Artist Development and Commissioning Opportunities

Dance agencies and other arts organisations offer a range of professional development support. You can find a list of regional dance agencies on the One Dance UK website.

The following list shows some of the commissioning and professional development opportunities available to dance artists and choreographers.

Greenwich Dance & Trinity Laban

Compass Commissions

  • An artist development scheme supporting selected UK-based artists throughout the process of creation
  • Offers artists cash funds, extensive creation space, advice and production development support
  • Supports the creation of new works from three strands: site-sensitive, theatre based and works for family audiences

DanceEast

Dance Spring

  • An annual dance platform for mid-career and emerging dance artists in the East of England
  • Commissioned and supported by the UHArts (University of Hertfordshire) and Jerwood DanceHouse (DanceEast, Ipswich)
  • Each successful artist receives £800 to perform their work as part of Dance Springs
  • Successful artists will be invited to participate in a two-day Research and Development intensive
  • Work must be shown in a purpose built theatre, no longer than 15 minutes in length and priority will be given to artists based in the eastern region

2 Faced Dance Company

The BENCH

  • A career development programme for UK based, mid-career female choreographers (working in any genre) running from 2015-18
  • Developed in response to concerns about the lack of equality currently faced by female choreographers within the contemporary dance sector
  • Provides choreographers with a series of masterclasses, training sessions, ongoing mentoring and opportunities to connect with venues, programmers and commissioners, with the aim of equipping choreographers with the skills and confidence to compete equally for high profile commissions
  • One choreographer each year will have a further opportunity to have their work commissioned and performed by a national dance company

Yorkshire Dance

Sketch - artist development programme

  • This dance agency for Yorkshire has a number of professional development opportunities that take place on an annual basis, most of which are open to artists living, working and contributing to the development of the sector in the Yorkshire region
  • One of the ways they support dance makers is through Sketch, which is a 6 month development opportunity for dance makers with an interest in developing a new dance idea with a focus on dramaturgical practice

Pavilion Dance South West

Shift and Share

  • During its pilot phase, from 2014-16, Shift and Share opened up opportunities for three dance companies to share new work across a wide South West venue network 
  • Seeking to continue with a commissioning and touring strand dependent on funding

Without Walls

Open Call for Artists

  • Without Walls is a consortium of leading arts organisations and festivals that offers commissions and touring opportunities for new outdoor work
  • Through their Open Call, artists and companies from any discipline are invited to request support for the creation and touring of new outdoor work 

Wiltons

Wiltons Strike! Dance Festival

  • Selected choreographers are commissioned to develop their work to performance level, with mentoring from professionals
  • The works are showcased in front of a live audience at the hall during the festival in May, as well as being live-streamed online

Dance City

Commissioning Programme

  • Dance City’s commissioning programme encourages the development of new work from formative, R&D based short pieces through to full length performance pieces. Commissions are available to North East based dance-makers only
  • The commissions offer: £1500 funding; studio space at Dance City; advice and support with funding applications, producing, technical and marketing; access to other opportunities coordinated by Dance City e.g. intensive workshops, visiting choreographers, mentoring

Déda

Derby Festé 

  • Festé is managed as a partnership between Déda, Derby LIVE, Derby QUAD and Derby Theatre
  • Taking place in September, the festival presents a programme of outdoor arts, visual and digital arts, performance, circus and music, with an emphasis on the family audience
  • Derby Festé 2016 offered a commission for locally based artists for a static or walkabout piece to be performed during the Festé weekend
  • The successful project was assigned a mentor from the Festé Programme Group to contribute in the development of the work
  • Visit the Derby Festé website to sign up to the newsletter for news on Festé 2017 

New Adventures Choreographer Award

New Adventures Choreographer Award (NACA)

  • A platform for new choreographic talent, the biennial £40,000 award is run by the charitable arm of New Adventures, Re:Bourne, who provide support on budgeting, publicity, contracting, fundraising and tour booking

The Place

Rural Dance Touring Initiative

  • A three year project (currently in its second year) to stimulate the touring and making of dance for rural areas
  • Initiated jointly by the National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF), The Place, Take Art and China Plate, and funded by Arts Council England through their Strategic Touring programme
  • Up to eight artists/companies with existing shows will be chosen in this call-out for artists to tour existing shows to rural locations in autumn 2017 and/or spring 2018 (the deadline for applications for this call out was midnight on Wednesday 31 August 2016)
  • Companies will receive a fee per performance and there are small bursaries available for artists to make adaptations to shows to make them more appropriate for the practical challenges of rural touring

The Place Prize for dance

  • Held biennially, The Place Prize for dance is a major source of commissioning funds and production support for new short works in the UK
  • A call for entries invites UK-based dance makers to propose their idea for an original work of up to 20 minutes in length
  • Commissioned entries are presented at The Place and assessed by judging panels and the votes of the audience
  • The entry deadline for the two-year cycle for each edition of The Place Prize is February

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