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The Dance Space – a space for us all. #SpaceToDance

Visualisation of new Public Square within Circus Street development proposals<br /> Reckless Sleepers: A String Section performance at Circus Street Market - Big Dance 2014. © Zoe Manders.<br /> Urban Playground: Inner City performance at Circus Street Market – April 2014. © Zoe Manders.<br /> Visualisation looking north along Circus Street<br /> Reckless Sleepers: A String Section performance at Circus Street Market - Big Dance 2014. © Zoe Manders.<br /> Theo Clinkard: Of Land and Tongue performance at Circus Street Market - June 2014. © Zoe Manders.<br /> Architect's impression of what The Dance Space might look like, view from North West - May 2013. © Shedkm.<br /> Theo Clinkard at Circus street. © Zoe Manders.<br /> Nowhere And Everywhere At The Same Time No.2 (William Forsythe) at Circus Street Market – Brighton Festival 2014. © Victor Frankowksi.<br /> Reckless Sleepers: A String Section performance at Circus Street Market - Big Dance 2014. © Zoe Manders.<br /> Theo Clinkard: Of Land and Tongue performance at Circus Street Market - June 2014. © Zoe Manders.<br /> Theo Clinkard: Chalk performance at Circus Street Market - June 2014. © Zoe Manders.<br /> Theo Clinkard performing at circus street. © Zoe Manders.<br /> Urban Playground: Inner City performance at Circus Street Market – April 2014. © Zoe Manders.<br /> Theo Clinkard at Circus street. © Zoe Manders.<br /> Architect's model of what The Dance Space might look like at night - May 2013. © Shedkm.<br /> Nowhere And Everywhere At The Same Time No.2 (William Forsythe) at Circus Street Market – Brighton Festival 2014. © Victor Frankowksi.<br /> Architect's model of what The Dance Space might look like at night - May 2013. © Shedkm.<br /> Theo Clinkard: Of Land and Tongue performance at Circus Street Market - June 2014. © Zoe Manders.<br /> Nowhere And Everywhere At The Same Time No.2 (William Forsythe) at Circus Street Market – Brighton Festival 2014. © Victor Frankowksi.<br /> Urban Playground: Inner City performance at Circus Street Market – April 2014. © Zoe Manders.<br /> Ceyda Tanc Youth Dance Company performing at Circus Street Market Exhibition April 2013. © Zoe Manders.<br /> Reckless Sleepers: A String Section performance at Circus Street Market - Big Dance 2014. © Zoe Manders.<br /> Ceyda Tanc Youth Dance Company performing at Circus Street Market Exhibition April 2013. © Zoe Manders.<br /> Bgroup performing excerpt from Just As We Are at Circus Street Market Exhibition April 2013. © Zoe Manders.<br /> Audience at Circus Street Market Exhibition April 2013. © Zoe Manders.<br /> Urban Playground: Inner City performance at Circus Street Market – April 2014. © Zoe Manders.<br /> Architect's model of what The Dance Space might look like at night - May 2013. © Shedkm.

Opening in 2018, The Dance Space will be a vibrant new home for dance in the heart of Brighton & Hove, revitalising the Circus Street area. A space for talented artists to explore, collaborate and create. A space for local people to discover and get involved in dance on their doorstep.



“The Dance Space will soon be a thriving home to dance and a visible demonstration of the excellent work that is already taking place.”


Hofesh Shechter, Choreographer and Ambassador for The Dance Space




Space to Dance – The Campaign

We have just launched our Space to Dance campaign (#SpaceToDance) to make The Dance Space happen. So far we have raised nearly £3 million, thanks to our loyal partners and supporters. Our current challenge is to raise £500,000 by the end of November, so building can start on site. This will be a major milestone in the project, taking us one step closer to achieving our goal of raising the £810,000 we need to make The Dance Space happen.

Our work is only possible thanks to the support of people like you who are passionate about dance and value the contribution the arts make to all our lives. We need all the support we can get and it would be great if you got behind our campaign (#SpaceToDance).

If you would like to support the campaign to create The Dance Space please click here. Every pound donated will go towards making The Dance Space a reality.

Look out for #SpaceToDance on social media and across Brighton & Hove now. Spread the word, get involved and please donate if you can.

