Outdoor dance call out!

September 14, 2019

Stomping Ground Commission

Stomping Ground is seeking proposals for a bold and original dance work made for outdoor spaces for presentation in either summer 2020 or 2021.


Stomping Ground is a commissioning group comprised of The Place, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, DanceEast and DanceXchange.  We are interested in supporting compelling ideas that are visually striking and engage across a broad audience base.  The commission is built towards investing in artists interested in the development of ambitious, high-quality work, created for outdoor spaces that can grab the attention & imaginations of audiences.


We are offering a commission of £20,000 towards an outdoor dance work, that could be ready for presentation in Spring/Summer 2020 or 2021.


We’re looking for proposals which are:

  • Adaptable to their location, can be presented across a range of outdoor contexts and conceived with touring potential in mind
  • Specifically created for the outdoors (rather than work which has previously been made for indoor spaces);
  • Visually striking, and carefully consider ways to engage with audiences who might be a mix of committed attenders and passersby
  • Led by a diverse and experienced creative team, some of whom may have a track record in outdoor work


We’re interested in hearing from makers who:

  • Have an established practice and are able to demonstrate their ability to create work of high quality, with an established track record of successful touring – this may or may not have already involved working outdoors;
  • Are interested in how outdoor work can inspire diverse audiences from the broadest range of backgrounds;
  • Have experience and are committed to working with experienced collaborators as part of their creative team (e.g. music, design, theatre, circus) and/or other disciplines (e.g. architecture, town planning);
  • May not necessarily define themselves as ‘dance makers’ – we’re looking for performance with a strong and distinctive movement element, but we welcome applications from artists from other disciplines who will use movement and dance as a core part of their creation
  • Are based in the UK.


We would encourage you to think about the development and fundraising time you will need for your project, and allow sufficient time for a rigorous and considered making process. We expect that the successful artist/team will need to raise additional funds in addition to the commission.


The partners may be able to offer additional producing support, depending on the needs of the project.  Stomping Ground have previously commissioned works by Robby Graham and Requardt & Rosenberg


The deadline for applications is Monday 21 October @ 10am, and interviews will be held in London or Birmingham on Monday 11 & Tuesday 12 November. Shortlisted applicants will be notified by Tuesday 5 November.  Please state in your application if you have a preference for interview in Birmingham or London.


To apply, please fill in the application form here. In addition to the questions in the form, we ask that you make your proposal via a short 3 minute film which clearly outlines your idea. We will be assessing your proposal on the strength of the idea, rather than the quality of the film, so please do not spend money on your film. A film from a smartphone is fine.






  1. What format should my film be in?


Please provide a web link to your film, uploaded to a platform such as YouTube or Vimeo. If you password protect your film, please provide the password on the form. Please do not send large media files either direct to the partners, or via dropbox.


  1. Will the partners be providing presentation opportunities on top of the commission?


The partners expect to find presentation opportunities in their local area for the commissioned work, and these will be negotiated based on the nature of the projects. Presentations will be subject to fees paid by the partners to the artists on top of the commission.


  1. What scale of work are you looking for?


We don’t necessarily equate scale and ambition – we are looking for ideas which are creatively ambitious.   We expect that the commissioned project will be rooted in a compelling and original idea that can grab the attention of audiences – we intend to keep the call as open as possible.


  1. What producing support will the partners offer?


This will be dependent on the needs of the project, but may include studio space; advice about making work outdoors; and support to develop further partnerships to make and present the work.


  1. Can I speak to one of the partners about my application in advance? 

We would encourage you to read the application guidance carefully. If you have a question which is not answered here, please email artistdevelopment@theplace.org.uk.


  1. Who is ineligible to apply?
  • Students (except those at PhD level)
  • Artists who cannot demonstrate a track record of creating work
  • Artists based outside of the UK.



Monday 21 October @ 10am – Submission Deadline

5 November – Applicants notified whether they have been shortlisted

11/12 November – Interviews



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