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Project information

Pioneering Fund

The Pioneering Fund was launched last year as part of our 40th anniversary celebrations, specifically to help us nurture the next generation of dance-makers, create new work and respond to opportunities to show 'what dance can do'.


Charity information: The Place

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  • Need


    The Place has been at the forefront of the contemporary dance scene in the UK for the last forty years, however the dance landscape is changing and we need to adapt to meet the changing needs of dance-makers in the 21st century. For example, we have found that there is a lack of substantial commissions for new dance works and of free studio space for artists. We have also found that there is little dance for children in primary education, where dance is not integrated with other subjects.


    The Pioneering Fund will provide The Place with the additional financial resources necessary to meet the growing needs of the organisation to invest in new strategic projects, to support up and coming choreographers and respond to continue to take risks and invest in ground-breaking initiatives as and when new opportunities arise.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To offer dance artists commissioning opportunities


    » Our theatre seasons enables our experienced Theatre and Artist Development team to identify potential artists who would benefit from a commission

    What success will look like

    The progress of artists supported by the Fund are continually monitored and evaluated by our experienced team of Artist Development professionals.

    Aim 2

    To offer studio space for artists to develop their ideas, without the pressure of a performance


    » Our regular intensive research programmes also provides opportunities to select candidates who would benefit from additional studio space

    What success will look like

    The progress of artists supported by the Fund are continually monitored and evaluated by our experienced team of Artist Development professionals.

    Aim 3

    To support our Learning and Outreach projects with primary school children


    » We hope to support our projects with primary school children by purchasing additional interactive equipment

    What success will look like

    The success of this project is monitored and evaluated by our colleagues at the Open University.

    Aim 4

    To foster collaborations with emerging artists and established choreographers


    » Our Theatre and Artist Development team will identify suitable artists and choreographers

    What success will look like

    Success will be when we see new work from such collaborations

  • Impact


    The potential long term changes are great. The Fund will support artists in the creation of new work for performance. Work supported by and developed at The Place often becomes a staple of an artist’s work, performed in tours across the world. Such support also opens up other opportunities for artists to show their work to other potential backers, who may commission further works from them.


    There is a chance that artists supported by the fund may not make satisfactory progress. However, our professionals in our Theatre and Artist Development Office are experienced in assisting artists through such challenges.


    Supporters will be invited to exclusive formal performances and behind the scenes visits, to view works and projects in progress and we can provide regular updates with regards to the progress of supported artists. Supporters also receive our regular newsletter Inside The Place.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,000 Workshops Professional development workshops for recent graduates
      £2,000 Interactive Equipment For our interactive workshops with primary schools
      £2,000 Collaborations To give promising young dance artists an opportunity to work with an experienced professional
      £2,000 Free Studio Space for gifted choreographers, as part of one of our artist development
      £3,000 Commissions for a talented dance artist, allowing them to create new work
  • Background


    The Place unites dance training, creation and performance in one building in King’s Cross. Working with dancers from age 5 upwards, The Place brings new talent into the dance profession and guides artists throughout their careers. The Place's activities include London Contemporary Dance School, Richard Alston Dance Company and the Robin Howard Dance Theatre, together with pioneering education, outreach, participation and professional development projects.


    As a hotbed of experimentation The Place has supported artists through its annual theatre seasons and professional development projects for the last forty years, creating links with dance organisations across the globe. For example, our annual season Aerowaves supports emerging European artists, forging links with British and continental artists. We hope to build on these links as well as creating opportunities for artists across the UK.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    As we house our own vocational School we are able to select potentially significant artists before they graduate, allowing us to filter them into our professional development projects immediately. Our theatre seasons and biannual prize for British contemporary dance, The Place Prize, attracts applications from across the country, bringing these performances to a sought after London audience. This further allows us to identify boundary pushing up and coming artists who would benefit.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Eddie Nixon, Director Of Theatre & Artist Development

    Eddie joined the team in this role last year. He has an ambitious vision to support all artists at various stages of their careers.

    Christopher Thomson, Director Of Learning & Access

    Christopher has extensive experience working with young people, heading up our outreach and education programmes.