Dance on Water

Canal & River Trust’s Arts on the Waterways initiative in partnership with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Birmingham Hippodrome and The Lowry is offering a unique opportunity open to young people in Salford, Manchester and Birmingham to:

Create a brand new piece of dance with dancers from one of the UK’s most successful professional dance companies.

Embark on an extraordinary canal journey exploring part of the UK’s 2000 miles of waterways

Perform as part of U.Dance 2016, the National Youth Dance Festival in Salford, Manchester and at Birmingham Hippodrome, one of the UK’s most prestigious theatres.  

How Do You Get Involved?:

Attend our Open Workshop at The Lowry on Fri 6th May from 6pm-8pm. Book by calling 0843 208 6000 or at The Box Office Counter

Who We Are Looking For?:

Young people aged between 16 and 20 from Salford and Manchester

An interest in and passion for dance even if you don’t have much experience

A sense of adventure and an interest in gaining new skills

An interest in meeting other young people

What Dance On Water Can Offer You:

The opportunity for you to:

Be a part of a truly unique project

Work with dancers from Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and local dance artists

Create a brand new piece of dance and perform it at two major UK theatres - The Lowry as part of U. Dance 2016, the National Youth Dance Festival and Birmingham Hippodrome

See the world around you from a totally different perspective by embarking on a week long journey on narrow boats exploring and experiencing the canals that have shaped Salford.

Complete an Arts Award

Develop new skills and access pathways into further activities

Meet new people from a different city.


Dance on Water is a funded project that means there are no fees to pay to be involved. Accommodation, travel and food is all paid for during the journey period. There could be some minimal travel costs to participants for the open workshops, audition and the creative workshop weekend in May. This information will be available at the open workshops.

How do I Get Involved?:

You need to apply tp audition for the project by filling in and returning the attached Application Form to

If you are successful in your application you will be sent details of the times and location of the audition on 14 May in Manchester.

*Please note the dates of the Dance on Water Project as this may affect your ability to be considered for audition*

If successful, you will become one of 20 young people making up the Dance on Water Company and you will need to be available for following:


Workshop Audition in Manchester


May 2016

Weekend Workshop in Birmingham


21st & 22nd

May 2016

Project Journey



July 2016

Performance Dates

9th The Lowry / 10th Birmingham Hippodrome

July 2016


Should you have any enquiries about the project please email  or call 0161 876 2018

The Partners:

The Lowry:

The Lowry opened on 28th April 2000, bringing together a wide variety of performing and visual arts under one roof. Opening its door to the best in entertainment and education in the arts, The Lowry aims to give everyone access to new areas of creativity and to embrace its broad community.

The Lowry houses two main theatres and studio space for performing arts (1,730, 466 and 180 seats respectively) presenting a full range of drama, opera, ballet, dance, musicals, children's shows, popular music, jazz, folk and comedy and gallery spaces (1,610 metres of floor space); showing the works of LS Lowry alongside contemporary exhibitions. 

The Lowry hosts NorthWestDance:The Lowry Youth Dance Partnership which aims to make dance more accessible to young people in the NorthWest through partnership projects such as Dance on Water and U.Dance 2016, the national youth dance festival.

The Lowry's Centre for Advanced Training in Dance and Commotions Youth Dance Company give young people from the region the opportunity to train towards a career in dance and perform at high profile platforms across the region and beyond,

The Canal & River Trust:

The Canal & River Trust exists to care for and protect over 2,000 miles of canals and rivers. Over 50% of the population lives within 5 miles of one of our canals and yet many are unaware of the nature and heritage on their own doorstep. It is our mission to keep people, nature and history connected, inspiring people to visit, care for and treasure their local waterways. We believe that in doing so, their lives can also be changed. This is particularly important for our nation’s young people.

Through our Arts on the Waterways programme, supported by the Arts Council, we work with artists and partner organisations. We use the sublime and freely accessible environment of the canals to open up the arts to people who might not otherwise access them. The programme includes: creative activities bringing the history and ecology of the canals alive; placing visual arts besides the waterways; film screenings, drama and much more.

New Adventures/Re:Bourne:

Mixing popular appeal with a ground-breaking, unique theatrical language, wonderful dancers and high-quality production values, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures is one of the great success stories of British theatre, having notched up numerous international awards and a staggering 10 Olivier Award nominations.

Perhaps best-known for its now legendary Swan Lake with its corps de ballet of menacing male swans, New Adventures’ intriguing twists on the ballet classics also includes Nutcracker!, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, The Car Man based on the opera Carmen, and Highland Fling based on La Sylphide set in contemporary Glasgow.  Bourne has also been inspired by film and literature in his innovative productions of Edward Scissorhands, Dorian Gray and Play Without Words.

Re:Bourne, the charitable-arm of New Adventures invests in the future of dance and is a crucial mechanism for finding and nurturing the next generation of dancers, choreographers and audiences.  Every year Re:Bourne works with thousands of young people and emerging artists across the UK and around the world in schools, colleges, theatres, at festivals and in other places you’d least expect to find us. In 2014 Re:Bourne collaborated with New Adventures on a new strand of productions that bring together professional dancers from the company with young people. Lord of the Flies toured to thirteen cities across the UK, engaged over 8,000 young people and played to an audience of over 79,000.

Birmingham Hippodrome:

Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust Ltd is an independent, not-for-profit registered charity, established in 1979. During our 2013/14 financial year, we presented 404 performances attended by 625,732 patrons retaining our position as the highest attended single theatre in the UK. This was our best result in the history of the Theatre Trust and beats all known records for over 50 years.

Our growing programme of creative learning, community and outdoor performance includes projects such as the Young Carers’ summer school; the Matthew Bourne ‘Curtain Raiser’ with local colleges; workshops with the deaf-blind charity Sense and with Age Concern; and the theatre’s weekly drama classes with special needs experts, Open Theatre.

Our free Summer in Southside weekend features the best in outdoor performance, attracting thousands to our local district. On behalf of Birmingham Arts Partnership, Hippodrome Creative produced 4 Squares Weekender to celebrate the opening of the new Library of Birmingham in 2013; and Birmingham Weekender (Sep 2015) to celebrate the opening of New Street Station and Grand Central, and the city’s Rugby World Cup games. Over the past three years we’ve reached over 300,000 people through the delivery of major outdoor festivals and events that celebrate our city.