Plans for Greenwich Dance and Trinity Laban to work in collaboration won the approval of Arts Council England, who has offered grants of £366,000 (2012/13), £375,000(2013/14), £399,230 (2014/15) for 2015. The new partnership represents an exciting opportunity to redraw the dance map of London and expand the cultural offer in a traditionally under-resourced part of the capital.
The proposal is to refocus and align two of London's key dance organisations to create a dynamic single programme that will deliver world-class support for artists, present a vibrant programme of performances and events as well as setting a new benchmark for access and engagement.
Greenwich Dance Chairman, Peter Conway described the Arts Council grant as, "a sound endorsement for the future partnership with Trinity Laban and for our plans for the future. Whilst the grant offered falls short of our full bid to the Arts Council, the funding offered represents an exciting opportunity for both organisations in a difficult financial climate. Greenwich Dance has long enjoyed a productive relationship with our neighbours Trinity Laban and now looks forward with confidence to sharing resources while maintaining our individuality and our very distinct identity. Together we will ensure that dance plays a leading role during the Olympic celebrations next year and South East London becomes an international centre for top quality dance performance and participation."
Trinity Laban Chairman, Sir Robert Scott said: "Trinity Laban and Greenwich Dance have worked closely for many years and we are delighted that Arts Council England has acknowledged both the tremendous work we are doing in South East London and also the enormous potential of a more formal partnership between the two organisations. Trinity Laban was formed by the merger of contemporary dance centre Laban and Trinity College of Music in 2005 and collaboration is very much at the heart of what we do. This partnership with Greenwich Dance will be of huge benefit to our undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as to our local communities and the dance sector as a whole."
Detailed plans will now be developed to enable the two organisations to share a far-reaching community and education programme in the boroughs of Greenwich and Lewisham, and to continue to present cutting edge professional performances in two very different venues, the iconic 1930's Borough Hall and the ultra contemporary Laban building.