Bakani gets paid placement at Dance4

Published: 2 March 2018
Reporter: Steve Orme

Bakani Pick-Up and Dance4 boss Paul Russ

Dance graduate Bakani Pick-Up is one of 40 graduates from around the country chosen to receive a Weston Jerwood Creative Bursary and will spend 12 months working on a paid placement at East Midlands organisation Dance4.

The bursaries support people from low-income backgrounds into arts careers. Pick-Up’s practice focuses on improvisation techniques for composing choreography as performance. Exploring his experiences growing up in Zimbabwe, he aims to create performance art that serves as an entwining of the two cultures.

He said, “I’m really proud to be selected to get an opportunity like this. Dance4 is a great place to start my career. I believe this organisation is the best place to challenge and encourage experiments and the team is great in supporting emerging choreographers.”

Paul Russ, artistic director and chief executive of Dance4, added, “we’re really excited to have Bakani working with us and to be part of the programme. Making sure we have access to the widest pool of talent and new perspectives is absolutely vital to the success of individual organisations like ours and to the arts as a whole.”