The Dancers Emerging Bursary Scheme is now open for applications from individuals who have graduated from full-time professional training in dance or related disciplines within the last two years.
In response to the Covid-19 crisis the DEBS 2020/21 programme will now begin at the earlier date of May 2020 and run until July 2021. Over the summer months, while the Dance Base building is closed, the programme will provide online mentoring, guidance and artistic support for newly graduated dancers as they navigate this new landscape, with a particular focus on how to develop and nourish a regular practice in these strange and uncertain times. From September onwards we hope to return to the Dance Base studio to continue the programme with class, residency weeks and in person mentoring.
The DEBS programme was established by Dance Base to mentor and support newly graduated dance / physical performance artists as they transition from their period of training into the professional dance sector. Each year up to four artists are selected to work with an experienced dance / movement artist as they hone their practice and navigate their route forward.
We are delighted to announce that the DEBS mentor for 2020/21 is Lucy Suggate.
Underpinning my work has been the commitment to and long-term development of a regular/daily practice. Having a practice has enabled me to teach, choreograph, perform, research and communicate my ideas beyond the studio and beyond my art form. My practice for the last decade has been routed in movement and in expanding and pushing the boundaries of what 21st century dance, movement and choreography can be.
The Dancers Emerging Bursary Scheme is an opportunity for you to discover and unlock your own practice through movement, dance, choreography and performance. By participating in residencies, regular movement sessions and one on one mentoring you will develop a deeper understanding of current professional dance contexts and how to bravely, safely and ethically navigate your way forwards.
An interest in movement is important, and experience of improvisation or self-directing would be useful. A lot of the work will include an aspect of the “Micro & Macro” which means that while we will focus on movement material, we will also be looking at the bigger picture, the multiple contexts we find ourselves working and living in, be it social, political, ethical or economic.
--- Lucy Suggate
By becoming a DEBS member, you will receive the following from May to September 2020 (all delivered online):
From September 2020 (or when our building reopens) to July you will receive:
To apply please send a copy of your CV and a statement of interest to Kirsty Somerville, Programmes Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org. This should include the following and be a maximum of 2 pages:
Monday 11 May, 12:00pm
Selected applicants will be invited to attend an online interview with Lucy Suggate and Kirsty Somerville, Programmes Manager. This will be held on Thursday 14 May.
The programme will then begin the week of the 18th May with session dates and times agreed with the DEBS participant and Lucy Suggate.
Lucy Suggate has been working as an independent dance artist for twenty years and is widely recognised for her articulate and engaging solo performances, choreographic installations and complex group-work public scores.
Her work has been commissioned and performed nationally and internationally. Recent highlights have included performing at the Louvre and Grand Palais (Paris), The National Gallery (London), Sónar Festival and Mercat de les flors (Barcelona), Tanz Im August (Berlin), Seoul international Dance Festival (Seoul) and De Parade Theatre Festival (Amsterdam).
Since 2015 Lucy has worked closely with Siobhan Davies Dance on researching dance in the context of visual arts through the EU Dancing Museums Project 2015-17. In 2019 Lucy was commissioned by CONTINUOUS – a partnership between BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead and Siobhan Davis Dance – to create Spirit Compass: Where There Is Movement There Is Change, a live dance installation work which premiered at BALTIC in October 2019 and was presented in visual arts spaces across the UK (Tramway, Turner Contemporary, Margate, Nottingham Contemporary).