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Dance Initiative Greater Manchester Zion Arts Centre Stretford Road Manchester M15 5ZA T: 0161 232 7179 E: info@digm.org.uk

Signatures 2013: A Greater Manchester Youth Dance Showcase Saturday 19thJanuary 2013 Choreographers Workshop with Jasmin Vardimon Dance Company Saturday 20th October 2012 10am - 4pm Thank you for your interest in Signatures Youth Dance Showcase, a partnership project by Dance Initiative Greater Manchester and The Lowry. We are inviting Greater Manchester based youth dance groups (10-22) to apply to take part in Signatures, showcasing the signature work of young dancers. This year Signatures will be working with Jasmin Vardimon Company. Founded in London in 1997 the company rapidly rose to become a significant element within the British dance theatre scene. Renowned for her uniquely theatrical choreographic and directorial style combining physical theatre, quirky characterisation, innovative technologies, text and dance, Vardimon accentuates her work with an acute observation of human behaviour. With sharp instincts and provocative daring, she has developed an individual choreographic voice, distinguished by her beautifully detailed movement, insightful humour and engaging drama. The company’s works are widely accessible through their exposure of human experience, social relevance, high quality, passion, skill and commitment. The company tours nationally and internationally performing at high profile theatres throughout the UK, across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the USA. Their role in the project is to choreograph a motif which acts as the core theme throughout the show. The group leaders/choreographers will be taught this dance work then use this motif as inspiration, creating your own unique and dynamic interpretations all based on the focal choreography.

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The ESSENTIALS to take part in Signatures

Signatures will feature youth dance companies from across Greater Manchester performing dance works inspired by motifs created by Jasmin Vardimon Company, infused with a splash of their own choreographic interpretation and dance style. In the lead up to the Signatures Showcase we will expect the groups choreographer to attend a free workshop at The Dancehouse led by members of the Jasmin Vardimon Company, during which they will be taught the core choreography motifs. It is essential that a leader/ choreographer from your group attend this workshop and to select the appropriate members to attend this day.
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Your group leaders/choreographers must be available to attend a workshop with Jasmin Vardimon Company to learn the ‘signature motif’ on Saturday 20th October from 10am-4pm at

The Dancehouse Theatre, 10 Oxford Road, Manchester. M1 5QA
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When selecting the people to attend the workshop, please remember that they will be expected to teach the dance motif to the rest of your group. You must agree to use the ‘signature motif’ in the work you create and present as part of Signatures. You can re-interpret this ‘motif’ to create a new piece of dance, or incorporate into an existing work. Your group must be available to attend technical rehearsals during the day of Saturday 19th January 2013 (exact times to be determined by DiGM and are non negotiable). Your group must be available to perform as part of Signatures Showcase in the evening on Saturday 19th January 2013 (exact times to be determined by DiGM and are non negotiable).

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o Your group will be expected to present one performance work using the ‘Signature motif’ or
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We aim to present a maximum of 10 groups, ideally one group representing each district of Greater Manchester, these include (Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport Tameside, Trafford, Wigan.) Dance Initiative Greater Manchester’s remit is to work with the ten districts of Greater Manchester, as such only groups resident in these districts will be considered for inclusion. The lead art form in all works being presented in the showcase must be dance. To participate your group and group leaders must be available to attend a technical rehearsal, during the day at the Quays Theatre, The Lowry on Saturday 19th January 2013. A time slot will be allocated to your group by DiGM and is non negotiable. Your group must attend this or your group may be withdrawn from the showcase.

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To participate your group and group leaders must be available to take part in the Signatures Showcase performance in the evening of Saturday 19th January 2013 at the Quays Theatre, The Lowry. To participate your group leaders/choreographers must be available and agree to attend the workshop with Jasmin Vardimon Company at The Dancehouse on Saturday 20th October 2012 Your group leader(s)/choreographers) must attend this or your group will be withdrawn from the showcase. We aim to present an entertaining programme for the audience, Therefore we aim to present a range of dance styles. We encourage dancers from all backgrounds to participate and aim to present a programme respresentative of Greater Manchesters’ diverse communities. Both school based groups and community youth dance groups are welcome to apply. This is not a showcase for professional groups. The ethos of the showcase is that all groups support each other, it is not a competition. Previous participation in DiGM’s showcases will not guarantee inclusion in Signatures. Groups currently unknown to DiGM are welcome to apply. All applicants will be expected to pay a £23.50 registration fee per group, which is non refundable. We ask that where possible you submit a DVD or website link to footage of your groups work with your application form. Whilst Signatures is not a competition, we do aim to present a high quality programme and we will use the footage to assess the standard to which your group are working. Whilst submitting footage will not be essential to the selection process, it provides us with additional information about your group, which may help us to make a decision if a tie between two groups arises. If you are unable to submit a DVD we will still consider your application. In this case if a tie arises between two groups and one group has not submitted footage, we will endeavour to arrange to visit a rehearsal of this group.

