We are very excited to announce the successful applicants who will be our Associate Choreographic Dance Artists for 2017/18 are Lizzie J Klotz, Eliot Smith and Rosie Kay.

We offer Choreographic Associate Artist awards to support artists’ professional and creative development and raise their profile.

Rosie Kay said:

“I’m absolutely delighted to be one of the Associate Artists for Dance City 2017-2018 and I hope I can bring a lot to the position. Dance City has a very special place in my heart, and my association with them has been long and very productive for me as an artist and for my company. We love coming to DC with such works as 5 Soldiers, There is Hope, the recent double bill and the upcoming tour of MK Ultra.  I’ve also greatly enjoyed meeting, working with and seeing the development of so many talented artists in the North East, through our LAB programme and through Expanding Horizons. This year as Associate Artist gives me a chance to really deepen my relationship with DC, and I hope to bring as much as I can to the region.  I’m greatly honoured and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Eliot Smith said:

“I am delighted and privileged to be an Associate Artist at Dance City in 2017 / 18. In my current role as Artistic Director and principal dancer at Eliot Smith Company, to have the opportunity to be an Associate Artist at Dance City will enable me to expand more audiences for my dance work in the North East and across the UK, collaborate with Dance City’s talented team, access their amazing facilities and be an ambassador for Dance City. I’m looking forward to making sure that everyone who comes into my work will have an exhilarating experience, whether as an audience member or a participant in my creative and choreographic process. Being born and raised in Newcastle, I am privileged to be a part of Dance City, an organisation that has always been to inspire the North East people and more. Thank you so much”.

Lizzie Klotz said:

“I am hugely delighted to be an Associate Artist at Dance City throughout 2017/18. Originally from the North East, I returned to the region in 2014. Over the past two years, I have been working as a choreographer, dancer and teacher within the region, with the generous support of Dance City and other local organisations. I am greatly passionate about dance and performance in the North East. I am excited to continue to be part of such a dynamic, inspiring and supportive community of professional dance artists at Dance City. I often work collaboratively with a range of artists from art, circus and theatre backgrounds. I am looking forward to continue to develop these relationships, cultivating interdisciplinary practice within Dance City. I am most grateful for all the support I have received so far, specifically through my work ‘To Suit’, ‘Millionfish’, ‘Fawn’ and ‘Dancing with my Dad’, and I look forward to continuing to work with Dance City.”

We are very excited to work with these talented dance artists.

Dance City have also selected our commissions for 2017/18. Dance City’s commissioning programme encourages the development of new work from formative, R&D based short pieces through to full length performance pieces.

The selected artists are Patrick Ngabonziza, Ella Mesma, Alice Henry, Nicole Vivien Watson and Robert Anderson for our Commissions Stage 1, and Joelene English and Vivien Wood for Commissions Stage 2.