News: Place Prize 2013 Finalists announced

Monday 24 September 2012

The Place Prize for Dance Finalists h2dance - 'Duet'. Photo: Benedict Johnson.

Sixteen new dance works were commissioned as part of this year’s edition of The Place Prize – and late on Saturday night after the fourth Semi Final, the four winners with places in the Final next April surfaced.

H2 dance walked in with the highest audience vote (an average of 4.1 out of 5) for their Duet, with three other contenders chosen by the panel of judges – Roberto Casarotto, (Director of Dance Projects, Operaestate Festival Veneto (It)); Sarah Crompton, (Chief Arts Editor, The Daily Telegraph): Jonzi D, (Artistic Director, Breakin’ Convention); Siobhan Davies, (Artistic Director, Siobhan Davies Dance) and Stine Nilsen, (Co-Artistic Director, Candoco Dance Company) – chair Eddie Nixon, (Director of Theatre and Artist Development at The Place).

Rick Nodine’s Dead Gig had competed on the same bill as audience favourite h2dance but emerged as the judges’ choice, along with Riccardo Buscarini’s Athletes and a Finalist from last year’s Place Prize – Eva Recacha with her new work The Wishing Well (Semi Final 4).
The four pieces will compete against each other for their chance to win £25,000 cash prize, and a total of £10,000 audience prize, which will be awarded in nightly prizes of £1,000 by the live audience.

Our reviews
Semi Final 1: Joe Moran, Moreno Solinas, Tony Adigun, Riccardo Buscarini
Semi Final 2: Mamoru Iriguchi, Dog Kennel Hill Project, Rick Nodine, h2dance
Semi Final 3: Nina Kov, Neil Paris, bgroup, Darren Ellis
Semi Final 4: Eva Recacha, Robbie Synge, Jonathan Goddard & Gemma Nixon, Seke Chimutengwende

The Place Prize, sponsored by Bloomberg, is the biggest private source of commissions for new short works in British dance. By the end of this edition, it will have enabled the creation of 92 original pieces of choreography, many of which have remained in the artists’ repertoire, and have been toured in theatres and festivals nationally and internationally. The Place Prize has already invested over £1m in new British dance, and has brought leading artists, including Rafael Bonachela, Hofesh Shechter, Nina Rajarani, Adam Linder and Ben Duke & Raquel Meseguer (Lost Dog), among others, to international attention.

The Place Prize, 17 – 20 & 22-27 April 2013
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