1. Charlie Morrissey

    1. Wainsgate Dances is an international programme of workshops, residencies, performances and other events curated and organised by me and Rob Hopper, and based at Wainsgate Chapel outside Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire.

      It’s a project where artists come together to explore and question what dance can do. It’s also an experiment in finding new models of resourceful and sustainable artist-led development and production.

      For 2021, the Wainsgate Dances project has received Arts Council funding for a programme which includes residencies, workshops, work-in-progress sharing, film screenings, open practice sessions and other events.

      The programme is working creatively within the Covid 19 restrictions to offer live and online dance activities.

      This year there will be week long residencies with Kate Brown, Seke Chimutengwende, Katye Coe, Vanessa Grasse, Samir Kennedy, Alexandrina Hemsley, Wendy Houstoun, Bun Kobayashi, Leah Marojevic, Florence Peake, Bakani Pick-Up and Anushiye Yarnell taking place with the support of Arts Council England and with funds raised through Open Practice Online

      In 2020, many of our activities were on hold due to Covid 19, but some things still went ahead including sessions with Caroline Scott and architecture students from Sheffield University; a project working with digital mapping using pinpoint technology with Islington Mill in Manchester as part of their 5th Floor Portraits Project.

      Other online dance activities connecting Wainsgate Chapel with local people as well as artists from across the globe. These activities have included classes for dancers in China, a number of film projects, and collaborations between dancers from across Europe and the United States.

      Open Practice Online – These sessions happen Monday to Friday 9-10am UK time throughout lockdown. Sessions are currently happening via zoom and cost £2 or a donation – Money goes to keeping the space open and to funding residencies and other parts o the programme.

      There have been over 2,000 individual hours of dancing so far!

      In 2019, I received funding from Arts Council England to support the programme.

      There were 10 funded residencies with artists including: Roberta Jean, Samir Kennedy, Hannah Buckley, Seke Chimutengwende, Hannah Sullivan, Lucy Suggate,  Mark Bleakley, Claricia Kruithoff, Anushiye Yarnell, Gillie Kleiman, Janina Rajakangas, Neil Callaghan

      There were 9 workshops with artists including Katie Duck, Karen NelsonGaby Agiss, K.J. Holmes Thomas Goodwin, Wendy Houstoun, Charlie Morrissey and Katye Coe, Ben Wright; Seke Chimutengwende.

      In June as part of Hebden Bridge Arts Festival Wainsgate Dances hosted a weekend of performances from artists including Jonathan Burrows, Katye Coe, Francesca and Matteo Fargion, Wendy Houstoun and Charlie Morrissey. 

      Other news…

      Katy Hewison has been at Wainsgate together with a group of dance artists working with children from Old Town Primary School as part of her Improplay  project

      Theo Clinkard has been spending some time at Wainsgate developing a new work The Century Project with dancers including Steph McMann, Samir Kennedy, Connor Scott, Lauren Potter, Leah Marojevic, Bun Kobayashi.

      Bakani Pick-Up Company was in residence for a week working on a new piece with Theo Clinkard in October,

      More details can be found on the Wainsgate Dances Facebook page.

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      For information and to book for workshops or Open Practice Online, contact Rob Hopper at wainsgatedances@gmail.com

      Here’s a little snapshot from 2018