Compass Commissions 2016: Applicants Wanted!

Compass Commissions

Greenwich Dance and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance are delighted to announce that they will once again be commissioning a collection of extraordinary new works, for performance in 2016.

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 will enable innovative concepts to thrive by offering cash funds, extensive creation space, advice and production development support. The resultant performances promise to inspire new and existing audiences, and to raise the standards of productions available for national and international touring.

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, or other modes of presentation will be considered.

Each Compass Commission will be supported by:

  • A minimum of £3,000 commission fee
  • Rehearsal facilities for up to four weeks at Greenwich Dance or Trinity Laban, to include up to three days of production time and technical support at the Laurie Grove Performance Lab
  • Sharing opportunities mid-process, as appropriate
  • Performance opportunities, as appropriate.

The deadline for submissions is 10am on Monday 16 November 2015. Full details of how to apply are given below.

Any interested artists are also encouraged to attend a Q & A session at the Laban Building from 6pm to 7pm on Thursday 22 October. For more information and to register your interest, contact Partnership Administrator Lydia Wharf at [email protected].

Application Details

Greenwich Dance and Trinity Laban together look forward to receiving a range of submissions from artists who may or may not have a previous relationship with either organisation. We hope that the simplicity of the online application form will render the process as unintimidating as possible.

Eligibility

  • 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 2016. Any performances must have taken place no later than 31March 2017.

How to apply:

Please complete the online form here, 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.)

Your written / video proposal 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.

What happens next?

All applicants will be contacted on or before Wednesday 2 December, 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 Thursday 10 or Tuesday 15 December 2015. The selection panel will include: Kat Bridge (Artistic 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 January 2016.

Find Out More

Any interested artists are also encouraged to attend a Q & A session at the Laban Building, Creekside, London SE8 3DZ from 6pm to 7pm on Thursday 22 October. For more information and to register your interest, contact Partnership Administrator Lydia Wharf at [email protected].

The Greenwich Dance & Trinity Laban Partnership

Greenwich Dance and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance 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.