creative dance artists and choreographers to devise new work”