The Place Prize for Dance
The line up for the Semi-Finals for The Place Prize for dance has been announced. The 16 entrants will present 16 new works across four evenings at the Robin Howard Dance Theatre at The Place on September 15, 18, 20 and 22.
The Prize has come in for criticism in recent years for its emphasis on theatre rather than dance. However, this year we are promised "a wide range of contemporary styles...reflecting the diversity of today’s British contemporary dance scene." We shall see.
Ahead of the Semi-finals, the 16 pieces will preview at The Place from September 6 to 13.
Four works from the sixteen will be chosen to go through to the Finals in April 2013 when they will compete for a chance to win £35,000. Three of those will be chosen by a panel of dance experts, chaired by Eddie Nixon, Director of Theatre and Artist Development at The Place. The other panel members are:
Roberto Casarotto, Artistic Director, Operaestate Festival Veneto
Sarah Crompton, Chief Arts Editor, The Daily Telegraph
Jonzi D, Artistic Director, Breakin' Convention
Siobhan Davies, Artistic Director, Siobhan Davies Dance
Stine Nilsen, Co-Artistic Director, Candoco Dance Company
The fourth finalist piece will be the most popular one as voted by the live audience, over the course of Semi-Finals.
The Place Prize is sponsored by Bloomberg.
This year's semi-final line-up is:Sat 15 September
Moreno Solinas, Life Is a Carnival
Riccardo Buscarini, Athletes
Tony Adigun, The Lake
Joe Moran, ObverseTue 18 September
Mamoru Iriguchi, One Man Show
Dog Kennel Hill Project (Ben Ash), Execute Now
h2dance (Hanna Gillgren & Heidi Rustgaard), Duet
Rick Nodine, Dead GigThu 20 September
Nina Kov, Copt
bgroup (Ben Wright), A short lived alteration of an existing situation
Neil Paris, The Devil’s Mischief
Darren Ellis, RevolverSat 22 September
Goddard Nixon (Jonathan Goddard and Gemma Nixon), Third
Seke Chimutengwende, The Time Travel Piece
Robbie Synge, Flux
Eva Recacha, The Wishing Well
Previews: Thu 6 – Thu 13 September 2012; Tickets £12 (conc. £9)
Semi-Finals: Sat 15 - Sat 25 September 2012; Tickets £ 17 (conc. £14)
All performances start at 8pm.
Box Office: http://www.theplace.org.uk
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