13 Sep 2019
The Place, has successfully secured a 200,000 Euro Creative Europe grant towards a 333,000 Euro project with 3 EU partners. The project which will test a new model of developing dance performance for young audiences will start in October and run for 2 years.
There is a vibrant, internationally mobile network of early career dance makers in Europe creating innovative, challenging and relevant performance experiences for adults, but this vitality is not matched in the breadth of dance performance on offer for young audiences.
With a clear need for more ambition and creativity in this sector The Place proposed a project that will test how existing performance work made for adults can be made suitable for a younger audience with some adaptations. By supporting dance makers in a dialogue with young people, the best dance being made in Europe can be opened up to young audiences.
Benefitting both the young audiences, who will experience high quality dance to open their minds to the potential of live performance, as well as artists and organisations who can diversify their family programme without major investments or new communication strategies, the project will be developed through collaborations from 4 European partner organisations in Finland (Annantalo, Helsinki), Italy (Comune di Bassano), the Czech Republic (Tanec Praha) and the UK (The Place, London), who will generate intercultural dialogue, create international exchange opportunities for artists and share their expertise and learning. The two-year timeline allows partners to learn from each other, and apply strategies tested in one local context, in their own.
A selection panel made up of artistic leads from each partner organisation will select work from early career makers that pushes the boundaries of traditional performance for young people, represent the diversity of young audiences and is adaptable to a range of performance spaces. Out of four selected works, there will be at least one suitable for age ranges Early years (3-5), Primary (6-11) and Teenage (12-15).
The project encourages entrepreneurialism, smart investment and financial sustainability for artists and organisations and it responds to the growing marginalisation of culture and arts education in Europe at a time when the potential of culture to widen the mind, explore difference and foster tolerance and understanding is most needed.