Four dance artists have been awarded an Arts Council England funded commission to help them develop innovative new pieces.

Stephanie Schober, Botis Seva and Tom Roden and Anna Williams have been selected for the Compass Commission, which aims to uncover new site-sensitive, theatre-based or family orientated work.


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The commission, which is backed by Greenwich Dance and Trinity Laban, received a record breaking number of applications.

Tom Roden, who along with his partner Anna Williams will produce The Building Dance Show, said: “At different times in an artist’s career, they’ll want different things.

“Some people want to have something commission based and have a dance house supporting them, and some people just want to go off and do what they want away from that.

“And both are valid. It’s nice that Compass Commissions offers something for a variety of artists – if you look at the other commissions this year, they’re all completely different and will have different needs.”

The commission can offer the artists cash funding, creation space, advice, and development support.

Other projects commissioned this year include Stephanie Schober’s site responsive piece, Tracing Gestures, and a theatre based work from Botis Seva.

Kat Bridge, Artistic Director at Greenwich Dance, said: “The sheer volume of applications received to date endorses our belief that this support throughout the creation, production and premiere of new choreographic work is very much needed.

“At the centre of Compass Commissions is our commitment to nurture different ideas to come to fruition in any number of ways.”

Previous winners of the commission, which has been running for three years, include Tara D’Arquian, Robin Dingemans and Mimbre.

Head of Laban Theatre Programme at Trinity Laban Brian Brady said: “It is fantastically rewarding, to recognise that over the next 12 months the Partnership will help bring to life three new works conceived by distinctive artists.

“We are privileged to be an integral part of birth and growth of new ideas, images and stories.”

All the works will also be supported by a team of visual artists in a cross-art collaboration.

Four dance artists in the UK have received the Compass Commission. For more information click here.