Greenwich Dance & Trinity Laban Partnership launches Compass Commissions 2015

Compass Commissions 2015, a trio of exciting new dance commissions, was announced this week by Greenwich Dance and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. The two organisations have created a dynamic partnership and Compass Commissions 2015 is the second year of a major joint programme over three years which supports artists to create new work.

The Partnership is now looking  for UK-based dance artists/companies which are permitted to work within the UK to create a minimum of three new pieces of work inspired by the following strands: outdoor or site-sensitive work; a theatre-based work or pieces aimed at family audiences.

Each commission will receive a package of support, including performance opportunities, rehearsal space and production time and technical support, as well as a commission fee of between £3,000 and £5,000.

Kat Bridge, Artistic Director at Greenwich Dance said: “We are delighted to build on the success of the first year of Compass Commissions. Dance artists offered one of these exciting commissions will benefit from the support and combined expertise of Greenwich Dance and Trinity Laban, working in partnership. The distinctive facilities on offer at Laban Theatre, Laurie Grove and the Borough Hall will provide a dynamic incubation and production zone for the commissioned artists.”

Mirella Bartrip, Head of Dance at Trinity Laban, said: “Compass Commissions is a significant cultural offering not available elsewhere in London – supporting dance makers in the creation of innovative new work and providing them with the opportunity to engage with other artists who will be brought together for this project. The UK is at the forefront of contemporary dance practice, and it is truly wonderful to receive funding to enable us to foster the artists of the future.”

Dance artists and companies can apply online at, including a written proposal and video.

The deadline for submissions is Monday 17th November 2014, 10am.

All applicants will be contacted by Wednesday 3rd December 2014, and shortlisted artists/companies will be invited to pitch their idea to the Compass Commissions selection panel on the 11th or 15th of December 2014.

In 2013, the first recipients of the Partnership’s Compass Commissions were Tara D’Arquian’s In Situ, a site-sensitive performance in a chapel in Peckham, Robin Dingemans and Nick Bryson’s The point at which it last made sense and circus and street theatre company Mimbre’s family show Bench.


Notes to editors

A dynamic partnership has been created by Greenwich Dance & Trinity Laban to provide ground-breaking dance performance, bespoke support for dance artists and an all-embracing programme of community and education work across South East London. The Partnership is supported by Arts Council England funding.

Compass Commissions is open to UK-based dance artists or companies which are permitted to work within the UK. Compass Commissions are for newly conceived work only, not for work which has already been developed and presented will not be considered.

The three categories are –

One outdoor/site-sensitive work

A work conceived to be performed at a specific site or (preferably) be adaptable to perform in any number of non-traditional performance spaces.

One 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 a range of dance/performance venues, nationally and internationally.

One work for a family audience

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

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.)

For more information –

Lorna Hirst, Greenwich Dance, [email protected], phone 020 8293 9741

Susie Haywood, Trinity Laban, [email protected]; phone 020 8305 9349

Picture - In Situ - credit, Chris Nash