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.
As we move through this period of global, societal challenges, we are working with these questions:
With these questions in mind, we invite artists to apply for the Work Place Associate Artist programme via this open call. We are keen to hear from people who resonate with these questions and who are excited to bring their own artistic questions into a collaborative working relationship with The Place. We invite applications from artists we haven’t worked with before as well as artists we have existing relationships with.
Work Place is The Place’s unique programme of tailored support for professional choreographers. It creates a home for a community of artists, helping to sustain them and provide conditions for their work to grow and flourish.
Work Place recognises that each artist is different. What an artist needs depends on the type of work they make, their experience, their ideas, their ambition and the barriers they may face along the way. Responding to these differences and allowing them to influence our thinking and practice is at the heart of the scheme.
Each Work Place artist will receive bespoke support alongside a structured programme of creative and professional nourishment over a 5 year period.
Depending on each artist’s needs, we offer:
Work Place Artists are expected to attend each of the Intensives. The dates for the initial Work Place Intensives in 2021 will be: 10 - 15 March 2021 & 18 - 20 June 2021
We are looking for artists who:
The Work Place programme is designed to support individuals . You might run your own company or co-create work with other people but the Work Place relationship will be with you specifically. For example, if you work as part of a duo - you will both need to apply. Or if you have your own company - you will be the Work Place artist, not your company. You would be free to operate, receive commissions or present work under your company name or in collaboration with others. However the Work Place agreement would be with you individually.
In this project we cannot support:
If you are excited by the programme and feel you meet all of the eligibility criteria, please complete the short Expression of Interest form at the bottom of this page. Applications will close at midday on Wed 9 Dec 2020.
Please also complete one of our Equal Opportunities monitoring forms which you will find attached to the Expression of Interest. The Equal Opportunities monitoring form is optional and will help us to monitor whether our Call Outs are reaching groups that are currently underrepresented in our programmes. These forms will be reviewed by our HR team and will not been seen by the shortlisting or interview panel.
If you would like to know more about the Work Place Associate Artist programme or have any questions about the application process, join The Place's Artist Development Producer Amy Bell and Senior Producer Christina Elliot for a live online Q&A on Thu 19 Nov at 4pm. Reserve your free place by emailing email@example.com .
From the Expressions of Interest we receive we’ll invite a small number of artists for a short interview online. The shortlisting and interview process will be carried out by a team of producers who work at The Place and producers and artists external to The Place.
If invited for an interview, we’ll offer a small fee for your time. We’d like to discuss what working together might look like for you and how you think the Work Place could support your development as an artist over the next 5 years. We will be looking for 8 – 10 new Work Place Artists.
Interview dates: Thu 21, Fri 22, Mon 25 & Tue 26 Jan 2021. These will be carried out online.
All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their Expression of Interest by early Jan 2021 and all applicants will receive feedback.
You can download a PDF version of the application form at the bottom of this page. Please note: that this version is for reference only - applications will only be accepted via the link above.
If you have any queries about the application process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Former Work Place Artists include: