James Cousins Company challenges the perception of gender roles as part of the British Council's Shakespeare Lives season in Korea. Photo: David Foulkes.
Welcome from the British Council’s Theatre and Dance team. We’re a group of performing arts professionals with specialist knowledge about international opportunities for theatre and dance.
We believe an internationally connected performing arts industry creates inspiring work and makes the world a better place.
Rambert leads a British Council workshop for emerging artists in Colombia. Photo: Lukas Jaramillo
Arts is a cornerstone of the British Council’s mission to create a friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and the wider world. We find new ways of connecting with and understanding each other through the arts, to develop stronger creative sectors around the world that are better connected with the UK.
Our public arts programmes often challenge outdated perceptions of the UK. We have specific priorities in different parts of the world. For instance, in East Asia one of our focus points is arts and disability, and a key concern in South Asia is to help improve opportunities for women and girls. These priorities enable us to build lasting relationships and make a real difference.
We work in five key areas:
Our theatre and dance activity encompasses tours, workshops, outreach programmes and collaborations. We work across the spectrum of contemporary performance, including new writing, contemporary dance, devised performance, live art, outdoor arts, circus and new approaches to classic works.
As well as developing projects, we offer information and advice to UK creatives who are interested in working overseas, and to international arts professionals who would like to work with the UK.
Claire Cunningham performs at the Unlimited Festival, which showcases some of the best new work from disabled artists. We partner with Unlimited to commission new international collaborations. Photo: Rachel Cherry
> Read more about the British Council’s work in arts and in other areas.
> Get an overview of our arts work in East Asia, EU Europe, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Wider Europe.
> For more about our theatre and dance work, see how we work and check out our projects and blogs.