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Completed application forms must be submitted to DiGM by Friday 5th October at 5pm. DiGM & The Lowry will select participating groups from the applications and successful applicants will be notified in writing by Thursday 12th October 2012. Decisions on selection will be made jointly by DiGM & The Lowry and the decisions taken are final. What happens if my group are selected? Groups selected must expect requests for further information to be supplied to DiGM in the lead up to the showcase. We will set deadlines for the return of this information/materials, the deadlines must be adhered to and all requested information/materials supplied. This is to enable us to present your group in a professional performance context. DiGM reserves the right to withdraw groups from the showcase for non submission of preparatory information. On the day – 19th January 2013 Participating groups must attend a technical rehearsal during the day of the performance. Each group is expected to be accompanied by a sufficient number of group leader(s) throughout the day. DiGM & The Lowry cannot take responsibility for the supervision of the participants of the groups. It is a provision of acceptance into the showcase that the group leader(s) will take on this responsibility for the individual members of their group throughout the day, ensuring they are in the right place at the right time. DiGM will supply schedules for the day with specific time slots

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allocated for technical rehearsal, these are to be strictly adhered to and DiGM reserves the right to withdraw a group from the showcase for non attendance or lateness. The performance will take place in the Quays Theatre, The Lowry, Salford Quays. The performance will start at 7.30pm on Saturday 19th January 2013. Friends and family of the performers will be required to purchase tickets to see the show from the Lowry Box Office on 0870 787 5780. Please note due to financial restraints we are not able to offer any complimentary tickets to group leaders, friends or family. Unfortunately we will also not be able to offer groups the opportunity to watch each other perform. Therefore any group leaders not required backstage during the performance will have to purchase tickets if they wish to see the show. You will find attached the schedule for our application process and the application form. Once again thank you for you interest in Signatures Youth Dance Showcase 2013 I wish you success with your application and I look forward to meeting you soon. Best wishes, Clare Brennan Programme Co-ordinator T: 0161 232 7179

Signatures 2013 Schedule
Application forms to be completed and returned by Friday 5 October 2012 at 5pm If your application is successful you will be informed by Thursday 11th October 2012 Group Leader workshop with Jasmin Vardimon Company Saturday 20th October at The Dancehouse 10am – 4pm Deadlines for Music, Programme information and photography permission Friday 30th November Signatures 2013 technical rehearsal and performance Saturday 19th January 2013

Signatures 2013

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A Greater Manchester Youth Dance Showcase Saturday19January 2013 APPLICATION FORM
Please complete in block capitals

GROUP NAME:……………………………………………………………………….……… GROUP LEADER/MAIN CONTACT:………………………………………………………. ADDRESS:……………………………………………………………………………………. …………………………………………………………………………………………………. ………………………………………………POSTCODE…………………………………... DAYTIME TEL NO:………………………..EVENING TEL NO:………………………….. EMAIL…………………………………………………………………………………………. AGE RANGE OF GROUP:………………………………………………………………….. STYLE OF DANCE YOU INTEND TO WORK IN FOR THIS PIECE (e.g Street dance, Contemporary dance, Capoeira, African, Bharatanatyam) …………………………………………………………………………………………………. HOW MANY PERFORMERS ARE IN YOUR GROUP?…………………………………. HOW MANY LEADERS / CARERS ARE WITH YOUR GROUP?……………………… HOW LONG HAS THE GROUP BEEN WORKING TOGETHER?……………………... WHAT DAY(s) & TIME DOES THE GROUP MEET……………………………………… DO ANY MEMBERS OF YOUR GROUP HAVE ANY ACCESS REQUIREMENTS? …………………………………………………………………………………………………. DO YOU NEED TO WEAR SPECIFIC FOOTWEAR (e.g tap shoes) PLEASE STATE……………………………………………………………

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PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOUR GROUP – Please give as much information as possible. e.g:
after-school group, community group, under privileged children, disabled group. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

WE AGREE TO SEND GROUP LEADERS/CHOREOGRAPHERS TO THE WORKSHOP DAY ON Saturday 20th October (maximum of 2 places per group) YES NO

PLEASE GIVE A NAME & A CONTACT NUMBER FOR THE GROUP LEADERS/CHOREOGRAPHERS WHO WILL BE ATTENDING THE WORKSHOP ………………..………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… YOUR PREVIOUS PERFORMANCE WORK HAS THE GROUP HAD ANY PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE: YES / NO

HAS THE GROUP PERFORMED IN A DIGM SHOWCASE BEFORE? (If yes, when?) …………………………………………………………………………………………………. PLEASE DESCRIBE THE LAST TWO PERFORMANCE WORKS
Give as much information as possible – where the performances took place? When the performance took place? The content and style of the dance? Did the dance have a theme? What music was used? What type of costumes? How long was the dance?

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WHY DO YOU WANT YOUR GROUP TO BE INVOLVED IN THIS PROJECT? ………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………………………..
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I *HAVE / HAVE NOT ENCLOSED A DVD OF MY GROUPS PREVIOUS DANCE WORK Please tick here if you would like the DVD to be returned to you :
BOROUGH -Only groups from one of the 10 districts of Greater Manchester will be accepted into DiGM’s community dance showcase. Please circle below which borough the group is from: Bolton Bury Manchester Oldham Rochdale Salford Stockport Tameside Trafford Wigan

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Please use an additional sheet if necessary to outline any other important information to support your application. I enclose an entry fee of £23.50 for the above group. (Please make cheques payable to Dance Initiative Greater Manchester Ltd). We regret that we are unable to accept credit or debit card payments. Please do not send cash via the post.)

Signed:……………………………………………………………………….. Printed Name:……………………………………………………………. Date:……………………………………….. PLEASE RETURN THIS FORM TO DIGM BY Friday 5th October 2012

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