Dance Victoria Supports Ballet BC’s Commission of a New Romeo and Juliet through the Chrystal Dance Fund

Chrystal Dance Fund cheque presentation to Ballet BC
Chrystal Dance Fund cheque presentation to Ballet BC

Request for Proposals for the 2018 Chrystal Dance Prize Opens Oct 2, 2017

Dance Victoria through its Chrystal Dance Fund is supporting Ballet BC’s commission of a new Romeo and Juliet choreographed by French dance maker Medhi Walerski, one of the most original voices in international dance today. Dance Victoria’s contribution supports the inclusion of Arts Umbrella graduate dance students in the production, increasing the number of the corps de ballet. The new Romeo and Juliet will premiere at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre from February 22 through 24, 2018 (8 pm + 2 pm on Feb 24).

In addition to this commission, the Chrystal Dance Prize supports new works by independent dance artists living in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia or the Yukon who wish to work with a dance artist (dancer, choreographer or interpreter) outside Canada.

In 2018, Dance Victoria will award $17,000 ($12,000 for Independent Dance Artists and $5,000 for Emerging Dance Artists). The prize for Independent Dance Artists may include a two-week residency at Dance Victoria Studios and the potential of presentation in an upcoming Dance Victoria season.

Independent Dance Artists proposals are due November 15, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

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