Part of our Hull Independent Producer Initiative (HIPI), the dance exchange programme was specifically aimed at emerging dancers aged 16+, whom may be students, recent graduates or emerging practitioners living and working in Hull or East Riding. Through a series of trips and networking events, the programme sought to:
- Grow confidence and aspirations
- Support dancers to make national connections
- Contribute to a thriving dance community in the city
- Stimulate professional practice through the sharing of skills and opportunities in the city and beyond
Our aims were to highlight to dancers living in the area what opportunities are available locally and nationwide. We also hoped this would inspire participants and build a sense of aspiration to equip them with the knowledge of what can be achieved in our own city through building creative networks and working collectively.
Throughout the programme, running Oct – Dec 2019, participants visited three cities across the North of England on a series of structured trips where they learned about companies and venues, met professionals and local dancers in the region, took part in talks/workshops and saw performances or rehearsals. In addition, We held the Dance Exchange Hull, which included discussions and networking opportunities with the above professionals, plus others from key institutions locally and across the UK.
HIPI is an Absolutely Cultured project, funded by Arts Council England, Hull City Council Arts Development and Back To Ours, with support from Hull Truck Theatre.