Call for Choreographer – ArtsCross 2012: Beijing

Call for East Asian Choreographer: UK and Europe wide
Step Out Arts in partnership ResCen Research Centre, Middlesex University and The Place are looking for one experienced UK/EU based choreographer of East Asian descent or diaspora to take part in ArtsCross Beijing 2012. The selected choreographer will be working alongside other selected choreographers based in the UK, China and Taiwan in the Beijing Dance Academy from 29 October to 17 November 2012 inclusive.

Brief for Choreographers: The composer Igor Stravinsky’s proposed that the artist finds freedom through the imposition of rules.

ArtsCross Beijing 2012 requires choreographers who are able to:

  • engage with Stravinsky’s concept
  • work within the guidelines noted below
  • work with dancers from the Beijing Dance Academy (BDA) Modern Dance programme and the BDA Company
  • work in a Chinese cultural context as part of an international group comprising choreographers from the UK/EU, mainland China and Taiwan, and academic observers from Chinese and international institutions

The choreographers for ArtsCross 2012 in Beijing are encouraged to keep production elements to a minimum and are asked:

  • to create a work with up to six performers from the Beijing Dance Academy whose training is primarily in Modern Dance,
  • to work within the time constraints of the project
  • to use a maximum performance time of ten minutes
  • to allow audio-visual documentation of their creative process, and observations in the final week by Chinese and international academics who will be posting commentaries and visual material on a weblog
  • to address a theme selected for the project. Currently the theme is under discussion, but previous themes were: (Beijing 2009) Dancing in a shaking world; and: (Taipei 2011) Uncertain…waiting…
  • to prepare a choreographic work/work in progress for presentation in a theatre context
  • to contribute to weblogs and discussions, including a conference on Sunday 18 November, if you wish to do so – this is not a requirement

What ArtsCross Offers:

  • flights and accommodation paid for by the project including two nights’ accommodation prior to commencing work on Monday 29 October for rest and orientation
  • per diem payments of £20 (paid in local currency) for each night spent in Beijing during the project
  • a choreographic fee of £2,000
  • dancers from the BDA Modern Dance Programme and BDA Company
  • studio time on 6 days each week (a total of 16 days before theatre rehearsals)
  • basic technical support for a theatre presentation scheduled for Saturday 17 November

Submit your proposal:

  • Biography /Resume (PDF version)
  • Two referees (name, job title and contact details)
  • Choreographic work links (previous 5 years)
Submit your proposal by email only to Artistic Director/ Producer Jih-Wen Yeh:  jw@stepoutarts.co.uk
Should you have any questions please email Jih-Wen Yeh: jw@stepoutarts.co.uk or tel: 07899 807741.

Criteria requested:

  • Must be able to commit to the whole three week project duration
  • Must be an established choreographer
  • Must be able to work within the remit of the project as detailed above
Eligibility to apply:
Choreographer must be established and living and working in the UK/EU
Choreographer must be of East Asian or diaspora
Deadline: 9th July 2012
Short listed by: 16th July
Skype interview: between 17th – 20th July 2012

ArtsCross project background and introduction: Artscross builds on an innovative and successful collaboration from 2009 between ResCen Research Centre at Middlesex University, UK and the Beijing Dance Academy, (BDA) China. The project, Danscross: dancing in a shaking world involved eight choreographers, four from China and four international, making short works in response to a specific brief, working with Chinese dancers while Chinese and international academics observed the creative processes. It included webpostings documenting the process of each choreographer and the project culminated in a performance and a conference which attracted wide attention in the Chinese media and in the arts and academic communities internationally.

In August 2011, the first Artscross project extended the collaboration between the BDA and ResCen to include Queen Mary, University of London, and Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA). The result was ArtsCross Taipei 2011: Uncertain….waiting… which took place at TNUA. The next phase of the collaboration will take place in October-November 2012 at the Beijing Dance Academy. The ArtsCross International Research Network is supported by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Patrons Dr. and Mrs. Richard & Rosalind Lee. For further details see the ResCen website at: www.rescen.net

UK partners to ArtCross projects

Step Out Arts: Supporting the visibility and sustainability of British East Asian dance artists nationally through showcases, productions and educational projects, for more information, please visit www.stepoutarts.co.uk

ResCen: ResCen, the Centre for Research into Creation in the Performing Arts, is a multi-disciplinary, artist–driven research centre. It is designed to be a bridge between academia and the practices of professional performing artists. For more information please visit: www.recen.net

The Place – Robin Howard Dance Theatre: Since 1969, The Place has pioneered the development of contemporary dance in the UK. The Place is committed to developing the careers of dance artists on a regional, national and international level. The activity of the Theatre and Artist Development department, focuses on artistic growth and career development of many of the independent artists who come into contact with The Place. This includes facilitating research, development and creation of new work, supporting artists to build a network of both industry contacts and audience members and exposing these artists to a range of experts, both local and international, to support them in developing their practice. For more information visit: www.theplace.org.uk