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.
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…
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.