Compass Commissions

Greenwich Dance and Trinity Laban together…

will be commissioning a collection of extraordinary new works for performance in 2017/18. Compass Commissions is The Greenwich Dance & Trinity Laban Partnership’s flagship artist scheme supporting selected UK-based artists throughout the process of creation. The programme enables innovative concepts to thrive by offering a unique set of resources: cash funds, extensive creation space, advice and production development support. The performances that follow welcome new and existing audiences and raise the standards of productions available for national and international touring. 


Deadline for submissions: MIDDAY, Friday 21 October 2016

The Greenwich Dance & Trinity Laban Partnership looks forward to a range of submissions by artists who may or may not have a previous relationship with either/both organisations. We hope that the simplicity of the online application form will render the process as unintimidating as possible.

Strands of work

The offer will support the creation of new works from the following three strands:

Site-sensitive work

A site-sensitive performance, intervention or installation which can be re-imagined and toured to a range of non-conventional spaces.

Theatre-based work

A work conceived for performance in a conventional theatre setting which will stand alone as a full performance event with potential to tour to dance/performance venues, nationally and internationally.

Work for a family audience

A work which will stand alone as a full performance event with potential to tour to dance/performance venues, nationally and internationally. The work may be conceived for conventional theatre venues but other modes of presentation will be considered.

Compass Commissions Gallery


The Commissions will be supported by: 

  • A minimum of £3000 commission fee
  • Rehearsal facilities for up to 4 weeks at Greenwich Dance or Trinity Laban to include up to 3 days of production time and technical support at the Laurie Grove Performance Lab
  • Sharing opportunities mid-process as appropriate
  • Performance opportunities as appropriate.


  • To apply for Compass Commissions you need to be a UK-based dance artist or company and permitted to work within the UK.
  • Compass Commissions are for newly conceived work. Work which has already been developed and presented will not be considered, however work at an early stage of research and development will be.
  • We welcome applications from artists at various stages of their careers.
  • Rehearsal and production time must be agreed by the artist and the commissioners by December 2017. Any performances must have taken place no later than 31 March 2018.


Your proposal, either written and/or video should include:

  • What you propose for this commission – your idea, who it involves, how you will make it happen.
  • Any other supporters or partners you have already identified.
  • Some context – this could be a brief biography, examples of recent performance work, your approach or ongoing areas of investigation.
  • The project timescale.
  • Your intended audience.
  • An indication of how the commissioning fund will be used. 

To apply

Please complete the Compass Commissions 2016/17 Application Form, including a written proposal (max 1500 words) and/or a link to a password protected film on vimeo (maximum of 10 minutes in total. Films longer than 10 minutes will not be watched in their entirety.) 

All applicants will be contacted on or before Friday 4 November, by which time a shortlist of artists will be agreed. Shortlisted artists will be invited to discuss their submission in person to a selection panel on Monday 14 or Tuesday 15 November. The selection panel will include: Paul Burns (Associate Director, Greenwich Dance) and Brian Brady (Head of Laban Theatre Programme, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance).

The Compass commissioned artists will be announced in November 2016.

More information

Please see our FAQ section.

The Greenwich Dance & Trinity Laban Partnership

Greenwich Dance and Trinity Laban together generate innovative projects designed to support dance artists, inspire new audiences and create outstanding dance opportunities for young people. The Partnership attracts National Portfolio funding from Arts Council England. 

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