Why The Dance Space? FAQs

The Dance Space is integral to our vision and we would love you to be part of creating a vibrant new home for dance and choreography in the heart of Brighton & Hove. Our new creative and community space will bring artists, local people and our team together under one roof.

The Dance Space is vital because:

There’s a major lack of ‘fit for purpose’ creation and studio space for dance artists in Brighton & Hove and the south east.

68% of artists are forced to work elsewhere due to a lack of available workspace. Studio space is generally provided through improvised halls rather than ‘fit for purpose’ creation space (1).

It will help transform a previously neglected part of the city.

Our new home will be located in Queen’s Park, one of two areas in Brighton & Hove which sits in the top 1% of the most socially deprived neighbourhoods in England (2).

Because dance improves people’s lives, physically, emotionally and socially.

Around 75,000 people of all ages will use and benefit from The Dance Space each year, including those with little previous opportunity to participate in dance or the arts.

The Dance Space could retain c. £1.2 million each year which currently leaks from the local economy (3).

Retaining and attracting talent outside of the capital will enhance our economic contribution to the local community and city. As part of the Circus Street Market regeneration project it will also help stimulate significant economic growth.

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(1) Economic Impact Study of the Dance Artists & Practitioners Who Live & Work in Brighton & Hove, SAM, July 2008, commissioned by South East Dance (2) Socio-Economic Baseline Report, Brighton & Hove, Indices of Deprivation, 2010 (3) See 1. More recent estimates suggest The Dance Space will deliver double this figure due to the increasing influx of artists because of the high cost of living in London and hiring studios.

For more information read our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.

What’s happened so far?

Over the last 18 months we have been getting to know the communities around Circus Street, encouraging them to get involved in dance and bringing the derelict market site (where The Dance Space will sit) alive with dance.

"I have been incredibly impressed with the of work South East Dance has undertaken to engage communities in dance, in particular young people and the 60+ age group, to increase awareness of the health and wellbeing benefits of dance.”

Dr Caroline Lucas, MP, Brighton Pavilion

28 - 30 August 2014 - New Movement Collective: Casting Traces

Casting TracesInspired by Paul Auster’s seminal novel, The New York Trilogy, this promenade performance invited the audience into a unique dance experience set within a paper labyrinth at Circus Street Market.

12 July 2014 - Reckless Sleepers: A String Section

Reckless SleepersBig Dance 2014 made an impact in Brighton with the return of Reckless Sleepers' raw and splintering A String Section. Armed with over 100 wooden chairs, 15 performers including 10 local volunteers, all armed with saws, performed to an intrigued audience at Circus Street Market.

20/21 June 2014 - Theo Clinkard: Of Land and Tongue

of Land And TongueFollowing the success of his inaugural work Ordinary Courage, choreographer and designer Theo Clinkard's double bill "Chalk" and "Of Land and Tongue" came to Circus Street for four performances over two days. Read more in our blog. 

2 May 2014 - South East Dance and Brighton Festival bring choreographic artwork to Circus street Market

Forsythe InstallationThroughout May the derelict Circus Street Market site near Grand Parade played host to unique choreographic art installation Nowhere and Everywhere At the Same Time No. 2 by internationally acclaimed American choreographer William Forsythe. Co-programmed by South East Dance as part of Brighton Festival, the work was installed between 3-25 May at Circus Street Market, the landmark site destined to become The Dance Space, a new home for dance in the City with national significance.

17 April 2014 - Urban Playground thrill audiences at Circus Street

Urban PlaygroundCrowds were thrilled by a spectacular Parkour dance performance yesterday at Circus Street Market by Brighton dance company Urban Playground, funded by Cathedral Group and McLaren and organised by South East Dance. The event was part of an ongoing programme of activity by South East Dance aiming to bring world-class dance artists together with local communities.
Urban Playground also managed workshops over the past two days with over 50 local people, including adults and children from the neighbouring Tarner community, learning exciting dance moves in the extraordinary ‘urban decay’ setting of the old market building.

19 December 2013 - ZoieLogic Dance Theatre wow Circus Street

MurmerZoieLogic Dance Theatre wowed local festival goers at the Circus Street Winterland Festival last week. To see some photo's and footage from the event please visit our blog.

 

 

Alongside our partners Cathedral, we will continue to bring creative activity into the Circus Street area over the next few years. Watch this space! 

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