Professionals & Artist Development

Spring 2021 Call Out: We Need You!

The Place, London’s creative powerhouse for dance development, has been leading the way in dance training, creation and performance for 50 years. In a changing landscape, our vision for the future remains steadfast: we are powering imagination through dance, championing new ideas, embracing risks and creating optimal conditions for dance artists and enthusiasts to realise their full potential. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic we are asking ourselves “how can dance help us respond to the big questions facing society?”. Recognising that as a theatre we do not exist without artists and that many dance makers may be preoccupied with the same questions as us, we invite artists to propose work for our spring 2021 programme via this open call. We are also calling on the dance community and its expertise as an audience, so if you have seen a work online that you think would be great to include in our spring programme and is eligible (see criteria below), please send a message to with a link to the work and we will investigate further.  


What we are looking for/Eligibility criteria  

Our 2021 Spring programme will be three curated weekend festivals which will take place live & online. Each one will focus on a question: 

  • “How can we care for each other?” 28 - 31 January 
  • “How do we tune in to sensation*?” 18 - 21 February (in partnership with Chisenhale Dance) 
  • “What does the future look like?” 11 - 14 March  

*A note on ‘sensation’ 
In partnership with Chisenhale Dance Space, we are looking for projects that explore how artists and audiences might tune in to the physical human sensations that a screen-based experience often struggles to provide. When distance is a necessity, how can dance and choreography find new ways of embracing our senses?

We are inviting artists to get in touch who have live or digital performance works which respond in some way to these questions & we are excited to hear from artists who wish to propose their work.
We are looking for: 

  • Work that clearly responds to the theme which it is proposed for 
  • Any kind of performance or digital content with choreography at its core: theatre shows, films, durational works, immersive experiences, outdoor pieces, installations or other formats that we haven’t imagined yet 
  • Work that already exists (does not need to be a premiere) 
  • Work that is not yet fully developed but has a robust proposal that we believe can be fully realised by December; pieces that are clearly in the early stages of research will not be considered and the fees on offer should be covering your performance costs rather than a research period 
  • Work of any length - live work that utilises formats we are typically unable to programme, such as outdoor work, durational work, 1-2-1 experiences, etc. will all be considered 
  • Work for families, children and young people 
  • Work that plays with digital format. We have all learned new things about working digitally in the last 6 months and we are interested in projects that offer new ways of embracing the digital so that we can all keep learning. 
  • We are keen to hear from people we haven’t worked with before as well as artists we have existing relationships with 
  • We are particularly keen to ensure the work presented represents the diversity of artists in the UK, and encourage applications from  those who are currently underrepresented in the dance sector, including but not limited to, disabled artists, artists from financially disadvantaged backgrounds, artists who are racially minoritised, artists with care responsibilities and artists who are LGBTQIA+ 


If you have any queries about the application process, please contact  


Spring 2021 Call Out


Please Note: We hope to let applicants know the outcome of their application by mid-November.