After a successful application to the Scottish Government’s Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund (PAVRF), Dance Base Scotland are delighted to announce the launch of the Now, Here, This Commission Call Out, a fund to support the creation and presentation of live dance works in and around the Dance Base building in December with a total of £15,000 available.
The cancellation of all live work across the UK, including this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme, has had a significant impact on the programming of contemporary dance in Scotland, depriving artists of important opportunities to create and perform, and stopping audiences from experiencing and engaging with world class dance performance. In response, our Now, Here, This Commission is looking for responsive, lightweight and flexible dance works to reanimate our building over a week in December.
We are seeking ideas for works that can be staged outside of the theatre setting and which use the Dance Base building and surrounding area as a canvas for inspiration and presentation. This can be an entirely new work, something that you have been developing recently, or a restaging of a work in this new flexible context.
The main focus of this commission and the PAVRF is to reconnect artists, audiences, venues and communities and to celebrate the vibrancy of dance in Scotland, and the diverse array of voices and stories that make it what it is. We are interested in a variety of work from small pop-up durational performances to outdoor promenade pieces, intimate works for a solo audience to digitally chorographic installations – we would love to hear your ideas.
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In the first instance we invite you to submit a maximum of 2 of sides of A4 outlining your project. You are welcome to include images, drawings and links to recordings to paint a picture of the work you envision. We are also happy to accept video/audio recordings rather than a written application if that format is preferred (uploaded to Vimeo or YouTube with a password).
We do not require a CV but a link to documentation of your previous work would be helpful.
Please also supply a very brief budget overview for the project. Dance Base are committed to paying freelancers fairly and all fees must be in line with the fair pay rates as advised by the ITC.
Please send this to Kirsty Somerville, Programmes Manager, email@example.com
Deadline: 11.00 Monday 28 September
If you require this information in any other format, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications will be assessed by the Dance Base Artistic Director and an Artist Advisory Group who will be made up of members of the Scottish dance community. The panel will be representative of the diverse array of voices and lived experiences that make up the Scottish arts sector.
The Artistic Director and group will select a shortlist and these artists will be invited to discuss the work with the Dance Base production team before the final decision is made. This is to ensure that the work is deliverable in the time frame and within the parameters above.
Applications will be discussed and evaluated with the aim of curating a programme that is diverse and inclusive, and which will engage and stimulate our audiences.
Shortlist informed by: Friday 2 October
Interview date: Week commencing 5 October
Anticipated performance week: 14-20th December 2020
We understand that COVID-19 and the restrictions of lockdown have drastically altered the way we can create and present work to audiences. All projects will need to be flexible and responsive to any changes in guidance as they arrive. While the aim of this commission is to bring live dance performances and audiences together again, we are aware that circumstance may make in person presentation impossible. If this does happen Dance Base will honour all commission fees as agreed and aim to present the commissioned works at a later date or in a different format.
As part of the Scottish Government’s Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund, Dance Base are also delivering several other strands as part of this programme of artist development and support. Full details will be published on our social media and website shortly, but the strands will include: