This pilot project, managed by Dance4 on behalf of National Dance Network, was a collaboration between UKTI (funded through the GREAT Campaign), Arts Council England, the British Council with additional support from Wales Arts International and Creative Scotland to promote the export potential of UK contemporary dance by creating a series of performances, events and showcases at Tanzmesse 2016, Europe’s most important dance trade event. The event took place in Dusseldorf, Germany from Wednesday 31 August – Saturday 3 September.
The projects aim was to raise the profile of the UK’s dance sector to an international business audience with the aim of increasing the potential for export opportunities. It also promoted the rich cultural offer in the UK to attract tourists (supported by Visit Britain) as well as students who might want to study arts subjects in the UK (supported by British Council).
Works performed at Tanzmesse 2016 included:
Janine Fletcher – Trace Elements
Joan Clevillé – Plan B for Utopia
National Dance Company Wales – Folk
Rosie Kay Dance Company – MK Ultra
Second Hand Dance – Getting Dressed
Reckless Sleepers – A String Sensation