Deadline Extended for applications – 9AM Thursday 2nd May
West Midlands dancers, makers and choreographers are invited to submit proposals for our Community ChoreoMatch Commission.
Dates: Devising and rehearsals with b-Vague: 8 x 2hr sessions on Thursday evenings 23rd May, 30th May, 6th June, 13th June, 20th June, 27th June, 4th July, 11th July Plus 1 x 4 hour rehearsal on a weekend Total rehearsal time = 20 hours Tech rehearsal: Friday 12th July (exact time TBC) Performance: Saturday 13th July (exact time TBC)
Please note: If you are unable to do all the dates but are interested in the commision, please still apply and specify which dates you can/ cannot do.
Venue: TouchBase Pears, 750 Bristol Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 6NA
As a development of BDN’s ChoreoMatch, we invite applications from Midlands-based artists interested in working with community groups. BDN will commission two choreographers, each to work with a local community dance group. The choreographer will work with the group to create a short piece (7–15 mins) to be performed at Introducing… on 13th July 2019 at TouchBase Pears. The choreographer will be sensitive to the needs of the group while exploring their own artistic development. The choreographer will work with dancers who have not trained in a formal setting, and will need to outline their approach to process within the application.
We are interested in receiving applications suitable for a relaxed studio theatre setting as well as unconventional, gallery or outdoor spaces. The BDN team are consulting with Sense and TouchBase Pears to make the performance accessible to people with a range of different needs.
About the group:
b-Vague are a newly formed group who are seeking a performance opportunity. When we asked them what they were looking for in this project, they told us: ‘As a diverse LGBTQ dance group of up to twelve non-professionals, we are seeking a queer-friendly choreographer who is open to creative discussion but will ultimately take the lead. We are interested in focusing on one dance style, as a foundation, and building on this using other styles and creative mediums to effect an emotional shift in our audience.’ For more information on the group please download the information pack above.
About the venue:
TouchBase Pears is ‘a pioneering, multi-purpose centre for the whole community in Birmingham and beyond – a place that brings people together in a welcoming environment where everyone can feel connected, included and part of the community’. The venue has a studio theatre space, as well as a number of other accessible sites that could be used for performances. BDN are in conversations with TouchBase Pears about how best to make this event fully accessible and inclusive.
Click here to learn more about TouchBase Pears
Who can apply?
BDN is interested in submissions from all corners of the dance world (contemporary, South Asian/ hip-hop/ improv/ classical/ theatrical/ experimental/ street/ ballroom etc), and from artists at all stages of their careers. As long as you’re interested in exploring a new idea that needs an audience, and are being creative with your form, then we want to hear from you.
For all questions and enquiries, please email Jessica – firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for submission of the application form is 9:00am on the 2nd May 2019.
© Photo Credit: Pete Ashford
‘Soundgraphy’Choreographed by Mehdi Farajpour