News: Shortlist for Place Prize announced

Wednesday 5 May 2004

Twenty choreographers chosen by an international jury of dance experts were announced today on the shortlist for The Place Prize for Dance 2004, sponsored by Bloomberg. They will each receive a commission of £3,000 and go forward to make work for the next phase of the competition, a series of performances at The Place in September. The winner of The Place Prize will receive the top award of £25,000 after the showcase final on Saturday 25 September

They are: Jean Abreu (Brazil), Rafael Bonachela(Spain), Mayuri Boonham & Subathra Subramanian (UK), Rosemary Butcher(UK), Robin Dingemans(New Zealand), Sarah Dowling (Ireland), Marie-Louise Flexen (UK), Celia Grannum (Barbados), Henrietta Hale & Rachel Lopez De La Nieta (UK), Sean Tuan John (Wales) Martin Lawrence (UK), Liz Lea (Australia), Henry Montes (USA), Tharan Revfem (Norway), Tom Roden & Pete Shenton (UK), Marie Gabrielle Rotie (Wales), Hofesh Shechter (Israel), Bawren Tavaziva (Zimbabwe), Carmen Vilches (Spain) and Angela Woodhouse (UK).

The 20 were selected from 198 entrants, following assessment of three-minute video submissions by 31 European dance promoters, and interviews with John Ashford and Theresa Beattie, Theatre Director and Director of Artist Development at The Place, and Guy Cools, dance dramaturge and Artistic Director Designate of the Fondation Jean-Pierre Perrault in Montreal.

Guy Cools said of the competitors: “The applications for The Place Prize showed a variety and diversity, both stylistically, culturally and content wise that you would never find in any other European country. The twenty choreographer’s selected, reflect this diversity in an artistically very articulated way.”

The Place Prize winner will be selected by a combination of audience votes and a judging panel which includes Iwona Blaswick , Director of the Whitechapel Gallery, David White, former Director of Dance Theatre Workshop in New York, Jan Younghusband , Arts Commissioning Editor at Channel 4 and John Ashford.


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