Next Stages - A CDS Project

Chisenhale Dance Space announces NEXT STAGES, a year-long project of exploration and development. At 34 years old, CDS is asking some big questions:

How do we best support artists at this time?
How are we communicating our needs, our goals, our successes and failures?
How do artists access our resources/programmes?
What’s the next stage for CDS?

NEXT STAGES is an opportunity to address these questions.
With generous funding from Arts Council England, the project has three creative areas:


Joining forces with national partners, CDS offers small bursaries that support performance research between artists and organisations.

Marlborough Theatre (Brighton)
Co-Commission for development of a new work by CDS Artist Member Claudia Palazzo
Cambridge Junction (Cambridge)
Co-Commission for development of  work by Seke Chimutengwende and CDS Artist Member Alexandrina Hemsley
Independent Dance & ArtsAdmin (London)
A think-tank for artists to come together to explore how to critically engage with repertoire and find new and next stages for their work
Workroom Glasgow (Glasgow)
A first stage discovery process towards co-working models.
Janice Parker Projects (Edinburgh)
Public explorations of artist and institutional archives

Plus three unique bursaries to develop new projects at CDS:

Community Engagement

CDS Artist Member Alice McKenzie will lead a six-month research and development project ‘Moving Memories’  with a care home in Tower Hamlets.

Professional Dance Education

CDS will enable its Artist Members to curate short form professional education opportunities from January 2018.  This bursary will also enable CDS Artist Member Kitty Fedorec to bring Technique Exchange back to CDS.

Independent Producers

CDS Projects Producer Natalie Huntley-Clarke and independent writer and producer Mary Paterson are leading a new initiative to explore co-operative structures for independent producers called the Producers’ Mutual. This nine-month pilot programme aims to explore a membership work-share initiative for UK performance producers.


CDS understands that a major priority for performing artists is time and space to undertake their practice.

Open Studio Residences are offered to enable artists who find themselves needing something to push their practice further. Artists who feel that they are unsure where to go next, have old work that may need to be re-developed before finding new partners, or who don’t know what to make are encouraged to apply.

There are no outcomes required for Open Studio Residencies.

The only requirement is that artists open their studios each week (once to invited guests and once to the general public) to showcase their practice in ways that are most meaningful to the process. Producer support is offered prior, during and after the residency to develop projects at CDS and beyond.

Two week residencies occur in August, September and October 2017.

Artists are given a weekly travel stipend and strategy meetings with CDS’ producer team and the opportunity to invite a paid technician or artist mentor in for one session.

Each residency artist is also given a performance evening in November 2017 or February 2018 to curate.

Applications are closed. Only open to CDS Artist Members.

Info pack and application form here.


Over the next year CDS is working with partners Hans De Kretser Associates, Social-Engine and Sadler’s Wells to refine its communication strategies.

Support for staff and artist members on key aspects of marketing and communications in the independent and community-based arts sector will assist our entire CDS community in clarifying how we bring the amazing work developed at CDS out into the world in ever more exciting ways.
CDS aims to develop a coherent communication strategy while simultaneously offering it’s learning as professional development opportunities for its staff and artist members.


This project is supported using public funding by Arts Council England and our generous partner organisations.