Neon Dance seeks two Cultural Connectors (age 18-24) in 5 locations across the UK to work alongside Neon Dance’s Artistic Director Adrienne Hart to act as a bridge between Neon Dance’s work Puzzle Creature and the local community for the Birmingham performances of Puzzle Creature at DanceXchange, Birmingham Hippodrome.
Fee: £500

Role: This role is task-based, not hour-based. We work flexibly and remotely, operating on a trust basis. As long as tasks are complete, you define when and how they get done.
Deadline: 12 noon, 3 September 2018
Interviews: 5 September

Your Responsibilities
You’ll find ways to record and describe the production on your own terms, exploring ways to engage your community with the work and Neon Dance. We want you to tell people about it (locally, physically & digitally), excite them and engage them in a conversation about it.

You will have an important role in the physical and local digital campaign to reach (face to face) people in your community who may not have engaged with the arts before. You will be responsible for a ticket budget of £150 to ensure those in your communities who are unable to purchase a ticket (for whatever reason) are still be able to attend the performance.

We expect you to attend at least one of the performances and create your own response to the work (GIF, poem, film, blog, song, review, artwork etc.), which would be shared online afterwards.

PuzzleCreature is inspired by artist/architect duo Arakawa and Madeline Gins and is a 60-minute work that brings together contemporary dance, a newly commissioned surround-sound score and immersive set design to enable our audience to question their attitude to ageing and the body. Audiences occupy the same physical space as Neon’s world-class performers with the theatre ‘black box’ transformed to affect body perception. We are exploring the (in)visibility of access with this new production, having built-in bespoke access solutions for audiences with visual & auditory impairments with audio description, British Sign Language and Japanese Sign Language.

Puzzle Creature will tour to Glasgow (5+6 October), Didcot (10 October), London (12+13 October), Birmingham (17+18 October) and Swindon (16 November).

Cultural Connectors follow on from our paid Media Intern initiative, which has given a creative self-starter the opportunity to work with Neon Dance during the creation of new work for the last three years. As we embark on UK touring of new work PuzzleCreature we are looking to expand our reach and provide more entry-level employment to young people interested in pursuing a career in the arts.

How To Apply
If you think you are a good fit for the role, please tell us:

Why you suit the role

How you will tackle the responsibilities

You can do this via a written (1 x A4 page maximum) or recorded (3 minutes maximum to audio/camera*) statement. Send your application to by 12 noon, 3rd September 2018 with:

  • Your CV (maximum 1 page A4)
  • Names and contacts for 2 referees

*For emailing large files, please use We Transfer.

Skype interviews will take place on 5th September. Please make sure you’re able to participate in an interview on that date if you apply for this role

Equality and Diversity

Neon Dance values representation and strives to promote equality and diversity at all levels. We welcome and actively seek applications from those currently underrepresented in our workforce and the arts community.

We will guarantee an interview to any D/deaf or disabled candidate who fulfils the minimum criteria for the role and we are open to proposals of ways this role might be undertaken if our proposed structure presents barriers to any applicant.


If you have any specific access requirements please tell us what they are and whether you are registered for an Access to Work grant when you apply.