Interested in dance choreology? Join the Benesh International Congress in May

Join the Royal Academy of Dance for the Benesh International Congress, Between the lines: The Art of Choreology, from 22-24 May. It is an opportunity for professionals, students and those interested in Benesh to connect and discuss latest developments.

The schedule combines lectures, workshops, carousel sessions and round tables, with fascinating speakers on offer. A panel will discuss reviving early works of Kenneth MacMillan, Benesh vs. video in preserving works, as a tool for improvisation and composition, and a circus artist and choreologist will explore the use of Benesh in recording circus arts.

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Spot On Lancashire Digital Commission 2020

Following the success of our first ever digital commission in 2019, with the acclaimed ‘Hit the North’ by Matt Wilkinson, our digital commissioning panel is calling for artists to pitch to create something completely new for 2020. This will be the second commission in what we hope will be a long series of commissions over the next few years. It also coincides with Spot On’s 25th anniversary.

Spot On Lancashire is a rural and library touring scheme. We take the best available art out of theatres and galleries to people who would otherwise not get to see it. The plan is for the finished piece to ‘tour’ to libraries and village halls across Lancashire in October/November 2020. At the beginning of December, the work will be shared nationally as part of our new digital gallery on the Spot On website.

We have an archive of 50 season brochures, posters, flyers, photographs etc. sitting in box files on a shelf. Can you use this as a starting point for a new piece of digital creativity? We have no fixed ideas of what this will be, look or sound like. An artist may choose to extract elements or look at things more holistically. In some ways the archive reflects the evolution of rural Lancashire, of small scale performing arts, of design and technology over the last quarter century. It is up to you. 

There is a fee of £4500 available. Full details can be downloaded here. The closing date for applications is March 10. 

The Gathering 2020 – The Touring Network

The Gathering is an annual event, bringing together promoters from across the Highlands and Islands with performers, producers, funders and other creative professionals, to network, build key skills and showcase new work.

The Gathering – Fri 24 – Sun 26 Apr 2020
Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Sleat, Isie of Skye

This is the first time we’ve hosted our flagship event on an island, so expect to be as inspired by the dramatic Skye scenery outside as the performances on stage inside!

The theme for this year is Greener Touring.  We’ll be sharing lots of ideas for sustainable programming, audience transport, greener venues alongside a very exciting showcase and evening programme!
The whole event will take place at Sabhal Mór Ostaig, and we’re grateful for the support from SEALL in programming our evenings.

View the Programme sofar and Register for Tickets now!

Pride of Place 2020 Conference

Thurs, 26 March 2020
Tickets £29

The Green Dragon Hotel
Broad Street

Are rural areas getting a fair bite of the apple? The Pride of Place 2020 conference is an arts, heritage and culture conversation in the heart of Herefordshire. Discuss culture-led rural regeneration with policy-makers, funders and cultural leaders, share innovative ideas, network with key organisations, and get your crucial questions answered. This is your chance to dig a little deeper into the role arts and heritage play in rural places across the UK.

Book your place now.

The day will include:

Talks from:

  • Laura Dyer MBE, Deputy Chief Executive, Places & Engagement, Arts Council England.
  • Professor Simon Pemberton, Keele University. Author of Rural Regeneration in the UK.
  • Clive Fletcher, Principal Advisor and Lead Specialist, Historic Places, Historic England. Author of Historic England Places Strategy.

Conversations and breakout sessions with:

  • Rosie Millard, Chair of BBC Children in Need.
  • Justine Wheatley, CEO of PEAK: Art in the Black Mountains
  • Great Place: Lakes and Dales (Great Place Scheme)
  • Northern Heartlands (Great Place Scheme)
  • Create Gloucestershire
  • Herefordshire’s A Great Place (Great Place Scheme)
  • Ferrous Festival

With thanks to Arts Council England, National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Elmley Foundation for supporting this event. Tickets will include all refreshments, lunch, and workshops.

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