Project information

DASH LIGHTS: the Dash Arts Supporters Scheme

Join the Dash Lights, our exclusive supporters' scheme, and help us to create a season of exceptional new performances in the UK with artists from Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova; to illuminate great world cultures for diverse audiences in the UK and worldwide

September 2012 - September 2015

Charity information

Dash Arts

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  • Need


    Our next major project is an artistic journey through the diverse lands, peoples, stories and cultures of the former Soviet Union. From October 2012 we will travel to the major cities of Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine, meeting and working with theatre, dance, music and visual artists. Ultimately we will create new works of art, made in collaboration with artists from the region, that offer insight for new audiences into this rich and diverse part of the world


    Dash's work is rare, ambitious, culturally important, international and consquently expensive! We have big plans ahead and to help us achieve them we need to raise an initial £12,000 from people like you.

    Our initial fundraising activity will go towards supporting the first research trips that Dash's co-Artistic Directors will make out to the region, from autumn 2012 through to summer 2013. The Dash Lights will be making a vital contribution to the beginnings of the new Series of work

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Build a community of supporters, the Dash Lights, to help us to embark on our initial reseach trips


    » Reach out to individuals who have supported us before or who are interested in the work we do. Offer our supporters a number of benefits and insights

    Success will be reaching our target for the initial fundraising activity, and embarking on several successful research trips

  • Impact


    A core group of supporters will provide a backbone of support to allow the company to continue in its activities: they will be especially vital in allowing the initial research phases of the new Series to go ahead. It can be difficult to achieve trusts funding for a long period of purely research activity, so the Dash Lights will be essential in helping to fill this gap.
    They will ultimately provide the foundation of support that will allow the creation of major new performance works to happen.




    Members of the Dash Lights scheme will receive regular exclusive communications from us, with updates from our travels and insights into our creative processes, as the work of the Series develops.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £12,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £12,000 8 Dash Lights memberships All funds going towards core costs for research stage of new Series

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Individual donations received so far £4,300 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Dash Arts is based in London. The majority of its work is presented in London. Much of the work tours regionally (in the past this has included Leeds, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Exeter, Plymouth etc) and internationally (in the past we have gone to India, Europe, North America, Middle East and Australia).
    Much of the research work for the new project will involve travelling abroad, to the countries of the former Soviet Union.


    Diverse audiences in London, elsewhere in the UK, and abroad, will benefit from having the opportunity to see the final works in the Series, and will hopefully gain a new understanding of the culture & history of the region.
    The productions in the Series will also be accompanied by a dedicated outreach programme, which will go wherever the productions go and will provide young people and community groups with creative education workshops and insights from the artists involved in making the work

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    “Work of profound worldwide artistic significance, awakening us to new styles, techniques and voices” Toronto Star.

    Dash Arts is an acclaimed producer of international performance work.
    We have played to audiences of over 280,000 in the UK and internationally, worked with 1800 artists, and raised more than £3.8m in commissions and financial support. Our producing partners have included the RSC, Sadler’s Wells, the Roundhouse, the Barbican, Luminato Festival Toronto, and the British Council.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Tim Supple - Artistic Director

    Tim was Artistic Director at the Young Vic from 1992 to 2000 and has directed numerous productions for both the National Theatre and RSC.

    Josephine Burton - Artistic Director

    Josephine is an established music producer, programming nationally and internationally inc. Barbican, South Bank Centre and Kennedy Center, USA.

    Roy Luxford - Executive Producer

    Roy is a freelance producer for theatre, opera and dance inc. Cheek by Jowl, Michael Clark, Sadler's Wells, DV8 Physical Theatre and Stomp!