DanceEast has a longstanding reputation for working closely with a range of dance artists and companies across the UK and beyond. Artists and professionals are at the heart of the organisation and DanceEast is committed to supporting the development of artistic practices. The DanceEast Associate Artists programme is one such bespoke way of working, individually tailoring packages of support for artists looking to develop their practice within the dance industry.
DanceEast are pleased to announce an open call out for their next cohort of Associate Artists. The call out is for up to four solo artists or duos to collaborate closely with the organisation from April 2022 until April 2025.
This opportunity is ideal for Choreographers or Community Dance Practitioners making performance work. DanceEast are interested in hearing from women (including trans women) and non-binary people, given the current lack of opportunity for such artists and gaps in the support offered.
I am particularly excited about the Associate Artists scheme. It is not just about the artists that are offered a place on the scheme, it is also about all the encounters we make through the selection process. So many exciting projects and partnerships have evolved from callouts to our previous Associate Artist programme, so we are genuinely looking forward to see what is next for DanceEast as we focus our search on women (including trans women) and non-binary people.
– Brendan Keaney, OBE, Artistic Director and CEO, DanceEast
The new cohort of artists will be supported through a combination of resources and opportunities which are relevant to them as individuals. These can include, but are not limited to, resources such as a £6,000 bursary; studio space; use of and opportunities to present work in the Studio Theatre, in order to share research and receive feedback; an international residency and advice from the DanceEast team.
Associate Artists work regularly onsite at the Jerwood DanceHouse in Ipswich, learning more about DanceEast, taking part in creative professional development workshops, attending key organisational meetings and expanding networks through DanceEast’s wide-reaching community.
Former Associate Artists at DanceEast are from a diverse range of backgrounds, and at different stages in their careers – with varying interests and specialties. Choreographer Tom Hobden and film director Kate Flurrie first collaborated in 2012 by a chance experiment and through their associateship, have built a dynamic partnership producing high quality dance, film and education performances. Joseph Toonga came to the programme with an interest in blending the worlds of hip hop and street dance with contemporary and ballet, and since then has been appointed Emerging Choreographer for the Royal Ballet.
Applications for the DanceEast Associate Artist programme open in January 2022, with open events in December and January for prospective applicants. More information about the programme can be found here.