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Seven choreographers win DanceWest bursaries for 2017

Dance West bursary recipient Henri Oguike's work Dance West bursary recipient Henri Oguike's work
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London company DanceWest has announced the seven choreographers who will receive bursaries and support to create new work through its artist development strand.

The annual scheme is now in its fourth year, and supports mid-career dance artists and choreographers from all styles and genres to make new creations.

The 2017 recipients include choreographer Maria Yacoob, who receives £1,200 to create a piece of solo work.

Dane Hurst, Tim Casson and Holly Noble will each receive £1,800 to create pieces for three dancers, with Kathak choreographer Urja Desai Thakore getting a bursary of £2,000 for a quartet piece and Henri Oguike receiving £3,000 to make a piece of group work for six dancers or more.

Dance theatre duo Eleanor Perry and Daniel Hay Gordon, who work under the name Thick and Tight, will receive £1,500 to choreograph a duet.

The commissioned choreographers will also get access to a professional development package which includes studio space at Kingston University, dramaturgy, photography and a trailer for their production, access to a technician and lighting designer, and a producer.

They will present their short works at a platform as part of DanceWest’s Ignition festival in June. The event will take place at the Rose Theatre Kingston on June 16.

It is hoped that the showcase will act as a launch pad for the choreographers to secure further performances of their work.

Ignition also stages community dance showcases at venues including the Rose and the Lyric Hammersmith, where Dance West is based.

DanceWest director Rosie Whitney-Fish said: “Ignition is a unique festival – our specially designed career development package provides a productive environment to create new choreography. The number of high-quality applications demonstrates an appetite and importance of a festival of this kind.”

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