PDSW’s work with dancers, choreographers and companies during Covid 19
We’re staying in touch with our Resident, Supported and Visiting Companies by phone and email and welcome conversations with other dancers and choreographers who’d like to check in about the situation or to talk through the questions we all have about what the future may look like. We’re happy to share our thinking on that.
We have shifted our current programming attention to our digital platforms : podcasts, films, Q&As, classes. We are a live art form and can’t wait to return to our real spaces with dancing bodies and work in our studios, community spaces, outdoor spaces and our theatre. But we will be developing our digital programming as a permanent feature as it increases the programming range and partnerships, enabling us to stay in touch with people we know whilst also extending our audiences and communities beyond physical boundaries. We keep an eye on the analytics and are adjusting what we do according to what they tell us about where demand is. Our challenge will be how we, the artistic community, can make any money from our digital platform. We’ll be exploring this over the coming months/years.
We have made new partnerships with choreographers through the crisis where we have been able to provide a distribution platform for their digital work – sometimes they have contacted us and sometimes we have contacted them. They include : Vincent Dance Theatre, Neon Dance, StopGap and Lea Anderson.
We have made a micro-commission for a creative response to Lockdown and Covid by 11 artists in the SW Dance Artist Network. Bursary support for a further seven SW artists has also been made available so they can continue to develop work during this time.
We are not sure when we can open the building to the public again but our current intention is to open it as soon as possible for creation and rehearsal space through the summer. Fingers crossed. There are huge considerations about social distancing, safety and public appetite for group activity so we are uncertain at this time when we will schedule shows for the public.
The Artists’ Newsletter goes out every other week featuring news, ongoing support and future opportunities for touring dancers and companies focussing particularly on the South West England region.
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