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Start date: 11 Jun 2015

Company: Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund



The Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award is a biennial award of £10,000. This award is open to choreographers and artists working choreographically, based in the UK, who have been working professionally for more than five years (excluding study). Please note, however, that current MA and PhD students are not eligible to apply. The award period will be negotiated with the applicant but will generally last between 1-2 years.

The new Choreography award aims to engage with one choreographer to support a programme of individual research that can effect a step change, developing their future work/practice to the highest quality, with the potential to impact both nationally and internationally.

The award also has been created to support a project that asks questions about choreography and addresses what it might currently mean to work with the body, dance, movement and choreography.

Each time the award is given the programme is created on a bespoke basis with the selected choreographer, but it may include:

  • Supporting the artist to explore new ideas, practices and collaborations, which may challenge pre-conceived ways of working choreographically
  • Supporting the artist to develop strategies for the sustainability of their work, exploring partnerships, potential contexts and markets for their work
  • Supporting the artist to work toward a presentation of their research to an audience during the period of the award, with a view to leveraging further support
  • Fostering a culture of peer learning between award winners as the programme develops each year
  • Cultivating international links


The Awardee Receives:

  • £10,000 bursary payable in instalments against agreed milestones, with the final payment being made on the receipt/delivery of the final project presentation
  • Ongoing, regular support from an experienced Creative Producer* in shaping a programme of research and development during the period of the award
  • Access to the experience and expertise of the voluntary BBCF Board of Trustees and Advisors (Click here for a list)


The Awardee is required to:

  • Submit two progress reports to the BBCF Board
  • Present a sharing of research to an audience at the end of the Award period


Role of the BBCF Creative Producer:

The Creative Producer is Chris Fogg (whose details are available on request from His support will include the negotiation of a bespoke Development Plan for the period of the award, with agreed milestones, targets and a work plan. Chris also offers dramaturgical support in the studio, brokerage of potential partnerships, as well as the support listed in the bullet points above. His support does not include administration or artist management, which remain the responsibility of the Awardee. Chris will provide the equivalent of 10 days during the year.


Sharing of research:

Whilst there is no commitment for the awardee to present a finished piece of performance at this End-of-Award Sharing – the focus of the award is on supporting choreographic research in the form that is most useful to the selected artist and his/her project and or practice – there is an expectation that the period of the award will result in a significant contribution to the awardee’s development as a choreographer, influencing their subsequent practice, and that evidence of this should be reflected in this “sharing”, with a clear sense – worked out with the support of the Creative Producer – of where the work is headed, and what the next steps will be. The requirement to present this “sharing” to an audience, therefore, with the opportunity for further feedback and discussion, will represent a key milestone in the awardee’s choreographic journey.


How to Apply:

In 2015 the fund will select a new awardee for the Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award. Applications are open from Friday 11 April 2015 and the deadline for receipt of applications is Thursday 11 June 2015 at 6pm.

Please click here to submit your application via the online application form.

Shortlisted artists will be notified on Friday 4 September 2015 and invited to interview in London on 24 or 25 September 2015. If you are applying for the award please ensure you are available on these dates. The interview panel will consist of several of BBCF’s Trustees and Advisors. The interview panel will make a recommendation to the full Board, who will make the final decision on the recipient of the Award, which will be announced publicly at an event in November 2015.


What We Are Looking For

A convincing, ambitious and clearly articulated research idea that ‘leaps off the page’ and is able to ‘surprise us’. We are particularly interested in projects that re-imagine choreography in the way they address the objectives for the award; artists who work with an expanded notion of choreography; and proposals that demonstrate an experimental or interdisciplinary approach to dance, choreography and performance.

When selecting the Award Winner, members of the BBCF Board will take the following criteria into consideration:

  • The quality of your proposal and a demonstrable commitment to research
  • A clear desire for engagement with critical debate and an eagerness to share and disseminate the findings of your research
  • Your artistic track record and clear evidence in managing projects through to fruition
  • The strategic importance and contribution of your research both to your own current and future practice and to the dance sector and field of choreography in the UK and internationally