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Re-Framing Dance considered in what ways independent producers can be supported to enhance the current presentation of dance in the gallery.

This project utilised the city of Nottingham and its enviable and vibrant museum and visual art sector, with the potential to realise an extraordinary range of works and practices.

Galleries are increasingly a site for the public to witness, explore and even participate in choreographic practices. They are sites where artists working in this field seek to develop and present their work. Stemming from Dance4’s philosophy of curiosity, risk and doubt, the project asked, what can be realised by independent artists if producers provide skills and capacity to bring about new work in the gallery?

About the Programme

The project supported residencies for independent producers to invite curators, artists and Dance4 into a process to undertake choreographic research exploring the possibilities to create new work that invites audiences to see, experience and potentially participate in choreographic artworks sited in gallery contexts.

The following producers and organisations have been involved in Re-Framing Dance:

Contributed without hosting a residency:

Bonington Gallery, New Art Exchange, Backlit, One Thoresby Street, Nottingham Museum Service with Nottingham Castle Trust in collaborative partnership and Surface Gallery.

Over the last two years, part one utilised the city of Nottingham and its enviable and vibrant museum and visual art sector through two producer-led action research projects.

We’re delighted to let you into some of the outcomes and conversations from part one below.

As a legacy, FABRIC collaborated with New Art Exchange to produce Re-Frame: A Commission in Residence, which enabled Solomon Berrio-Allen to produce a new work; Our Acres.

FABRIC also produced Welcome to Nottingham, a resource for artists and producers in movement dance and choreography to gain insight to the city’s visual arts and heritage organisations.


ID.Y (Claricia Parinussa & Zoë Charlery)

Image by Isabel Barfod
Image by Isabel Barford

Claricia Parinussa & Zoë Charlery undertook a residency in partnership with Lakeside Arts.

As a body-based, practice-based researcher, performer and arts producer, Claricia undertook a site-responsive process of externalising and integrating embodied knowledge; in dialogue with ID.Y collaborator Zoë Charlery and invited guests.

As part of the research, a video essay of collaged recordings was created, which is available to view below.

Nora-Swantje Almes

Bless This Place (2018), performance by Aaron Ratajczyk, image by Philippe Gerlach
Image by Philippe Gerlach

Through a three-week residency in partnership with Primary, the research explored how movement practices and what we might consider “queer” sit in opposition to the operations of conventional art institutions: unpredictable, influx and improvised.

It included a series of interviews with choreographers, dancers and queer party collectives to imagine a different set of requirements needed for producers, curators and institutions.

Check out the documentation video below, produced during this residency.

Re-Framing Dance is supported by Jerwood Arts Development Programme Fund which champions transformational development opportunities for artists, curators and/or producers in their field within the first 10 years of establishing their professional practice.