The Marion North Mentoring Awards give new and emerging choreographers the opportunity to gain invaluable advice, support and feedback from established choreographers or dance artists.
The scheme consists of pairing a choreographer with a chosen mentor. Four awards of up to £1000 are made bienially to four choreographers working in any style, but who have been resident in the UK for at least twelve months and who have received no regular or substantial funding.
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 that expands the impact of the award for the recipient. In 2015-16, we are extremely please to be working with Pavilion Dance South West and Tramway, Glasgow to offer these awards to Karla Shacklock, Tom Jackson-Greaves, Emma Jayne Park and Thania Acarón.
Please note that selection for these awards is by nomination only and the full award amount is intended to provide the mentor with a fee to make it possible for them to work with the mentee.
The mentor will be available to the mentee on a pre-arranged basis for a minimum of five meetings over a period of approximately one year. The Marion North Mentoring Scheme was established to target the lack of advice and support for choreographers in the early stages of their careers. The scheme aims to help choreographers overcome artistic challenges and problems by giving them the opportunity to gain invaluable advice and support from an experienced choreographer or dance artist.
"Rosemary [Butcher] is particularly good at turning things on their head which can be both thrilling and terrifying but however one experiences it, it is challenging and this is fundamental at this time in one's creative life. Through Rosemary's mentoring I have been made to re-look at the actual choreography that I have just made as well as re-look at myself as an artist."
– Bim Malcomson, Winner Marion North Mentoring Scheme 2002