The Dance Space, a new build in Brighton, will provide a dedicated space for dance in the heart of the City. It is due to open in 2017.
South East Dance is on a mission to get even more people involved in and excited about dance. To make this happen, we want to ensure the best dance by the most talented artists gets made and that local people have greater opportunities to get actively involved with dance.
Update: 03 July 2014 - South East Dance - on course to help improve lives though dance
South East Dance is delighted to report that recent funding success will enable it to continue to lead innovative dance projects in Brighton’s Circus Street over the next two years, helping to improve the emotional and physical wellbeing of people in one of the country’s most deprived wards. Click here to read the full Press Release.
Update: 2 May 2014 - South East Dance and Brighton Festival bring choreographic artwork to Circus street Market
Throughout May the derelict Circus Street Market site near Grand Parade will play 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 will be 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.
Update: 17 April 2014 - Urban Playground thrill audiences at Circus Street
Crowds 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.
Update: 26 February 2014 - We celebrate funding success!
We are absolutely delighted to confirm that our Stage Two Capital funding application to Arts Council England towards developing The Dance Space has been successful. This means our vision to create an internationally recognised centre for choreographic research, creation and engagement in Brighton, one of the UK's most creative cities, is on track to becoming a reality. Click here to read the full news release and reaction from some of our supporters.
Update: 17 January 2014 - Expressions of support - add your voice now!
Plans have been submitted for consideration to Brighton & Hove Council's Planning Committee to transform the derelict municipal market building site in Circus Street. The Dance Space sits at the heart of this regeneration project and as we move closer towards the expected planning permission decision date at the end of March, your expressions of support made directly to the Planning Department are extremely important as they can help make The Dance Space a reality.
YOU CAN ADD YOUR SUPPORT ONLINE OR WRITE A LETTER:
1. Go to: http://ww3.brighton-hove.gov.uk/index.cfm?request=c1199915&action=showDetail&application_number=BH2013%2F03461
2. Select the blue button labelled Comments
3. Click support the planning application button and leave a comment
Your voice really can make a difference - thank you.
‘What has been clear since our arrival in the City is the contrast between the amazing amount of artists and projects and the desperate lack of professional studios in which to rehearse and create productions, or lead projects involving the local community. All too often, projects that would greatly benefit the professional dance scene and community in Brighton have been forced to relocate to London or elsewhere. We very much hope that 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
'I have been incredibly impressed with the 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. The Dance Space would be a huge asset to the City and will build on the reputation that Brighton and Hove has as a centre for creative arts and industry.'
Dr Caroline Lucas, MP FOR Brighton Pavilion and former leader of the Green Party
To achieve this, the conditions have to be right. Our vision is to create an internationally recognised centre for choreographic research, creation and engagement to inspire and excite professional artists and bring them closer to local communities living in the City, the South East and beyond.
We want to create The Dance Space, the first dedicated live/work space for dance in the UK. With a dedicated space we will have a home, a hub and a place for people to gather, to dance and to co-create.
'We, the artists, dance makers, company directors and all round innovators of contemporary dance can hardly wait for this new space to exist in our city. The Brighton dance scene can finally thrive, come out from behind closed doors and be enjoyed by all'
Antonia Grove, South East Dance Associate Artist
The current lack of creation space in Brighton is causing at least £1.2million to leak from the city economy every year. 68% of dance professionals are forced to work elsewhere and local people struggle to find appropriate space where they can cultivate their passion for dance. So, we want to build a new home for dance in the heart of the City.
‘Brighton & Hove has one of the most vibrant dance communities in the UK but lacks a vital component to ensure this community is able to grow and reach its international potential. The Dance Space would fill that gap in the City'
Andrew Comben, Chief Executive, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival
Frequently Asked Questions about The Dance Space
Please call Charlotte Semlyen, Business Development Director, on 0044 (0) 1273 696 844 for a conversation about how you can get involved with The Dance Space
Update: 19 December 2013 - ZoieLogic Dance Theatre wow Circus Street
ZoieLogic 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.
Update: 12 December 2013 - Winterland Festival featuring ZoieLogic Dance Theatre on Saturday 14 December
In November 2013 Cathedral opened up the Circus Street municipal market space for the community to use. The opening of the building in the interim aims to enliven the space again and get people used to being in and using this part of the city and also to make the most of the extraordinary old warehouse building. South East Dance will be contributing to this activity by programming a series of dance performances and installations in the space, with opportunities to be entertained, to take part, and to celebrate and share the history and new beginnings for this site.
