BCA is working in partnership with the University of Bedfordshire and Dance East to create a centre for dance practice that focuses on the intersections of choreographic innovation, widening participation, diversity and social justice. The programme commenced in November 2019 with dance artist Julia Cheng (pictured) commissioned to work with student at the University, and runs until mid 2021.
Three linked strands of activity will engage young people and support emerging and established dance artists through a series of commissions, CPD (continuing professional development) and mentoring.
A group of specially commissioned artists will be brought together to focus on choreographic creation in the context of engaging hard to reach audiences. Creating a hub of excellence for choreographic innovation and youth dance engagement, we will explore and develop dance activity that reaches gaps in provision for participants, attracts diverse dance artists to work in and engage with the local area and connects experienced and emerging artists with cultural organisations and the youth dance sector.
With Bedford being the fifth most culturally diverse town in the East of England, our aim is to raise aspiration in the area and generate best practice in dance and inclusive practice to share regionally and nationally. In order to connect with wider Bedford audiences, especially those who may not usually experience dance, we will be holding outdoor public performances including events at the Bedford River Square and Bedford River Festival.
We are currently selecting artists to join the programme alongside Julia Cheng and hope to announce them in the new year.
Watch this space for details of performances and networking opportunities.
For more information about how to get involved contact: Jane.Carr@beds.ac.uk