StreamDANCE: Making great DIGITAL DANCE for children and young people

 StreamDANCE is the first national project to commission made for broadcast digital dance pieces for young audiences. The project is a rapid response to the global pandemic, directly addressing the lack of digital dance cultural offerings for the youngest in society.

A programme of Think Tanks will develop more conversations and, in the longer term, collaborations between dance artists, technologists, film makers, commissioners and broadcasters.  

Led by Tandem Works, produced in association with The Place and commissioned by DanceEast, South East Dance and PDSW, supported by Lighthouse and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, StreamDANCE has awarded three commissions of £15,000 to create new digital dance works, due to premiere in early 2022. The awarded artists are:

Anatomical – Doodle Chalk Dance (working title)

Chad Taylor – When I Hear Music

Second Hand Dance – Getting Dressed Films

Anatomical’s work Doodle Chalk Dance is influenced by American pavement drawing and features playful life affirming choreography around themes of rebellious creativity, togetherness and collective triumph.

Chad Taylor’s When I Hear Music is a hip-hop dance film production exploring the emotional rollercoaster that young people experience during their first day at high school.

Second Hand Dance’s Getting Dressed films will create a digital world of swirling skirts, sashaying socks, and glitter ball dresses in a series of short colourful films for ages 2-8 exploring clothes and identity with a soundtrack of 80s inspired music.

In addition to the £15,000 commission an additional budget of £1,500 is available to each artists to cover the cost of making the work accessible.

Artist selection: Due to the specificity of the brief, and in response to research carried out by the Freelance Task Force suggesting open calls are not successful in ensuring diversity and inclusion, it was decided artists would be directly approached for this opportunity by a broad range of nominating partners (details below).

21 artists were proposed for the commission by a cohort of nine national organisations. Each organisation proposed an existing live work, in conversation with the artist, they felt would adapt well to the digital realm. The nominating partners, chaired by Hassan Madamdallie, shortlisted 7 artists to submit a full proposal.

Nominating partners: Tandem Works, The Place, DanceEast, South East Dance, Pavilion Dance South West, Akademi, Sampad and The Spark Arts for Children, chaired by Hassan Mahamdallie

Seven artists were invited to submit a proposal and attend an interview for the commission. Each shortlisted artist was paid a fee of £225 to submit their proposal and attend an interview for the commission.

The interview panel consisted of leaders in the fields of dance, broadcasting, screen dance and children and young people’s programming.

Interview panel: Eibhlin de Barra (Director of Young at Art and Belfast Children’s Festival); Anand Bhatt (Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Dance City); Omari Carter (Founder & Creative Director, The Motion Dance Collective); Kez Margrie (BBC Commissioning Editor, Factual & Fact Ent 7-11s)

StreamDANCE is led by Tandem Works, produced in association with The Place and commissioned by DanceEast, South East Dance and Pavilion Dance South West (PDSW), supported by Lighthouse and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. 

Nominating partners: Tandem Works, The Place, DanceEast, South East Dance, Pavilion Dance South West, Akademi, Sampad, Spark Arts. Chaired by Hassan Mahamdallie