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In March 2015, Arts Council England’s ‘Rural evidence and data review’ found that only 2% of National Portfolio funded dance companies toured to rural areas in 2012/13.
Originally a 3 year project, the Rural Touring Dance Initiative has been extended for a further 3 years making the project live until 2021. The aims of the project are to seek out great dance companies that are excited to tour rurally, and to support rural promoters and schemes to build audiences for dance in rural spaces.
Menu 5 was launched in January 2020 – click here to view the programme.
Featuring work by Mr & Mrs Clark, Sonia Sabri Company, Joshua ‘Vendetta’ Nash, Scottish Dance Theatre, Jo Fong and George Orange, Edifice and Chris Patfield & José Triguero.
Previous artists have included:
Alleyne Dance, bgroup, Corali, Curious Seed, The Hiccup Project, Panta Rei, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Protein, James Wilton Dance, Just Us Dance Theatre, Lila Dance, Nikki and JD, Uchenna Dance, Corali, Sadhana, Shane Shambhu, Tom Dale Dance, Dan Watson, Joan Cleville, Lost Dog, Keira Martin, New Art Cub, Lanre Malaolu, Slanjayva Danza and Spilt Milk.
For more information, please visit the Rural Touring Dance Initiative website.
Same Same.. But Different by Sonia Sabri Company
Photo © Simon Richardson
Trailer by filmmaker Rachel Bunce
Rural Touring Dance Initiative brings dance back to rural venues with a programme of seven works from leading dance companies comprising new shows and returning favourites, including;
To find out where each of these shows will be touring to, please visit the Rural Touring Dance Initiative website.
Please note dates may be subject to change, therefore please contact local schemes for confirmed details.
Scottish Dance Theatre © Maria Falconer
Edifice © Alfred George Bailey
Mr & Mrs Clark © Kirsten McTernan
Joshua ‘Vendetta’ Nash © Dave Barros
Jo Fong and George Orange
Sonia Sabri Company © Simon Richardson
New Art Club © Zoe Manders
Tom Dale © Rachel Bunce
Slanjayvah Danza © Boneshaker Photography
Lost Dog © Rachel Bunce