BATCH is a new dance development and mentoring agency originally concieved by Lee Smikle to further support the alumni from Shoreditch Youth Dance Company and other young graduate dance artist navigate the 'the void' of transitioning from student to professional. Devised and led by dance artists and teachers after years of consultation and experience of working with the next generation of dancers and graduates.
BATCH is designed to be artist and dancer focused, supporting the individual professional artist's work within the arts sector as a dancer, performer, teacher, curator, choreographer or producer. BATCH aims to initially provide a selected number of talented young dance artists with the space, tools, networks and representation to support themselves to take the next confident steps forward into the professional dance and creative sectors.
BATCH is firstly a practical mentoring & support agency that works around and with it's ensembles careers. Developing and suplimenting their skills and experience through workshops, international exchanges & collaboration, learning labs, performances, creative industry placements. Skill sharing and tutoring will also be given in administration, producing, curating and project management training.
The BATCH artists will work with innovative and current teachers, producers and entrepreneurial artists of today and receive individual personal mentoring and development throughout, have valuable and genuine networking opportunities, the opportunity to devise work with outstanding choreographers & artists, tour work nationally and internationally. Most importantly BATCH artists will always have a listening ear and home where they can continue to be supported through the BATCH Agency.
BATCH Ensemble's first choreographic performance project will be working with Jamaal Burkmar who is the winner of the third Matthew Bournes New Adventures Choreographer Award (NACA). BATCH will perform a new work titled 'The Calm' which will premiere during this years NACA Showcase from 20 - 24 September at The Platform Theatre at Kings Cross, London.
Tickets are now on sale: http://www.platform-theatre.com
To find out more about Jamaal Burkmar click here
To find out more about Matthew Bournes New Adventures Choreographer Award click here