Professionals & Artist Development

Artists 4 Artists | Call out for Hip Hop choreographers

Applications have now closed. 

In partnership with The Place and DanceXchange, Artists 4 Artists are continuing to advocate and develop the Hip Hop dance theatre sector by curating their national exchange performance initiative

With support from Redbridge Drama Centre and Arts Council England, Artists 4 Artists are seeking a London-based Hip Hop dance choreographer to create and develop a 30-40-minute work to sit as a double bill alongside a West Midlands-based choreographer. This is an opportunity to present a previously unseen piece of work in London at The Place and The Patrick Studio in Birmingham in Autumn 2020.

We are particularly keen to hear from female identifying, disabled and Black, Asian and minority ethnic artists from within the Hip Hop community.

If you are interested in this opportunities please read all the guidelines fully, including the FAQs. We look forward to hearing from you!

We’re looking for…

A Hip Hop artist with evidenced experience in making choreography to create a new piece of work for autumn 2020 in partnership with Artists 4 Artists, DanceXchange and The Place.

What we are offering…

  • Commissioning and performance fee of £2000
  • Programmed performance at The Place, London on Wednesday 28 October 2020 and The Patrick Studio, Birmingham on Thursday 5 November 2020.
  • Support from Artists 4 Artists to broker further partnerships and funding
  • 4 weeks of rehearsal space
  • 2-3 day’s pre-production support at The Place
  • Automatic position on Artists 4 Artists’ Artists 4 Growth programmes in London & Birmingham
  • Support of a lighting designer and production manager

The selection process

Choreographers will be shortlisted and notified of interview by Friday 6 December. Interviews will take place on Friday 13 December at The Place (attendance is mandatory to be considered for the commission). The interview panel will be made up of representatives from Artists 4 Artists and The Place.

Key dates

Deadline to apply: Thursday 21 November
Applicants notified: Friday 6 December
Interviews: Friday 13 December

If you have any questions email Lee Griffiths or call 07557 802 772.

FAQ’s / Criteria

I am an artist living outside of London can I apply?
As we are working with The Place in London, we are ideally looking for an artist who has an evidenced track record of developing or presenting work in London.

What sort of dance are we looking for?
We are keen for the chosen choreographer to be ambitious and to present a work that is rich in its research, theatrical composition and delivery. A work that is clearly communicated in its concept or narrative and adds to the current Hip Hop dance theatre offering in the UK. We welcome applications that cover the spectrum of performance, from movement led to narrative led but the work must be suitable for all audiences.

I am not from the Hip Hop community will that impact my application?
This application is solely for practicing Hip Hop artists but we welcome applications from artists who are from the underground battling scene, the street dance community (teaching or choreographing) or who are already working theatrically in Hip Hop.

What length/duration should shows be?
The work must be between 30-40 minutes in length.

Can I apply with an installation, or a piece which has a non-traditional performance format (e.g. outdoor or promenade)?
No, the work must be suited to being presented in a black box theatre space, with a shared lighting rig.

What if I have a show which is currently in creation, and would be ready for autumn 2020?
We are happy to commission work that has undertaken research and development stages, but we won’t consider finished works that needs re-rehearsal or further development.

What other support can I expect to receive from this commission?
The activity partners will work with the selected artist to understand what the artist needs to utilise this opportunity and collectively plan a package of further resources and support that is realistic to the partner’s capacity.

Does my work need to fit with the other commissioned artist? Will I need to compromise anything in the process?
We are commissioning two different artists to create two separate pieces of work. It is not necessary for the artists to thematically link. Both artists need to be aware that they will be sharing a lighting designer and rig at The Place in London and The Patrick Studio in Birmingham and that their production ideas need to accommodate the schedule and timings to realise two artists vision.

How many dancers and collaborators can I work with?
This is down to the choreographer, but this needs to be fully realised within the individuals wider fundraising plans.

Do I need to have other partners confirmed?
We would encourage you to think about the development and fundraising time you will need for your work, and allow sufficient time for a rigorous and considered making process. We expect that the successful artist/team will need to raise additional funds in addition to the commission.

Can I speak to one of the partners about my application in advance?
We would encourage you to read the application guidance carefully. If you have a question which is not answered here, please email Lee Griffiths at

Who is ineligible to apply?

  • Students (except those at PhD level)
  • Artists who cannot demonstrate a track record of creating work
  • Artists based outside of the UK

More information on Artists 4 Artists, DanceXchange and The Place

Artists 4 Artists

Founded in 2016, Artists 4 Artists is a breakthrough artist-led initiative activating industry change for the UK Hip Hop dance theatre community. Artists 4 Artists works to actively address’ the lack of developmental opportunities for Hip Hop theatre makers by providing artist training, producing support & commissioning opportunities to develop work. Artists 4 Artists work nationally to broker conversations with dance houses, organisations and promoters to increase the access for artists & audiences.

Since 2016 Artists 4 Artists have worked in partnership with Redbridge Drama Centre, Greenwich Dance, The Place, DanceXchange, East London Dance, Dance Hub Birmingham, Laban Theatre, Rich Mix, Dance City and Strike A Light.


DanceXchange (dx) is an internationally known Birmingham-based dance agency that presents and produces UK and international dance with a focus on work that is current, new and choreographically driven, and that is artistically ambitious, engaging and inspiring.  In addition to its performance programme dx has a strategic role in developing the artform and provides packages of support for Midlands-based artists and choreographers to help them develop their practice and build sustainable dance careers.  

In partnership with Sampad South Asian Arts and Heritage, druns the Centre for Advanced Training (CAT), an elite training opportunity for young people aged 11-18, who show exceptional talent and potential in Bharatanatyam, Kathak and Contemporary styles. This is complemented by Generate, a feeder programme for 9-13year olds with potential, and a new programme of school’s activity. dx also runs a recreational class programme, with weekly classes for people aged 3-60+, in a range of styles and at different levels, to enable development and progression.  

dx’s largest project is Birmingham International Dance Festival (BIDF), an award-winning biennial festival which brings inspiring international dance to the city’s theatres, showcases local talent, takes over Birmingham’s streets and squares with exciting free performances, and creates lots of opportunities for people of all backgrounds to get involved. BIDF also delivers professional development events, debates and workshops, opening up a valuable space for dialogue, collaboration and sharing of ideas. DanceXchange is proud to be an important part of making Birmingham a place where dance and dance artists can flourish.  

The Place

The Place has been a driving force for contemporary dance in the UK for almost 50 years. The Place is unique and is comprised of; a training organisation, a producing and receiving theatre, a home for a national touring company and a hub for hundreds of independent artists. Our artist development department provides professional development, training, residencies, commissioning and producing support for dance artists at each stage of their career.