Chisenhale Dance Space celebrating 30th birthday with season of events

Matt Winston and Rachael Mossom perform Dan Watson's Jacket Dance at Chisenhale Dance Space. Credit:

Matt Winston and Rachael Mossom perform Dan Watson's Jacket Dance at Chisenhale Dance Space. Credit: Bob Karper - Credit: Archant

A dance studio which has survived a series of funding cuts over the course of three decades is celebrating its 30th birthday with a special season of events.

Bow’s Chisenhale Dance Space is putting on workshops, performances, classes and coffee mornings throughout the autumn months.

Billed as ‘The Big 30’, it aims to explore the venue’s past after it had its funding slashed in 2008 as arts cuts began to bite - as well as looking “boldly” towards its future.

The celebrations are coinciding with efforts to launch a fundraising drive to raise £30,000 to celebrate the venue’s anniversary, and ensure it can remain an important part of east London’s flourishing arts scene.

Chisenhale’s lead producer, Laura Sweeney, described the season as an “important milestone” in its history.

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“Not only is it a chance to celebrate the influential artists who have, and will continue to pass through the space, but it is also a testament to an organisation that has been resilient through many shifts in the landscape, always remaining a home for artists,” she said.

“To be able to nurture and provide a home for artists who work on the fringes of dance and performance places Chisenhale in a unique position and we hope to still be here in another 30 years.”

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Events get underway at a launch party on Thursday, September 19, and will run until November.

There will also be a community day at the venue, in Chisenhale Road, on Sunday, September 29, where families will be invited along for films, workshops, and an ‘80s teatime disco.’

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