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WORKS-IN-PROGRESS 2022 (WIP22) is a brand new initiative formed by Wales-based resident choreographer Marcus J Willis to create more opportunities for mid-career freelance choreographers working in Wales to develop and showcase their work to producers, curators, funding organisations and venues. 

Resident Choreographer, Marcus Jarrell Willis, will manage the project as Artistic Lead, with the support of Ballet Cymru. We have listened to the freelance choreographers ’sector in Wales, who face significant difficulties around the navigation of pathways for choreographers to gain visibility. Through the support of Arts Council Wales, and Ballet Cymru as the hosting organisation, we want to support mid-career choreographers in cultivating current and new relationships with venues and organisations for independent choreographic projects.

The initiative will offer a platform specifically for Welsh or Wales based under-represented, mid-careers choreographers. The selection will be open, fair, and based on experience, diversity and need. Choreographers of all genres of dance are encouraged to apply, however there is a direct focus in reaching choreographers that are specifically looking to bring their work forward in venue settings.

WIP22 will offer: 

– A fee of £2500* to support the development of the choreographic work undertaken during the initiative eg Dance Artists hires, collaborators, production elements, travel or transportation)

*Funding support given by Arts Council Wales/National Lottery 

– Up to 80 hours of studio time free of charge from February 2022 at project host Ballet Cymru’s spacious dance studios in Newport, to research, develop and create new work.

– A showcase of Works in Progress (WIP) at Ballet Cymru’s studios, which will include inviting audiences for marketing to venues through Creu Cymru, producers and agents.

– Professionally produced video documentation which will be accompanied with a Choreographers’ Portfolio Brochure.

WIP22 is looking for: 

– Welsh or Wales based freelance choreographers

– 4 years minimum evidence of professional choreographic experience – Choreographers with a commitment to developing their work in Wales

– A primary interest in presenting choreographic work in venue settings (eg. Theatres and Performance Spaces)

How to Apply 

We recognize that freelance choreographers are often faced with lengthy application processes and the amount of time it requires, so all we ask is for you to submit the following:

– Your current CV with evidence of the minimum experience in choreographic work

– A short video submission* (max 5 min), sharing who you are and how WIP22 will help support your practice at this stage. Let us know what you want to gain from this opportunity and how it will contribute to the growth of the dance sector in Wales.

*Video submissions can be sent via a link to Youtube or Vimeo. If you wish for your video to remain private, please include a password with the link.

Applications will be accepted in digital, audio or visual format in Welsh, English or BSL. All submissions should be sent to Marcus J Willis mjwillis@welshballet.co.uk 

If you have any questions or access needs, please contact Marcus via email or call 01633 892927 and leave a voicemail message.

Deadline for Submissions: 31 January 2022. 

A selection panel will be reviewing the applications and making final decisions in early February 2022, based on the criteria from this call out. 

Equal Opportunities for all 

We are committed to an inclusive and accessible recruitment process, and welcome applications in Welsh or English from people of all backgrounds.

Please follow this link to complete the Equality and Diversity form. Your details will be kept anonymous, and any data collected will be used for reporting purposes to our funders.

thank you and we look forward to receiving your application!

WIP22 is a project hosted by Ballet Cymru,

and funded by the Arts Council of Wales and the National Lottery.


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