News: BBC Performing Arts Fund supports Dance talent

Monday 15 December 2014 by Clare Evans

Jonathan Lo

The BBC Performing Arts Fund has shared £320,000 between 32 choreographers, playwrights, directors and producers.

“32 amazing talents from across the UK will benefit from a year of sustained support from wonderful arts organisations, enabling them to really build on their talent and reach their potential”, says Miriam O’Keeffe, Director of the BBC Performing Arts Fund. “The diversity of the Fellows, from opera to spoken word, theatre to dance, from Northern Ireland to Southampton, shows a real commitment by the BBC Performing Arts Fund to support the sector.”

Thanks to the grant, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Rambert are pleased to announce Jonathan Lo as their new Conducting Fellow. Born in Hong Kong in 1987, Jonathan read music at the University of Oxford on an organ scholarship, before going on to study conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music. His unique joint fellowship will see both companies offering him professional support, training, and development opportunities.

“I am thrilled to be given this unique opportunity to work with not just one but two world class dance companies” says Jonathan Lo. “I look forward to learning from some of the world’s most renowned and experienced artists in the genre and to building relationships with Birmingham Royal Ballet and Rambert”

Dan Daw, one of the UK’s most experienced disabled dance artists, will also be commencing a fellowship with South East Dance. Hailing from Whyalla, South Australia, Dan is looking forward to refining and developing his craft, saying he hopes to become “a confident cultural leader in the dance art form. It will feed me with new questions, new thoughts, new inspiration and be the catalyst for new conversations, all bringing me closer to knowing precisely how I fit in the wider cultural landscape”.

Watch Dan talk more about the PAF Fellowship:

Among the other artists to receive grants are:
Antonio de la Fe, dance artist, working with Independent Dance, London, Beverley Grant, dance artist, working with Dance Base, Edinburgh, Rosie Hood, folk singer, working with English Folk Dance and Song Society, John Ross, choreographer, working with Swindon Dance

The charity receives the surplus revenue from phone voting on The Voice and Strictly Come Dancing, and has awarded more than £5m since 2003.

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