Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Home Made Festival Commissions

Chisenhale Dance Space is seeking to commission three independent dance, movement or live artists (who feel dance, movement or the body holds a key place in their practice) to work with local community groups this autumn. Each community group and artist, through a series of collaborative workshops, will create a piece of work to be shown at the Home Made Festival at Chisenhale Dance Space on the 27th and 28th of November 2010.

Home Made is our, yearly dance festival, funded by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. The festival seeks to use dance as a tool to celebrate the diverse heritage, vibrant communities and rich history of our home borough as well as to showcase the dance work that occurs at the space on a daily basis.

The festival will engage the local community and artists alike with talks, taster sessions, videos and performances whist celebrating the richness of our borough East-End style with bingo, bunting and plenty of tea and cake fun!

Bill Aitchison has been commissioned to create a piece of work about the 2012 Olympics. He will interview local residents and use their stories to create a piece of original work for the festival. We are therefore not seeking any bids of an Olympic nature!

The work you propose has to focus on the celebration or exploration of something relevant to the borough and its inhabitants but the selected artists do not have to be from the borough itself they can be from anywhere in the UK. We are seeking project proposals that will both improve or develop the lead artists own creative practice and ideas as well as providing innovative, engaging and enjoyable activities for the residents of our borough.
Apart from this we have no stipulations of what your project might be OR what people, site or area you want to work with!
Last year we commissioned four artists in total. To give new applicants an idea on what made a successful application here is some further information:
Joseph Mercier worked with an intergenerational group of local gay men to use dance to address healthcare based issues that elderly members of the LGBT community face.
Athina Vahla worked with a trainer and boxers from Repton Boys Boxing Club to conduct a piece of research into the movement practices and endurance associated with both boxing and dance. The findings were shown at the festival with a talk.
Jenny Edbrooke worked with the East End Women’s Institute to create a piece of movement based performance that looked at family history through recipes. The group performed at the family day part of the festival
Yael Loewenstein worked with older residents in the borough in both coffee morning and care home settings to create a dance film that charted the changes in the borough since the war through dance.
Fee: 3 x £1,000 commissions are available

Time Scale:

Late September, Chisenhale will work with the selected artists to make contact with their chosen group or site.
The sessions will occur during October and November.
Performances will be on either the 27th or 28th of November.

To Apply please send us:
A Description of your proposed project (2 x A4 pages max) including the group/place/theme you want to work with and why. Please also include your ideas for making contact with your group and any links you have made already.
An outline of the sessions with your group.
A Simple budget (do not include space hire as we will provide this).
Your artist CV including detail on any previous community projects you have worked on (this is desirable but not essential as support can be provided)
10 minute video clip of previous work

Please send your application to: Roberta Jean Ferguson roberta@chisenhaledancespace.co.uk

DEADLINE: Tuesday 31st September @ 5pm
If you have any questions please call the office on: 0208 891 6617

Roberta Jean Ferguson
Projects Assistant
Chisenhale Dance Space
+44 208 9816617

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