Innovative Ideas and Proposals sought

The BDE Research Project was successfully launched last month and has now brought together 20 organisations that have collectively committed £40,000 (plus in-kind support) to invest in artists and dance companies who can take forward choreographic thinking and practice in one (or more) of the following strands:

  • Live-arts based work from artists in mid to late career
  • Multi-disciplinary dance work
  • The creation of dance work that is transferable between different formats (eg. different scales, theatre and non-theatre environments, professional / non-professional casts)
  • Work for children and families

We’ve already had more than 30 enquiries and project ideas from a range of artists and companies but, with Christmas nearing, we wanted to remind potential applicants of the deadline and the available support and advice.

The initial application is a simple proposal of no more than 1000 words. If shortlisted, you’ll be asked to take part in a live pitch event at BDE on 5th February. Applications deadline: 5th January

 

We look forward to hearing your ideas and proposals!

BDE gets the social networking treatment!

ne of the main reasons people come to British Dance Edition is the opportunities it provides for delegates – promoters, dancers and choreographers alike – to network and meet like-minded industry professionals face to face.

In 2015, more than ever before, we’ll be helping delegates to develop those relationships before, during and after the main event with the introduction of the BDE 2015 Network.

Once registered, delegates are invited to join the Network – a private online space created for all those involved in making BDE happen (visiting artists, organisations and staff), as well as delegates and trade fair stallholders.

It’s essentially a bit like a BDE branded Facebook… all visiting artists and delegates can set up their own profile page, with images, videos, blog posts, status updates, and discussion forums, and use the system to both promote themselves and make contact with anyone else involved with or attending BDE.

What are the benefits?

  • it’s a fantastic networking tool – everyone that signs up can start talking to other Network members now, creating contacts, taking part in online discussions, and getting to know people before they arrive in Birmingham for the physical event
  • members can remain completely up to date with BDE news, as we’ll be using the system to reach our delegates en masse with last minute announcements
  • members can post their own content, be it news, video, images, discussion topics
  • it gives BDE a life beyond the four days of the physical event – so people can start talking now, and keep talking afterwards

When you register for British Dance Edition 2015 you’ll receive an email with your invitation as well as further instructions for making the most of the Network. So, what are you waiting for?

Research Project Call of Artists

The BDE 2010 Research Project (BDERP) is an innovative new strand of BDE activity. It’s an opportunity for Dance Artists and Companies to propose and deliver a practical choreographic research project.

We’re now looking for Dance Artists and Companies to apply to the scheme. Application is a two-stage process; an initial written proposal (deadline 5th January 2015) followed by a live pitch for shortlisted artists in a “Dragon’s Den of Dance” style event on 5th February.

The Research Strands are:

  • Live-arts based work from artists in mid to late career
  • Multi-disciplinary dance work
  • The creation of dance work that is transferable between different formats (e.g. different scales, theatre and non-theatre environments, professional / non-professional casts)
  • Work for children and families

BDE has brought together 19 of the most prominent dance organisations as Producing Partners to make this opportunity happen. If you’re a Dance Artist or Company with project ideas that are aligned with these strands, then we’d love to hear from you!

To read more about the project and how to apply, please click here for a pdf download.

Trade Fair is now open

No BDE would be complete without the Trade Fair, an event that gives suppliers, artists, dance companies, and industry organisations the chance to showcase their work to visiting delegates.

This year’s Trade Fair takes place on Thursday 5th February from 10:00 to 14:00 in Birmingham’s stunning Town Hall.

Once bookings start coming in, a new section will appear on this site dedicated to the Trade Fair event. This is where you can browse who’s got a stall, and find out a bit more about them, before you arrive for BDE.

You can access new page of trade fair here