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Choreographers wanted for Wilton’s Strike!

Posted on February 23, 2016


wiltons-auditorium-no creditApplications are open for Wilton’s Strike!, a free dance festival held at Wilton’s Music Hall, London from May 3 to 5.

First held in 2014, the festival commissions new work from choreographers worldwide. For this year’s programme, applicants are invited to submit proposals for new works on the theme of memory.

Six choreographers will be chosen to develop their works. They will be mentored by the Wilton’s artistic team, with help from dancer and choreographer Jonathan Goddard and a group of experienced choreographers and industry professionals.

The new works will be performed at Wilton’s, the world’s oldest surviving music hall, at the festival in May. Audiences and critics will be invited to attend and review the final performances, which will be live-streamed to bring the work to the widest possible audience.

Choreographer Ieva Kuniskis, whose work appeared in the 2014 edition of Wilton’s Strike!, described the experience: “Having commission money meant I was able to have a small team around me – working with a dramaturg and a composer for the first time opened up so many new processes. I am now looking forward to creating a duet with Arts Council England funding – this never would have happened if you guys [Wilton’s] didn’t believe in me first!”

Applications are open to anyone aged 18 or over. The closing date is Friday, February 26 at 5pm. For more information, visit the Wilton’s Music Hall website.




Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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