HackBallet EMANATE – Summer Scratch Platform Callout

As London emerges from lockdown this summer, HackBallet would like to invite dance artists and musicians to share fragments of new work and improvisation that have been developed or evolved during the unusual circumstances of 2020-2021.

Dance and creativity have been bubbling away underground as many artists have been working in isolation during these challenging times, and connections and community have taken a hit due to the greater priority of protecting lives from the pandemic.

Now HackBallet would like to take the opportunity to bring together artists from a variety of disciplines to discuss and express their experiences and artistic commentary on the issues of our time.


The EMANATE scratch platform will take place over two evenings on Friday 30th July and Friday 6th August, at our black box popup studio theatre, the Margaret Shepherd Studio Theatre, Hoxton.

The performance area is roughly 8m x 10m, with a black marley covered wooden floor (choreographic and dance art work that experiments with use of pointe shoes is welcomed).

The studio theatre is on the campus of New City College (formerly Hackney Community College).

Access is through the side entrance on Redvers Street off Kingsland Road, past the New City Fitness gym reception desk. Nearest Tube stations: Hoxton Overground or Old Street Northern Line.

Places for both performers and audience are limited to maintain reasonable social distancing measures to enable those who may still feel at risk to be able to participate. An outdoor waiting area will be available for performers, and the venue is well ventilated with an air filtration system and fans.

The performance platform will run from 7.30pm – 8.30pm and will be followed by an optional drinks reception and social meetup at a nearby location (5min walk).

The event is ticketed and all audience members must confirm attendance in advance. HackBallet kindly asks that audience members consider wearing a mask whilst seated to help protect those still at risk.

Box Office proceeds will be split between the groups performing on both evenings.


This is an open platform for dancers, choreographers and musicians interested in performing dance work with a basis in contemporary dance and ballet, which can include improvisation, work in progress, extracts from existing work and collaborations. There may be an opportunity to participate with other performers in a group improvisation task in a “mixed movement open mic” style in solos and small groups, depending on interest/safety. Some shared rehearsal space may be available during the week prior to the performances – please ask. Please specify which date/s you are available for (you are welcome to perform at one or both dates and may present different works at each. Please email:


Please send us a brief message detailing your background, with a picture representing you and/or your work, and a short description of the work you would like to share. Please include the names of any additional performers or helpers who will be accompanying you, and details of any special needs or access requirements.

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