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South Africa’s Dance Forum gets funding – at last

South Africa’s Dance Forum gets funding – at last

Dance Forum has received funding from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) to host a series of Residency programmes, the management said this week.

Despite boasting a plethora of contemporary dance talent, South Africa dance is suffering from a seroius lack of adequate support, both from government and corporates.

Starting at the end of March 2015 and running until mid-November 2015, the residency programme will offer choreographers a space, for a period of up to six weeks, where they will be able to create a new work.

The Residency programme will offer choreographers the following:

• The use of the venue: the Dance Space in Newtown (Johannesburg), for a period of up to six weeks, where the resident artist can create a new work

• Assistance on all levels, music and administration; and (depending on the outcome) the work will be presented at a space in Johannesburg

• A fee of R10 000 (about US$9 500)
• Airfares and accommodation for two choreographers from outside Gauteng Province

• Fees for dancers (maximum 10 dancers per choreographer) per residency

In return, the Dance Forum will require the following from the resident choreographer:

• A weekly Open class to be facilitated at the Dance Space during the residency

• A showing of the outcome of the residency at a space in Johannesburg

• A Face to Face conversation after the showing

• A full report-back of the process after the residency

• Applications for the Residency are open to professional South African choreographers and the work must be of a minimum of 30 minutes to one hour.

All applications will be considered by the Dance Forum committee, a section 21 company.
The closing date for applications is October 31, 2014.
For further information please visit www.danceforumsouthafrica.co.za or call +27-11 492 0709/2033.

Photo: Artslink.co.za

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