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Press Release: Greenwich Dance launches ArtsUnboxed, a new way to safely tour dance in 2021

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Greenwich Dance announces ArtsUnboxed, a new way to safely create and tour dance in 2021 


This spring, Greenwich Dance will launch ArtsUnboxed, an innovative new way to safely create, produce and tour work in 2021.   


Funded by the Culture Recovery Fund, administered by Arts Council England, Greenwich Dance has commissioned six artists to develop new dance work that can be packaged as a virtual blueprint and sold to venues, festivals and dance organisations across the country. Those purchasing the works will then be able to deliver them using local artists, with a royalty going to the original creatives. 


Designed to kickstart creativity in dance following the devastating impact COVID-19 has had on the sector, ArtsUnboxed also offers a more sustainable and environmentally friendly way of touring ideas rather than people and creates more opportunities for cultural employment at a local level.  


Melanie Precious, Chief Executive Officer of Greenwich Dance said: ‘As we reimagined our performance programme last year, we could see patterns emerging in the work we created as well as that of other organisations. We could hear the heart-breaking voices of artists falling through the gap in Government support and knew we had to act.   


‘At its most basic, ArtsUnboxed is a way for creatives to develop a recipe for new dance work that can be replicated by artists in local settings around the country. This ground-breaking initiative is the latest example of how we have continued to provide opportunities for artists to create and audiences to engage with dance work in a safe environment, while also supporting employment in the sector and offering hope for the future.’   


Following a call out at the end of last year, Greenwich Dance received over 70 applications to be part of the commission. The final six artists chosen through a rigorous selection process are; 

  • Joss Arnott of Joss Arnott Dance with producer Phil Hargreaves 
  • Sarah Blanc working with Annie Hanauer and Vicky Malin as part of their collective Annie Vicky Sarah, with producer Emma Abbey 
  • John Darvell - NOCTURN with producer Sarah Shead - Spin Arts 
  • Temujin Gill - Grounded Movement with producer Kate Scanlan of Scanners Inc 
  • Pervez - Live 2 Break, with producer Kate Scanlan of Scanners Inc 
  • Anna Williams & Tom Roden of Anatomical with producer Claire Summerfield of Tandem Works

To deliver the programme, the artist and producer pairs are supported by a team of freelance specialists including Project Manager Rajpal Pardesi, Dramaturg Lou Cope and Access and Inclusion Consultant Alex Covell. The project also sees performer Annie Edwards take on a paid shadowing position, mentored by Alex, to help support her professional career development. 


ArtsUnboxed is a further example of Greenwich Dance’s commitment to supporting artists, communities and the sector throughout the pandemic. Since March it has presented a socially distanced doorstep tour across the borough in celebration of Black History Month, delivered a wide-ranging programme of online dance classes for all ages, developed a podcast, Talking Moves, that connects artists with each other, and created a new digital stage to share work from around the world.   


ArtsUnboxed will launch in spring 2021. For more information, visit greenwichdance.org.uk    


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ArtsUnboxed is funded through the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund, administered by Arts Council England on behalf of Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. 


About Greenwich Dance 

Greenwich Dance, established in 1993, provides a place for both non-professionals and professionals to move, watch and create regardless of age, experience or background within a wide range of activities including classes, performance projects, festivals and events. Over the past 8 months Greenwich Dance has stayed operational, forging brand new ways of working to include online classes designed to tackle loneliness and isolation, a podcast, blogs authored by freelance artists, digital dance round-ups, online dance creation and doorstep performances.   


About Arts Council England 

Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. We have set out our strategic vision in Let’s Create that by 2030 we want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish and where everyone of us has access to a remarkable range of high quality cultural experiences. We invest public money from Government and The National Lottery to help support the sector and to deliver this vision. www.artscouncil.org.uk 


Following the Covid-19 crisis, the Arts Council developed a £160 million Emergency Response Package, with nearly 90% coming from the National Lottery, for organisations and individuals needing support. We are also one of several bodies administering the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund and unprecedented support package of £1.57 billion for the culture and heritage sector. Find out more at www.artscouncil.org.uk/covid19 

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