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Balbir Singh Dance Company partners with Royal Opera House

  • Date: 17 October 2012
  • Area: North
Dancers in a pool

Synchronised. Credit: Tim Smith

Huddersfield-based Balbir Singh Dance Company was recently announced as one of three organisations who will be working with the Royal Opera House in the first year of their ROH Links scheme.

The scheme is open to Arts Council England's national portfolio organisations and aims to build the sustainability of small and medium-sized opera, orchestra, dance and/or ballet organisations. The Royal Opera House will share its expertise and best practice, giving guidance and helping with different strategies to enable the organisations to move forward both nationally and internationally.

Tony Hall, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House, said: "I am delighted to be entering into this new relationship with three very different organisations. We firmly believe that the Royal Opera House is a resource for the nation. Our knowledge and experience is already widely shared; advising and supporting organisations such as Ballet Black, and playing a leading role in initiatives such as the establishment of a National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural Skills and the Creative Jobs Programme. With this new programme we hope we will be of real value to our new partners, and I know that we will also learn a lot from our time with them."

The Balbir Singh Dance Company was established in 1997 as Diversity Dance and changed its name four years ago to reflect the presentation of work by its creative director. In 2013 the company will tour a triple bill combining disciplines of Kathak, an Indian classical dance form, and contemporary dance to venues around the UK.

Balbir Singh, Artistic Director of Balbir Singh Dance Company, said, "I am really pleased to be working with the Royal Opera House on ROH Links. This exciting opportunity comes at a time when my work is gaining increased international recognition, with an intense period of diverse and challenging artistic activity planned for the next three years. As an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation, the support provided by ROH will be of great benefit to our development, and we look forward to a fruitful collaboration on this scheme."

The other two organisations who will partner the Royal Opera House are The Opera Group and Pavilion Dance South West.