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Surf the Wave

Surf the Wave

Surf the Wave is a major dance project that aims to fundamentally change dance touring in the UK. Running from October 2017 to August 2020 it takes a longer term approach to talent development, networking and showcasing.

Surf the Wave will be delivered in three phases:

1. Artist as Entrepreneur – a strategic programme of talent development and artist support
2. The UK Dance Showcase (16-19 May 2019) which will have a separate selection process
3. Surf Generator – a year-long programme of touring and development support

We are now accepting applications for Phase 1: Artist as Entrepreneur

The Artist as Entrepreneur programme offers an opportunity for artists and their producers (where appropriate) to come together and participate in a period of reflection, development and networking across the UK. Participants will attend two intensive professional development events that will be hosted by our partners. These events are a series of 2 x two-day residentials. The programme will include guest speakers, panel discussions, open space sessions and networking opportunities focussing on four key themes:

• Concept
• Quality
• Communication
• Sustainability

The aim will be to look across and beyond the Creative Industries for inspiration and discussion.

How do I apply?

Download and complete the Application Form and Equal Opportunities Form

Deadline for applications: 9am Thursday 18th January 2018


Surf the Wave is a project led by Pavilion Dance South West. Eighty-five percent of Surf the Wave costs are supported by Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence fund, Jerwood Charitable Foundation and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Further support comes from the National Dance Network, DanceXchange, South East Dance, The Place and Yorkshire Dance.

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