Compass Commissions support new dance works

Greenwich Dance and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance plan to jointly commission a trio of new dance productions.

Compass Commissions 2015  marks the organisations’ second year of partnership.

The programme is now seeking UK-based dance artists or companies to create a minimum of three new performances inspired by: outdoor or site-sensitive work; a theatre-based work; or pieces aimed at family audiences.

Each commission will receive a package of support, including performance opportunities, rehearsal space and production time and technical support, as well as a commission fee of at least £3,000.

Kat Bridge, artistic director at Greenwich Dance said: ‘We are delighted to build on the success of the first year of Compass Commissions. Dance artists offered one of these exciting commissions will benefit from the support and combined expertise of Greenwich Dance and Trinity Laban, working in partnership. The distinctive facilities on offer at Laban Theatre, Laurie Grove and the Borough Hall will provide a dynamic incubation and production zone for the commissioned artists.’

Compass Commission 2013 – Tara D’Arquian’s In Situ © Chris Nash
Compass Commission 2013 – Tara D’Arquian’s In Situ © Chris Nash

Mirella Bartrip, head of dance at Trinity Laban, said: ‘Compass Commissions is a significant cultural offering not available elsewhere in London – supporting dance makers in the creation of innovative new work and providing them with the opportunity to engage with other artists who will be brought together for this project. The UK is at the forefront of contemporary dance practice, and it is truly wonderful to receive funding to enable us to foster the artists of the future.’

Dance artists and companies can apply online with a written proposal and video. The deadline for submissions is 17 November 2014.

The first Compass Commissions were awarded in 2013 to Tara D’Arquian’s In Situ, a site-sensitive performance in a chapel in Peckham; Robin Dingemans and Nick Bryson’s The Point at Which it Last Made Sense; and circus and street theatre company Mimbre’s family show Bench.