Shape It Lab: Creating for early years

The Place are seeking UK-based dance artists to join Shape It Lab on Wed 29 and Thu 30 Apr 2020 

The two day lab for UK based artists focuses on questions that makers could consider when presenting dance to young audiences. The lab will involve conversations with industry experts, interactions with groups of families testing and questioning key areas of interest, and reflecting and exploring your ideas and others.

The lab is part of Shape It, a project which aims to broaden the audience for contemporary dance in Europe. Partners will do this by inviting early career dance makers in Europe to consider how an existing performance can be reconsidered for an audience of young people. Through development labs, residencies and touring, they will support artists to re-imagine the audience for their work. Together, through the partnerships they build, the conversations they have, and the audiences they meet, partners seek to model a new approach to developing dance for young people. 

Shape It is delivered by a partnership of The Place (UK - EDN member), Annantalo (Finland), Comune di Bassano del Grappa (Italy - EDN member) and Tanec Praha (Czech Republic - EDN member) and funded by Creative Europe. 

Take part in the Shape It Lab

Shape It Lab is for artists who:  

  • Have been creating performance work in a professional setting for a minimum of 3 years (occasionally less experienced artists are included) 
  • Are based in the UK 
  • Have an idea for research or a piece that would be aimed at family audiences with children aged 3+ (this can be new work or an adaptation of an existing one) 
  • Are working with any kind of performance with movement at the core 
  • Will be ready to share some of their ideas with us at the end of the residency 
  • Can demonstrate how the residency will benefit them as an artist 
  • Are ambitious to challenge themselves, their collaborators and us  

Do you fit the bill? Read the detailed call and apply by 1st of March 2020 through this link: theplace.org.uk/shape-it-lab-creating-early-years

Picture: Family Dance Day, The Place - photographer: Rob Grieg

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