The Fund supports the research and development of new choreography, aiming to recognise and address what choreography is today and what choreographers’ needs are in today’s complex and ever-changing local and international landscape.
In its first 25 years, the Fund has supported over 125 dance artists and dance writers with several awards of different types given each year. From 2011, the Fund will offer one major Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award of £10,000 every two years and two Marion North Mentoring Awards of up to £1000 annually.
The Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award enables a UK-based choreographer who has been working professionally for more than five years to undertake a bespoke programme of research, with the support of a Creative Producer and partner organisations (please see the Funding section for full details). Click here for information on the project our current winner, Rosemary Lee is pursuing with the help of the award.
The Marion North Mentoring Awards, established in 2000, enable emerging choreographers to invite an established choreographer or dance artist of their choice to mentor them, offering invaluable advice, support and feedback. The Fund often works in partnership on these awards with one or more National Dance Agencies, which nominate artists for selection and contribute matched funding.
In November 2012, The Marion North Memorial Fund was announced to further commemorate the life and work of Dr. Marion North. The fund is to support the mentoring of dance artists and will be given over the next 1 to 2 years. There is a rolling deadline and for further information please click here.