Maiden Voyage is an artist-led commissioning company offering discoveries in dance with, by, and for, artists, audiences, and participants.
We commission and produce distinctive dance performances across three strands; Maiden Belfast theatre venue based performances; Dance Exposed short new works for public space; and Off Spring new work for young and family audiences.
The company was established in Belfast by Artistic Director Nicola Curry in 2002. Maiden Voyage is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors and is a registered Charity with NI Charity Commission. Maiden Voyage is funded annually by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and by Belfast City Council and receives support from individual Trusts and Foundations for different aspects of our programme.
Artists and projects under commission during 2023 include
Erik Kaiel (Netherlands and USA) for a new Dance Exposed piece premiering in Belfast Children’s Festival 2023
Clara Kerr (Northern Ireland) with Line of Life premiering in Belfast Children’s Festival in 2023
Vasiliki Stasinaki (Greece) and Sarah Gordon (Northern Ireland) a new performance installation later in 2023
We offer professional development opportunities for professionals including regular prodance classes, specialist intensives and mentoring.
Our participation programmes include;
Belfast Movement Choir coordinated by Sandy Cuthbert with dance artists and Rosie Mullin. Belfast Movement Choir was originally funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation for 3 years and is now supported by Bank of Ireland Begin Together funding.
Move Fit is a physical and mental well-being programme for primary schools and is coordinated by Sandy Cuthbert and delivered by dance artists Janie Doherty and Sean O’Neill. Move Fit is funded by Garfield Weston Foundation over three years with additional support from Belfast City Council, Victoria Homes Trust and Halifax Foundation NI.