Tue 7 - Wed 22 Feb 2012
An opportunity for emergent physical theatre artists to show their work at this year’s SURGE festival
Conflux is inviting proposals from individual artists or groups wishing to complete the making of a partially developed work of physical performance, before presenting it at this year’s SURGE festival (23rd – 29th July).
The three successful applicants will receive ongoing support and mentorship from Conflux, access to rehearsal space for the duration of the piece’s development (March – July 2012), and one week’s intensive rehearsal time with multi-award winning director Ben Harrison.
Applicants will also receive a production budget appropriate to the nature of the work and a platform to present the finished work as part of the Scope triple bill at SURGE.
Successful applicants will also receive a travel allowance and expenses for the periods of work with Ben Harrison and at the SURGE festival.
- We particularly encourage applicants who are emergent or in the early stages of their careers.
- The proposal must be to develop a piece of work that has already been presented in some form – eg. a ‘scratch’ performance – but which has not yet received the resources to be fully developed and presented as a polished, full-length piece.
- The piece of work must fit into one or more of the following categories: physical theatre, circus, outdoor performance or site-specific performance. Proposals for physical pieces which involve extensive use of text are welcome.
- Applicants must be available for regular consultation sessions with Conflux staff and one week of rehearsal/development with director Ben Harrison during the period of March – June 2012. Applicants must also be available to present their piece at SURGE between 23rd – 29th July 2012.
- Whilst production budgets will be available for each project, applications for pieces that are focused upon practicality and resourcefulness are particularly encouraged.
TO APPLY //
Please send the following directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Your CV
- Brief bio, and outline of how this opportunity would move you forward in your practice (300 words max)
- Brief outline of the content and context of the piece (300 words max)
- Brief synopsis of anticipated staging and technical requirements, if known
- Links to/documentation of previous showings, if available
- All known availability issues for the period of March – July 2012
The deadline for submitting a proposal is Wednesday 22nd February. All applicants will receive a decision concerning their proposal by Monday 27th February.
ABOUT BEN HARRISON //
Ben Harrison is the co-Artistic Director at Grid Iron. As well as directing a huge number of productions (Spring Awakening, Trystm Once Upon A Dragon, Roam) both in Scotland and those which have toured internationally, such as global smash hit Peter Pan for 360 Entertainment which has now toured the major American cities, Ben has developed several British Council-supported productions, projects and residencies with the company abroad, including pioneering projects and productions in Lebanon and Jordan.
Past roles have included Associate Director (Education) of the Almeida Theatre in London (2000-2002), and Director at Dutch heatre company MUZtheater (2004-2008).
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So many would say that there truly was no one like him, who personified love, generosity and the deepest type of empathy and desire to understand those lucky enough to have met him. With great humour he was able to create an instant connection with anyone he encountered. He was able to translate this desire to nurture and connect into his performance practice and in doing so leaves behind not only an incredible and influential body of work but a multitude of audience members across the world who have in some way been transformed by these encounters.
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