The Arts Institute is committed to delivering a diverse programme of contemporary performance. Previously featured companies include Askash Odedra Company, Vincent Dance Theatre and National Youth Dance Company; as well as works devised by renowned choreographers including Didy Veldman, Stuart Waters and Hagit Yakira.
Far From The Norm - BLKDOG
Spring 2021 | The House
“fierce, pounding, unisex movement derived from hip-hop modes”
The Sunday Times
Vital and gripping, BLKDOG is Botis Seva’s haunting commentary on surviving adulthood as a childlike artist. A genre defying blend of hip hop dance and free form antics, BLKDOG explores the inner battlefield of an ageing artist trying to retain his youth.
With music from long standing collaborator Torben Lars Sylvest and performed by Botis’ powerhouse company Far From The Norm, BLKDOG searches for coping mechanisms in the ultimate hunt for acceptance.
Watch the trailer | Further details coming soon
Photography: Camilla Greenwell
Highlights from the archive
Jane Mason - Night Flying
12 March 2020 | The House
"Night Flying created some intriguing imagery and performance states, it invited its audience to become curious about this world and our relationship to it, to notice those small things, a smile, how things move, a moment of connection, but also the feeling of being part of something much larger than us and regaining a sense of wonder."
Ruth Way, Co-Director of Plymouth Conservatoire
Drawing on ideas related to deep time, the night sky and landscapes of being, Night Flying is a duet with longtime collaborator David Williams. Together they explore a constellation of associations related to memory, change and wonder.
Eden’s Cave Company - Forests
14 February 2020 | The House
Championing the interplay between movement, song, cultural heritage and symbolic imagery, Forests places both performer and audience at the centre of the urgent question of how we relate to the natural world.
Frith is sick, she can’t stop drawing pictures of forests, and there’s the strange figure she sees in the mirror. But when Tura, her husband, begins searching for a cure, a chain of interwoven events unfolds, plunging the figures on a voyage that reaches into the mythic heartland of our woods and the wildernesses that live there.
Created in 2016, Eden’s Cave Theatre Company is a laboratory theatre, based in the Forest of Dean, that develops work and teaching over extended periods to bridge connections between theatre, community and the natural world. Find out more.
Traverse Youth Dance Platform
Passionate about bringing dancers of all stages in their training together to make a truly aspirational programme of live performance, in partnership with University of Plymouth, Exim Dance Company invite youth companies from a range of backgrounds to present their work in a professional environment.
This annual event aims to celebrate the skill and creativity of
young dancers across Plymouth, Exeter and Cornwall and is an exciting
opportunity to perform at the University’s state-of-the-art theatre, The House.
Encounters season at The Arts Institute
This season we have shaped our programme around the theme of Encounters. At The Arts Institute we are interested in presenting the latest ideas and developments within culture, working with artists, musicians and thinkers who are often at the very cutting edge of their field, overturning pre-existing ideas through new discoveries, encounters and inventions.
With equal passion we are also interested in how the present is shaped by the past. The dialogue between past, present and the bringing to light of hidden seams of history that have directly, or indirectly shaped our landscape today, is what informs much of the development of our programme.
Conversation and collaboration, across art forms and disciplines, including the STEM subjects are key to this way of working, to ensure we present ideas to our audiences that are relevant and fresh.
Antarctica Raft of the Medusa. Courtesy Lucy + Jorge Orta
University of Plymouth and Theatre Royal Plymouth have joined forces to create Plymouth Conservatoire. Here, performing arts students – actors, dancers, and theatre-makers have the very best, up-to-date industry expertise, research and teaching practice as well as unrivalled access to professional opportunities.
It is the only Conservatoire in the UK where students can benefit from the unique mix of expertise on offer, when a theatre and a university combine.
Enjoying training in the theatre with performing arts practitioners hand-in-hand with top quality teaching from higher education specialists in a university, Plymouth Conservatoire students get the best of both worlds.
It is this winning combination that drives innovation, the exchange of ideas and best practice and that helps students to gain that all-important creative edge.
The House, University of Plymouth
The University of Plymouth committed £7 million to building The House, a purpose built theatre on campus – and now the teaching home to Plymouth Conservatoire.
A state-of-the art building, this award winning facility is a fully-accessible building with a 200-seater auditorium, a studio theatre and rehearsal spaces.