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The Jerwood DanceHouse on the Ipswich waterfront
In 2000 it became clear that DanceEast needed an identifiable base it could call its own, and so the vision for the Jerwood DanceHouse was born.
Ipswich has always been DanceEast’s home. Its location is ideal, served with good transportation links and undergoing major regeneration. Its short travel distance to London also makes the DanceHouse an accessible venue to artists based in the capital.
Supporting regionally based dance artists, dance workers, teachers and students
is at the heart of DanceEast’s work. The opening of the Jerwood DanceHouse coincided with the launch of the first BA (Hons) for Dance in the Community at University Campus Suffolk
. This joint initiative with the University will help the development of a critical mass for dance in the future.
The grand opening of the DanceHouse
The Jerwood DanceHouse officially opened its doors to the public for classes and performances in October 2009. Some of the world’s greatest dance talents joined in with the celebrations, including: Sylvie Guillem, the Ballet Boyz, Akram Khan and The Royal Ballet.
It’s DanceEast’s vision for the entire community to have ownership of this facility, and to feel that the Jerwood DanceHouse is theirs, whether for a coffee or a class.
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Visual Art Commission: Tutu Chandelier
Stuart Haygarth, the multi-award winning visual artist,
was commissioned by DanceEast to create a bespoke work of art for the
foyer of the Jerwood DanceHouse. The Tutu Chandelier creates visual
impact from ground level, above the mezzanine, and outside the
DanceHouse. It also
complements the character and scale of the building.
Born in Whalley, Lancashire, Stuart Haygarth's career started in
commercial photography and photographic illustration. Since 2004 he has
worked on design projects surrounding the collection of objects, often
bringing the banal and overlooked to a new significance, as
chandeliers, installation art, functional and sculptural objects. www.stuarthaygarth.com
The tutus featured in the spectacular foyer chandelier were specially made to design by world renowned tutu manufacturer Grishko, who together with I.D.S/ Grishko UK Ltd, very kindly sponsored part of their cost.