News: The Place Prize 2006

Tuesday 27 September 2005

The Place Prize for dance 2006 will be awarded next September – and on Monday 26 September, John Ashford, Theatre Director of the Place opened the call for entries for the largest choreography competition in Europe: “The first Place Prize was a celebration of new work, exciting for artists, exciting for audiences. Thanks to Bloomberg’s continuing support, the second Place Prize is going to be even bigger and better.”

There will be some changes in this second edition of the biennial Place Prize. £100,000 will be spent on the commissioning of new work – compared with £60,000 in 2004. More time has been allowed for the initial submission of video entries and for development of the commissioned works. Last year the twenty commissioned works were shown in four programmes, just once. This year there will be preview performances of each programme as well as the competition performance – allowing more people to see the new work. Reaching an even wider audience, four five minute films about the competition will be made by TwoFour Productions to be screened in the slot following the Channel 4 evening news in the week leading up to the finals. They will also film the winning work.

The competition is open to all professional choreographers working in the UK. Entrants submit a three minute video outlining an idea for a new dance work, and 20 of these entrants will be chosen to receive a commission award of £5,000 (compared to £3,000 last year). Their works will be premiered at The Place in London in September 2006. Five will then be chosen for the further performances where they compete for £10,000 of audience-voted prizes. Following the final performance, a panel of judges will award the grand prize of £25,000 to The Place Prize Winner 2006.

The deadline for submission of entry videos is Tuesday 28 February 2006. The 20 commissioned choreographers will be announced in on Wednesday 3 May 2006. As well as their commission fees, these choreographers will be given studio time and technical support to create their new works during the Summer months – and if they’re not based in London, funds are available for local studio space.

The performances at The Place will take place in September 2006, with the overall winner announced following the final performance on Saturday 30 September.

Last years winners

At the launch several choreographers talked about their experiences of taking part in the Place Prize.

2004 winner Rafael Bonachela has created new works for Rambert Dance Company, Dance Works Rotterdam, Union Dance and David Hughes Dance Company. He famously collaborating with Kylie Minogue

on her Showgirl world tour. He was named as one of the BBC Culture Show’s “Five for 2005” artists of the year, and later this year will recreate his Place Prize-winning piece E2 7SD for Dance Works Rotterdam; it will also be performed at British Dance Edition next year. He has now left Rambert and is the process of forming his own company. He said that winning the Place Prize had been ‘fundamental’ for him – and that the financial award in particular had helped him in the setting up of his company.

Finalist Bawren Tavaziva’s company Tavaziva Dance has been awarded Regularly Funded Organisation status by Arts Council England, worth more than £500,000 over three years and is about to start a UK tour.

Tharan Revfem, found that word of her success in the Place Prize had reached her home country of Norway and opened up new possibilities of making and performing her work there – and in South America.

Finalist Rosemary Butcher is re- staging her competition piece *Hidden*

*Voices* in Tate Modern as part of Dance Umbrella 2005 and Finalists Tom Roden & Pete Shenton (New Art Club) and semi- finalist Jean Abreu will alos be making their Dance Umbrella debuts this year.

Semi- finalist Martin Lawrance’s Charge*was taken into the repertoire of *Richard Alston Dance Company, and toured nationally including to Sadler’s Wells. Lawrance is to make another new work for RADC’s new

repertoire.

More details and how to apply:

“www.theplaceprize.com”:

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