The National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF) has joined forces with The Place, Take Art and China Plate to launch a new 3 year initiative for touring to and making dance for rural areas, funded by Arts Council England through their Strategic Touring programme. We are seeking artists to take part in this project. There are opportunities to tour existing shows to rural locations, and we are offering one production award of up to £45,000 to make a new show for rural touring. If you are interested in these opportunities please read all the guidelines fully, including the FAQs. We look forward to hearing from you! Why tour rurally? “…it is like performing to family” “…the village halls are somebody’s baby…they absolutely love their village hall and they’d do anything to make sure that it’s packed out with people…you feel sort of privileged that you’re invited into their setting to share what you’ve made with them.” “The variety of audiences and venues continues to surprise and excite me. You can find a rural venue and audience for shows as long as it will fit through the doors and is good.” In the UK there is a wide network of rural touring schemes which work with voluntary promoting groups (village hall committees, pubs, local schools, church halls, community groups) to bring professional performing companies and artists to perform in their village or community venue. Rural venues are those outside towns and cities – from Surrey to the Highlands of Scotland. In 2012/13 there were 3,200 live performances with an audience of 280,000 in rural areas. The audiences and venues in rural areas are as diverse as in urban areas. Many artists have discovered how rewarding and enriching rural touring can be. It is a chance to share your work with different audiences, who have fewer opportunities to experience dance, in unique and distinctive venues, in often beautiful locations. “It’s also always an incredibly intimate experience that involves you briefly in the life of a community you might never otherwise enter into.” Through the Rural Touring Dance Initiative we seek to work with dance artists to develop and tour new work to rural audiences. Dance is underrepresented on the rural touring circuit and we want to increase opportunities for rural audiences to experience brilliant new dance. If you have an existing show... Artists who have a show which you think is ready to tour rurally, or ready with some adaptations, and is available to tour in autumn 2016 and/or spring 2017. If you fallinto this category should visit The Place website: http://www.theplace.org.uk/existing-shows New ideas Artists who have an idea for a show you would like to make, which you think would work well on the rural touring circuit. If you fall into this category should visit ThePlace website: http://www.theplace.org.uk/new-ideas
Panta Rei Danse Theatre
How to apply
To apply, fill in the application form, which you can access HERE by 10am on Friday 11 September.
This is the first of two call-outs for this project. For this call out we will prioritise artists who have little or no experience of rural touring. There will be a second call-out in July 2016, when we will also be seeking artists with some existing experience of rural touring.
The selection process
Artists will be selected by a panel made up by representatives from NRTF, The Place, Take Art and China Plate. Artists will be informed of the decision by Friday 2 October.
If you have any questions email us or call 020 7121 1040.
Deadline for applications – 10am on Friday 11 September, 2015
Practical Introduction to Rural Touring for Contemporary Dance (for all artists taking part in this scheme) – Mon 19 to Wed 21 Oct
The Darkroom (for four artists/companies selected to develop new ideas) - Fri 13 Nov to Thu 19 Nov
New Directions (the biennial conference for artists and representatives from rural touring schemes and village hall promoters) - July 2016 (date tbc)