Phoenix Dance Theatre is delighted to announce its second Choreographers and Composers Lab in July 2019; a two-week intensive in our state-of-the-art dance centre in Leeds.

Where: Phoenix Dance Theatre, St Cecilia Street, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS7 7PA, UK

When: 2 – 13 July 2019

Deadline for applications: 11 January 2019

Four choreographers and four composers will be selected to participate in an immersive creative process of experimentation on cross-disciplinary collaboration and artistic partnerships. The choreographers and composers will work with 12 professional dancers and four musicians who will assist them over the two-week period in the exploration of their collaborative visions.

Details of the Course

The course will be led by Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director & Choreographer Sharon Watson and Music Director & Composer (TBC), who throughout the duration of the course will also act as mentors to participants.

The focus will not be the creation of finished works; rather the course will encourage participants to think about creation in different and challenging ways. Initially through task-based exercises and in the later stages of the course, collaboratively developing ideas to enhance choreographic and composition practice. The spirit of the course is to provide a secure structure while remaining flexible and responsive to the needs of participants. An informal sharing to an invited audience will provide an opportunity to gain feedback at the end of the two-week course.

Lectures and workshops delivered by invited industry professionals will punctuate the course aiming to provoke discussion, ‘inject’ fresh perspective, encourage questions and support the creative process across the two-week period.

To apply please send the following:

• A C.V (maximum of 2 A4 pages). To include your contact details and the name and email of a professional reference we can contact prior to the offer of a place.
• A statement of intent (maximum of 1 A4 page) responding to the following:
i. What does collaboration mean to you?
ii. How would taking part contribute to your artistic professional development?
iii. Why is this the right moment for you to participate?
iv. What do you expect to gain or achieve from participating?
v. A showreel: Web-links to a piece of your work (no longer than 10 minutes in duration) or to a selection of extracts (maximum of three). Please list the title of each work, the date it was premiered, names of collaborators and the date of the performance on a separate sheet. All works should have been created within the last five years.Selection will be by invitation only.

Please note applications which do not include all of this information or arrive after the closing date will not be considered.

Please send your application to:
Please use the subject line: Choreographer Application

Applicants selected for interview will be notified by 31 January 2019.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview on the 19 and 20 February 2019.

Please indicate on your application if you are not available for interview on these dates.
Participants will be chosen by the Artistic Director and the Music Director. Their selection decision is final.

For more information about the Choreographers and Composers Lab please visit the Phoenix Dance Theatre website:

There are no costs for taking part in the programme.

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