Professionals & Artist Development

Call for Artists: Dance and Technology Research Lab

The Place and UCL are seeking applications from artists to collaborate with engineers and technologists from UCL’s Institute of Communications and Connected Systems. In a new and unique project, The Place and UCL are looking to seed innovative ideas through this period of supported research. 

As part of Choreodrome, The Place’s annual professional research and development programme, this project focuses on exploration and the development of new ideas, without the need to deliver finished work. In particular the Dance and Technology Lab focuses on ‘the connected performance’ and how sensors and the artistic inclusion of live data can be used to break down barriers between audience and performer.

We will invite one artist or company to work closely with UCL researchers in sensor technology and data analysis who are seeking collaborators to develop its application in dance and performance. This might, for example, include creating interactions between elements of staging and performance, or responding to audience attributes such as heartbeat, movement or measures of emotional engagement. Together with the UCL researchers, the selected artist or company will be invited to explore and generate new research from scratch. Artists are not required to bring a research proposal to the Lab. They will be selected on their ability to demonstrate the skills, experience and interests needed to drive open ended research.

The Research Lab will consist of:

  • £1500 artist fee
  • 1 week at UCL Institute of Communications and Connected Systems – w/c 13 July
  • 2 weeks studio time at The Place – w/c 20 July and w/c 3 August
  • Consultation and planning time with the UCL team ahead of the Lab weeks
  • Facilitated research sharings
  • Weekly lunch time get-togethers with other Choreodrome artists 

We are looking for artists who:

  • Have at least 3 years professional experience of making
  • Are based in the UK
  • Have significant experience of working collaboratively
  • Are excited by new technologies and innovation
  • Are working with any kind of performance with movement at the core 
  • Will be ready to share some of their ideas with us at the end of the residency 
  • Can demonstrate how the residency will benefit them as an artist 
  • Are ambitious to challenge themselves, their collaborators and us 

In this project we cannot support: 

  • Undergraduates 
  • Those based outside the UK 
  • Artists wanting to develop or re-rehearse existing pieces  

Artists must be available for all three weeks of the project. Please note that these dates are unmovable.

Selection Process
We invite you to complete an online application form HERE. From these applications received we’ll invite a small number of artists for a short interview to discuss their ideas in more detail before we are able to select the successful artist. This selection will be carried out by a producers who work at The Place, as well as engineers from the Institute of Communications and Connected Systems Department at UCL. If invited for an interview, you’ll need to tell us how you’ll use the resources – money, space, technical equipment – to work on your ideas and also show how your experience is going to help you make this time valuable.

Deadline for applications: Mon 24 Feb at midnight

If you have any questions please email   

For a PDF version of the application form please download below. Please note that this version is for reference only - applications will only be accepted via the link above.