Big Dance shortlisted for National Lottery Award: Voting now open
Big Dance has made it through to the semi-finals of the National Lottery Awards, and is one of only 10 projects in the Best Arts Project category.
The annual awards promote the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects, and they recognise and celebrate the positive impact that Lottery-funding makes to communities up and down the country.
London’s public places came alive for 9 days in summer 2010, with hundreds of events in streets, parks, museums, schools and a special architectural bubble. More than one million people were involved in Big Dance 2010, seeing, participating in and creating a wide range of projects such as:
· The Big Dance Schools Pledge, which saw 600 schools across the UK and, with the help of the British Council, the world download a piece of specially created choreography by Hakeem Onibudo and performed the piece simultaneously at 1pm on 9 July
· Big World Dance saw almost 1,000 dancers travelling through the streets from the Southbank Centre to Trafalgar Square to perform a routine commissioned by Southbank Centre and directed by Luca Silvestrini of Protein Dance.
· Choreographed by Natasha Gilmore and produced by East London Dance, Dancing Stage saw more than 150 older people from across London take to the ballroom floor at the Southbank Centre in a piece exploring the different facets of love.
Funded by Legacy Trust UK, the biennial programme (culminating in 2012) is led by the Mayor of London and Arts Council England, with local activity coordinated by five Big Dance Hubs, representing some of the country’s leading dance organisations: East London Dance, English National Ballet, Greenwich Dance, Sadler’s Wells and Siobhan Davies Dance. Together they helped co-ordinate 850 projects in every one of London’s 33 boroughs. Local projects included:
· English National Ballet partnered with Harlequins Rugby League and schools in west London to for a weekend of dance inspired by Wayne Eagling’s all male ballet Men Y Men. The weekend was filmed by the BalletBoyz and produced the dance film The Pitch.
· Pass it on, Siobhan Davies Dance’s primary school project, provided teachers with a creative approach to teaching dance and ways to link it into the curriculum. The approach was then cascaded through schools and taught in classes, reaching more than 6,000 pupils. The programme is recruiting new schools for 2011 now.
· Sadler’s Wells’ flagship project was Uphold, a community dance performance created by amateur dancers and performers from Random Dance | Wayne McGregor. The performance was tailored for and presented in the historic English Folk Dance and Song Society’s Cecil Sharp House.
· Greenwich Dance produced Greenwich World Cultural Festival in partnership with Greenwich Theatre, bringing a one-day explosive performance of work from around the world to the Great Hall of Eltham Palace.
Moira Swinbank, Chief Executive, Legacy Trust UK said:
‘Legacy Trust UK is delighted that Big Dance has made it through to the semi-final stage of this year’s National Lottery Awards. The project has been incredibly successful in getting London moving and inspiring people across the capital to get involved in a huge variety of dance activity. We are pleased to be funding Big Dance, which is helping to create a legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games across London, and encourage everyone in the capital to vote for this fantastic project.’
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, said:
‘London is one of the world’s greatest centres for dance, with enormous creative talent to be found here. But Big Dance is also about getting more active, or simply having fun – and it’s a brilliant way to bring people together’
Moira Sinclair, London Executive Director of Arts Council England said:
‘The principle of Big Dance is both simple and massively ambitious: to get people of all ages and backgrounds, from across London to engage with high quality dance. In just 9 days in 2010, more than one million people were involved working with some of the most exciting choreographers and dance companies in the UK – marking an incredible achievement. The National Lottery Award nomination is an acknowledgement of this work and I hope people get behind the project once again and vote for it!’
The winning project in each category will receive national recognition on a star-studded BBC One TV show in early November and will receive a £2,000 cash prize to spend on their project.
Voting starts at 9am on Tuesday 31 May and ends as midday on Monday 20 June. Vote for Big Dance by logging on to www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards, or call its dedicated number: 0844 836 9670.
In 2012, the programme for Big Dance will expand to reach out beyond London to communities all
over England through a network of leading national dance organisations co-ordinated by the
Foundation for Community Dance. These hub leads include: South East Dance, Dance South
West/Pavilion Dance, Dance 4, Merseyside Dance Initiative, Yorkshire Dance, DanceEast and Dance City. Plans are underway for similar hub networks in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.