Spring 2009

So. This is it.
Our last ever season as the Alsager Arts Centre before the big move to Crewe. Axis Theatre and the Dance Studio in Alsager have developed the fondness and a respect of audiences and artists alike as some of the best ‘small-scale’ performance spaces in the country. The Alsager Gallery has also been carving out quite a reputation for itself, particularly in the last few years under the current curator Jane Linden. But, whilst buildings come and buildings go, the driving heart of AAC, our constant determination to bring you the most exciting new arts practice we can, won’t be missing a beat. So back to this season… And again we’ve got some of the biggest names in new performance
mixing with the newer and the very new, proving our ongoing commitment to the future of the arts in this country. We don’t really have our own ‘royalty’ in this sector of theatre, but Gary Stevens, Julian Maynard Smith (Stationhouse Opera) and Wendy Houstoun (DV8) come pretty close, as they team up for Stevens’ remarkable (and hysterical) Ape. Stunning Brazilian dancer and choreographer Jean Abreu, working alongside leading British composer Charlie Barber and some top notch dancers and musicians, are also part of the season, whilst Joolz Denby, ‘the queen of British spoken word’ and now an award winning, and Orange shortlisted, novelist, is dropping by as well. And that’s just three of the great events on offer. And the Alsager Gallery is also marking the move with a bang as we are delighted to announce that Curating Knowledge, an unprecedented initiative incorporating 8 new and leading artist researchers from across the country, will be pretty much taking over. Conceived and run by curator Jane, this further affirms our belief that gallery space can prove a vital context for all manner of contemporary arts practitioners engaged in research, allowing it to operate as a centre for debate, as a laboratory, a studio, a performance space… a contested site. So, once again, we say do what you can whilst you can – and catch the end of the Alsager Arts Centre before it morph’s into its new incarnation, which I can finally announce will be called… Axis Arts Centre No big surprises there, but we hope that you agree it makes sense in a lot of ways, as we move to our new home, the vast new Cheshire Contemporary Arts building, almost completed now on the MMU Cheshire campus in Crewe. See you there, as well as before I hope…- Neil Mackenzie (Artistic Director)

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