Dash Arts

DASH ARTS creates artistic experiences that bridge cultural, linguistic and national divides.

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Dash Arts creates exceptional artistic experiences that bridge divides across art-forms, cultures, languages and communities. Over the last 15 years, we’ve created award-winning new work with over 9,000 artists and participants to audiences of over 350,000 worldwide. Our international productions, live and digital events and education programmes expand the way we see the world.
Dash Arts is led by Chief Executive and Artistic Director Josephine Burton.

We immerse ourselves in a particular part of the world, a question or a theme over an extended period of time to research, create and produce new work, resulting in rich productions, events and participation programmes with international actors, musicians and artists.

We assemble multi-national creative teams that draw on their own experiences to create stories that need to be told and provide a platform for voices that pierce echo chambers.

Through an artistic lens, our audiences engage in relevant, sensitive, sometimes difficult, often joyous conversations, and gain an increased understanding of different ways of seeing the world, cultures and performance styles.

Our workshops reach out to disadvantaged and often unheard communities, providing a space for them to share their knowledge and become a crucial part of our artistic experiences.

In all our work, we seek to fuse local and global perspectives, cut through stereotypes and generalisations, remove international cultural barriers, access hidden communities and increase our audience’s understanding of the many possibilities of performance.

Our current season of work EUTOPIA asks what it means to be European through an ongoing programme of events, residences and workshops; with two new productions in development: Out of Tune and The Great Middlemarch Mystery.

Outside of this we host Special Events, which explore current affairs, artists, movements, ideas and more.

Dash Arts was co-founded by Josephine Burton and Tim Supple, who led the organisation as joint artistic directors until 2019. Previous productions include the ground-breaking international music event Lyrical Alliance at the Roundhouse, the double Olivier-award winning Babel and the Indian A Midsummer Night’s Dream (directed by Tim Supple), which played sell-out seasons with the RSC in Stratford and at London’s Roundhouse before touring world-wide.

Our productions have left to widely acclaimed major tours in the UK, Europe, Australia and North America and numerous awards and nominations including the Olivier, Evening Standard, TMA, Herald Angel and Dora awards.

“Work of profound worldwide artistic significance, awakening us to new styles, beliefs and voices”

participating in

  • WOMEX, Digital Edition, feat. Budapest Ritmo
  • WOMEX 2019
  • WOMEX 2017
  • WOMEX 2015
  • WOMEX 2013
  • WOMEX 2008
  • WOMEX 2004
  • WOMEX 2002
  • WOMEX 2001


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