decibel Performing Arts Showcase 2009 – Call for Entries

decibel Performing Arts Showcase 2009 - Call for Entries

Arts Council England invites artists to take part in the 2009 decibel Performing Arts Showcase, which will take place in Manchester from 15-18 September 2009.

The decibel Performing Arts Showcase is an Arts Council England initiative that offers a snapshot of England’s culturally diverse performing arts talent to international arts professionals. The purpose of the decibel Performing Arts Showcase is to promote diverse practice in the performing arts sector. Produced with the support of x.trax, the showcase aims to more fully represent and reflect the different cultures and backgrounds that make our country unique in the world.

The fourth decibel Performing Arts Showcase 2009 builds on the achievements of the past showcases, providing the opportunity for artists and companies to present their work to an international audience of promoters, artistic directors, producers and presenters who may book their work or collaborate with them to develop it further.

Artists and companies involved in previous showcases have benefited from a range of opportunities, developing pitches into fully-fledged work, touring internationally and broadening and deepening their contacts in the industry. Past successes stories include Kompany Malakhi, an innovative dance theatre company who took part in the 2007 showcase, resulting in a number of venues booking their Boxin work, with a national tour scheduled this year. decibel’s international reach is also evident, with Rasa Theatre making important US contacts at the Showcase, and achieving a sold-out run in a leading New Jersey theatre.

Nike Jonah, decibel Performing Arts Showcase Project Manager, Arts Council England, said: “We’re looking for cutting edge artists to get involved in Showcase 2009. Showcase creates new relationships which are essential for the development of England’s vibrant and dynamic performing arts scene, there’s no other event like it in the world.”

Previous delegate, Kerry Michael, Artistic Director, Theatre Royal Stratford East, said: “Discovering work at the decibel Performing Arts Showcase helps us to continue to champion the rich diverse talent that England has to offer.”

Artists and companies working at the cutting edge of music, theatre, dance, live art, circus, street arts and sited work are invited to submit their applications by 21 January 2009. Application packs are available from the website A number of artists’ information sessions will be taking place across England to help showcase applicants to put together their applications.

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