We’re excited to be working with Bournemouth-based Pavilion Dance South West (PDSW) who have launched an ambitious three-year initiative, running until August 2020. The £1.2 million project aims to provide support for dance artists and producers, as well as help them to establish long-term relationships with promoters.
Called Surf The Wave artists will be able to attend events in a region not their own, hosted by one of the partner organisations, attend expert-led lectures and talks, and receive bursaries to support their work. Surf the Wave will be open for applicants later this year, taking on 50 artists who wish to extend their touring network.
The project has emerged from the National Dance Network and is supported by the Showcasing Strategy Working Group. PDSW has partnered with four national partners for the scheme; DanceXchange in Birmingham, South East Dance, The Place in London and Yorkshire Dance.
PDSW is hosting Surf the Wave between 2017 and 2020. It starts with an eighteen-month programme (October 2017 to May 2019) of talent development and artist support involving artists, producers and promoters (including those new to dance) around the country. Then there is the UK Dance Showcase itself, which will run from 16-19 May 2019. After the Showcase, there will be a year’s programme of touring and development support to help realize tour bookings and strengthen artist/promoter relationships stemming from the Showcase.
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.
Photo credit: A professional development workshop at The Place. Photo by Camilla Greenwell.