News: New home for dance in Nottingham

Wednesday 30 September 2015 by Carmel Smith

Left to right, Paul Russ Chief Executive at Dance4 with Raoul Calderon from Arts Council England.

Nottingham based Dance4 is getting a new home as a former hosiery factory in the city is being transformed into a new hub for the creative industries.

Dance4 will be moving to its new home on Dakeyne Street, Sneinton from its current base on College Street in the city, establishing Nottingham’s International Centre for Dance and Choreography, where it will be able to support local, national and international artists to develop work under one roof.

Nottingham City Council secured a grant for the Creative Catalyst project from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to redevelop the site into workshops, offices and studio units alongside meeting rooms and networking spaces.

The new building will also house other creative businesses and organisations in what is becoming Nottingham’s Creative Quarter, as in another city council project at Sneinton Market units on the site which are being refurbished into workshops and studios for use by creative enterprises.

Paul Russ, chief executive of Dance4, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity which will enable us to expand the delivery and scope of our activity, creating a new centre which will drive forward innovation and inspire the very best international artists to come and work in Nottingham and provide extraordinary experiences for people who live and work in Nottingham.

“The new centre will help us to build on our previous work and further establish Dance4 as a regional, national and international centre for dance. It will enable us to take our work to a whole new level. It enables us to grow as a production house and as a training, commissioning and presenting organisation that leads on research into 21st Century choreography.

“The centre will be an important voice for dance in the UK and an important creative resource for the region, and enable us to undertake more engagement work with local communities. especially in our new neighbourhood of Sneinton and St Ann’s. We are very excited about being based there.”

There will be greater emphasis on engaging the public as active participants in the creation, production and presentation of new dance works as well as the engagement of specific communities, people with disabilities and young people – particularly through Dance4’s Centre for Advanced Training.

Nottingham City Council has worked closely with Dance4 to ensure the new space benefits local residents and businesses as well as further boosting the Creative Quarter, which is proving to be a flagship location for creative companies, drawing names such as Brown Dog and Rough Trade to the city.

Dance4’s new home is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, with further support from the Garfield Weston Foundation, The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation and the Jessie Spencer Trust.

The new centre will open next summer, 2016.

Photo: left to right, Paul Russ Chief Executive at Dance4 with Raoul Calderon from Arts Council England.

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