“I came because I drive the bus to school and one of the Mum’s told me about it. I didn’t know what to expect and I wasn’t sure at first, but it was very relaxed and welcoming, and by the end, I’d had a great night. I’ve never seen anything like this before and I’ll definitely be back”
Ken Mitchell – audience member and local resident
Wainsgate Dances has been hosting world class performances since 2018, from rigorous artists, whose work questions what dance is, what it can do, who can do it, and who it’s for.
The response from audiences has been hugely enthusiastic and positive. A performance at Wainsgate always feels like a special event, and people always stay around after the show for drinks and to chat in the best pop-up bar for miles around, with a buzzing atmosphere often supported by a live DJ.
Wainsgate provides a wonderful, welcoming and informal setting in which to experience the work of some great artists whose work is rarely seen outside of urban centres.
When artists are in residence, people are often invited in to see work in progress giving a real sense of how dance is made and what inspires it.
Wainsgate has hosted performances from artists including:
Wendy Houstoun with Jonathan Burrows, Francesca Fargion and Matteo Fargion; Kirstie Simson Andrea Buckley/ Charlie Morrissey; Lucy Suggate and Connor Scott and friends ; Christopher Owen; Anushiye Yarnell; Hannah Buckley; Katye Coe and others.
Due to its poularity, we hope to continue to expand our performance programme in future.
“Attending (and performing in) the Wainsgate Dances weekend, organised by Charlie Morrissey and Rob Hopper, has been the highlight of my year so far!
It was organised and curated with great care and attention to detail. The space is fantastic and the large audiences were very mixed and wildly enthusiastic.”
Matteo Fargion – performing artist
“Wainsgate Dances was one of the stand out festival events, an extraordinary weekend programme of inspiring, unexpected, bespoke and curated experiences in a stunning nonconformist chapel setting. The juxtaposition of contemporary conversations and choreography in a heritage context is mindblowing. Charlie Morrissey is a fantastically talented and intuitive producer and performer and the work he is doing at Wainsgate is blazing a bright trail to our corner of Calderdale”