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Manchester Dance CTM

The Manchester Dance Consortium initiative was launched at a follow-up meeting to the Watching Dance Project (, in June 2011.


The first meeting of the Consortium’s Working Party was held in Manchester in August 2011.

In October 2012 we obtained funding from Arts Council England to support our activities.

To read Minutes of our meetings go to

With support from public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and from our partners, Dance Initiative Greater Manchester and Z-Arts, Manchester Dance Consortium aims to promote dance in Greater Manchester, by:

  • working with local agencies in supporting artists to create and showcase new work through interactive platforms with audiences;
  • introducing audiences to new ways of experiencing dance;
  • raising awareness of dance activities in the regionpromoting Manchester as a dance destination for major touring companies

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Manchester Dance Consortium presents

Platform 0.3

  • Tue 10th September, 7.30pm

    Piccadilly Place, Unit 4C/D, M1 3BN

    Join Manchester Dance Consortium for an evening of new danceworks-in-progress in a unique city centre location.

    Hosted in an empty retail unit in Piccadilly Place Manchester, this Platform explores the relationship between dance and ‘the projected image’.The evening will contain a mix of live dance performance and dance film from the following artists: 


    Adam John Roberts - Sharing the Unshared

    Emmy Lahouel - Aberrance 

    enCompas Collective - The Making of

    Izzie Capper - Unknown

    Tom Bowes Dance - Imbue

    Yvonne Carmichael - The Ballad of the Rawson Sisters


    Whether you're new to watching dance or an enthusiast, Platform 0.3 presents a unique opportunity to actively engage with dance in a new and creative way. Watch each dancework, share your feedback, and help shape the future development of what you've seen.

    Tickets are just £7 and can be purchased here

    *Tickets must be purchased prior to the event. Tickets will NOT be for sale on the door*

    Supported from public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Presented in partnership with Dance Initiative Greater Manchester.



Manchester Dance Consortium presents

Platform 0.2

Tue 14th May, 8pm,
Contact, Oxford Rd Manchester, MI5 6JA

Manchester Dance Consortium is delighted to confirm the line up for Platform 0.2. Join us on Tuesday 14th May to watch exciting work-in-progress performances from:

Sister Elements (Sarah Sayeed)- Sufi in the City
URBAN Conceptz Theatre- The Freedom of Freewill
Joshua Hubbard 'F*#¿!D'- Crown of Thorns
Watch each dancework, share your feedback, and help shape the future development of what you’ve seen.
‘Usually when I go and see dance I'm full of thoughts about what I've just seen - good and bad - and it's nice to have an opportunity for a few minutes to get those thoughts on paper.’ Platform 0.1 audience member
‘Feedback is incredibly valuable to the progression of our work. It was brilliant that it was from both dancers and non-dancers as it gave us different viewpoints to consider’
Josh Slater and Eleanor Russell, Platform 0.1 Artists
Tue 14 May, 8pm, £5/3*
Contact, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6JA
Booking: 01612740600
*Price includes entry to Writing Feedback for Dance Workshop, 7.00pm-7:30pm. Suitable for all.
Supported from public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.Presented in partnership with Dance Initiative Greater Manchester and Contact 



Platform 0.1

29th November 2012, Z-Arts


Manchester Dance Consortium held an exciting showcase of dance works in development on the 29th November at Z-Arts, Hulme.

With a special focus on the experimental use of music and soundscapes in dance, Platform 0.1 challenged choreographers and audiences alike to rethink the relationship between sound and movement. Prior to the showcase dancers worked with Dr Gavin Wayte, a renowned composer, on developing their use of music in performance.

Platform 0.1 featured work from Jane McLean & Ian Dolan, Eleanor Russell & Josh Slater and Genevieve Say & Karen Wood and enabled the choreographers to introduce their work and invite written feedback from audiences. The performances were preceded by a workshop on writing feedback for dance performance.

T: @dansortium | F: Manchester Dance Consortium
Platform 0.1 was brought to you by Manchester Dance Consortium with support from public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and from our partners, Dance Initiative Greater Manchester and Z-Arts


Platform Zero - a works in progress showcase, with participation by 3 choreographers.

8 March 2012, Zion Arts Centre Manchester in association with tenant partner Dance Initiative Greater Manchester.

Participating choreographers introduced their work and invited written feedback on specific aspects from audience members.

The programme began with a workshop on dance writing at 6.30,  which was open to all.

Hannah Buckley

A Conversation: Part 1

Originally commissioned by Peter Lovatt (Dr Dance) of Hertfordshire University as part of the INSPIRED: Psychology Danced performance, this piece was a response to three psychological studies looking at bystander apathy, obedience and what it is to be sane or insane.



Work Songs

"A love song to the mindless drudgery and hopeless alienation of office work. A dynamic mix of dance, physical theatre and professional wrestling." 


Rachel Sweeney


'Spontaneum' is an improvised duet between Mary Pearson and Rachel Sweeney exploring sanctity and banality in dance by using a graphic score to interpret movement sound bites, spoken tasks, repeated sequences and bland humour!


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