DanceXchange is building a team of professional Midlands-based artists to deliver a high quality large-scale movement-based participation project, APACHES, led by Saïdo Lehlouh of French Cie Black Sheep, and involving 150 young people from the West Midlands. This will be the headline opening event of the Birmingham International Dance Festival 2020.

The Apaches project will run from March-June 2020 and will include dance artist masterclasses, group residentials, regional group workshops, rehearsals and large-scale performance in Birmingham’s Centenary Square for the opening of BIDF 2020. Residencies will take place in three sub-regional locations: Birmingham, The Black Country, and Worcestershire. Artists will be allocated to one of these sub-regions.

The professional artists will work with 150 young dancers aged 14-21, who will reflect Birmingham’s young and diverse communities and will be recruited from each sub-region of the West Midlands region, including Birmingham, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Black Country (Sandwell, Dudley, Walsall, Wolverhampton), Coventry, Leamington, Solihull, Warwick, Shropshire & Staffordshire.

Cie Black Sheep – Apaches


If you are interested in applying to join our artist team please download the Application Pack for all information.

To apply, please submit the following to by 10 am on 29 December 2019:

  1. A CV outlining your training and experience, plus links to relevant past works
  2. A covering letter outlining your suitability for the role, articulating your creative approach to ensuring the students are actively engaged in the artistic process and their voices are reflected in the work.
  3. Expression of a preference for sub-region residency location you would prefer and why
  4. Contact details for an appropriate referee
  5. A completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring form

Please state ‘Apache Artist Call Out’ in the subject line of your email. 

Alternatively, artists are welcome to submit applications in audio or video form. To apply using one of these methods, please answer application form questions numbers 1, 2 and 3 (max 10 mins in total) and send the audio/video file via email, along with your written responses to questions 4 and 5.

There will be an application support drop-in session on 11 December 2019 / 12 – 9 pm in the Birmingham Hippodrome, level 2, Coffee Bar.

If you have any questions about the project, please contact: Jamaal O’Driscoll, BIDF Participation Producer, at

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