The first of its kind in the UK, The BENCH is a programme developed in direct response to serious concerns about the lack of equality faced by female choreographers within the dance sector.
The programme aims to influence change and current behaviours within the UK dance sector by:
THE BENCH - FEMALE CHOREOGRAPHERS PROGRAMME
Annually, The BENCH offers a select number of female choreographers working in the UK (who consider themselves to be mid-career) an opportunity to participate in a 9 month programme of training, discussions, debates and mentoring. It offers a complete package of practical and theoretical advice, training and guidance, as well as opportunities to network, discuss and debate with other artists, producers and venues. In year 1 of The BENCH we selected 5 women to participate in the programme. This year, 2016-2017, 8 women join us to be part of a ground breaking initiative that will change the arts sector for the better.
The BENCH prepares participants for an ever changing arts landscape, giving them the confidence and ability to stop sitting on the side-lines, get their talent and artistic voice heard and develop a strong network of future female choreographers.
Successful candidates for 2016-2017 receive:
The BENCH is open to applications from female choreographers who have:
APPLICATIONS FOR YEAR 2 ARE NOW CLOSED. PLEASE SIGN UP TO THE MAILING LIST TO RECEIVE INFORMATION ABOUT YEAR 3.
VISIT THE 'WHO WE ARE' PAGE TO FIND OUT ABOUT THE MENTORS AND FELLOWS.