Festival ignites dance ambition in West London

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Festival ignites dance ambition in West London
23rd February 2017

Now in its fourth year, Ignition Dance Festival returns in June 2017 as an expanded dance festival for the whole of west London, with professional choreographic and community dance showcases scheduled to take place at the Rose Theatre, Kingston and the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith.

Commissioned by the Royal Borough of Kingston and produced by DanceWest, this year’s festival is supported by Arts Council England, Kingston University and new partners, Hammersmith and Fulham Council and Hammersmith London.

Kathryn Woodvine, Arts Commissioner for Kingston Council said: "We always hoped Ignition would grow into a dance festival for this part of London.

"We’re delighted to have achieved this ambition in such a relatively short space of time thanks to our amazing producer, DanceWest, and our other fantastic supporters."

There will be 11 new bursaries on offer. 

The festival aims to support the development of professional choreographic talent alongside a strong community dance offer. Seven professional bursaries for the creation of new work, together with a package of producing support, will be available. 

For the first time two bursaries will also be offered to community dance groups to develop a finale for the two community dance showcases. Smaller bursaries will also be awarded for the creation of new work to Kingston University students on the BA dance course.

The newly commissioned professional works will be performed at the Rose Theatre on the 16 June, with the Community Showcases taking place at the Lyric Hammersmith on 4 June and 17 June at the Rose Theatre.

Ignition Dance Festival's support is vital to artists particularly to those who are based in West London. In last year's edition, Salah El Brogy, former Akram Khan Company lead dancer and Artistic Director of Salah El Brogy Company, was one of the six choreographers commissioned to create new work.

The dancer, performer, choreographer and Extemporaneous Dance Style teacher performed a solo entitled Letting Go, which he dedicates to his departed father's soul. Since then, he has performed Letting Go as part of Go Live Dance Festival in Oxford and tomorrow at The Place, near King's Cross, as part of Resolution 2017 - a festival of new dance.

Ignition Dance Festival is produced by DanceWest under the direction of Rosie Whitney-Fish.

Choreographers' Call Out

The festival is able to offer seven commissions, the opportunity to work across two venues and a supportive professional development package ensuring choreographers are supported throughout their creative journey.

And they are looking to hear from mid-career artists to create new works across seven scaled commissions:

  • A solo £1,200
  • A duet £1,500 
  • A second duet £1,500 
  • A trio £1,800 
  • A second trio £1,800 
  • A quartet £2,000
  • A group performance (6 dancers or more) £3,000

To find out more, go to the DanceWest website.

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