The first of its kind in the UK, The BENCH is a programme developed in direct response to serious concerns about the lack of equality faced by female choreographers within the dance sector.
The programme aims to influence change and current behaviours within the UK dance sector by:
- Initiating projects, programmes and resources to better support female choreographers
- Provoking debates about the lack of support and opportunities for female choreographers
- Building a network of programmers and promoters that have a long-term commitment to equality
THE BENCH – FEMALE CHOREOGRAPHERS PROGRAMME
Annually, The BENCH offers a select number of female choreographers working in the UK (who consider themselves to be mid-career) an opportunity to participate in a 9 month programme of training, discussions, debates and mentoring. It offers a complete package of practical and theoretical advice, training and guidance, as well as opportunities to network, discuss and debate with other artists, producers and venues. In year 1 of The BENCH, 5 women were selected to participate in the programme. This year, 2016-2017, 7 women will be invited to join and be part of a ground breaking initiative that will change the arts sector for the better.
For more information and how to apply, please visit the website: http://www.the-bench.org/#home-header-section