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Dance Umbrella announces emerging talent grants to celebrate 40th anniversary

Via Kanana’s Out of the System will feature at Dance Umbrella 2018. Photo: John Hogg Via Kanana’s Out of the System will feature at Dance Umbrella 2018. Photo: John Hogg
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Akram Khan is one of four choreographers who will each nominate an emerging dance artist to receive funding as part of an initiative to support new dance talent.

London-based international dance festival, Dance Umbrella, has announced the initiative, called Four by Four, to mark the festival’s 40th anniversary.

Dance Umbrella’s artistic directors, Val Bourne, Betsy Gregory and Emma Gladstone, have invited Khan, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Stephen Petronio and Rocio Molina to each nominate an emerging talent of their choice.

The four nominated artists will receive funding to make work for future festivals. Dance Umbrella hopes to raise £100,000 to support the four commissions.

Selected recipients will be announced at Dance Umbrella 2018, which takes place at venues across London from September 26 to October 21.

Gladstone, who is also chief executive of Dance Umbrella, said: “We are delighted to announce our Four by Four nominators.

“Through this new development programme we are able to continue to support and nurture exceptional talent, which is what we have always strived to do.”

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