Coffee Morning: Support, Community, Action – Moving Forwards

Coffee Morning:
Support, Community, Action – Moving Forwards
Hosted by Rachel Elderkin

Tuesday 21st April | 11am – 2pm(ish)
Chisenhale Studios Education Room (Wheelchair Accessible)
Always Free
Rant. Chat. Eat.


As freelance dance artists and makers, we spend so much time by ourselves. Searching for work, applying for work, working and – let’s face it – not working; training, creating, making it happen. Yet we’re also part of a much larger community, all facing the same challenges and working towards the same goals. So why are we not more connected? How can we be more open and honest about our needs with the people who share our experiences?


Over the past year Rachel has had conversations with many artists about the need for mutual support and community between freelancers. It seems to be something we desire and something we value, but somehow a practical, tangible form of that community remains elusive.

How can we move forward together, share our challenges and support one another? How can we learn to value each other and communicate better? Where do we create a space for that? What structures already exist and how might they be insufficient? Bring your ideas and join us for a chat over coffee and cake – perhaps that’s a good start.


Rachel Elderkin is a freelance dance artist who has performed for theatre, dance for film, outdoor and site specific works. As a member of the dance section of the Critics Circle (UK) she writes extensively on dance, regularly contributing to The Stage and Fjord Review, where she also hosts Dance Dialogues: A Podcast. She is interested in exploring new ways to talk about dance, especially ways that can support the work of independent dance artists.



This season’s Coffee Mornings will be hosted in the Education Room on the ground floor at Chisenhale Studios, and therefore are accessible by wheelchair. A range of seating arrangements are provided.  If you have other questions about access, please call us on 020 8981 6617 or email


About Coffee Mornings

Coffee Mornings are a way in which dance/performance makers and doers can talk about the relationships between issues of production, public policy and the politics of the artwork that they are making and doing. Each Coffee Morning has a different theme, and is led by a different artist or group. The events are free and open to all artists. We sit around the kitchen table and eat and talk.

Coffee Mornings at Chisenhale Dance Space were initiated in 2011 by Gillie Kleiman, and taken over in 2015 by Hamish MacPherson, both independent dance artists and members of the artistic community around the organisation. They are now facilitated by Es Morgan, CDS staff and artist Member. If you would like to host one, find out more here.