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Dance Hub Birmingham Announces South Asian Dance Commission

By Culture Central Admin Thursday 10 January 2019

Dance Hub is delighted to announce its fourth commissioning round for South Asian dance genre artists who are based in Birmingham or the West Midlands (Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Coventry, and Worcestershire) and will be developing and presenting work in the region

Dance Hub Birmingham is supporting the development of classically trained dancers in South Asian dance styles to explore choreographic practice and develop new commissioned work. 

We invite dancers who have trained in any of the classical South Asian dance styles (eg: Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Odissi, Manipuri, Yakshagana, Kuchipudi, Chau, Kathakali , Mohini Attam and Sattriya) for a minimum of five years who are based in, or predominately work in, the West Midlands (Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Coventry, and Worcestershire) to apply for funding to create a new piece of work with a choreographer with whom you have not worked before (they may be a South Asian dance choreographer or a choreographer from another genre). 

You must create a new piece of around 10-15 minutes and be willing to learn choreographic techniques from the choreographer you work with. 

We will also ask that you identify a mentor with whom you would like to work to support you through this process.  You must also be willing to share your learning with the wider dance sector.

Four commissions of up to £7500 will be awarded.  National Portfolio organisations are not eligible to apply for this commission. 

  • We are looking to fund artists who have trained in any of the Classical South Asian dance styles for a minimum of 5 years
  • Dancers/artists must create a piece of work between 10-15 minutes long
  • We are looking to support work that celebrates and showcases the classical form as well as work that showcases contemporised classical forms
  • You must work with a choreographer who is new to you or whom you have not yet worked with
  • You must identify a mentor who will support you through this process.

If you require further assistance or advice in identifying a potential choreographer or mentor, particularly from other genres, please contact the Dance Hub team for support. 

Dance Hub Birmingham will be hosting Q&A cafe sessions for anyone with questions about the application process, please see our Events listing on our website and social media for further details. 

Please submit your application along with supporting documents to applications@culturecentral.co.uk by 11th February 2019.

A further round for Dance for D/deaf and Disabled People, Inclusive or Integrated Dance Artistic Commissions will be launched on 28th January 2019 with the closing date of 28th February 2019.

There will be a further round of commissioning during 2019/2020.


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