Along with the rest of the Dance4 team in June, I'll be asking Where Is A Place To Dance?

In June a number of artists will attempt to explore this, question and share their thinking about dance within primarily visual arts-based institutions including galleries, dance that happens in our urban spaces and landscapes and dance that offers the opportunity for the public to commission, create and perform.

In working on the programme for Dance4's four-day symposium A Place To Dance, I've found myself in a number of conversations with artists and other members of the public that have furthered my own thinking around questions like:

- Should dance in galleries be free, and if so, how sustainable is this?

- How do we ensure dance habits the gallery spaces and isn't just 'presented' within spaces?

- Are more visual artists working with dance-based concepts?

- What is the future of the art world's interest in dance and how do we draw on its history?

- Has the media commercialised the public intervention?

- What are the ethics of not paying public as performer?

- Should we perceive public performers taking part for leisure or are they artists?

Earlier this year I chaired a post-show discussion for a gallery work three ones. We discussed architectural influences on the work and also how the audience migrated to the side of the space whilst watching the performance, despite being invited to move around. I posed the following question to an audience member:

"Did you not go nearer to the work because this is how we are told to behave within galleries?" 

Their response...

"I've never been in a gallery; they're not for me"

So what can dance do to make visual arts institutions, museums, public spaces and the art-form itself be more accessible "for all", and ultimately where is "a place to dance?"

Over the course of 4 days we have the chance to explore these questions and more...

Please join us.

Stuart Allen is Producer: Artists at Dance4.

For further information please contact stuart [at] dance4 [dot] co [dot] uk