Surf the Wave worked with house to support the programmers on their new pilot dance initiative to attend the UK Dance Showcase. Read the blogpost from Mark Makin, house's Touring Associate and reflections from other programmers here - http://housetheatre.org.uk/surfs-up/
At the Surf the Wave Intensive in the Midlands, Trevelyan Wright of Newhampton Arts Centre raised the issue of dance programming in his locality when it is so close to Birmingham. Committed dance audiences would travel into Birmingham to see work and so what could Wolverhampton venues provide for their local audiences. Surf the Wave supported an initial meeting to discuss how Wolverhampton Venues could work together to programme quality dance. The initial meeting was attended by Black Country Touring, Newhampton Arts Centre, Black Country Dance Hub, Wolverhampton University and Arena Theatre. The group are currently planning working with a dance specialist to explore the value in join programming and how longer term engagements with artists might work.
Surf the Wave supported LEAP dance festival to host a dance programmers meeting during the festival. This took place in November 2018 at Liverpool Hope University. 9 programmers and 9 artists attended to discuss the challenges and opportunities present in programming dance; share details about their own work; network and see some performance.
Surf the Wave supported Katie Green to develop and deliver a first meeting of the Imagination Museum Consortium which aimed to demonstrate ideas about how to engage the audience in heritage contexts; Increase understanding of the challenges of programming dance in heritage contexts; Increase interest in presenting dance in heritage contexts through development of the Imagination Museum consortium and associated website.
The first Consortium meeting took place on 24th May 2019 at The Collection Museum in Lincoln