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 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 rely on working with freelance creatives to create and deliver a dance programme that meets our goals and we have continued our programme work to support creative and public communities right through Covid. Between Lockdown and 31 July we commissioned, mainly freelance, creatives across a variety of activities including : delivering shows and classes, publishing digital work, taking part in decision-making panels, commissioning new work, supporting training and taking part in the national Freelance Taskforce. Freelancers are represented on our Board of Trustees and we are committed to fair pay and respectful working with the freelance creatives we work with which includes : dancers, choreographers, designers, technicians, evaluators and producers.

Covid-19 meant closing our building for six months, but we are reopening it for limited, Covid Secure creative use from 1 September.  Our programme over the next year will see us programming more work with, of and by different locations and communities, developing our digital programme and support work within our industry. The themes running through our work will be : Dancing in the Streets and Digital Dance. We will have a small indoor public programme between October 2020 and March 2021, delivered according to Covid Secure best practice to keep everyone as safe as possible.  

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.  

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

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