Dance Base Scotland, Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre & Tramway Glasgow are pleased to announce their collaboration on a new nation-wide commissioning project to support Scottish-based independent artists to develop and deliver a new work of scale under the banner of #LoveDanceScotland Commissions.
We want to support artists to sustain and develop their practice in these challenging times and this commission will provide artists with the time and space to create work that can engage with and respond to Scottish audiences. Our collaboration seeks to support projects of ambition that allow artists to make a step-change in their artistic practice, where a connection with audiences is considered through both process and presentation of the final work.
This commission is supported through the Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund which aims to reconnect artists, audiences, venues and communities and to celebrate the vibrancy of dance in Scotland, and the diverse array of voices that make it what it is.
The commissioning partners do not wish to pre-determine what ambition and step-change might mean for individual artists, so we are keeping the commission brief open and invite artists to respond to these ideas in a way that is relevant and meaningful for them. We also invite artists to consider the evolving performance landscape in Scotland and the challenges and opportunities to engage with audiences in a post-COVID reality.
Each commission can be tailored to suit the needs and ambitions of the applicant. We are looking for artists who have an interest in working with these three dance organisations in Scotland and a desire to tap into their human and material resources. We imagine proposals may include (but not limited to):
We are asking applicants to actively consider how their project (including its development process) will comply with social distancing and other Government guidelines that may be in place. We are looking for projects that are flexible and adaptable and artists who are able to respond to the changing nature of the current performing landscape.
Whatever the proposal, we expect a form of public outcome that engages meaningfully with audiences in at least one of the partners’ locations before the end of March 2021. This should be an organic manifestation of this development period and could take the form of a complete performance, a sharing of work in progress or a different kind of event(s) proposed by the artist.
We are seeking proposals from independent dance artists and choreographers based in Scotland for commissioning strands encompassing one commission of £50k and one commission of £25k. This will be complemented by the following in-kind venue support:
The #LoveDanceScotland partners recognise 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.
We recognise that some application processes can be a barrier for some people and that there are a number of additional challenges in the present context. We would like to make the process as clear and accessible as possible and propose two stages of application:
Stage 1: Expression of Interest – Written or by Video
In Stage 1 of the application process, we are looking for a short Expression of Interest including the following key information:
Expressions of Interest should be submitted in either a written (no longer than 800 words) or video (no longer than 5 mins and accessed via a password protected platform e.g. Vimeo) format. Visual quality, camera and editing skills will not be taken into consideration for filmed submissions.
Please also include a link to more information about your practice - this could be a CV, personal statement or a link to your website. We would also encourage you to tell us if you identify as sharing one or more of the prioritised characteristics outlined or experience any significant barriers accessing opportunities such as this.
Deadline for submitting Expressions of Interest is 17:00 Thursday 22nd October 2020. Applicants will be notified on the progression of their expression of interest by Friday 30th October.
Please send your Expression of Interest to Laila Nobel, Assistant Producer at Dance Base, at Laila@dancebase.co.uk
Stage 2: Shortlisting and Final Selection.
We anticipate selecting 8 shortlisted applicants to progress to the Stage 2 Final Selection process. Applicants will be invited to complete a more detailed proposal further outlining the idea, timeline, creative team, desired audience, production process, budget, access and reporting. The deadline for the Stage 2 detailed application will be 11:00 Friday 20th November, which will be followed by an online interview with the applicant to discuss the proposal on the 26th or 27th November.
Shortlisted applicants will be paid a fee of £321 (2 days at ITC daily rate of £160.50) to complete the detailed proposal and attend the interview. Applicants will be notified of the outcome within one week of the interview. We are committed to offing detailed feedback to all Stage 2 applicants on the decision-making process.
The selection panel will be comprised of Morag Deyes (Dance Base), Joan Clevillé (Dundee Rep & Scottish Dance Theatre) and LJ Findlay-Walsh (Tramway Glasgow) and three external panellists (including practicing artists) based outside of Scotland that represent a wide demographic of lived experiences.
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 email@example.com