The Point Theatre in Eastleigh is celebrating a decade of success for its pioneering Creation Space.
A world-class facility, The Creation Space has supported the development of work by companies including Gecko, Akram Khan, Ballet Boyz, Charlotte Vincent, Ben Wright, Fevered Sleep, Gravity & Levity and Pirates of the Carabina.
The UK’s first fully residential Creation Space was officially opened by artist and choreographer Akram Khan in November 2009. The state-of-the-art double-height light filled rehearsal studio with accommodation attached allows artists 24 hour access to the rehearsal room.
Its four bedrooms house up to 11 artists and its multiple rigging points provide ideal staging for aerial and circus work.
Dance artist Theo Clinkard said: “It’s the people who make this brilliant building, and the opportunities it offers, a creative home for so many of us with their care, their continued responsive support and their understanding of artists’ needs. I’d like to say a whopping thank you to the team for helping me find my feet.”
Choreographer, dancer and composer Hofesh Schecter added: “The Point has always been about providing a creative space for artists to develop. Not only did they support my career at a crucial time, at its dawn, when I needed it most, but they also supported my company’s adventure years later of allowing dancers to create new work and discover their own voice.
“It is of the highest importance that venues learn and are inspired from The Point in understanding that supporting young artists at early stages of their development is crucial to allowing them to grow.”
Sacha Lee, Artistic Director at The Point, said: “The Creation Space has been the jewel in The Point’s crown over the last 10 years and we have had the privilege of welcoming and hosting hundreds of amazing artists and companies.
“The space has enabled extraordinary work to be grown from tiny ambitious seeds: from the overwhelming rotating structures of circus companies such as Extraordinary Bodies to the sumptuously crafted theatre work of Theatre RE; from the creative bedlam of family theatre company Stuff n Nonsense to the international melting pot that was Motherland from Vincent Dance Theatre.
“We have been on a journey with them all, and over the next 10 years we will continue to shout about the magic being made in Eastleigh.”