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Thursday 7 April 2011

The Finals of The Place Prize 2011 is underway, with four new dance works commissioned for the Prize performed nightly from now until Saturday 16 April (excluding Sunday 10th).

The finalists are Eva Recacha with Begin to Begin: a piece about dead ends, Ben Duke & Raquel Meseguer with It Needs Horses; Riccardo Buscarini & Antonio de la Fe Guedes with Cameo and Frauke Requardt & Freddie Opoku-Addaie with Fidelity Project.

A panel of judges decide the overall winner, who will take home the prize of £25,000 on the final Saturday night of the run – but the audience also get to choose their favourite and there’s a £1,000 to be awarded each evening.

The runaway favourite of the first night was Ben Duke & Raquel Meseguer’s It Needs Horses, which with 42% of the vote is an obvious crowd pleaser. Whether it keeps ahead of the field will be interesting to see. All of the works are strong, compelling and stylish and over several nights viewing maybe the judges ( gallery director Hannah Barry, performance poet Zena Edwards, theatre director Rupert Goold, opera director Matthew Peacock and dance producer/director Laurie Uprichard, with Eddie Nixon, Director of Theatre at the Place) will identify a dark horse of a winner.

The Place Prize is sponsored by Bloomberg

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