Exim Dance awarded over £40,000


Plymouth based company Exim Dance have been awarded over £40,000 from Arts Council England to create ‘Etch’, a new and inclusive dance tour.

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Exim Dance Company is set to tour Autumn/Spring 16/17 thanks to the success of receiving Arts Council England funding.

A DIVERSE dance company has been awarded more than £40,000 for the creation of its second UK dance tour.

Plymouth based Exim Dance Company received the amazing news last month that Arts Council England granted the funding for its dance tour ‘Etch’, which will have inclusivity and multi-sensitivity at its core.


Joe Meldrum, from Plymouth Culture, said:

‘Exim Dance’s work to bridge communities and provide opportunities for often marginalised groups is having a real and valuable impact in Plymouth. Etch will be a fantastic project for the city and we’re really looking forward to seeing the finished work. Plymouth Culture is very proud to support Exim Dance – they are a real asset to the city and are producing exciting and innovative work.’

The creative team will be in the research and development period from August 15 to September 2, 2016. Choreographed by co-director of Exim Dance Company Claire Summers in collaboration with the dancers, playwright Natalie McGrath, theatre and costume designer Meier Williams, renowned lighting designer Tim Hardy and international composer/singer songwriter Magdalena Walker, they will create a piece of dance theatre that can tour to diverse venues with inclusivity and multi-sensory awareness at its core.

A spokesperson from Exim Dance said: ‘Etch is our most ambitious project to date building on the research and relationships developed from our last G4A “Etch and The Oval Space”. Its ambition and scale is a natural progression on our artistic vision and growth as a company.

‘Etch brings together a solid team of multi-disciplinary professionals with many years of experience in their field. ‘Each artist working on the project has a genuine drive to be part of this collaboration and brings with them a unique skillset that will add to the creative process. Through working together and sharing skills each person will have the space to grow and develop their individual artistic practice.

‘We are ecstatic with the amount of support we have received over the last five years and a huge thank you to Arts Council England, Real Ideas Organisation, Plymouth Dance, Plymouth University, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth Culture and Dance in Devon.’

Anneliese Slader, relationship manager, dance, South West, Arts Council England, said: ‘Support for artists so they can develop their practise and create new work is a fundamental part of our role, so we’re delighted to be investing in this new tour by Exim Dance Company through our grants for the arts programme. The company is developing a reputation for producing high quality and engaging dance that audiences relate to and I’m looking forward to seeing Etch later this year.’

Etch will premiere in Exeter at the Cygnet Theatre on September 29. For all bookings and enquires for future dates email tour@eximdance.org.uk or visit www.eximdance.org.uk

Exim Dance Company will be holding two weeks of open company classes at Plymouth University from August 22 to September 2 for dance and theatre students, professional dancers, theatre makers and that of the general public with movement experience.