Source | Artist Call Out

Source - Call Out

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Dance Base Scotland and Ecole des Sables Senegal unite to create Source, an exchange project celebrating the African Contemporary practice through Germaine Acogny’s Technique.

The British Council Connect and Collaborate Fund have made it possible for Dance Base Scotland and Ecole des Sables in Senegal to begin a relationship that benefits dancers from Africa and Scotland. To begin this ground-breaking project, we now invite two dance artists to be immersed in an exploration of the Acogny Technique, culminating in a two-to-three week residency at Ecole des Sables with Madame Acogny, Alesandra Seutin and Wesley Ruzibiza.

Germain Acogny, the Mother of Contemporary African Dance, is a legendary pioneer in the development of contemporary African dance. She has given life to the Acogny Technique; a synthesis between traditional African dances and cultures from elsewhere. This unique approach has defined the current landscape of contemporary dance in Africa and established a generation of dancers who have trained under her artistic direction at Acogny’s home at Ecole des Sables, the International Centre for Traditional and Contemporary African Dances, in Dakar, Senegal.

Thanks to support from the British Council, Dance Base are ready to ignite a meaningful creative exchange with Senegal where this original technique can be shared at its source, explored, interpreted, and potentially absorbed into the dance vocabulary of the Scottish artists who take part. The successful applicants will be invited to investigate how the Acogny Technique resonates with their current practice, and to explore the roots and forms of Acogny’s extraordinary work.

 Artistic Directors at Dance Base Scotland and Ecole des Sables will select two artists from each country to take part in Source. The partner organisations will support the match of Scottish and Senegalese artists to work in collaboration from September 2021 to May 2022.

Artists will benefit from financial and logistical support to enable them to connect with their collaborator digitally over 8 months. This digital collaboration will culminate in a two-to-three week live Source residency at the iconic Ecole des Sables in May 2022 (duration will be agreed between the artists, Ecole des Sable and Dance Base). Source will run concurrently with Dakar Biennale 2022, providing the opportunity to become inspired and familiar with the wider contemporary visual arts of sub-Saharan Africa.


Source runs from September 2021 until May 2022 and will provide

  • A daily artist fee of £130. This will provide a total fee of £1,040 for the digital collaboration that will take place from September to April 2022 (based on 1 day a month for 8 months), and a total fee of between £1,820 - £2,730 for the artist residency in Senegal in May 2022 (based on a duration of between 14 – 21 days).
  • Digital connection and collaboration with a Senegalese dance artist from September 2021 to April 2022 (anticipated as 1 day a month)
  • A two-to-three week Source residency at Ecole des Sables in Senegal in May 2022 to work together in person, share practice and experience and attend Acogny Technique class at its source. All international and local travel, accommodation and catering will be provided. The number of days required for the residency will be agreed with the artist, Dance Base and Ecole des Sables.
  • Attendance at the Dakar Biennale in May 2022 to experience contemporary African art and culture during your residency (the festival runs from 19 May – 21 June 2022)
  • The opportunity to create a meaningful connection with Ecole des Sables and the incoming Artistic Directors Alesandra Seutin and Wesley Ruzibiza
  • Creative and logistical support from the Dance Base team


Source is for artists who

  • Are based in Scotland
  • See their work as based in physical or choreographic practices
  • Are actively making and researching
  • Have made work which has been shown publicly
  • Toured their work to more than one venue (desirable)


How to Apply

To apply for this opportunity please submit the following items to Kirsty Somerville, Programme Manager, at

  • An expression of interest detailing:
    • What interests you about Source and the Acogny Technique in particular
    • Why you think you would benefit from this investigation at this point in your career
  • This should be either in a written format of no more than 1000 words, or as a video/audio recording of no more than 5 minutes. Visual quality, camera and editing skills will not be taken into consideration for filmed submissions and spelling and grammar will not form part of the consideration of written applications. 
  • A link to visual documentation of your physical practice or choreography.
  • link to more information about your practice - this could be a CV, personal statement or a link to your website.   
  • A completed Equality Diversity, and Inclusion monitoring form, if you feel comfortable to do so.


Deadline: Tuesday 27 July, 11:00am

Applicants informed: Thursday 5 August

Dance Base recognise that there are significant barriers to working in the dance sector and that these challenges are experienced more acutely by those facing marginalisation and deep-rooted systemic injustice. This includes people with protected characteristics as defined by the Equality Act 2010 across age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation alongside those with chronic illness, neurodiversity, parental/caring responsibilities, experience of the immigration system and people from working-class backgrounds.

We are committed to increasing the diversity of artists working in our sector and especially welcome applications from those who identify as having characteristics currently under-represented in our sector.


How We Are Selecting

The expressions of interest will be read by Morag Deyes, Artistic Director at Dance Base, Alesandra Seutin and Wesley Ruzibiza Artistic Directors at Ecole des Sables, and members of the Dance Base Artist Advisory Group. The panel will be representative of the diverse array of voices and lived experiences that make up the Scottish dance sector.


Should you wish to have a conversation about the application process, require this information in an alternative format, or have access requirements we need to meet to support you in making an application please contact Kirsty Somerville, Programmes Manager at Dance Base on 


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