Akademi and Watermans are commissioning an artist / small collective
working with South Asian dance forms to create a new dance film based on issues
around climate change. The film will be screened as part of Watermans Season
for Change Programme in November 2021.
Climate change is the defining crisis of our time and it is happening
even more quickly than we feared. Art and arts-based practices are increasingly
seen as a powerful way of developing meaningful connection with the issues of
climate change for the public.
Artists have used their artistic practice as a tool to interrogate wider
socio-political concerns caused by the negative impact humans have on the
However, dance has not as yet been prominent. We believe dance has the
ability to emotionally connect people to issues around climate change. Most
recently, human culture has become a fusion of natural and digital elements and
screendance is a result of this conglomeration. We believe screendance can
translate the ephemeral nature of movement and dance into something
Artists are asked to respond to the broad theme of climate change, to be
interpreted in whichever way they see fit.
We want the dance film to reflect the artist’s personal interests and
concerns about climate change and environmental degradation. Akademi will
invite a scientist to be part of the commission to collaborate on the
scientific aspects of climate change to inform the film and its development.
The film should be 12-15 minutes long and we are seeking creative ideas
that are high quality, engaging and accessible, but also challenging and
The works should conform to the genre of screen dance and South Asian
Proposals should be for new commissions. Proposals for the presentation
or adaptation of existing works will not be accepted.
This opportunity is open to individual dance artists or companies or
collaborations between a dance company and artist(s) from another discipline.
The film will be screened as part of the Season of Change Festival at
Watermans in November 2021 and be made available online both on the Watermans
and Akademi websites. The commissioned artist will be required to participate
in the launch event.
Applications are welcome from artists based across the UK.
Support to the
Support and advice throughout the development and making process from
Akademi and Watermans.
Akademi will work with the artist to find a relevant scientist to
collaborate on the project.
Akademi will caption the film and aim to audio describe the film with
The film should be supplied in DCP format with 5.1 sound. It can either
be 1.85:1 (flat) or 2:39.1 (scope) aspect.The film can also be filmed with stereo sound.
The inclusive fee available for this commission is £8,000 (plus VAT if
The commission total is inclusive of all artists fees, collaborator
fees, materials, costume, set, props, technical equipment hires, transport,
travel, accommodation, and subsistence costs associated with the work, so your
initial indicative budget will need to demonstrate this. Match/additional
funding may be added to the budget if applicable so long as the requirement
from the commission does not exceed £8000.
Choreographers and filmmakers are invited to apply by *writing a
proposal outlining the following:
A synopsis of the idea – We want to hear about your
concerns and experiences about issues around climate change and why you want to
make a dance film. These can include images and text that describe the concept.
Locations and choreographic filmic approaches should be included. (up to 500
Tell us a little about you (100 WORDS)
Who will you be collaborating with? (200 WORDS)
Describe how this work would impact your own
practice and professional development (200 WORDS)
An indicative budget outlining how you plan to
spend the commission.
Accessibility and diversity will be assessed in the proposal.
Akademi and Watermans are committed to being equal opportunities
employers (including opportunities that award commissions) and recognises the
importance and advantages of diverse workplaces, artistic communities and
Should you need this information in another format, or require
reasonable adjustment, please let us know.
*If you wish to apply in another format, such as video, please do so but
ensure the word count remains within the parameters above to ensure fairness
for all applicants.
12noon, Thursday 12th August
Shortlisting Stage One applications Monday 16th August– Thursday18 August
Shortlisted artists notified Friday 20th
Stage Two – Interviews (via Zoom) Wednesday 25th August
Artists notified of outcome Friday 27th
submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org