A dance commission for Museums at Night

Posted on by Lauren MacCarthy.

by Karen Garvey, Engagement Officer for events

People may not automatically associate dance with museums. The flowing and energetic movement of dance can seem at odds with the motionless displays and delicate objects. But we’re always looking for different ways of engaging people.

We want to re-imagine the museum by flipping preconceived ideas of what museums are like and who they are for. Dance is a mechanism for breathing life and immediacy into our venues and can attract new audiences.

With this in mind, I’m looking to commission a daring, imaginative, awe-inspiring performance to headline our Museums at Night event at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery on 1 November 2019. This event will accompany our upcoming exhibition Magic and be an unforgettable chance to experience the museum after-hours. 

About Museums at Night

Museums at Night is a twice-yearly festival of late openings and special events in museums, galleries and heritage sites across the UK.

In the past couple of years we have hosted a number of these late events including Trying it On which featured sensational dance based on notions of identity, class and gender to accompany our Grayson Perry exhibition.

Last autumn we held an amazing circus takeover of the museum called Circus Spectacular to accompany our Clowns: The Eggs-hibition; and in May we hosted a daring evening of live tattooing, rock bands and more for our Tattoo Live event. 

What we’re looking for

The dance performance for Museums at Night: Magic must be spellbinding – literally. I’m looking for an exciting and bold, audience-facing performance that can respond to the themes woven through the exhibition as well as to our audience, architecture and atmosphere.

If you believe you can bring a high quality dance performance to the museum and animate the key exhibition themes than we are very interested to hear from you.

Please download and read the full brief for more information and how to apply. Let’s create some magic!

Download the full brief (PDF)

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