Call out for Dance Artists & Multi-disciplinary Artists

We are pleased to have been selected as one of The Sky Arts, Art 50 project, which has invited artists of all kinds, from all walks of life and from all artistic genres to create artworks that say something important about what it will mean to be British after Brexit. DanceXchange will be working with lead artist choreographer Gary Clarke and up to 6 local professional dance and multi-disciplinary Artists on a series of movement and performance pieces inspired by the voices of Birmingham on Brexit. This work will reflect research and interviews from around 500 citizens exploring the 50:50 voting split between leave and remain that emerged in Birmingham’s referendum result.

Art City 50/50 will be set in a site-specific location in Birmingham during autumn 2018 culminating in a political installation experience littered with dance and art performances including an exhibition space to include the research stages. There will also be a live Brexit debate and sharing of the research gathered at Birmingham International Dance Festival (BIDF) in June 2018 one of Europe’s major dance festivals, which is also produced by DanceXchange.


3 x Dancer Artists and 3 x Multi-disciplinary Artists based in and or connected to the Midlands; who will visit communities with us on our field research trips, offer short workshops or performances and support the participants to respond and share feedback on research questions around Brexit. Installations and art pieces will be created with a budget in response to the research and views gathered. Dancers will respond to research from the communities and work closely with Gary to devise a series of short pieces which will feature in the final production as well as take part in collaborative group exercises and field research trips with the other artist and practitioners involved.

This is a paid opportunity and this work takes artists out to communities to meet, connect and share with members of the public, those who apply should have a keen interest in work which engages and responds to communities and the outcome is not designed to represent one particular view.

Examples of multi-disciplinary artists include videographer, sound designer, photographer, installation artist and poet


26 February / Artist Interviews

27 February / Dance Auditions

Wk of 30 April / Field Research

14, 15, 16 May / Research Lab with Artists and Design stages

23 June / Research Exhibit at BIDF

July – Sept / Devise, design and pre-production (2-3-weeks dates TBC)

October (Dates TBC) / Live performances, 1 x week

Feb 2019 / Present excerpt at Sky Arts Festival (Details TBC)



To apply please send through your:

(1) CV, (2) examples of your work, videos, images and website links and (3) a brief explanation of what interest you in taking part in this project to by Monday 19 February 2018, 5pm



Deadline for applications: Monday 19 February 2018

Selected artists will be invited for interview on Monday 26 February

Selected dance artists will be invited to audition on Tuesday 27 February


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