News: Place Prize 2010 Finalists

Monday 27 September 2010

The four Finalists for The Place Prize were announced on Saturday evening (26 September) after the last semi final. Seven choreographers will be competing for the prize next spring – as three of the winning works were created in partnership.

Ben Duke and Raquel Meseguer, who work together as Lost Dog, received the highest audience vote over the four nights – achieving 4.3 (out of a possible 5) in Programme two. Their It needs horses is about ‘the nature of live entertainment and features a memorably down at heel ringmaster, his glamorously bedraggled assistant and their increasingly extreme measures to draw the crowds’.

The three pieces chosen by the panel of judges (choreographers Shobana Jeyasingh and Janet Smith, writer Sanjoy Roy, Sadler’s Wells Artistic Director Alistair Spalding, Director of Dublin Dance Festival Laurie Uprichard, and Chair, Eddie Nixon, Director of Theatre and Artist Development at The Place.) Each work emerged neatly – and apparently coincidentally – from a different programme.

Frauke Requardt and Freddie Opoku-Addaie’s *Fidelity Project* _(in Programme one) is ‘an experiment based on opposition and sensation, with the two making choreographic decisions based on the sensory memories of their physical negotiations and split second guesswork.’ Eva Recacha’s _*Begin to begin, a piece about dead ends* _(Programme three); is ‘a rhyme in motion, fuelled by English nonsense rhymes and Western religious imagery’. From programme four Riccardo Buscarini and Antonio de la Fe Guedes’s _*Cameo* is a trio that ‘challenges the conventional narrative relationship between framing, sound and cinematic suspense’.

The four works will be presented at The Place between Wed 6 and Sat 16 April 2011, competing nightly for the audience’s vote and a cash prize – with the overall winner being announced by a new panel of judges on the final night.

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Read our reviews of all four Semi-finals

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*Image: audience favourite Ben Duke & Raquel Meseguer’s ‘It needs horses’*
*Photo: Benedict Johnson*

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