Rep was founded by Artistic Director Rachel Wesson in 1999. The
company has since undertaken a range of successful performance and
audience development projects across the UK, funded by the Arts
Council, lottery, regional sponsors and charities.
company has become known for its audience development projects,
working extensively in site-specific venues, including Borders bookstores,
cathedrals, train stations, shopping centres, city and rural art
galleries, museums and libraries.
Rep's education team has worked with over a thousand education groups
across the UK from diverse backgrounds. Each programme explores
company repertoire, creative techniques and the spaces in which
they work, culminating in final performances at site-specific spaces
and theatre venues.
The company has recently undertaken a R&D project at Skipton
castle on 'A company of All Ages' which will tour to castles in
Rep has undertaken five major UK tours, The Cathedral Tour 2008,
CHAPS theatre tour 2006, CHAPS Gallery Tour 2005, The G&T Tour
2004 and the The Double Take Tour 2003, commissioning dance works
by regional, national and international choreographers.
Ascendance Rep is a Company Limited by Guarantee and is a registered
charity No. 1110747
Ascendance currently work on a project
The dancers for the Company of All Ages 2010:
Ascendance Rep would not be able to carry
out its work without the financial support of its funders.
Heritage Lottery Fund
Community Development Foundation
West Yorkshire Grants
Arts Council England
Ascendance Rep produces high quality dance / theatre works from
regional, national and international choreographers, suitable for
national and international touring to a range of site-specific and
exploration is the drive of the company, motivated by the aspirations
and creativity of the artists involved. Each project is linked by
the investigation of connecting art forms; the way in which the
work is presented and perceived.
work is supported by a strong education and participatory programme
which is challenging, fun and accessible. The company works with
a wide range of ages and abilities undertaking dance workshops and
choreographic commissions towards final performances.
aims to work in partnership with local authorities, dance agencies,
venues and other key arts organisations to help build and strengthen
local arts infrastructure in the areas in which it works. Its focus
is to educate its audience through the accessible projects it undertakes,
with an aim to develop a wider audience and understanding for the
company seeks to support the development of young artists in the
North, by actively supporting their creative and professional development.
To engage a diverse audience through the presentation of high quality
dance theatre works, presented in site-specific and theatre venues.
To offer supporting education opportunities for a diverse
To widen arts audiences through the strengthening of the arts infrastructure.