After a successful application to the Scottish Government’s second Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund (PAVRF), Dance Base Scotland are seeking to commission a choreographer to create a piece of work for the resident Lothian Youth Dance Company (LYDC). This will form part of our larger PAVRF supported showcasing and commissioning programme running from September - December 2021.
Established in 2016, LYDC offers talented dancers aged 14-21 from Edinburgh, the Lothians, and Fife the opportunity to broaden their contemporary dance and performance experience as part of a performing dance company. The company meet for one full day each month to develop their contemporary dance technique and creative skills, and rehearse for upcoming performances.
The company also meet for two intensive creation periods out-with term time in October and April. During these week-long residencies, the young people will work with a professional Dance Artist to make an original performance piece.
This September, we welcome a brand new company of 8 young dancers back into our studios, after more than year off during the COVID 19 pandemic.
Dance Base is seeking to commission an experienced Dance Artist or Choreographer to create an original performance piece with our new youth dance company for a showcase event in December 2021 at Dance Base, Edinburgh.
The choreographer will work with the young dancers from 10.00 – 16.00 every day from Monday 18 - Friday 22 October. The choreographer must be available for these dates and times.
The choreographer will also be required to attend dress rehearsals with the company ahead of performance dates (TBC) in December 2021.
The Lothian Youth Dance Company members will make the final decision to choose the commission they want to work on. Please make sure that your application is young-person friendly and can be easily understood.
Remember that this will shared with our young dancers and they will make their decisions based on your submission.
Please send this to Kirsty Somerville, Programmes Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: 11.00 Tuesday 21st September
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 at Dance Base on email@example.com
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.
A shortlist will be chosen by a panel of Dance Base staff, including at least one member of the Artist Advisory Group (members of the Scottish dance community). The panel will base their decision on:
The shortlisted submissions will be presented to the young dancers, who will discuss and select their preferred candidate.
Tuesday 21 Sept | Application deadline
Thursday 23 Sept | Shortlist given to young people
Tuesday 28 Sept | Artists informed of outcome
Monday 18 - 22 Oct | Residency week
December TBC | Dress rehearsal and performances
While we plan for this residency to take place in-person at Dance Base’s studios in the Grassmarket, Edinburgh, we appreciate that a change in restrictions may prevent this from taking place. We will respond to government guidelines and may have to move to online delivery in the event of severe restrictions being introduced. In this event, we will liaise with the artist and young people, and support the team to adapt accordingly.