The Barbican presents fresh new work that hovers on the very edges of classification. Work that marries dance, theatre and music in unexpected ways, explores what theatre could be, stirs emotions, is passionate, mischievous and makes you smile.

Much of the work that we present is produced or co-commissioned by us. We aim to enable the realisation of dreams, encourage ambitious plans and promote the exploration of new ideas. Our support as co-commissioners helps to launch young artists onto the international scene, nurture relationships and create a vibrant London home for established international artists.

We are proud of our ongoing collaborative relationships with our Artistic Associates: Deborah Warner, Michael Clark Dance Company, Cheek by Jowl and Boy Blue Entertainment.

We also promote arts practice and appreciation through a wide-ranging Creative Learning programme, which includes Weekend Labs for professionals and students, insightful post show talks and debates and outreach projects with young people across east London.