News: Phase3 At The Point

Wednesday 25 November 2009

The Point, in Eastleigh, Hampshire, is a multipurpose arts venue where dance is at the forefront of programming. Its 300 hundred seater theatre has hosted performances by many leading UK companies since it opened in 1996 – including Siobhan Davies Dance, Candoco, Akram Khan, The Cholmondeleys and the Featherstonehaughs, Lone Twin, Jonathan Lunn, Hofesh Shechter, Bonachela Dance Company, Shobhana Jeyasingh and many more.

On 12th November it opened a brand new purpose-built studio space, Phase3 At The Point, adjacent to its existing auditorium. Unusually it features living accommodation for up to eight artists, so that visiting companies who are working in the space and with local schools, organisations and youth companies, will be able to stay over and to be truly ‘in residence’ for short periods. Phase3 At The Point will be the first non-metropolitan venue with residential space for arts productions.

Akram Khan opened the new space with a preview performance of *Gnosis* – his latest work which has been delayed in production after a recent injury and won’t now be seen in full until next April at Sadler’s Wells. His company were the first to use the new residential facilities at Phase3. Akram has had a long association with The Point and its former Artistic Gregory Nash (now Executive Director at the Young Vic) who gave him his first London gig as part of Dance Umbrella in 1996. Back at The Point for the opening, Nash said: “Akram’s residency leading up to the opening exemplifies the special nature of the Phase3 development; it will enable us to offer state-of-the-art technical facilities to local companies and a unique residential space to a huge range of national performing companies. In addition to all these fantastic new facilities, Phase3 presents potential for increased income and for an enhanced engagement with artists and arts participants.”

Photos: Phase3 At The Point opening.
Below: Akram Khan, Cheryl Butler, Head of Culture for Eastleigh Borough Council & Gregory Nash
By Bruce Williams

More:
www.thepointeastleigh.co.uk

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