Dance UK today releases the names of fourteen choreographers have been selected to take part in Dance UK’s Choreographers Observership Programme 2015-16.
Those selected will have the unique opportunity of observing their chosen choreographer at work in a variety of settings and at different stages of the creative process. The programme is generously funded by Arts Council England and this year includes one additional observership offered ‘in kind’ by Dance UK member Rambert.
Of the 30 choreographers who applied, the fourteen selected to take part this year are:
The Choreographers Observership Programme was created in response to demand from choreographers seeking opportunities to watch other artists at work, either as a way to open up new areas of work, or to explore another artist’s creative practice.
The programme provides fourteen choreographers with awards to observe a choreographer in a variety of creative contexts (over two sessions) between November 2015 and April 2016. The choreographer being observed receives a small fee of £300 for their time.
The aim of the Choreographers Observership Programme is to promote peer-to-peer learning and knowledge exchange; to broker and build relationships between choreographers working in diverse contexts within the performing arts and the wider creative industries, (from opera to commercials, from computer games to ballet, from contemporary to music videos); and to give choreographers at all stages of their careers the chance to develop their craft by building a deeper understanding of different working processes and environments available to them.
This year, Dance UK is partnering with Dance UK member English National Ballet to provide three observership places for three female dance makers at any stage of their careers. English National Ballet will offer those selected for an observership, access to world-class female choreographers Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Aszure Barton, and Yabin Wang, who are each creating new work for She Said, English National Ballet’s new programme dedicated to female choreography. Observers will have the opportunity to witness the creation process of these new works (Feb – April 2016) and see She Said when it premieres at Sadler’s Wells.
Kate Flatt, choreographer and Movement Director, said: The Choreographers Observership Programme is a unique and vital opportunity; the chosen choreographers will be able to witness at close quarters the skills and creativity of an established professional at work.Choreographers Observership Programme