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Dance Partner Projects: Outdoor Dance

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Dance Partner Projects: Outdoor Dance

Deadline: Monday 16 May 5pm

We are looking for dance artists/ companies who would like to research & explore ideas for an outdoor arts project. We are interested in proposals responding to nature and the outdoors, possibly (but not exclusively) exploring themes of sustainability, biodiversity, climate crisis, outdoor play, connecting with nature & wellbeing. Contexts for the work could be public parks, private estates, open outdoor spaces, urban spaces and/or outdoor festivals.

You might like to adapt a previous project for an outdoors context or invest into a new research idea.

About Dance Partner Projects

Dance Partner Projects give dance artists/ companies the opportunity to research and develop new or early stage artistic project ideas with tailored support by our Artist Development Producer, Tanya Steinhauser. This new round of Dance Partner Projects April 2022-March 2023 closely aligns with Yorkshire Dance’s strands of programmes and external partnership opportunities.

Yorkshire Dance wants to invest in an exciting, diverse ecology of artists at various stages of their careers. We’re passionate about supporting dance artists who ask questions of themselves, their work and of the world. We want to support artists researching those questions and find opportunities for local people to get involved in that process. We help artists to develop the right contexts for their work, be that a small scale black box theatre, outdoor festivals, nature, libraries, schools, town centres, parks, rural touring or care homes.

The opportunity is open to dance artists/ companies living and creating work in Yorkshire/ the North and offers:

  • Research time in the studio at Yorkshire Dance or in an outdoor arts context (up to 3 weeks).
  • £2,000 cash to be used as seed funding or as a research residency.
  • Support by Yorkshire Dance’s Artist Development Producer e.g. project development, producing, fundraising & dramaturgy support.


Selection for Dance Partner Projects

Proposals are selected by a panel with artist representation through an open call process which takes into account:

  • The originality & strength of the artistic idea
  • Your track record so far and indication of your talent and hunger to make work for an audience
  • How well your work sits with Yorkshire Dance’s artistic statement

We are interested in working with dance artists who are new to us as well as continuing to support those we have already worked with previously.


Decision timeline

  • If you are shortlisted you will be notified within one week after the deadline.
  • We will contact all shortlisted artists/ companies to arrange an informal chat to find out more about your proposal before we make a final decision.


How to apply

Please complete and submit the form below (note this form cannot be saved so you may wish to draft your answers first before copying these into the form). You can also film yourself answering these questions. To submit your application as a video please send a file via We Transfer, Google Drive or Dropbox to TanyaSteinhauser@yorkshiredance.com

If you have any questions or difficulties applying please call us on: 0113 243 9867.

Deadline: Monday 16 May 5pm

Image: Autin Dance Theatre at WE Wonder Festival, 2021 (c) Yorkshire Dance

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