News: Laban awards 2004

Wednesday 5 May 2004

Laban have announced details of three award schemes for this year. The UK New Choreography Awards, The Chris De Marigny Dance Writers’ Award and The Marion North Mentoring Scheme are accepting applications for 2004. The awards are aimed at supporting and nurturing new and developing choreographers / writers.

The Chris De Marigny Dance Writers’ Award 2004 is aimed at assisting and developing new and emerging dance writers in the UK. One award of £1250 will be made to support or fund a project or study that will help develop the writers’ skills.

The Marion North Mentoring Scheme 2004 is designed to support and develop new and emerging choreographers in the UK by giving the two winners an opportunity to have feedback from, and discussion with, an established choreographer / dance artist over a one year period.

“Rosemary [Butcher] is particularly good at turning things on its head which can be both thrilling and terrifying but however one experiences it, it is challenging and this is fundamental at this time in one’s creative life.”
Bim Malcomson, Winner, Marion North Mentoring Scheme 2002.

The UK New Choreography Awards 2004 are aimed at supporting and nurturing new and emerging choreographers in the UK. Three separate awards of £1500 are given to financially support and aid choreographic practice or research. Now in its seventeenth successful year, the New Choreography Award is designed to support and nurture new and emerging choreographic talent in the UK. The Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund offers the awards to ease the financial pressures and constraints experienced by emerging choreographers. Instead of requiring the production of a choreographic piece, the awards are given purely to support the choreographer in his / her current practice and research. Choreographers who have benefited from the fund in the early stages of their development have included Darren Johnston, Maresa von Stockert, Matthew Bourne, Rosemary Lee and Lea Anderson.

Closing date for applications is 14 June 2004. To download guidelines and an application form visit www.bbcf.org.uk

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