PDSW’s work with dancers, choreographers and companies for 2021-22


Through 2021 we have a small indoor programme of professional performances and more work than ever before has been programmed outdoors or in community settings.  It’s an unusual year of programming due to the continuing impact of Covid. 

Over the last two years we’ve clarified that our programme is about dance in a contemporary world and you’ll see different styles of dance and ways of presenting dance. During 2022 we’ll establish an indoor programme of live performances on the first Saturday of the month. Our online programme will focus on experimentation, play and sensory experience or giving an insight to the live event programme. The programme as a whole will reflect relevant conversations, partnerships and stories that seem important to ourselves, our community and our environment. You’ll see more active producing from us, more involvement in how the work that we bring in is presented and we’ll begin to produce new work ourselves. 

Through 2021 we’ve learned a huge amount about taking live work out to different locations across Bournemouth Christchurch Poole and our future programme will include indoor and outdoor work, work at Pavilion Dance and work within communities.  We’ll introduce an Animateur strand to our work in 2022 which will see part-time employed roles for otherwise freelance creatives and will focus on leading and organising dance sessions for different specific communities.

The themes running through our curation are : Dancing in the Streets, Children and their Grown Ups and Digital Dance (where digital dance sees us curating unique content for our online audiences rather than being about dance & technology and we don’t generally have a screendance programme). We’re particularly interested in work that fits with people’s everyday experience of dancing, work that invites people to let go and dance and work that meets with popular culture. And making dance as equitable as possible for everyone.

If you have details of a new touring show then do send it to programming@pdsw.org.uk. We’ll guarantee that it will be read or watched and we’ll get back in touch if we can see it might fit with our programme.

The Artists’ Newsletter goes out every month featuring news, ongoing support and future opportunities for touring dancers and companies focussing particularly on the South West England region.  

Do subscribe to it lower down on this page or email carolinea@pdsw.org.uk if you have something you’d like to include.


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