The first JCRP (2013-15) was supported by £50k match funding from the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, raised an additional £83k from 32 investors, and attracted 417 applications of which 12 were supported.
A new opportunity to help shape the arts in Britain by co-investing in artist-led choreographic research.
DanceXchange created an accessible application procedure in order to reach a wide range of artists and creatives form across the cultural spectrum. At the closing date in July 2013, there were a total of 417 applications from artists and creative teams for the opportunity to pitch their ideas and concepts to the JCRP Contributors. Thirty of these applicants were short listed and at the one day pitching event at the Soho Theatre, September 2013, twelve projects received a total of £124k of investment.
The twelve successful research projects have all completed the proposed research. The outcomes are far reaching in a myriad of ways and directions. Some have become highly successful touring works both in traditional spaces, unusual settings and outdoor places. Amongst the projects there are newly developed works that transcend conventional ways of performing and challenge our notion of how movement in performance can be experienced. There is both participatory performance and performance that redefines the role of audiences that have been explored.
Nearly all 12 artists and creatives have gone on to gain further financial support for their projects and developed new partnerships as a result. All of the original projects are still active today whether it be through further touring or in deeper development of the initial research.
From performance in trees to armchairs in care homes, in places such as the Royal Opera House, London, to village halls across rural Britain, about men dancing with girls to dancers dancing with light projections, the JCRP has helped create a new wealth of choreographic exploration resulting in extra-ordinary movement concepts becoming a reality.