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The Place Prize for dance: The Semi-Finals


Previews Thu 6 – Thu 13 September 2012 and Sat 15 – Sat 22 September 2012

The line up for the Semi-Finals for The Place Prize for dance, sponsored by Bloomberg, has been announced. The 16 entrants competing for the biggest prize in British dance will premiere their works at The Place’s Robin Howard Dance Theatre in September.

The Semi-Finals feature four mixed bills, each including four newly created works (Sat 15; Tue 18; Thu 20; Sat 22 September), encompassing a wide range of contemporary styles, and reflecting the diversity of today’s British contemporary dance scene. Ahead of the Semi-finals, the 16 pieces will preview at The Place from Thu 6 to Thu 13 September.

Three of the four works that will be chosen to go through to the Finals, in April 2013, are selected by a panel of dance experts, chaired by Eddie Nixon, Director of Theatre and Artist Development at The Place. The fourth finalist piece will be the most popular one as voted by the live audience, over the course of Semi-Finals. The four finalists for The Place Prize for dance will be announced following the last Semi-Final performance on Sat 22 September.

The judges for the Place Prize for dance Semi-finals 2012 are:The line up for the Semi-Finals for The Place Prize for dance, sponsored by Bloomberg, has been announced. The 16 entrants competing for the biggest prize in British dance will premiere their works at The Place’s Robin Howard Dance Theatre in September.

The Semi-Finals feature four mixed bills, each including four newly created works (Sat 15; Tue 18; Thu 20; Sat 22 September), encompassing a wide range of contemporary styles, and reflecting the diversity of today’s British contemporary dance scene. Ahead of the Semi-finals, the 16 pieces will preview at The Place from Thu 6 to Thu 13 September.

Three of the four works that will be chosen to go through to the Finals, in April 2013, are selected by a panel of dance experts, chaired by Eddie Nixon, Director of Theatre and Artist Development at The Place. The fourth finalist piece will be the most popular one as voted by the live audience, over the course of Semi-Finals. The four finalists for The Place Prize for dance will be announced following the last Semi-Final performance on Sat 22 September.

The judges for the Place Prize for dance Semi-finals 2012 are:

Roberto Casarotto, Artistic Director, Operaestate Festival Veneto (It)
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 Finals, which will be judged by a different panel, will see the four works competing for their chance to win a £35,000 in prize money (Wed 17th to Sat 27th April 2013).

The Place Prize, sponsored by Bloomberg, is the biggest private source of commissions for new short works in British dance. By the end of this edition, it will have enabled the creation of 92 original pieces of choreography, many of which have remained in the artists’ repertoire, and have been toured in theatres and festivals nationally and internationally. The Place Prize has already invested over £1m in new British dance, and has brought leading artists, including Rafael Bonachela, Hofesh Shechter, Nina Rajarani, Adam Linder and Ben Duke & Raquel Mesenguer (Lost Dog), among others, to international attention.

Line Up

Preview Thu 6 September Moreno Solinas, Life Is a Carnival

Semi-Final Sat 15 September Riccardo Buscarini, Athletes
Tony Adigun, The Lake
Joe Moran, Obverse

Preview Sat 8 Mamoru Iriguchi, One Man Show

Semi- Final Tue 18 September Dog Kennel Hill Project (Ben Ash), Execute Now
h2dance (Hanna Gillgren & Heidi Rustgaard), Duet
Rick Nodine, Dead Gig

Preview Tue 11 Nina Kov, Copt

Semi-Final Thu 20 September bgroup (Ben Wright), A short lived alteration of an
existing situation.
Neil Paris, The Devil’s Mischief.
Darren Ellis, Revolver.

Preview Thu 14 Goddard Nixon (Jonathan Goddard and Gemma Nixon),

Semi-Final Sat 22 September Seke Chimutengwende, The Time Travel Piece
Robbie Synge, Flux
Eva Recacha, The Wishing Well

Info:
The Place Prize for dance, sponsored by Bloomberg

Previews: Thu 6 – Thu 13 September 2012; Tickets £12 (conc. 9)

Semi-Finals: Sat 15 – Sat 25 September 2012; Tickets £ 17 (conc. £14)

Performance start: 8pm Tickets:www.theplace.org.uk

Address: The Place: Robin Howard Dance Theatre, 17 Duke’s Road, London WC1H 9PY
Nearest tube: Kings Cross St Pancras, Euston Square
www.theplace.org.uk
TW: @theplacelondon; #placeprize

The Place Prize for dance
The Place Prize for dance, sponsored by Bloomberg, is the leading competition for UK-based dance makers. Uniquely, it is a competition for commissioned works, and entrants are given funds, free studio time and technical support to create their work. The competition was launched in 2004 and runs biennially. Previous winners include Rafael Bonachela (2004), Nina Rajarani (2006), Adam Linder (2008) and Ben Duke and Raquel Meseguer (2011). The Place Prize for dance is sponsored by Bloomberg LP. For full details on The Place Prize, see www.theplaceprize.com

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