It will be a space for professional dance artists and companies to explore, develop and create new work and, with onsite occasional accommodation, we will be able to offer immersive residency opportunities for artists.It will also be a place for local residents, the communities of Tarner and Queens Park, with whom we have been working for the last four years on The Welcome Project, and people from across the whole of Brighton & Hove and the wider region to explore and create dance on their own terms. As well as a place to dance, it will be somewhere to meet and work, with an entire floor of rentable workspace for creative industry professionals, as well as two meeting rooms on the first floor. Wherever possible, we have designed The Dance Space with accessibility at the forefront of our minds and we are committed to ensuring the building will be a safe and inclusive space for everyone. The building is designed to Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method excellent standards and environmental sustainability will be central to the way we occupy and manage the building.
The facilities include:
The Aldridge Community Space, with large glass doors opening directly onto a public square, will host a diverse programme of year-round activities and events. People of all ages and abilities will use this space to explore dance in all its forms and to rehearse, create, socialise and get fit.
The Research Space is for artists to take risks and try out new ideas. This space has no rules: artists will be completely free to use it how they wish. Many of the ideas tested here may go no further than its four walls – but there will be that unexpected frisson of excitement when a brilliant new work starts to take shape.
The Creation Space is a large fully equipped studio where dance artists and choreographers will be able to make, produce and share new work. Retractable seating enables it to readily convert into an intimate 123-seat performance space which will be able to host shows by professional artists and local communities.
The Creative Industries Workspace is an entire floor allocated to rentable office space, the revenue from which will support our core operating costs, so enhancing our long-term sustainability. It will also help foster a creative community within the building.
The South East Dance Meeting Room will be able to accommodate up to six people, whilst the Board Room will be suitable for larger meetings of up to 16. Both meeting rooms will be bright, contemporary spaces filled with natural light and will have wheelchair access from street level.
The Artist Pods. These will provide occasional living/sleeping accommodation for up to six artists, enabling them to immerse themselves fully in creating new work, to engage with local groups, to share learning and ideas; and to benefit from The Dance Space’s resources at any time of day or night.