Following premiere performances of 16 new dance works commissioned for The Place Prize for dance, sponsored by Bloomberg, the line-up of four finalists that will compete for the richest prize in British choreography have been announced.
The finalists are:
Riccardo Buscarini & Antonio de la Fe Guedes Cameo
Ben Duke & Raquel Meseguer (Lost Dog) It Needs Horses
Freddie Opoku-Addaie & Frauke Requardt Fidelity Project
Eva Recacha Begin to Begin: a piece about dead ends
Ben Duke and Raquel Meseguer's It Needs Horses was the highest rated work in these semi-final performances as voted for by the audience, with an average score of 4.3 out of 5. The work is joined by three selected by a panel of expert judges, comprising choregraphers Shobana Jeyasingh and Janet Smith, dance writer Sanjoy Roy and artistic directors Alistair Spalding and Laurie Uprichard, chaired by Eddie Nixon, Director of Theatre and Artist Development at The Place.
The four finalists will present their works at The Place from 6 - 16 April 2011, where they will compete for will compete for £10,000 of audience voted prizes, and an overall winner, chosen by a new panel of judges, will receive £25,000.