In September 2017 we launch the call-outs for two out of the three biennial awards that make up 'The Bonnies' – nominations are invited for the Lifetime Contribution to Choreography Award, and applications for the New Choreography Award are open until 27th October. The winners, alongside the Marion North Mentoring Awards, will be announced at ''The Bonnies'' Awards Ceremony in early December.
The Lifetime Contribution to Choreography Award celebrates and acknowledges those who have made exceptional lifetime contributions to the specific development of choreography and choreographic practice in the UK. Anyone can nominate someone for the award and the awardee is selected by the Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund's Trustees and Advisors. Click here for details of how to nominate.
The New Choreography Award is a biennial award of £10,000 open to applications from experienced choreographers and artists based in the UK working choreographically in any style or genre. The award has been created to support a bespoke range of activities, identified by the awardee that will support their overall creative development.
Brendan Keaney, Chair of Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund and Artistic Director and Chief Executive of DanceEast: "Bonnie's legacy is extraordinary and the New Choreography Award is just one small part of it, reflecting her tireless commitment to nurturing choreographic development. Bonnie was equally concerned about inclusion, and we desperately want to see applications from artists working in different styles or genres. We are already excited about the 2017 award but will be more excited if we see a genuinely diverse range of applications."
Nicola Conibere, winner of the Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award 2015-17: "The New Choreography Award has made many things possible over the last two years. It has provided a sense of space and possibility for how I might approach and enact my practice. Given that artists often work with conditions that ask for specific types of outcomes, this space to explore and uncover in response to what the research reveals has been incredibly valuable for the development of my practice. To access this sense of freedom has been a great privilege."
Full details, guidelines and the online application form for the Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award are available here.