UK based choreographers, working across all genres and contexts, with a minimum of two years professional experience, are invited to apply for the new DanceEast Choreographic Award. Thanks to a generous legacy gift from David Andren and individual donations DanceEast is delighted to announce there will be one major award of £5,000 and up to five additional awards of £1,000.
The Choreographic Award can be used for research and development or as a contribution towards making a dance work. The aim of the award is to nurture and develop choreographic talent and offers space, time and resources. A finished product is not necessary but there is an expectation that the funds will make a difference to the practice of the choreographer and therefore some feedback will be required.
DanceEast is the home of Dance in the East of England. It started life as Suffolk Dance over 30 years ago and moved in 2009 into a new building, the Jerwood DanceHouse, one of a small number of purpose built dance houses in the UK. Its mission is to simultaneously engage the public and provide a stimulating environment for artists to make work.
A key priority for the organisation is to develop and nurture best practice in Dance. In addition to presenting a yearlong programme of performances from some of the world’s greatest dance artists, DanceEast has developed an extensive programme of classes, workshops and pioneering projects. One of these ground-breaking initiatives is the internationally acclaimed Rural Retreat programme that has been created to nurture and develop artistic leadership in dance.
At the heart of the organisation is a commitment to supporting the professional development of artists and in particular the development of choreographic practice. DanceEast provides rehearsal space, residencies and commissions to a range of artists working across the scales. It has recently refreshed its Associate Artists Programme and the current cohort is James Cousins, Tom Hobden & Kate Flurrie, Rosemary Lee, Alexander Whitley and Anna Williams.
The Choreographic Development Award is the latest addition to DanceEast’s offer. Launched last year, with a fundraising event at the world premiere of James Cousins’ Without Stars, it is anticipated that, subject to a successful pilot year, it will become an ongoing feature of the organisation’s work.
Download an application form here: CDA Application Form
The deadline for completed applications is Friday 26 June 2015.
Applicants will hear the outcome by the end of September 2015.
DANCEEAST CHOREOGRAPHIC AWARD PATRONS are Gary Avis, Humphrey Burton CBE, Lizzie Fargher, Peter Manning and Jeanette Siddall CBE.