ENDED: Opportunity: Women of Colour Commission

We are very excited to announce The BENCH 2018-2021. This pioneering programme for female choreographers has had a makeover and we can’t wait to tell you about the future of The BENCH…

The BENCH 2018-2021 will feature three key strands that will enable a step-change for artists and the industry:

  • Commissioning
  • National Roadshows
  • Reverse Mentoring

Each strand has been designed for maximum impact; we want to enable female artists to build momentum and ensure those with programming and commissioning responsibility offer the same opportunities to women as they do to men. The first of these strands, the Women of Colour Commission, launches today, Wednesday 10 October.

The BENCH, in partnership with Dance Hub Birmingham, Strike A Light, Pavilion Dance South West, Corn Exchange Newbury,Kala Sangam, One Dance UK and The Elmley Foundation, will offer a substantial commission for one candidate to create an outdoor work for up to three male dancers from 2Faced Dance Company during Spring 2019.

The successful candidate will receive a commission, including:

Commission fee of £4500
Access Budget of up to £2000 to ensure the work is fully accessible
Production Budget of up to £1000
Fund of up to £1000 to be allocated for travel and accommodation
Fund of £1000 to be allocated to an artist-nominated mentor
Fund of up to £800 (£160 p/w x 5 weeks) to be allocated towards any child/dependent care needed during the creation process
A fund of up to £500 to be allocated for the development of knowledge around Outdoor Arts
A work-in-progress opportunity with Strike A Light Festival and a preview performance (arranged by 2Faced Dance Company) in Summer 2019
8 days of dedicated fundraising / bid writing support for your next project from Kala Sangam
One-to-one sessions with Tamsin Fitzgerald
1 day of Marketing & Communications support from PDSW
Production support and technical assistance from 2Faced Dance Company
The commissioned piece will tour nationally and internationally in 2020 as part of a 20th Anniversary tour for 2Faced Dance Company.

We are now open for applications with a deadline of 9pm on Monday 5 November 2018
Following the application deadline, a panel comprising of Tamsin Fitzgerald and Ian Abbott for 2Faced Dance, Louise Katerega (Creative Director, Foot in Hand) and Pawlet Brookes FRSA (CEO and Artistic Director, Serendipity) will shortlist and interview up to four candidates.
Click here for full details and how to apply