News: The Place Prize for Dance 2008

Tuesday 2 September 2008

The Place Prize for Dance 2008 kicks off this week with preview performances of the twenty commissioned works on 2, 4, 6 and 8 September.

The competition actually starts with the semi-final performances between 10 – 13 September, with finalists being announced on Saturday 13th.

The five selected pieces will be performed nightly from 17 – 27 September (except Sunday 21st) with the outright winner announced on the last night.

The panel of judges is chaired by John Ashford, Theatre Director if the Place, who created the biennial prize which is billed as a cross between the Turner Prize and the XFactor.

The judges, who have expertise across art forms, will be choreographer Kenneth Kvarnström, until recently Artistic Director of Dansens Hus, Stockholm, Sweden’s leading dance venue; Lemn Sissay, Poet in Residence at Southbank Centre; architect John Pawson, who designed the set for The Royal Ballet’s Chroma, choreographed by Wayne McGregor; Kathleen Soriano, curator and gallery director, who has been Head of Exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery and is about to become Director of Exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts and Jenny Waldman, events producer and consultant, who programmes public events at Somerset House, ranging from films to rock concerts to ice-skating.

For full details of Place Prize contenders, including video extracts of their works and booking details visit

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