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Ballet Ireland – Open Call 2020

2020 has been a year of extraordinary challenge for all as Covid-19 impacts on our society. The Arts have been devastated by the abrupt closures of Theatres, Arts Centres and other performance venues and platforms. Dance, and Ballet in particular, is most especially impacted as the creation of work demands that we be allowed to physically touch one another to express and narrate emotion and humanity. Even our daily training practice is threatened as it involves athleticism and high cardio training which is currently viewed as being difficult to safely practice indoors.

Ballet Ireland is planning a number of different strands of work over the coming months in response to the situation we face. We wish to support our dance artists and our art form in Ireland through this crisis.

Ballet Ireland is extending an Open Call to artists to engage with the company in three unique ways. The plan is to plant seeds this autumn which we will nourish and support so that we can see these projects develop into fully formed works and artists in the future.

 

Ballet Ireland Suite of Bursaries

Ballet Ireland will support a number of artists working through the idiom of ballet with a series of small bursaries:

  1. We will support the development of a contemporary choreographer who wishes to explore working with ballet artists
  2. We will mentor an emerging choreographer wishing to delve further into the world of choreography and we will support them as they set forth on the road of discovery
  3. We will award an Apprenticeship to a pre-professional ballet artist to understudy and shadow a company member within Ballet Ireland

 

BURSARY 1 – CONTEMPORARY CHOREOGRAPHER

Purpose of the Award:

The purpose of this award is to support the development of the work of a contemporary choreographer who wishes to explore working with Ballet Artists. Ballet Ireland wishes to encourage a wide range of choreographic practice within the ballet genre. This will enrich and advance the art form and produce exciting and innovative new work. There will be no requirement to achieve a completed work capable of being performed either live or online. The work may be used to apply for other funding programmes offered by other funding organisations or authorities in the future.

Who can apply:

  • The applicant must be an established contemporary choreographer who has a track record of making work, which has been produced and performed professionally
  • Ideally the applicant will have some training in the ballet genre, which may inform their practice, and wishes to explore further the choreographic process specifically in relation to working in the ballet genre
  • The applicant must be resident in the Republic of Ireland

Who cannot apply:

  • You may not apply if you are employed on either a full-time or part-time basis by an organisation currently in receipt of Arts Council funding
  • You may not apply if the work has already been developed as part of another project

What the award will provide:

Ballet Ireland will provide up to six ballet artists and studio space over two weeks. The successful applicant will receive a fee of €1,500.

Application process:

Please complete the application form (click here to download) and return via email with ‘Bursary 1 – Contemporary Choreographer’ in the subject line to: info@balletireland.ie

Closing Date: 5pm, October 1st 2020

 

BURSARY 2 – EMERGING CHOREOGRAPHER

Purpose of the Award:

The purpose of this award is to mentor an emerging young choreographer to support and encourage them as they begin the exploration into choreographic practice. We will assist with practical help such as making applications and advise on producing work.

Who can apply:

  • The applicant will ideally be a dance artist who has a desire to explore a choreographic voice. They may be right at the beginning of their journey or already have developed a small body of work
  • The applicant must be resident in the Republic of Ireland

Who cannot apply:

You may not apply if the Arts Council has already funded you for your choreographic practice.

What the award will provide:

Ballet Ireland will provide mentorship over an agreed period and practical support such as making funding applications, advice on producing work and putting together budgets. We will contribute an award of €500 to support their practice. This may be used as the artist sees fit, but perhaps ideally to enable them to take time out from other work in order to focus on choreography. Notional value of mentorship support = €1,500.

Application process:

Please complete the application form (click here to download) and return via email with ‘Bursary 2 – Emerging Choreographer’ in the subject line to: info@balletireland.ie

Closing Date: 5pm, October 1st 2020

 

BURSARY 3 – APPRENTICESHIP

Purpose of the Award:

The purpose of this award is to provide the pre-professional ballet dancer with the opportunity to work alongside the professional dancers of Ballet Ireland to gain valuable professional experience in their transition from student to professional artist.

Who can apply:

  • The applicant must have, or be about to, complete full-time professional ballet training in a recognised professional training college and have reached a minimum professional standard
  • The applicant must intend to work professionally as a dancer within the balletic idiom
  • The applicant must be resident in the Republic of Ireland

Who cannot apply:

Applicants may not apply if they are over the age of 21 or if have left full-time training for more than 2 years.

What the award will provide:

Ballet Ireland will provide support and mentorship throughout rehearsals and our Dublin season. The successful applicant will train daily with the company during rehearsal periods and will understudy suitable roles in the current rep. Where deemed appropriate, they will be afforded performance opportunities. The applicant will be “buddied” with a professional artist from the company who will mentor them during their time with the company. The successful applicant will be paid a pro rata apprenticeship payment to the value €1,500.

Application process:

Please complete the application form (click here to download) and return via email with ‘Bursary 3 – Apprenticeship’ in the subject line to: info@balletireland.ie 

Closing Date: 5pm, October 1st 2020