News: Twelve UK choreographers selected for Jerwood Choreographic Research Project

Monday 7 October 2013 by Lise Smith

Melt Down - Rosemary Lee. Image: Hugo Glendinning

Twelve projects have been selected to receive a share of £123,000 funding from the Jerwood Choreographic Research Project.

The fund, launched in May this year, aims to stimulate new ideas and thinking in choreography, and is funded by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation in partnership with DanceXchange.

A group of arts and academic organisations across the country pooled their funds and expertise to producing a range of new projects. 417 dance artists applied for the fund, which has a total value of £123,000, and these were shortlisted to 30 artists by the partners. On Wednesday 25 September the final 30 pitched their research projects to a panel in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style event at the Soho Theatre in London. Of these 30 pitches 12 received funding for their porjects:

Alexander Whitley & Marshmallow Laser Feast
To develop a reactive tracking system working with dancers and digital visual projection.

Andy Field
To research choreographic practice which places the audiences actively in the centre of instruction-based performances.

Dan Canham
To investigate what a new form of folk dance might look like if it were to be developed from scratch today.

David Harradine
To explore what happens when men and girls, two groups of people currently seen as best kept apart, work together.

Geraldine Pilgrim
To research the memories and movements of older people living in sheltered housing or care homes, and how they remember the movements of their bodies when they were younger and more agile.

Kate McGrath & Louise Blackwell (Fuel)
To explore how the virtual domain can be used to inspire and provoke people to move to the music they love.

Luca Silvestrini & Orlando Gough
To test ideas and concepts around the social cultural importance of food and the shared experience of eating.

Paul Evans
To investigate the effect of physical aspects of aerial circus on the voice.

Rita Marcalo
To research the potential for a choreographic work experienced through mobile phones and created with members of communities where it is installed.

Rosemary Lee & Simon Whitehead
To research choreography and vocalising in huge mature trees in public urban environments

Tamsin Fitzgerald
To research the creation of a multi-sensory outdoor dance experience targeted at 19-35 year olds, referencing club culture, circus and performance.

Tim Webb & Kathy Everett
To research choreography for young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and autistic spectrum disorder exploring ‘close-up’ choreography with individually focused interactions and the potential for collective participatory experience using trampolines.

David Massingham, Artistic Director of DanceXchange says, “We had a fantastic response to our application process, which really demonstrates the appetite for this kind of funding. It is a new financial model, and one which very much responds to the current funding climate, so we are delighted that so many organisations came on board as contributors. We would have loved to fund more than twelve projects, but feel that the final selection represents a real breadth of innovation in choreographic thinking.”

Following the announcement of the twelve successful projects, the 32 partner organisations will now work with the chosen artists over the next 12 months to realise their research aims.


Image: Rosemary Lee, Melt Down, photograph by Hugo Glendinning

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