Surf The Wave is a three year project that aims to initiate a step-change in how dance is showcased and toured. It is delivered in three phases

Phase One – Paddling for Position

Surf The Wave believes that developing relationships is at the heart of creating change for the dance sector. Phase one of the project was all about connecting artists and programmers through a series of events and intensive workshops. The aim of these events was to provide a safe space for artists and programmers to meet, discuss issues and barriers that may be facing them and build meaningful relationships that will lead to more opportunities for dance to be presented in the UK.

Artists and programmers who attended the intensives were eligible to apply for seed support to help develop ideas and burgeoning partnership that were formed at the events. This support is designed to help carry forward any practical solutions, creative projects and touring opportunities identified during the intensives.

The Curatorial Voice programme is a thread that is dedicated to supporting programmers to develop and build confidence in programming dance. It is a bespoke programme of support and opportunities delivered in partnership with local organisations or ambassadors to build on existing networks, current programmer engagement strategies or regional priorities across the UK

Phase Two – UK Dance Showcase

Phase Two of Surf The Wave is the Showcase itself. Stretching across four days in May 2019 the Showcase provided programmers the opportunity to see work presented in a variety of contexts, as well as hear pitches from artists and producers and network with programmers and artists from across the UK.

Phase Three – Surf To The Shore

Phase Three looks at how Surf The Wave can support opportunities that arise from the Showcase. Surf The Wave aims to give time, space and resources to ideas and opportunities that are generated by the Showcase in order to develop the dance sector and keep companies touring the UK.

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