CONTINUOUS is a four-year partnership between BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (Gateshead) and Siobhan Davies Dance which seeks to advance the creation, presentation and development of audiences for experimental independent contemporary dance within visual arts contexts.
This is the first collaboration of its kind in the UK. Our partnership developed in recognition of the need to further grow the dialogue between contemporary dance and visual arts.
CONTINUOUS brings together expertise from both organisations, as leaders in in dance and visual arts, to facilitate the production of new live choreographic works for galleries, support and share publically critical dialogue at the intersection of dance and visual art and cultivate new audiences for dance in gallery spaces. We will also promote professional development and shared learning for artists and across organisations and art-forms throughout the programme.
For 2018/19 artists Zinzi Minott and Lucy Suggate were chosen following an open call for two commission opportunities to create a new work which will premiere at BALTIC in Autumn 2019 and Spring 2020.
July 2019: Siobhan Davies Dance (London) and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (Gateshead) are pleased to announce the expansion of their four-year partnership, CONTINUOUS, to form the CONTINUOUS Network which will incorporate institutions around the country. This major collaboration has been awarded an Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grant for £341,144 and £90,000 in support from the John Ellerman Foundation.
Seven additional partners across the UK have joined the new network including galleries Bluecoat (Liverpool), Nottingham Contemporary, The Tetley (Leeds), Tramway (Glasgow) and Turner Contemporary (Margate), and dance organisations Dance4 (Nottingham) and Yorkshire Dance (Leeds). The partnership will continue until 2022 and is set to include four additional galleries.
CONTINUOUS will publicly launch in October 2019 with its first commission by Lucy Suggate. The Spirit Sessions: Where there is movement there is change will premiere at BALTIC and tour nationally to a further three galleries.
The CONTINUOUS network will give access to the best in experimental independent dance and choreography from around the UK to audiences all over the country. Dance will animate museums, galleries and other spaces – spaces where today’s most exciting choreographers want to make and present work and where audiences are curious to encounter the new and unexpected.
This ambitious and unprecedented collaboration initiates a step-change in the commissioning, creation and presentation of experimental contemporary dance in galleries to grow audiences for dance across the UK. With a spirit of collaboration and learning, the network will offer financial and practical support for presentations of dance works, initiate co-commissions of new dance works among network partners, broker relationships between dance artists and curators, and facilitate audience development through participatory engagement activities. It also aims to improve the profile of experimental contemporary dance in the UK among national and international audiences.
By 2022 the network will present six new dance works for galleries co-commissioned among network partners and will tour eight existing dance works by the UK’s most innovative dance makers. It aims to reach over 75,000 people live and online over three years.
The CONTINUOUS Network marks a significant expansion for Siobhan Davies Dance’s programme to support current and future generations of dance artists. It highlights the values of its founder Siobhan Davies – collaboration, investigation and working across disciplines – in the broader dance sector, and it extends the company’s practice of more than a decade making and performing dance in galleries across the UK and abroad. It also underlines BALTIC’s growing leadership role in live programming in galleries as it expands its public programme.
The CONTINUOUS Network had its public launch on 18-20 October 2019 with the premiere at BALTIC of The Spirit Sessions: Where there is movement there is change by choreographer Lucy Suggate and collaborating dance artists, musicians and designers. This co-commission by BALTIC and Siobhan Davies Dance is a touring performance installation where the audience surrounds a highly physical performance driven by live drumming.
In Suggate's work, dance creates the capacity for imagining our world differently in a time of crisis and complexity. Spirit Compass is an adaptable site where performers and audience imaginatively move beyond the material and rational, reconnecting to spirit.
Spirit Compass toured to Tramway on 25 October and then on to Turner Contemporary alongside their presentation of the Turner Prize on 8-10 November. It will continue to Leeds with Yorkshire Dance and Nottingham with Nottingham Contemporary and Dance4 in 2020.
The second CONTINUOUS commission, by Zinzi Minott, will premiere at BALTIC and tour from April 2020.
Founded in 1988 by pioneering choreographer Siobhan Davies, Siobhan Davies Dance is an artist-led organisation that advances the art forms of dance and choreography. Siobhan Davies Dance connect artists and audiences through investigative, collaborative and interdisciplinary artistic activities at our studios and beyond. Read more