CALL FOR PARTICIPATION - Surf The Wave Intensives in Wales

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION - Surf The Wave Intensives in Wales

For UK based independent dance artists and companies

Pavilion Dance South West invite applications for participation in the Surf The Wave in Wales Intensive from UK- based independent dance artists, dance companies and their producers to attend an event that aims to:

  • Create a space for thinking about how we create, communicate and collaborate in dance

  • Build and strengthen networks and relationships with programmers and venues

  • Open up possibilities for touring dance across Wales

  • Support artists and companies to respond to new opportunities

The dates of the intensive is Wednesday 20th March 2019, at University of South Wales, Cardiff Campus

Download the call out information and application form.

Please fill in the equal opportunities monitoring form.

Deadline for applications is 5pm, Tuesday 15th January 2019


Ar gyfer artistiaid dawns annibynnol a chwmnïau gyda’u canolfan yn y Deyrnas Unedig

Mae Pavilion Dance South West yn gwahodd ceisiadau i gymryd rhan yn Surf the Wave Intensive yng Nghymru. Rydym ni eisiau ceisiadau oddi wrth artistiaid dawns annibynnol, cwmnïau dawns a’u cynhyrchwyr sydd â’u canolfan yn y Deyrnas Unedig, i ddod i ddigwyddiad gyda’r nod o:

  • Greu lle i feddwl am sut byddwn yn creu, cyfathrebu a chydweithio mewn dawns.

  • Adeiladu a chryfhau rhwydweithiau a pherthynas gyda rhaglenwyr a lleoliadau.

  • Agor posibiliadau ar gyfer dawns deithiol ar draws cymru.

  • Cefnogi artistiaid a chwmnïau i ymateb i gyfleoedd newydd.

Bydd y digwyddiad hwn ddydd Mercher 20 Mawrth 2019, ym Mhrifysgol De Cymru, Campws Morgannwg.


Ffoniwch wybodaeth

Ffurflen gais

Ffurflen monitro cyfle cyfartal

Ceisiadau i mewn erbyn 5pm, dydd Mawrth 15 Ionawr 2019

Surf The Wave: harbinger of Brexit or dance showcase of the future?

Surf the Wave: harbinger of Brexit or dance showcase of the future?

by Gustavo Fijalkow

The timing of the announcement of the new Surf The Wave (STW) format could not have been more particular: Three months prior to the Brexit referendum. This context provoked two almost opposite interpretations of what turned out to be a radically new format.


A fine line between internal strengthening and isolating yourself

Rather than showing products in a one-off fashion it concentrates on processes; instead of creating an atmosphere of competition it is pro-active in community-building and yes: instead of curating a shop window for mostly foreign programmers its focus is directed inwards. Was the new paradigm, conceived and carried out by its creative producers from Pavilion Dance South West and enabled by the funders that had made monies available already picking on a not-yet-outspoken but about-to-crystallise desire to disengage from the outside world?

I was thrilled to be invited to two of Surf The Wave’s regional gatherings, despite me being neither a UK national, nor part of any regional production structure, but only a temporary local (I had been living in the UK for approximately three years at the time).

Getting the right mix: Inward focus with outside inspiration

What I found was an endeavour that had nothing of the insularity foreboded by the wider political climate. The workshops were led by experts both from the UK and continental Europe, and not all attendees were British-born. Hence, although the focus was clearly laid onto strengthening the capabilities of the regional professional dance communities – and as a result, of the British dance sector in its whole – the energy was outspokenly non-partisan, and the structure definitely promoted exchange and porous contours. Actually, the focus was clearly laid inwards, but the view was neither narrow nor disengaging from the wider, international dance-scapes that the British dance sector co-creates.


A role model for openness and inclusion

There is much to congratulate STW’s team for: their engagement and enacted responsibility, their intelligent choice of workshop leaders, their human-ness and presence, their willingness to learn from each experience and open-ness to criticism. But above all, they seem to have grasped correctly the spirit of the time and more than that, they have taken the right conclusions: By all means, the British dance sector needs a renewed focus to strengthen its creative skills and its capability to mediate the work it produces. This requires engagement, energy and a special focus onto the sector. At the same time, the British dance sector interacts with wider dance structures from other parts of the world (both formal and informal), and its healing does not lie in disengaging from them, but in open and constructive dialogue and co-creation

The wider political context would be well advised in taking a close look at the conduct of its dance sector.


© Gustavo Fijalkow

dramaturg | curator

researcher | producer

Project Director's Update October 2018

‘Paddling for position’


When designing and testing our thinking for Surf The Wave, we used surfing analogies to help us to communicate the intention of each of the phases of activity. For Phase 1, we used ‘Paddling for position’ to visualise how the project can work with the dance sector to understand the context, become aware of the pull of the current, and to position ourselves better to take advantage of the energy and momentum a more longitudinal investment in dance showcasing will generate as we ‘Surf towards the shore’ and move forward. 

We have now delivered all ten Phase One intensives across England and have heard many stories about the issues facing dance artists and companies, as well as promoters and programmers in presenting and touring dance in the UK. All four nations were represented at these events, and there has been a rich exchange between artists and programmers on the similarities and differences they are facing, and how they can learn from each other’s experiences. It is our intention to capture this information and to share it as an output of the project that will extend the learning further.

Find out more about the Intensives

The delegate cultivation strategy is also gaining momentum. We attended the Communicating Dance workshop at The Work Room in Glasgow last month, connecting the dots between the various projects and programmes addressing this subject. In November we contributed to an event at the LEAP festival in Liverpool and will be presenting at the One Dance UK conference, highlighting the opportunities that Surf The Wave can offer to programmers to be introduced to and/or engage with dance, but also how artists can support this process too. Alongside this, we are working with many dance ambassadors and advocates across the UK to develop and deliver bespoke offers to ensure that as many programmers as possible are connected with Surf The Wave.

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