Hull Dance Choreographic Prize


Returning for a 5th year Hull Dance Choreographic Prize is back with all the best cutting edge dance talent Hull has to offer.

Hull Dance Prize promises to be an exciting evening with a line-up of companies from the Yorkshire and Humber region. Prizes will be awarded by a secret audience vote and a professional panel.

This year, in a strange twist, the two winners (Ed Grimoldby  and Anthony Middleton) from last year’s prize return in collaboration with a new piece Drift. Rachel Clarke took part in Hull Dance Prize 2016 and we are keen to see how her work has developed.  Cara is a graduate from our local Dance degree in Hull and was a member of home grown dance company LOCUS, it’s great to see her back having just completed her MA. Born in Bransholme, Gareth now based in Wales has been working internationally and developing his own interest in Trance Dance and Rave Culture.

The Judging panel also features local Bransholme born Errol White, he has gone on from his childhood in Hull to train at Northern Contemporary School of Dance and then onto a prestigious career in Dance.  He has kept contact with Hull and recently worked with students at Hull College and some of the professional dancers based in Hull.

We are excited to see how Errol responds to the line up of local talent at the prize.

He will be accompanied by Liv Lorent returning for her second year as a judge, her Newcastle based company balletLORENT has performed regularly in Hull most recently with Rumpelstiltskin at the Hull New Theatre.  The third judge is Gusatvo Fijalkow who brings an international flair to the panel having worked extensively across Europe and Africa championing mixed-able dance.

Shortlisted Companies

Drift – A collaboration of innovative acclaimed artists, Anthony Middleton (theMiddletonCorpus) & Ed Grimoldby (Grim Visions), bringing together elements of live dance performance and inventive digital projection.

Rachel Clarke Dance Company’s ‘White Noise’ (working title), draws upon British Sign Language and Deaf/Hard of Hearing culture and ideas of power relations in communication, the piece explores how we find equality in the way we interact with each other. The piece reflects the Rachel’s aspiration to find ways to give a greater “voice” to the deaf community.

Oba by local dancer Carla Morill is an inquiry into the possibilities of what the body knows, by attuning oneself to the body’s sensitivity to movement; being alert, being present, being open to receive and move intuitively. How it can become more… or less?

Excessssive edit by Hull born artist Gareth Chambers is a curated dance solo of all his main areas of investigation: ritualistic dancing, heavy nightclubbing, greek mythology + spectatorship.

These companies all submitted entries and were chosen from all of the entries to feature in the shortlist.  They are all already winners. They will perform live and be judged by both the audience and panel for two awards.

  • Audience Award -£1,500

This will be decided by a vote using audience response technology equipment after the 5 performances

  • Specialist Panel Award- £3,500

A panel of three industry specialists will make an award for what they consider to be the choreography which would benefit from further financial investment.

Come along, watch some great dance and vote for your favourite

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