DX Choreography Award

The dx Choreography Award is an annual programme for artists with the ambition to grow and further develop their choreographic practice. Choreography Award holders will receive bespoke support in the form of studio and production space, advice and mentoring, as well as a cash bursary and the opportunity to present their work to industry peers as part of a dx sharing event.

The programme is accessed through an open application process, with two call outs per year. It aims to support up to 8 artists at an early stage in their choreographic careers, who are based in the Midlands or regularly work here.

The Choreography Award has been designed to broaden the range and diversity of artists who can benefit from our support, building relationships that may lead to future support and commissioning opportunities.

The dx Choreography Award holders for 2017 are:

Adam Rutherford:  Adam is the Artistic Director of both Rutherford Dance Company and the multi award-winning Rutherford Dance Company Youth. Adam will be using his award to develop ONE, a frank and honest autobiographical solo.

 The award will allow me to place the art at the forefront of my working practice without the additional worries related to time, space and funds which many independent choreographers frequently encounter.


Jamaal Burkmar:  Jamaal has worked extensively in theatre and recently won the prestigious New Adventures Choreography Award.  He will be developing a new work which explores the exciting nature of explosive movement, inspired by ominous and vivid descriptions by Syrian and Sudanese Refugees he met while working on another project.



Laura Vanhulle – Laura is a nationally recognised dance artist with a strong teaching reputation regionally, having worked with several Midlands dance companies including ACE dance and music, Motionhouse, Aakash Odedra and Sonia Sabri Company. The award will support her work-in-progress Infinite Womanhood giving her the opportunity to work with a dramaturg for the first time.

I am excited to be supported by dx – I expect to receive challenge, encouragement, enhanced industry connections and to generally be pushed professionally.


Rebecca Thomas :  Rebecca has been working in dance for over twelve years as a performer, teacher, facilitator, producer, curator and choreographer. Rebecca is currently Creative Producer for Birmingham Dance Network. The award will enable her to develop her solo piece Here We Are.

 I am a little nervous as well as feeling very excited to be a recipient of the dx Choreography Award. ‘Here We Are’ marks the beginning of the next chapter in my career and look forward to seeing where it will take me.


Subhash Viman Gorania: Subhash came into Indian classical dance through hip-hop, which gives him a distinct style beyond the classical vocabulary of Bharatanatyam and Kathak. The award will help Subhash to develop the dramatic structure and technical boundaries of his new work

To get support from leading dance orgs such as dx is very reassuring, knowing there are leaders and programmers who can help guide me in the right direction.