The Jerwood Foundation’s decision to invest in Ipswich was brave, all too often it is the big cities that steal the spotlight. The financial contribution was essential to creating our building, then the Jerwood name provided us with credibility as we built the “in house” artistic programme and grew our organisation. The most consistent feedback we receive from artists, audiences and participants is that the DanceHouse provides a fantastic environment to create and enjoy dance - we have no doubt that having these extraordinary facilities have been critical to ensuring that DanceEast remains the vanguard of dance practice.
Brendan Keaney, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of DanceEast
A grant of £500,000 was made by the Foundation towards the creation of DanceEast’s permanent home at the former Cranfield Mill site on the regenerated Ipswich Waterfront which opened in October 2009.
Designed by John Lyall Architects, Jerwood DanceHouse with its 200-seat flexible theatre space, dance studios and fitness and pilates suites is the first and only custom-built facility in the East of England for dance.
Photo: Young dancers in the dance studio as part of Centre for Advanced Training (CAT), a national programme for outstanding individuals aspiring to a career in dance. Photo: Rachel Cherry.