Archive for January, 2013

Latest Opportunity from mac, birmingham: Rosie Kay Dance Lab, only 2 days left to apply….

Posted in Uncategorized on January 31, 2013 by charlottegregory
Are you looking to learn, improve and develop as a dancer, dance theatre and/or performance practitioner?
mac are offering 15 IdeasTap members aged 18-30 the opportunity to attend a three-day residency at their venue with award-winning choreographer Rosie Kay, to develop their own personal practice, their partnerships and collaborations, their ideas of creative-industry business models and to meet people within the industry.
(Please note that mac accepts applications from all over the UK, however priority will be given to applicants from the West Midlands. The company also works with composers, designers, video artists and musicians, so this opportunity may also be appropriate for these artists.)
Sessions will cover the following topics:
• Finding your subject matter and defining your passion
• Research methods and good practice
• Collaboration – what, who and why?
• Finding the right partners to support your development
• Business models and selling your ideas
Participants must be able to attend all sessions – on 27 February-1 March from 10am-3.30pm at mac Birmingham – plus a feedback and shared learning event on Thursday 7 March 6pm-9.30pm, which will include the sharing of a video blog taken during the residency.
Rosie Kay formed Rosie Kay Dance Company in 2004. The company has toured the UK and International Festivals including Dance Umbrella, Spring Loaded at The Place, Edinburgh Festivals, and two commissions from the International Dance Festival Birmingham (IDFB). Rosie Kay is a former Rayne Foundation Fellow and Bonnie Bird New Choreographer Award recipient, her work ‘5 SOLDIERS‘ received the Time Out Critics Choice and is to become an installation at the Herbert Gallery as part of the exhibition Artists Responses to conflict. Currently Rosie Kay Dance Company is touring Nationally with ‘There is Hope’, a work that explores religion, faith and belief. Rosie Kay Dance Company has been nominated as Best Independent Dance Company by the National Dance Awards, Critics Circle 2012.
This brief closes on Friday 1 February at 5pm and is open to IdeasTap members based in the UK aged 18-30.
Not an Ideas Tap member? Visit to apply.

Building a future for ACE

Posted in Uncategorized on January 30, 2013 by charlottegregory

ACE dance and music kicked off the New Year by being awarded an Arts Council Capital Grant! The new Link Dance Space will be one of the most exciting independent creative spaces in Digbeth for years.  Retaining the sense of space and light already in the current building – teaching learning and meeting areas will encourage cross working, and contribute to ensuring that managerial staff are just as engaged in the company creativity as dancers, musicians, lighting technicians and costume designers.  A new Green Room , changing areas and the reception areas will be fully accessible  – with a ground floor entrance that will appeal to passers-by.  At the end of the project, we will have new offices, 2 dance studios (rather than the current 1 studio) plus a lighting rig and raked theatre seating! Bring it on!

We will work with the industrial design of the original building to ensure an open, light and airy space – well suited to showcasing the very best in contemporary dance.  This development will increase access for audiences to the work of ACE dance and music and really add to the already vibrant creative cultural and media scene in Birmingham.’

We will name some of the spaces in the building and we hope that by involving our friends, participants and other stakeholders in this, we will create an even greater sense of ownership of the building.

We will relaunch our offer of support to emerging and independent artists later in the year, with reduced cost rehearsal space and advice surgeries, focusing on the existing ACE Graduates.