Coming up very soon:
A programme of public events begins with Circus Street Winterland on Saturday 14 December, a FREE festival for people in Brighton & Hove. An alternative Santa's grotto is planned, along with food stalls by Street Diner, dance and circus acts and an Alice in Wonderland Imaginarium. South East Dance has programmed the brilliant ZoieLogic Dance Theatre to perform MurMur, a radical duet that packs a punch, challenges perceptions, and stuns audiences with its sheer physicality. You can watch the live performance at 1pm, 3pm or 5pm. In 2014, look out for more dance in the space from the likes of The Urban Playground, internationally renowned free running and parkour specialists, previously commissioned by South East Dance. Urban Playground will take over Circus Street on 14 April for a day packed with free workshops and a performance which will see the return of their slapstick antics. Visit http://circusstreetbrighton.com/
Update: 14 October 2013 - Plans in for The Dance Space and wider Circus Street development
We are very pleased to share news that the planning application for the Circus Street Market development, which includes The Dance Space, has now been submitted to Council Planners by developers Cathedral Group in partnership with McLaren Property. Brighton & Hove City Council will shortly open a statutory consultation of the planning application, inviting the public and stakeholders to comment; the developers hope the scheme will be approved by Planning Committee early next year. Read more...
Update: 2 September 2013 - Add your voice to the mix
Plans are moving rapidly ahead with The Dance Space (TDS). Following our recent consultations with artists and local communities, we are overwhelmed by the goodwill expressed for TDS, including letters of support from a range of people including local residents, artists and MP's. Expressions of support are a great way for us to demonstrate to potential funders and decision makers how vital this new home for dance will be. Add your voice to the mix by emailing us at
Update: 22 May 2013 – The Dance Space flipbook
You can now view the latest publication about our plans for The Dance Space in an online flipbook. Simply click the thumbnail to open the flipbook and browse through the leaflet online. Image credits for this publication are available here.
Update: 7 May 2013
We were delighted with the turn out for Cathedral Group Circus Street Market exhibition in Brighton, which took place on 26th-27th April. Many thanks to those that came and were so enthused in chatting to the South East Dance team about The Dance Space and the wider development. You can read more about what went on here.
If you attended the exhibition, you may have picked up our new publication about The Dance Space and/or spoken to our team about this exciting project. If you missed out, you can now view the publication online by clicking the following link: The Dance Space leaflet 2013.
A website including the full public exhibition is now live at www.circusstreetmarket.com including a simple online questionnaire for people to fill in and share their views on the wider development by Sunday 12th May for this pre-planning application stage of the project. A planning application is expected to be submitted later in the summer.
Update: 17 April 2013 - We're Growing Places
Cathedral Group, developers of the Circus Street Market (including The Dance Space), are inviting local residents in the Brighton area to come to a public exhibition to find out more about what the development will comprise of and have their say about the proposals for the Circus Street site.
South East Dance, Brighton & Hove City Council and the University of Brighton will all be present at the exhibition, so please come along, meet the teams, find out more and share your ideas with us.
Friday 26th April 10.00am — 4.00pm and Saturday 27th April 10.00am — 4.00pm
The Old Market Building, Circus Street, Brighton, BN2 9QF
You can read Frequently Asked Questions about The Dance Space here.
Update: 30 November 2012 - Architects on board
Award-winning architects ShedKM have been appointed to design the Circus Street development. Read press releases from Cathedral Group and Brighton & Hove City Council below:
Update: 1 October 2012 - Gathering momentum
Update: 29 March 2012 - Funding bid success
South East Dance has been successful in its stage one bid to Arts Council England (ACE) for £925,000 to support the development of The Dance Space, part of an innovative public/private partnership driven by Brighton and Hove City Council and Cathedral Group PLC. ACE's investment follows the good news that revised heads of terms for the Circus Street development, where The Dance Space will be housed, were agreed by Brighton and Hove City Council, University of Brighton and Cathedral Group in February. This double success means The Dance Space can really begin to move forwards, which is fantastic news for South East Dance, the audiences and artists it aims to serve and for the City of Brighton & Hove. More...