Resident Companies


Established in 1993 by Artistic Director Liv Lorent, balletLorent is one of the most distinctive dance companies constantly touring the UK with an exciting range of work for all audiences.  balletLORENT is now in its 2nd year of a three year funding agreement with the Arts Council of England who support them to deliver a programme of work for audiences of all ages in diverse settings with exciting collaborations.


Bare Toed Dance Company

Bare Toed are resident at and run regular classes at Dance City. The artists – Lynn Campbell, Rachel Kurtz and Jo Templey weave together their wide experience to offer playful movement opportunities and aerial dance performance for children and families. They also offer professional development for adults working with children.


Fertile Ground

Formerly Dora Frankel Dance, Fertile Ground, led by Dora Frankel nurtures, challenges, and aims to inspire the next generation of dance artists in the North East of England and beyond. The company aims to nurture, challenge and inspire dance artists, audiences and participants by creating and delivering exceptional, innovative contemporary dance works alongside an extensive participation programme.


Surface Area Dance Theatre

Surface Area Dance Theatre is led by Creative Director Nicole Vivien Watson is based at Dance City and operates throughout the wider North East region.  For the past six years the company members and participants have contributed to developing an original movement language that is formed by identity, reflecting the creative and social inspirations of the company. They have achieved this through dedicated periods of intensive research and development, the presentation of work through live performance, connecting with immediate and wider communities, cross art form collaborations and international exchanges.  Internationally the company has performed repertoire in Barcelona, Brussels, Sao Paulo – Brazil and Tokyo – Japan.


The Empty Space

The Empty Space was established in 2007 by Natalie Querol and Caroline Routh who felt that too many artists and companies in the north east were either leaving the region or giving up, simply because they couldn’t access the support they needed.  The company is based in Dance City’s building but operates across the north of England and beyond, working in collaboration with a whole host of other organisations and venues to make sure that artists can get exactly the right support for them.



By connecting the personal with the political ZENDEH produces high quality cross art form productions with creative engagement programmes that are culturally eclectic, unforgettable and attract new audiences. ZENDEH is led by Artistic Director (CEO) Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh, with Producer & Playwright Steven Gaythorpe. ZENDEH is a champion of the Creative Case for Diversity and Equality, and is one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations.