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The Place Prize for Dance 2012 Semi-Finals Announced

September 5, 2012

The Place Prize for dance sponsored by Bloomberg photo Benedict Johnson

The lineup for theSemi-Finals for The Place Prize for dance, sponsored by Bloomberg, has been announced. The 16 entrants competing for the biggest prize in British dance will premiere their works at The Place’s Robin Howard Dance Theatre in September.

The Semi-Finals feature four mixed bills, each including four newly created works (Sat 15; Tue 18; Thu 20; Sat 22 September), encompassing a wide range of contemporary styles, and reflecting the diversity of today’s British contemporary dance scene. Ahead of the Semi-finals, the 16 pieces will preview at The Place from Thu 6 to Thu 13 September.

Three of the four works that will be chosen to go through to the Finals, in April 2013, are selected by a panel of dance experts, chaired by Eddie Nixon, Director of Theatre and Artist Development at The Place. The fourth finalist piece will be the most popular one as voted by the live audience, over the course of Semi-Finals. The four finalists for The Place Prize for dance will be announced following the last Semi-Final performance on Sat 22 September.

The Judges For The Place Prize For Dance Semi-Finals 2012:

Roberto Casarotto, Artistic Director, Operaestate Festival Veneto (It)
Sarah Crompton
, Chief Arts Editor, The Daily Telegraph
Jonzi D, Artistic Director, Breakin’ Convention
Siobhan Davies, Artistic Director, Siobhan Davies Dance
Stine Nilsen, Co-Artistic Director, Candoco Dance Company

The Finals, which will be judged by a different panel, will see the four works competing for their chance to win a £35,000 ($44,130.00) in prize money (Wed 17 to Sat 27 April 2013).

The Place Prize, sponsored by Bloomberg, is the biggest private source of commissions for new short works in British dance. By the end of this edition, it will have enabled the creation of 92 original pieces of choreography, many of which have remained in the artists’ repertoire, and have been toured in theatres and festivals nationally and internationally. The Place Prize has already invested over £1m in new British dance, and has brought leading artists, including Rafael Bonachela, Hofesh Shechter, Nina Rajarani, Adam Linder and Ben Duke & Raquel Mesenguer (Lost Dog), among others, to international attention.

The Place Prize commissioned artists 2012. Photo: Benedict Johnson

Line Up
Sat, 15 September
Moreno Solinas, Life Is a Carnival
Riccardo Buscarini, Athletes
Tony Adigun, The Lake
Joe Moran, Obverse

Tue, 18 September
Mamoru Iriguchi, One Man Show
Dog Kennel Hill Project (Ben Ash), Execute Now
h2dance (Hanna Gillgren & Heidi Rustgaard), Duet
Rick Nodine, Dead Gig

Thu, 20 September
Nina Kov, Copter
bgroup (Ben Wright), A short lived alteration of an existing situation
Neil Paris, The Devil’s Mischief
Darren Ellis, Revolver

Sat, 22 September
Goddard Nixon (Jonathan Goddard and Gemma Nixon), Third
Seke Chimutengwende, The Time Travel Piece
Robbie Synge, Settlement
Eva Recacha, The Wishing Well

The Place Prize for dance, sponsored by Bloomberg
Previews: Thu 6 – Thu 13 September 2012; Tickets £12 (conc. £9)
Semi-Finals: Sat 15 – Sat 25 September 2012; Tickets £ 17 (conc. £14)
Performances start at 8pm.

Robin Howard Dance Theatre

17 Duke’s Road,

London WC1H 9PY

Box Office: / 020 7121 1100

The Place Prize for dance Semi-Finals, sponsored by Bloomberg, runs at The Place, Robin Howard Dance Theatre, until September 22. For further details please check

Twitter: @theplacelondon; #placeprize


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