Barbican Theatre launch new 4 year diverse dance programme ‘FUSE’

30 Apr 2018

FUSE Diverse Dance. Image: Barbican Centre

FUSE Diverse Dance. Image: Barbican Theatre

Barbican Theatre (Plymouth) is excited to announce initial plans for its 4 year diverse dance programme which will collectively be known as FUSE: DIVERSE DANCE.

Barbican Theatre has a strong history of dance development over the last 30 years and FUSE is the exciting next step. FUSE is a brand new diverse dance project funded by Arts Council England. It aims to create a new way of making dance by bringing together diverse communities, local dancers and guest choreographers as equal partners –  to have fun, share dance styles and create mind blowing new performances for public audiences.

Barbican Theatre’s CEO Sheila Snellgrove says

 FUSE changes how we deliver dance moving us away from one off projects towards a facilitative role in which our experience can support a process of training and empowerment for diverse dance artists in Plymouth over a 4 year period. This will enable us to support the resilience and capacity of diverse dance artists in our city to lead dance practise to a new level contributing a distinctive element to major city festivals such as Illuminate and Mayflower 400”

 To develop FUSE: DIVERSE DANCE as a brand Barbican Theatre worked with local designer Dave Tetely of 51 Studio who has created previous branding and artwork for their #BardInTheYard campaigns and rebranded Barbican Theatre Performance Training in 2017.

Barbican Theatre’s Marketing & Communications Manager, Jo Cann, says

“We chose FUSE as we felt it represented the mission of our diverse dance programme on two levels; to fuse dance styles, artists and communities but also to ‘light a fuse’ – empowering people to explore their own movement and with that their health and well-being, but also to reveal new and exciting dance performances they want to watch.”  

In 2019 there will be a first choreographic production using a spine of local professional dance artists working with a number of different dance genres brought together in a narrative structure. This will be evaluated and the learning will shape an expanded dance production celebrating dance in our city as part of 2020 celebrations.

There will be a number of opportunities to work with Barbican Theatre on FUSE and our first appointment will be for a FUSE Lead Choreographer / Dance Practitioner. Details of the position including dates, salary and job description can be found at Watch out for further recruitment opportunities in June and July!

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