PDSW’s work with dancers, choreographers and companies for 2022

We have some great partnerships and programming coming up this year which we’re looking forward to bringing to the public.  These include Chhaya Collective as our Company in Residence 2021-22 and Joseph Toonga/Just Us Dance as our Guest Company both of whom will bring shows and work with communities through the year. Information about our collaborations will emerge on our website as we move into the year.

Each January we issue new opportunities to join us as a Visiting Artist, Company in Residence (annual scheme) or for available Commissions so keep an eye on our social media or the Artists Newsletter for more details.

Our programme for the year is full and we do not have the budget to invest in any other shows or work through the year – unless a windfall comes our way and we are working to try to make that happen!

The themes running through our curation are : Dancing in the Streets, Children and their Grown Ups, Digital Dance and strengthening the recognition of Pavilion Dance as a Centre of Excellence for dance.  We’re establishing a regular programme of live evening shows in our theatre on the first Saturday of the month and a regular pattern for our family shows.  Outdoor shows start with our Festival of Dance 27-29 May and finish with our Fun Palaces on 1 and 2 October with occasional events in between. We’ll host a Children, Dance & Autism Summit on 6 & 7 October. 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.

Our digital programme has developed a clear focus on experimentation, play and sensory experience. It also sometimes gives an insight to the live event programme. We don’t do screen dance or prioritise dance and technology. 

During 2022, you’ll see more proactive producing from us and more involvement in how the work that we bring in is presented. 

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 from 2023. If you don’t hear back from us, it means that we don’t have any opportunities that fit your work in the upcoming programme. Please note also that we look at every show as a unique proposition rather than taking every show from specific companies.

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 eleanorc@pdsw.org.uk if you have something you’d like to include.


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