R & D Seed Funding – Site Adaptive Work

Dance Village at Bristol Harbour Festival 18 &19 July 2015 Site Adaptive R&D Commission.

Dance Village are offering an R&D commission to a UK based company to create a new 20 – 25 minute site adaptive work for our annual festival programme.

The selected R&D will propose an engaging, entertaining, accessible and low tech performance that can be programmed to appeal to our wide ranging demographic of traditional and non traditional audiences for daytime performances over the weekend of 18 & 19 July 2015. We are seeking proposals for R&D activity to take place across February & March 2015, with a sharing of work in progress to invited partners to be held in either Swindon or Bristol by the end of March. Following the sharing and feedback process we will negotiate a second phase of investment to complete and perform the work. We will prioritise work that meets one or more of the following agendas:

Originality and accessible quality – we are keen to support new dance ideas and formats that balance artistic ambition with audience engagement and accessibility
Cultural Diversity – we are committed to supporting work that reflects society and is led by and features culturally diverse artists including inclusive and integrated work and work across age spectrums.
Potential for further touring – we welcome applications from artists with plans to tour or re-present the work with other partners
Fee: £1100 with use of studio space at Swindon Dance by agreement. To Apply: Please read the Guidelines below and send your proposal to marie.mccluskey@swindondance.org.uk along with a timescale for the R&D work and a full project budget by the deadline of Friday 30 January at 12 noon.

This R&D Commission has been made possible with grateful support from Bristol City Council.

About Dance Village: Dance Village is the biggest free Dance Festival in the South West, attracting audiences of over 24,000 over the weekend to enjoy an eclectic programme of contemporary performance, social and cultural dance. We transform our city centre location to take great art directly to audiences, programming a Main Stage, a public realm performance zone, the Big Screen and a participation area. Co produced by ReStaged (Katy Noakes) and Swindon Dance, we programme diversely and inclusively; providing local and regional artists with opportunities to test work outdoors and reach new audiences and providing audiences the opportunity to see professional, nationally significant work alongside community and youth artists. http://www.dancevillagebristol.com

“It’s one of our favourite festivals to perform in.” Stopgap

“Brilliant audiences that seem well educated about dance. I would tell other artists that it is a great opportunity to see other work, so don’t just disappear off between shows, stay and watch!” UpSwing

“Good audiences. Generous. Inquisitive. Respectful. There was an audience for those elements of the programme that were perhaps less clearly ‘crowd-pleasers’ – which is also an indication of thoughtful programming.” Laila Diallo



We support the development and programming of work that meets our Artistic Mission: To stage a vibrant and inspiring platform of dance which reflects the diversity and richness of dance today at local, regional and national levels and which reaches out to engage and inspire new dance audiences.
We will select proposals based upon meeting the agenda priorities, artistic fit within our programme, track record or clear awareness of outdoor performance, budget and production considerations.

The initial R&D investment is £1100. Our final investment will be in the region of up to £5000 pending confirmation of our funding. Please provide a breakdown a how you will use the initial investment and a full project budget for presenting the work, detailing other expected or confirmed partners where relevant.

The work should fit within space up to 10m by 10m and not be dependant upon lighting. Please include a draft technical specification.