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Dance4 and DanceXchange announce merger

DanceXchange and Dance4 are coming together in a formal merger, to form new organisation, FABRIC.

FABRIC will combine the two organisations’ knowledge, skills and expertise in dynamic programmes and projects, to form one new strategic organisation.

Working as one organisation FABRIC can be more ambitious for dance made, produced and nurtured in the Midlands.

FABRIC’s vision is to inspire people through dance, transforming lives, communities and places.


DanceXchange and Dance4 are coming together in a formal merger, building on the strengths of our two successful organisations.

We are combining our complementary knowledge, skills and expertise in dynamic, expansive programmes, to form a new, single, strategic organisation, FABRIC.

Jointly, Dance4 and DanceXchange can be more ambitious for dance made, produced and nurtured in the Midlands.

Our vision is to inspire people through dance, transforming lives, communities and places. We believe dance is remarkable and is vital in shaping the future.  FABRIC will strive to inspire, increase and diversify engagement, co-create with the extraordinary people of the region, encourage creative leadership, develop talent, and celebrate the impact of dance and its place in public life.

Debbie Jardine – interim CEO at DanceXchange says:

“We are driven by a desire to positively disrupt, to bring about change that ensures a more sustainable and resilient future for dance.  For dance to play a greater civic role in the lives of communities across the Midlands. Together, we are creating the new possible for dance.”

Collaborating in recent years has led us to conclude that there are significant creative, economic and strategic benefits for the art form, and both organisations, to be derived from coming together in a formal merger. By taking responsible, radical action, we can free up and attract new resources to actively invest in artists, the development of the art form, and programmes that increase engagement. With the backing of our respective Boards, we are now making this merger a reality. We will operate as FABRIC, one single, new, organisation, from mid-April 2022.

 

Paul Russ – CEO of Dance4 says:

“This new approach will breathe new life into dance, creating unique, thrilling and ambitious programmes, contributing to the international arts offer through a rich and diverse programme grown in the Midlands. I look forward to working with the team, partners and the people of the region to realise the opportunity to create a renewed platform for dance and cultural offer for the people of the Midlands.

“We’re taking a bold step to a new future. Seizing the moment to build on our collective knowledge and success, and the legacy of major events in the region to realise new opportunities and growth for dance.”

FABRIC’s work will make full use of our collective teams, relationships, resources, knowledge and experience. FABRIC will operate and grow from our existing sites in Nottingham and Birmingham, working with our existing teams, working with and for artists, audiences, and communities in the Midlands.

FABRIC celebrates our region, our communities, and creatives. FABRIC is connectivity, collaboration, making and production. FABRIC is people, places and potential. It makes a bold ambitious future possible, creating a commissioning centre of scale to transform dance and dancing, in and beyond the Midlands.


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