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  • Rural Touring Dance Initiative: Second Menu Announced

    The Rural Touring Dance Initiative (RTDI) have announced their second dance performance menu. 

    The new menu, which has been sent out the all rural touring schemes features a new cohort of companies with work to be toured from September 2017 to May 2018. 

    Lost Dog - Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me)

    Background
     
    Last year the National Rural Touring Forum joined forces with The Place, Take Art and China Plate to launch a brand new three-year initiative designed to assist in the making and touring of contemporary accessible dance to rural areas. The project has been made possible by a grant from Arts Council England’s lottery funded Strategic Touring Programme.
     
    So Far...
     
    We were delighted by the response to the first Menu which was distributed in January 16 (covering autumn 16 and spring 17) We had expressions of interest from 99% of schemes and were able to programme 64 shows from the eight companies offered.
     
    The initial response from schemes, promoters audiences and companies has been extremely positive. Thanks to everyone’s tenacity we exceeded our audience targets and are beginning to create an awareness in the dance world that Rural Touring is a great place to make work for...
     
    New Work
     
    Menu 2 contains eight shows being brought to the rural touring network for the very first time including world renowned choreographer Ben Wright’s brand new piece Keepers which is being made through 2017 in partnership with the RTDI as a result of our artist development programme.
     
    75 companies applied through the call out this year from which we have chosen seven, including Joseph Toonga and The Hiccup Project, both of whom were part of New Directions in Falmouth. These companies were selected to offer a range of ‘ways into‘ dance, which we hope will help all schemes/promoters, irrespective of their past history of promoting dance to get inspired about programming it. Most companies have not toured rurally before so the RTDI has already invested resources from the project to ‘rural proof’ their approach to touring. While the cost and resourcing of the different pieces vary from company to company, the cost to schemes remains constant at around £600 per performance.
     
    Highlights of Menu 1
     
    As well as our amazing new shows, we’re bringing you a second opportunity to programme some of the fantastic work that went out in menu 1. Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me), Plan B for Utopia and May Contain Food, May Contain You are being offered again as we feel there is so much additional potential in these pieces. They are now ‘broken in’ tried and tested pieces so we are offering these with a straight subsidy of £200 per show.
     
    We are really excited by the choice of companies on offer - we hope you will be too.
     
    You can view the full RTDI second menu here.
  • INN CROWD: Call out for applications

    INN CROWD is a programme of high quality live literature performances touring to rural pubs across the South East and East of England from 2016 – 2019.  It is intended to help reinforce pubs as central to rural community life by bringing exceptional cultural experiences to new audiences.
     
    Applause Rural Touring and Creative Arts East are working with Pub is the Hub and artistic partners New Writing South and Writers’ Centre Norwich to deliver INN CROWD.
     
    We are looking for three sorts of performances:
     
    Ready-to-Go: shows, sets or performances that have already been developed, have already had runs or tours, have records of critical or audience feedback and are available for booking now.
     
    Reshape: shows, sets or performances that have been fully or partially developed and can be reshaped to suit the Inn Crowd scheme with minimal additional development time and assistance from the Inn Crowd consortium. To tour Sept 2017 onwards.
     
    Co-Production: ideas for new shows, sets or performances that can be developed with time and assistance from the Inn Crowd consortium. To tour Feb 2018 onwards
     
    Performances can be suitable for adult or family audiences. Our expansive definition of Live Literature includes elements of theatre, poetry, spoken word, storytelling, literary adaptation, comedy, live art and audience participation …but the starting point for performances that we consider for this scheme must be written or composed text.
     
    Ready-to- Go: artists fee ranging from £350 - £750 (inc VAT travel costs, equipment hire, accommodation and other expenses.) per booked performance
     
    Reshape: up to £1,000 development budget + rehearsal space at Writers’ Centre Norwich and / or New Writing South in Brighton + artists fee ranging from £350 - £750 (inc VAT travel costs, equipment hire, accommodation and other expenses.) per booked performance
     
    Co-Production: up to £3,000 development budget + rehearsal space at Writers’ Centre Norwich and / or New Writing South in Brighton artists fee ranging from £350 - £750 (inc VAT travel costs, equipment hire, accommodation and other expenses.) per booked performance
     
    For more information and how to apply please visit www.inncrowd.org.uk/performers