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Ignition Dance Festival Launch event - 14 May 2018

Ignition Dance Festival showcases a vibrant programme from visionary choreographers who have danced for some of the biggest companies in the world. The festival, launching 14 May, will be in the Lyric Hammersmith’s main house and features a special line up of performances to celebrate Ignition’s fifth birthday. DanceWest have commissioned five previous recipients of the festival’s prestigious choreographic bursaries to present work.

The retrospective programme will include works by international artists Salah El Brogy (Akram Khan Company, Protein), Dane Hurst (Rambert Dance, Company Wayne McGregor) Thick & Tight (Tanztheatre Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Gary Clarke Company) Sally Marie (New Adventures, Royal Opera House) Tim Casson (Jasmin Vardimon, Sadlers Wells). The evening will also include announcements and presentation of Ignitions 2018 choreographic commissions recipients who will create new choreography for the Rose Theatre Kingston in June.

Ignition supports community dancers, emerging artists and mid-career choreographers to create new choreography, produced by cutting-edge dance organisation – DanceWest. Chief Executive of DanceWest and Founder of the festival Rosie Whitney - Fish said: ‘From humble beginnings the festival provides thousands of opportunities for dancers and choreographers at every stage of their career. A huge thank you to Arts Council England, London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham and Royal Borough of Kingston for their support’ ‘Ignition is unlike any other festival and is certainly not to be missed,’ added Rosie, who has recently been recognised for her contribution to arts and culture by Hammersmith and Fulham’s Civic Honours. The festival continues with events throughout the summer including the popular, accessible and family-friendly - Community Dance Platforms for non-professional dancers aged 6-86, giving an opportunity for everyone to present their work in a slick, short programme on stage at the Rose Theatre Kingston and Lyric Hammersmith. 

Tickets for the Launch event - on sale shortly! 


Calling Mid-career Choreographers - Deadline Friday 20th April

The Choreographers platform showcases a vibrant programme from visionary choreographers. The festival is able to offer five commissions to mid-career choreographers with a supportive developmental package.

Five years – five commissions

DanceWest is seeking applications from mid-career artists to create new works across five scaled commissions:

1.    Solo £1,200

2.    A second solo £1,200

3.    Duet £2,000

4.    Trio £3,000                                                               

5.    Quartet £4,000

Professional Development

The commissioned choreographers will also get access to a supportive professional development package which includes: 

·      A producer to support you with all elements of the programme

·      Studio space at Kingston & Middlesex University.

·      Dramaturgy one to one sessions for each choreographer 

·      Photography including headshots and photographs of your work

·      Film DanceWest will produce a trailer and interviews with the choreographers

Who can apply?

·      Choreographers and dance artists based in the UK

·      Experienced and mid-career artists

·      Choreographers with a new idea, the piece must not exist

·      All dance styles and genres welcome

How to apply?

·      Request an application form – admin@dancewest.co.uk

·      Submit the application with links to your work online – Friday 20th April

·      Choreographers will be invited to an interview- Wednesday 25 April 



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Photo credit: Hurriyah, Salah El Brogy photo by Roswitha Chesher