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Baxter Dance Festival 2014: Call for applications

Posted by admin on May 29, 2014

A decade of dance will be celebrated when the highly popular Baxter Dance Festival turns 10 years old in October this year, showcasing some of the best and most diverse talent that Cape Town and the Western Cape have to offer in dance and choreography.

The organisers are now calling for entries from dance studios, schools, companies, groups and independent dance-makers, as well as proposals from choreographers (including a DVD of recent work). The closing date for applications to participate in this year’s event is Friday, 27 June, at 5pm and choreographers are strongly encouraged to send in their submissions as early as possible.

Download the Application Form here.

Despite limited funding, the festival is widely regarded as the premier dance event of its kind and it has become an annual not-to-be-missed platform for studios, companies and choreographers. It has grown exponentially over the years and has also become a must-see on the city’s events calendar.

 

 

The festival aims to provide emerging and established dance companies and choreographers with an opportunity to present their work, whilst striving to nurture and promote dance talent in the Western Cape. It is the perfect environment to experience and see work by established professionals, as well as exciting up-and-coming dance practitioners.

Since its inception in 2004, over 450 local choreographers have presented their work in the festival, featuring over 3 000 dancers from more than 400 studios, dance schools, projects and professional companies from all over the Western Cape, presenting a wide variety of dance styles and genres including contemporary, classical, African, modern and Spanish.

“That we have managed to survive and thrive over the 10 years, thanks to our faithful and generous partners and sponsors, is nothing short of a miracle,” says Nicolette Moses, the Baxter’s Associate Producer and Project Manager of the dance festival. “It is gratifying that we have so much support from the dance fraternity, which really pushes us to continue to offer this platform across the spectrum. Every year we try to innovate and invigorate the festival so that our audiences too are excited by the diverse and exciting line-up on offer.”

The Main Programme will feature works of various lengths by established professional and invited companies, while the Off Main Programme, which takes place on 11 October, will showcase work by up-and-coming choreographers, including student work. The Fringe Programme on 18 October will include work by youth groups, dance studios, school groups, traditional dance groups and other choreographers who specifically request that their work be staged here for practical or other reasons.

The Baxter Theatre Centre will provide a comprehensive production package which includes lighting, sound, technical assistance, publicity, box office facilities, printed programmes and pre-show rehearsal arrangements, making it a hassle-free experience for participating dance groups and companies.

Applications to participate in this year’s Baxter Dance Festival may be emailed, faxed or hand-delivered, with the closing date for applications strictly no later than 5pm on 27 June. No late entries will be considered.

Application forms are available from www.baxter.co.za, www.facebook.com/BaxterTheatre or from the Baxter’s reception desk in the main foyer. Forms may also be obtained from and should be sent to Nicolette Moses, Associate Producer and Planning Manager, on 021 680 3983, fax 021 650 5260 or email baxterdancefestival@uct.ac.za. Alternatively they can be hand-delivered to the Baxter Theatre Centre, Main Road, Rondebosch, marked clearly for her attention.

 

For further media enquiries please contact Alethea Patterson-Cordiglia, on 021 680 3963, email alethea.patterson-cordiglia@uct.ac.za or Fahiem Stellenboom on 021 680 3971, e-mail fahiem.stellenboom@uct.ac.za.

 

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