New NE dance commission offered

Published: 24 October 2020
Reporter: Peter Lathan

Dance City's studio in The Fire Station, Sunderland

Newcastle’s Dance City together with partner organisations Alnwick Playhouse, Queen’s Hall (Hexham), Middlesbrough Town Hall, The Witham (Barnard Castle), The Fire Station (Sunderland), Darlington Hippodrome, Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre and Gosforth Civic Theatre (Newcastle) are offering a £25,000 dance commission, Made in the North East.

The aims of this commission, which is supported by The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, are for the partners are to develop a better understanding of and commitment to programming dance performances in the region. To achieve this they are participating in a collective process of development and training activities to see how best to enable the production of new work and touring support through a consortium approach.

The consortium is looking for an artist or company either living in, based in or from the North East and committed to making their work here and investing long term in the region's dance ecology.

In a statement, the consortium said, “we want the North East to be a place where great dance is made and happens in a variety of contexts. Our collective ambition is to make a world class piece of work with national significance.

“The project budget available for this commission is £25,000 (inclusive of commission fee and guaranteed performance fees). For this project to be realised to its full potential and taking into consideration the varied needs of our partners, we realise that the commission fee is not enough, therefore there is an expectation that additional funding will be sought from other partners / funders. Dance City will support you with approaching partners and funding applications.”

Further details can be found on the Dance City web site.